It's TIME to be...
A verse in the Bible that has encourage and CHALLENGED me BIG-Time is Esther 4:14.
"And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
If you haven't read the book of Esther, here's the cliff notes:
The Jewish people were in exile in Persia. Many Persian's hated the Jews and wanted to annihilate them. A plot arose to do just that. At the same time, Esher, a simple Jewish girl--found herself in the position of QUEEN OF PERSIA, but no one knew she was a Jew (great story)! As the story builds, Esther is ultimately faced with a choice: Do I reveal that I am a Jew, and do what I can as queen to influence the King to be merciful to my people (which could fail and result in death for Esther and all of the jews),
do I remain silent and risk watching many of my people be executed?
It was into this scenario that Esther's uncle Modecai spoke these words:
"...if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
There is a famous saying that goes like this, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
You are not alive on planet earth AT THIS MOMENT in His-story, on accident. You are here, right now, as a person who knows Jesus, as part of God's eternal plan.
As fellow Christ-followers, I appeal to you to engage. IT'S TIME TO BE:
Pray for your lost friends. Pray for our world/country. Pray that revival will sweep across the church, that Christ will be raised up high and that many will be drawn to Him!
"The effective, [b]fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." (James 5:16, NKJV)
"If I say to the wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ but you do not warn him—you don’t speak out to warn him about his wicked way in order to save his life—that wicked person will die for his iniquity. Yet I will hold you responsible for his blood. But if you warn a wicked person and he does not turn from his wickedness or his wicked way, he will die for his iniquity, but you will have saved your life." (Ezekiel 3:18-19)
"Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but rather expose them." (Ephesians 5:11)
ACTIVE & VISIBLE
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matthew 6:15-16)
As we walk through these dark days in our corner of the world may we stand, speak and act on behalf of what is good and God-honoring. As Christ-followers this is what we are called to. And if you happen to be an American citizen--your culture (AT THIS TIME IN HISTORY) desperately needs to see your LIGHT, so let it shine!
80s Christian Metal Blessings,