Along with planning my journey to becoming a more fit, healthier me, I also began a devotion series. Over the course of the series, I will be going through the entire Bible. Thanks to Courtney at Women Living Well.org, I am able to follow along with a number of other women, and I am comforted in knowing the devotion planning, time and participants are all covered in prayer. This is my third series with the Good Morning Girls arrangement. The first two, I led an online group through the book of Luke. This time, I am starting out individually. However, I sense others will soon join me, and another online, possibly in-person, group will form. Until then, I will include the insights I receive throughout the course of the week, here, on the blog.
This week we read through the first six chapters of Esther. Admittedly, I read on Monday and Tuesday, and did not catch up until this morning on the other chapters, via the audio feature in YouVersion. Which, by the way, is an excellent feature and very beneficial when there is time to listen during work,
commuting, or so on. My personal goal is to grow to the point where I am reading IN MY BIBLE every morning, then listening, and then going through the SOAP process in the evening before bed. It may seem like a lot, but how else is one to grow stronger in Spirit? The repetition and consistency seems to be one of the best ways to grow my spiritual “muscles” and nurture my soul with the bread of life.
So....this week.... Esther. I found myself consciously dismissing the various movies I have seen. I kept replaying various scenes in my mind, and reminding myself to allow God to play out for me the scenes I needed to commit to memory. The word that remained prominent throughout the first six chapters was the “LAW”. First the law and way of the world and flesh, then the laws prescribed by religion.
One of the laws of the kingdom (or world) allowed for too much consumption, which led to poor decisions, which ended up bringing pain to individuals. The pain that was felt was rejection, separation from family, and a need to conceal one’s true self. The law of the flesh caused hatred to breed, leading to jealousy, greed, and a murderous heart.
By contrast, we see that God’s law and those who chose to stand up for what He has called them to – WHEN He has called them to it, brings acceptance, unity, freedom to stand as one is, compassion, reconciliation and deliverance. Through the passages of these chapters it is clear to see we live in a world governed by laws, and perhaps are even challenged by laws of religion, but God’s ways will always prevail. For those willing to fast, pray and trust who they are in Christ, and then publically make the proclamation when the time calls for it, God will provide and souls will be saved because of it.
It is my prayer to remember this and keep it like a treasure in my heart, to always be willing to fast, pray and stand on God’s law which is to first love Him with all my heart, soul and strength and then to love others, as He so empowers.
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