We have directed our attention to walking as the Bride in the Kingdom of God. We see the spring blossoms begin to open. The garden of love beckons us and the Spirit of God is filling us, all in all. Humility is the 6th tenet.
Pridefulness may not be found in your character at present. You may be wondering why I bring it up. We have a spirit of righteousness developing within us and our spiritual wheels are turning. So far, so good. Caution: There is an adversary. Whether we choose to believe in the existence of Satan or not, we are not exempt from the devices of darkness. As a matter of fact, we become attractive to those seeking the Light and to those in darkness. Why? We are shining bright!
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house (Matt 5:14-15).
Our Light will cause others to want what we have. This is not good for business, if you are in the business of darkness. Enemy tactic #1: self-righteousness. You may think, “That would never happen to me”. Beware! The tactics of the enemy are subtle, which is why so many people believe the adversary does not exist. For instance, you know someone who is struggling with purity or worry. Maybe you have been through the same, yet Christ in you has helped you overcome. Nonetheless, your thoughts about this someone are, “Poor soul, they need to get it together”! The self-righteous spirit forgets that they once walked in the weaknesses that they see in others. They decide to elevate themselves above others. It happens. The Spirit of The Lord is doing such a great work in us that it is easy to forget where we once were. Or maybe we are so thankful for the new path of life that we don’t want to remember.
When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom (Proverbs 11:2).
How did Esther gain the advantage to be selected over the maidens taken from around the Kingdom to go before the King? Hegai, the King’s chamberlain was asked to oversee their preparations to be chosen as bride by the King. A chamberlain was one who managed the household of a monarch or noble. He was the “right hand” man to the King. In our story it says that Hegai had the custody of the women. So it is safe to say he knew what the King liked. Esther (then known as Hadassah) found favor with Hegai over all of the maidens presented to him. We know from the earlier description that Esther was very beautiful but that was to be expected of all the maidens brought to the palace for this opportunity. There is also a spiritual dynamic woven into the picture of who Hegai was. Or is it who it is he may represent? The Holy Spirit whom Jesus Christ spoke of and later asked of the Father to be sent to us is a type of “Right Hand” Man. He makes the Word of The Lord known to our spirits. It is the Holy Spirit who guides us- if we are listening. He makes all things known to us (John 16:13 NIV). It is the Holy Spirit who directs us to walk in the things of God, helping us to become more”attractive” to the Light.
What set Esther apart to be favored by the King’s chamberlain?, I wondered. What will set me apart and make me attractive to the Holy Spirit? We have the Holy Spirit within us if we have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ. Which brings us to this point in our journey-Have you accepted Jesus Christ as Lord of your life? Do you understand that Our Heavenly Father gave HIS Son Jesus as a representative of the Father to demonstrate HIS Love for us? Do you believe that taking your SELF off of the throne of your life and placing Jesus Christ upon that throne will not only save you from a future darkness but He came that you may have an abundant life in the present? If the answers are yes, fantastic. Just checking! If not, receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit in your life.
“Lord Jesus, come into my life to help me to live the abundant life that you came to provide for me. I believe you walked this earth to demonstrate the Father’s love for me and to direct me to the Highest and Best in God for my life. Today I accept the Father’s precious gift and I receive you as Lord and Savior”.
That’s it. Things are about to change!