Day Seven = Determination Station (40 day fasting challenge)

Day Seven = Determination Station

And in every province, wherever the king’s command and his decree reached, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting and weeping and lamenting, and many of them lay in sackcloth and ashes. (Esther 4:1-3)

Have you ever found yourself to be desperate? I mean really truly life depending on it desperate? This was the scene in the book of Esther. The Jewish nation had a death sentence hanging over their head, and the only glimmer of hope that could be found was a pretty young woman by the name of Esther. If ever there was a long shot odds prediction this would have been it. If anyone wanted to place a bet on the outcome of this situation it probably wouldn’t have been in the favor of the Jews.

It seems that this kind of underdog, last-ditch effort sort of determination is what often drives mankind to great feats of victory. It is this bottom of the barrel, I am all out of options attitude that finally brings people to the door of Christ, where He has been knocking all the time.(Rev. 3:20) When all else has failed, and we have exhausted all of our resources; often times we look up and say GOD HELP!!!!!!!

At this moment in time Mordecai and the Jewish people had a choice. Option one give up. Option two turn to Christ and fast and pray for deliverance. Mordecai and Esther chose option two. They had the determination required to change their situation. They said to God here is all we are and all we have. They looked to God and God heard their cry. Are you desperate for anything in your life? Do you have a broken relationship or a seemingly constant financial battle? Maybe you need a better job or are simply unsure of the direction of your life. Whatever you are facing, ask yourself are you determined enough to see this fast through? It takes guts I mean real unwavering courage to face the turmoil that is our lives, but we don’t have to do it alone. As we continue our journeys look to God for the answers to your troubles. God is faithful and will reveal them to you just as he did for Esther.


Published by Nathanstrom

Ordained Bishop with the Church of God; Cleveland, TN; Senior Pastor at Redemption Place Church of God Allegan, MI. Community Service Chaplain.

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