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Saddling Up Anyway

  • They told Esther's words to Mordecai. Then Mordecai asked them to return this answer to Esther: 'Don't think to yourself that you will escape in the king's house any more than all the Jews. For if you remain silent now, then relief and deliverance will come to the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Who knows if you haven't come to the kingdom for such a time as this?' Esther 4:12 WEB

    John Wayne once said that 'Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.' A young woman named Esther was once faced with a decision like that and it could have led to her execution. A law was passed in the land to exterminate all the Jews that were living in Persia.

    Esther, who was Jew, had hidden her family's identity and was safely living in the royal palace when her uncle Mordecai sent her word to go and speak with the king. He wanted her to try and obtain mercy for her people, but for Esther to go into the king's chamber without being summoned was an automatic death sentence, unless the king chose to pardon her by extending a golden scepter.

    When she hesitated to take the message to the king, her uncle Mordecai told her that if she did not go, the Lord would send someone else, but that she would miss out. Esther was just a young girl and very scared, but she pulled herself together and decided 'If I perish, I perish.' After fasting and praying for three days and nights, she went in to meet the king and ended up saving her people. There is a Jewish holiday called 'Purim' that commemorates the event.

    It is easy to be strong when there is nothing to be afraid of, but faith is tested in the furnace like refined gold. Do not cower back from whatever you have to face today, for you are here for a purpose, for such a time as this. If God is for you, who can stand against you? If you withdraw, God will send someone else, but you will miss out on what He has in store for you. Stand strong, know that God is with you, and that you are well able to face whatever comes your way.

    Prayer: Father, I thank You for bringing me to Your kingdom for such a time as this. It is no accident that I am living here today and I know that You have a plan and a purpose for me. Fulfill Your will in my life, guide my steps, and draw me into a deeper relationship with You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen! Thank you:) Pastor's Prayer: Father, I thank You for bringing me to Your kingdom for such a time as this. It is no accident that I am living here today and I know that You have a plan and a purpose for me. Fulfill Your will in my life, guide my steps, and draw me into a deeper relationship with You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt AMEN!
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Joan Joseph
Joan Joseph Amen Pastor! Thank you Lord for an encouraging word of hope, for in you I put my trust, in Jesus name I pray Amen.
May 19, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt It was so encouraging to me too.
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Deleted Member Amen, me too.
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Deleted Member Amen, it was very encouraging to me too. God bless you.
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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonard Jeremiah 29:11-12 Read More 13-14 too.   11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith The Lord. Thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 12  Than shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt God does want us to live in peace.
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Deleted Member Amen and Amen
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen!
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Yes Lord Jesus, amen. 
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Kath Paro
Kath Paro Thank you once again Dion~ This brings to my mind all the things I face daily that I fear and do as Esther did.  I now know that it is God guiding me through these things and that I am not alone. Amen!
May 19, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt AMEN!
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Deleted Member Amen, He will guide you and help you through each thing and will never ever leave you alone. He loves you so much.
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza Amen
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Albert Chau
Albert Chau Making hard choices based on God's will for our lives never is easy but in the end brings salvaton, peace and happiness. That righteous rich young man in Bible couldn't do it after Jesus said you have done well but need to give away everything and follow me.
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt AMEN!
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt I want to trust God, that He has a plan for me and a purpose for my life, and that He can do the work in my life if I will just trust Him. Thank You, LORD for creating me to gloryfy You.
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Deleted Member Amen, Twila, you always bless me so much, with your words of encouragement and how you want Jesus to use you for His Glory, I feel the same way. You are a blessings. Love and prayers and blessings my precious friend.
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Laura B. Martinez
Laura B. Martinez How can I not trust God's plans for me? He has already done so much for me; probably more than he should have. When I start to falter I remember all he has already done for me and that he knows what is best for me. If can't trust God then who can I trust?
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen!
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza Amen
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen!
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! I know God is not finished with me yet. I know this because I awoke to face a new day. Where He will lead me I do not know, but what I know is that I will go.
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli AMEN!
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Deleted Member Amen, it is no accident that I am here. A beautiful message.
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio Amen ♡ 
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza "If God is for you, who can stand against you?"  Trials and life"s problems come.. They come and go for it is the LORD GOD who sees us through all of these.  TRUST and PRAYERS and FAITH to our GOD ALMIGHTY .  .
May 19, 2016
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield This is another devotional I can relate to! When I had horses, my riding instructor always emphasized the importance of getting right back in the saddle after falling off.And falls were bound to happen, even in every day life!
May 19, 2016
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Amen pastor Dion I learned something new again today, I just love it when you use a story from the bible for our devotional it really really speaks to my heart thanx again!
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen!!
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the timely message!
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝ Amen!!! Thank you Pastor Dion. :-)
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke Amen, thank you Lord, in you only I put my hope and trust . Thank you Pastor Todd for blessing my life each day . May God continue to bless you and your family . 
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!  Lord,Fulfill Your will in my life, guide my steps, and draw me into a deeper relationship with You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh Amen.
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