Esther 8:16 AV “The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour.”
As I have dialoged with other people who are on this same journey, one of the themes that came up was a delay in life flowing to us. Whether it is in relationships or in business, there seems to be the promise of something good happening just a little bit down the road, but it doesn’t happen.
At first we thought it was a matter of the timing of God, but after a few months of this, I felt it was actually the Ammonite Curse. This is the curse of barrenness where you have excellent vitality in your social and spiritual activities but no fruit in the things you do in life.
I heard what God said, and believed it, but couldn’t connect the dots. How is a spirit of delay on those who hold life for us producing barrenness? They don’t seem to be related.
Eventually God refocused the picture on the womb. The timing of the arrival of one seed determines whether the other seed becomes fruitful. The vibrant good health of the woman’s seed is wasted if the timing of the gift is not right.
We asked the Lord what to do, and His answer was very unmysterious: push back!
Our battle this week is for the timing of the release of the life God intended us to have – both you and me. There are abundant reports of many of you having stuff in the pipeline that is not arriving.
The picture is magnificent. You all know the story of Esther and Mordecai. Mordecai did a good deed. Life was due to flow to him in the normal course of events. It did not.
Now, notice this connection I had never seen before. When the life that was supposed to flow did not, it seems to have opened the door for overt devouring to begin. Haman got tweaked at Mordecai but decided to take out the entire nation – barrenness on a massive scale, for the generations to come!
Instead, God leveraged the life God INTENDED Mordecai to have, and through manipulating timing on sundry levels, God took the undelivered life Mordecai should have received and leveraged it into something massively larger for the whole nation.
Love it. When God cooks the books, they are cooked indeed. There was some serious interest on that payment the devil delayed.
The net result of the delivery of the overdue payment, with interest and some mega-penalties, was light, gladness, joy and honor in the homes of the Jews.
(Note to scholars: This verse is begging for a word study. In the eyes of God, what is the difference between gladness and joy?)
This whole picture brings to mind the verse in Colossians 2:15 which talks about God making a public spectacle of His ancient enemies.
So let’s pray this process for yourselves and for SLG.
1) Ask God to examine the books to see every single thing He intended us to have – all gifts from Him directly and from Him through other people.
2) Ask Him to identify every gift that His ancient enemy has delayed delivery on in order to create barrenness in us.
3) Ask Him to decree judgment on His ancient enemy and a release of all the gifts.
4) Ask Him to enlarge the gifts so they are proportional to the death the enemy has been trying to create.
5) Ask Him to release light, gladness, joy and honor into each of our homes and businesses through this process.
The book of Esther has never been so much fun!
Copyright May 2014 by Arthur Burk
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