Sunday, 24th March 2019
Ps Moses Kam
I. Do the Work of Turning Defeat Into Victory
A lot of time even through we don’t know what we are doing, but when we put our faith in God He can help us to turn things around. Pastor Moses taught us from the Book of Esther, how God turns defeat into victory.
1.Turning defeat into victory in your life
Mordecai had a cousin named Hadassah, whom he had brought up because she had neither father nor mother. This young woman, who was also known as Esther, had a lovely figure and was beautiful. Mordecai had taken her as his own daughter when her father and mother died. Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. (Esther 2:7, 17)
As an orphan, Esther didn’t look like someone who has a good background, yet God lift her up and made her the queen! God has given favour to His people, and lift her up from the lowly to the highest!
Then she instructed him to say to Mordecai, “All the king’s officials and the people of the royal provinces know that for any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned, the king has but one law: that they be put to death unless the king extends the gold scepter to them and spares their lives. But thirty days have passed since I was called to go to the king.”(Esther 4:10-11)
Then the king asked, “What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given you.” (Esther 5:3)
2. Turning defeat into victory in your workplace
So they impaled Haman on the pole he had set up for Mordecai. Then the king’s fury subsided. (Esther 7:10)
The king took off his signet ring, which he had reclaimed from Haman, and presented it to Mordecai. And Esther appointed him over Haman’s estate. (Esther 8:2)
Harman planned to kill the Jewish people, but God turned things around for Mordecai and for all the Jewish people. It’s possible to turn defeat into victory and God wants us to turn defeat into victory!
On the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar, the edict commanded by the king was to be carried out. On this day the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, but now the tables were turned and the Jews got the upper hand over those who hated them. (Esther 9:1)
Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Xerxes, preeminent among the Jews, and held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews. (Esther 10:3)
Not only Mordecai were not killed, but also was able to take care of the estate of his enemy, Harman, and took over his place as the second in rank to the king! Pastor Moses shared that this is not a fairy tale, but in real life, God can make impossible into possible, and turn situations around from defeat into victory!
II. Pick up the Key to Victory
1.Be faithful to the very end for God
After these events, King Xerxes honored Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, elevating him and giving him a seat of honor higher than that of all the other nobles. All the royal officials at the king’s gate knelt down and paid honor to Haman, for the king had commanded this concerning him. But Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor. Then the royal officials at the king’s gate asked Mordecai, “Why do you disobey the king’s command?” Day after day they spoke to him but he refused to comply. Therefore they told Haman about it to see whether Mordecai’s behavior would be tolerated, for he had told them he was a Jew. (Esther 3:1-4)
Mordecai was willing to be faithful on the things God has given to him, even when it might cost his life. God is faithful and He didn’t let Mordecai down. When we continue to coming to Sunday Service and cell groups, slowly we will see God’s light coming into our lives and turn things around in our work, school, family, health, finance, etc.
We don’t have to fight for ourselves, because as long as we are being faithful, sometimes we might struggle, but remember God is with us and He will always provide for us, and one day we will see God’s victory come to us.
2. Save people to the very end for God
He sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For 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?” Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” So Mordecai went away and carried out all of Esther’s instructions. (Esther 4:13-17)
Esther was willing to sacrifice herself for others, God was pleased with it and gave her favour. When we help others like Jesus did, God will be on our side, and we can receive victory like Jesus did.
3. Victory is ours through grace
That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him.It was found recorded there that Mordecai had exposed Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, who had conspired to assassinate King Xerxes. “What honor and recognition has Mordecai received for this?” the king asked. “Nothing has been done for him,” his attendants answered. (Esther 6:1-3)
Out of the blue, the king woke up one day and read about Mordecai. Even though it was a long time ago and Mordecai had forgotten about it, he only stayed faithful in his work and helped others to please God, but God is the one who can make the king remember Mordecai and reward him. We should always remember God’s grace because without it we cannot do anything.
While they were still talking with him, the king’s eunuchs arrived and hurried Haman away to the banquet Esther had prepared. (Esther 6:14)