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Bible study is essential to our Christian walk. As we study God's Word, our personal relationship with God grows deeper and deeper. It empowers us to live for the Lord in every aspect of our lives. This is what has inspired me to do an online Bible study.

Many years ago my husband introduced me to a commentary on the book of Colossians and I was so blessed as the Scripture came to life before my very eyes. Since that day we have developed an extensive library and enjoy studying God's Word.

I have prepared some Bible studies that I would like to share with you. My prayer is that they will bless you as much as they have blessed me in preparing them. I pray your life is touched and that it would inspire you to live every moment of every day for Christ.

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Making Life Choices

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Friday, July 3, 2015

From Tears to Joy

Once a decree was sealed by the king's signet ring; it was law never to be revoked, so the only thing the King could do to correct the wrong of Haman's decree was to write another one.

We see in Esther 8:7-8 that the King gave Esther and Mordecai full authority to write another decree and seal it with the king's signet ring. It was the 23rd day of the 3rd month, the month of Sivan, which was a little over two months after Haman had issued the original Decree of Annihilation that the new decree was written. The new decree granted the right of self-defense to the Jews. Mordecai uses the same language as the original decree so that they would know that the king found favor now in the Jews and that he did not want them annihilated. You know there are still going to be those who want to annihilate the Jew so by giving them permission to defend themselves would help prevent the annihilation of all the Jews in the providence.

We see in verse 15 that when Mordecai left the palace he was in Royal Apparel. Can you imagine the joy that filled the Jews as they see Mordecai having been promoted to prime minister of the Persian Empire and wicked Haman hung on the gallows? They knew they had a strong representative in the empire now. Then to read the decree with the king's seal giving them permission to defend themselves against the annihilation. What relief must have fallen upon them. God had answered their prayers!

This chapter begins with Queen Esther in tears Esther 8:3, but it ends with the Jews rejoicing and feasting. The Jews have been mourning and fasting, but now they were ecstatic with joy.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

God directs our lives

The Lord brought Esther and Mordecai to the Persian kingdom for such a time as this; to save the Jewish people from annihilation.

You can feel the anguish and the compassion Esther has regarding the decree and the Jewish people as she speaks again to the king in Esther 8:3-6. This time scripture says she fell at his feet and implored him with tears, she is begging the king to save the Jewish people from annihilation.

My friend, we have seen how God has worked behind the scenes to place Esther and Mordecai in a position to be able to save the Jewish people. In Esther 8:1-2 we see that not only was Mordecai promoted by the King to take Haman's placed, but Esther also appoints him to be the steward or manager over Haman's vast estate.

We still have one problem, once a decree was signed by the king; it was law never to be revoked. In light of this fact and despite the tenderness of the king's heart toward Esther, he could not revoked the decree. How was he going to respond to his dear wife's broken heart and to her fearful request for mercy upon her people? We will look at the king's response to Esther in verses 7-8 in our next post. Until then, continually seek God's plan in your life as he directs your path and especially in these end times we need to remember to pray for Israel.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Consequences of our Actions

We left off in chapter seven with Esther revealing Haman's plot to kill her and her people as king Ahasuerus grew angry and ordered Haman to be hung on the very gallows he built to hang Mordecai.

But this was not the end, just because Haman was dead did not mean the Jewish people were safe from annihilation. The Decree written by Haman to annihilate the Jews was still in effect and according to Persian law even the king could not change it.

My friend, this shows us that the consequences of our actions live on long after we are gone. So the question we should be asking is, what legacy are we leaving behind? Are the consequences of our actions good or bad? We need to think before we act; Think about the consequences that will result from our actions. Will they bring glory to God or will it bring dishonor. What is the purpose behind our actions? Is it for our own selfish gain or for the gain of others?

Let us stop and think of the consequences before we act and make sure our motives are pure. Let us live our lives to glorify our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Deception doesn't pay

Esther had just exposed Haman's deception in leading king Ahasuerus to issue the Decree of Annihilation, the king was so angry that he left the banquet and went out to the palace garden.

As the king walks back into the room and see's Haman laying across the couch, He angrily charged the prime minister with assaulting his wife which sealed his fate even though he was just pleading with the queen. Esther 7:8 tells us as those words left the king's mouth, they covered Haman's face. It was a custom to cover a criminal's face because they were no longer worthy to look at the king's face. So immediately Haman's face was covered with a veil or a napkin so he could not look at the king. Verse 9 one of the eunuchs, Harbonah, tells the king about the gallows which Haman had made for Mordecai. Matthew 7:2 "For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measure back to you." We see in Esther 7:10 Haman was hung on the very gallows he built for Mordecai.

Proverbs 11:8 "The righteous is delivered from trouble, and it comes to the wicked instead.
Haman meant harm to the Jews but God would not allow this annihilation to happen. God said I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. Haman sinned against God - and he didn't heed His warning. Haman's execution is a clear picture of the surety of judgment. No matter who the person is, even if he is the prime minister of a nation, he will face the judgment of God for the deeds he has done.

Galatians 6:7 "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap."

My friend, you cannot hide from God. "For His eyes are on the ways of man, and He sees all his steps." ~ Job 34:21

Monday, June 29, 2015

Evil Revealed

Esther chapter 7 The Mask comes off and Queen Esther reveals her petition at the banquet to the king; not only is king Ahasuerus listening to the Queen's request, but Haman the Prime Minister also.

In Esther 7:3-4 Esther is pleading for her life and the life of the Jews. Esther knows she must word her petition and request very carefully, she said "For we have been sold" - remember Haman paid the King 10,000 talents of silver to write the Decree. (Esther 3:9) Then notice Esther uses the very words that are used in the Decree "destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated" (Esther 3:13). In hearing these words, the king would have to remember the decree and realize what Esther meant by sparing her life. You could just imagine Haman at this point; His heart is probably racing as the words of his wife and friends come to his mind: (Esther 6:13). Then here he finds out that the Queen is Jewish, you know he was in fear for his life as he sees the King's anger well up. The King stunned and outraged asks the Queen who would dare presume in his heart to do such a thing?" Esther 7:5 and Esther told him Haman.

Haman hearing his name come out of the queen's mouth as the one to who decreed to kill her was now terrified as we see in verse six. He was utterly helpless and hopeless before the king. So many times we try to hide our sin as if nobody knows. Haman probably never thought his evil revengeful ways would come back to bring he and his family harm. But Rest assure, just as Haman's evil was exposed, so all sin will be exposed by God. My friend, if we face up to our sin and just repent instead of trying to cover it up we will feel the forgiveness of our Lord instead of His wrath. If we just give our enemies to the Lord and allow Him to deal with them rather than taking revenge, we will feel the love of our Lord rather that His wrath. Esther and Mordecai put their enemy, Haman in the hands of the Lord ~ You remember they fasted and prayed asking for the Lord's guidance, protection and strength before going before the king to expose Haman's plan.

The king learned a great lesson here. He realized that he gave way to much authority to Haman - a wicked man. That he should have at least read the decree before putting his seal on it. Now his own wife the queen was at risk. Please join me as we continue to see what happens next.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Stop, Look, Listen and Obey

When Haman arrived home, he found his wife and friends there and told them of all that had transpired with the King and Mordecai.

This was quite different from the last time he spoke to them, Instead of coming home on cloud nine, he is now coming home with his head covered in embarrassment. This time they did not comfort him in his time of suffering, notice in verse thirteen they actually predicted his downfall. God was warning Haman, but the proud prime minister wouldn't heed the warning. While Haman was talking with his wife and friends, the king's eunuchs came to take him to the second banquet with the king and queen.

This was not what Haman had expected. What a difference a day makes. Just yesterday he was on cloud nine. He was planning at this point that Mordecai would have been hung and he would be gloating as he went to the banquet. Just the opposite happened. He is now forced to go to the banquet with a crushed spirit and with fear flooding his heart, for his wife had predicted the start of his downfall.

Isn’t it wonderful to know that God is in control of all the details of our life no matter how small or how big! That he is with you in the daytime as well as in the nighttime. He is there in the rough times and in the good times. You can see here in the book of Esther of how God works through all sorts of people to accomplish his will. When God sounds an alarm, it pays to stop, look, listen and obey!

Friday, June 26, 2015

God's Providential Care

The tables are turned as God thwarts Haman's plans ~ After an evening of celebration and plotting, Haman approaches the kings court anxious to submit his petition to hang Mordecai on the gallows, but before he had a chance to say anything to the king, the king asks him a question.

Let's look at Esther 6:6 "So Haman came in, and the king asked him, "What shall be done for the man whom the king delights to honor?" Now Haman thought in his heart, "Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?" My friend, little did Haman know the King, full of enlightenment from God after a sleepless night, was talking about rewarding Mordecai for saving his life five years ago. Wow! What a blow to Haman! God used the king to give the shocking order that reversed the fate, the destiny of Haman and Mordecai. Haman would have never expected Mordecai to be the man the king wished to honor. The king commands Haman that he is not to leave anything out that he had recommended in verses 7-9. Haman was humiliated before the public while Mordecai was honored. His experience clearly shows how God humbles the prideful of the world and exalts the humble. Haman's pride was crushed by the command of the king, for he was forced to exalt Mordecai the man he had personally despised and plotted to execute. Haman was to suffer the most embarrassing, disgraceful act of his life.

Proverbs 11:8 "The righteous is delivered from trouble, and it comes to the wicked instead."

Psalms 7:15-16 "He made a pit and dug it out, and has fallen into the ditch which he made. His trouble shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down on his own crown."