The title of my message today is – when all hell breaks loose, what do you do? What do you do when all hell breaks loose, and you have nowhere to go? You may be, doing everything right, and yet you have the storm of life trying to bury you alive. Like the storm did to Jesus while He was sleeping in a boat. You, maybe a victim of one thing or another. When your relatives or friends, the boss, turns on you, or because of hatred, people turn on you. What do you do? Do you give up or throw in the towel? Do you fight back? If you do fight back, how do you do it? I pray that God will give you Revelation on how to fight back and win. God expects you to win every battle.
You may fail once or twice or up to 7 times; God desires you to get up and win. Do not sit down. Get up and win. I say get up and win because God is always on your side. A brief story of Esther. She was a Jewish girl, an orphan, who was raised by her cousin, Mordecai. She was in exile. She was a slave in Persia. She was taken captive by the Persian King, Xerxes, Ahasuerus, who was displeased with his wife and sought her replacement. He made a decree to gather all suitable virgins in the region. Esther was one of the virgins taken to the king’s palace and put in custody of Hegai, who had charge of the women. Esther 2:8. In chapter 3, we see that Haman’s conspired against the Jews. Because Mordecai refused to bow to him, he decided to destroy Mordecai and the Jews. Haman hated Mordecai and the Jews. He did not like Jews. He misled the king into signing a law that all the Jews must be killed. When all hell breaks loose. When all hell broke loose on her cousin, Mordecai, and the Jews, Mordecai reminded her that her favor and position as queen was not for her own personal gain. He told her, if you think you can escape the wrath slaughter of the Jews by keeping your background hidden and not intervene, she has been deceived.
We know that Esther loved her cousin, Mordecai, and cares about him deeply from the story. Mordecai loved her as his own daughter when she had no one to care for her. Esther had favor with God and man. She walked in divine favor. She had favor with everyone she met. She was not only favored by God but also with man. Jesus himself “increased” in favor with God and man as early as 12 years old! (Luke 2:52). She had a gift of favor from God. You, too, can ask God for favor in your life. Without the favor of God, we cannot accomplish much. Fast and pray. She knew when all hell breaks loose, and the storm of life wants to drown you, and you have no way out, the ONLY remedy you have is to fast and pray. She acted on the Revelation. After fasting, she took a step of faith to meet the king. She said if I perish, I perish. She considered her cousin and people more than her life. She took a radical faith. She saw a greater reward in fasting and prayer than her present suffering. Esther Agrees to Help the Jews. Why did she decide to do that? She heard the cry and agony of her cousin and her people, she saw herself, family, and her people are about to vaporize into the air, eliminated from the earth.
She looked far beyond herself and saw eternity in her people. She imagined what her legacy would be if this opportunity to help her people passes her by. Because of the joy and reward set before her in the future, she decided to risk all for her family and people. Not by power nor by might. She knew it’s not by power nor by might but by my spirit, says The Lord. She may have read “Seek Me that you may live”. Amos 5:4 & 6. If you have tried everything and nothing seems to be working, try fasting and prayer. Effect of prayer and fasting. Prayer and fasting help to break and destroy all barriers, protocols, natural laws, human laws, satanic influences into victory. When Mordecai cried to men in the city, nothing happened. But when Esther, who knew what to do, proclaimed a fast, heavens opened, and deliverance came, and the Jews’ lives were spared. Let us pray! Our father, I thank you for your Son, Jesus Christ, who you sent to die for my sins. I thank You for His blood that was shed for me to cleanse me from all my sins. I’m sorry for my sin. Forgive me. I receive Christ as my Savior and Lord. From this moment, I have made up my mind to follow Christ. Amen.