“If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. What’s more, who can say but that you have been elevated to the palace for just such a time as this?” Esther 4:14 NLV
God is sovereign, and he will elevate you as his virtuous woman to unique positions that give you access to key people and places so that you may act on his behalf. The elevation is never for your benefit. So as others pat you on the back, don’t forget that God will be glorified. Your accomplishments are always for a greater purpose which is why it is so important that you seek wisdom from the Lord concerning your assignments. Are you willing to take great risks for God? Well Esther did, so let’s take a look at the keys to her success.
Fast, pray and then take action. “Go and gather together all the Jews of Susa and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will do the same. And then, though it is against the law, I will go in to see the king. If I must die, I am willing to die. Esther 4:16. The way to have influence in the upper ranks is to have a lifestyle of staying at the Master’s feet in worship. The courage needed to face difficult tasks and decisions is found when you trust that God is always with you and when you must confront evil, He will be your peace and strength.
Serve your gift. “If Your Majesty is pleased with me and wants to grant my request, please come with Haman tomorrow to the banquet I will prepare for you. Then tomorrow I will explain what this is all about.” Esther 5:8. Your gift is where you excel. It is the tool God placed in you to gain influence and affluence. Esther immediately relied on her gift of hospitality. She was probably known as being an “expert” in hosting wonderful banquets that made her guests feel special, comfortable and more than welcome into her housing quarters. When you serve your gift in excellence, those in positions of authority will listen to you and will rely on you for input.
Understand your spiritual authority. God has delegated spiritual authority to you to utilize in Jesus name. Just as King Xerxes delegated his authority to Queen Esther and Mordecai in Esther 8, what you decree and declare in the name of Jesus will go into effect in the earthly realm. “Now go ahead and send a message to the Jews in the king’s name, telling them whatever you want, and seal it with the king’s signet ring. But remember that whatever is written in the king’s name and sealed with his ring can never be revoked.” Esther 8:8
Your authority in the spirit realm can cause you to influence or reverse decisions that are made by those in positions of authority in the earthly realm. Do not be an intimated believer because you do not have the education, clout, or experience of those in higher positions. Intimidated believers lose their authority in the spirit by default, and consequently, your gift (God’s ability in you) will lie asleep and inactive.
You are seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus. When you let fear paralyze you from acting on God’s word, you give up your seat of authority to the enemy. The people you were supposed to impact on behalf of God suffer due to your disobedience. Chose to be like Esther; bold and courageous because you know that the Lord has a purpose and a plan for your life and those around you.
Lord, I thank you for infusing me with your authentic confidence. I will persevere in doing your will because you are my source of strength. I will confront and conquer my fears in Jesus’ name. I will remember that God is with me wherever I go. I refuse to let fear and intimidation rob me of my destiny. I am empowered. I am victorious. I will not give up my seat of authority to the enemy. I am enabled to do all things through Christ, and He causes me to be triumphant.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.