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The Holy Spirit ALWAYS Thwarts The Flesh – Growth In Esther Blog Series Part 8

Haman’s ego was over-inflated.  He excitedly ran home to share his evil heart with family and friends.  BUT, he met the Holy Spirit (Mordecai) along the way.  Suddenly his demeanor changed.  The Holy Spirit is always there to thwart the flesh and Satan.

Esther 5:9-14 “Then went Haman forth that day joyful and with a glad heart: but when Haman saw Mordecai in the king’s gate, that he stood not up, nor moved for him, he was full of indignation against Mordecai.  Nevertheless Haman refrained himself: and when he came home, he sent and called for his friends, and Zeresh his wife.  And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude of his children, and all the things wherein the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the princes and servants of the king.  Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther the queen did let no man come in with the king unto the banquet that she had prepared but myself; and tomorrow I am invited unto her also with the king.  Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate.  Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto him, Let a gallows be made of fifty cubits high, and tomorrow speak thou unto the king that Mordecai may be hanged thereon: then go thou merrily with the king unto the banquet.  And the thing pleased Haman: and he caused the gallows to be made. 

Haman believed himself to be the most honored in the kingdom.  He boasted of all his successes.  Yet, he considered that worth nothing as long as Mordecai was alive.  Remarkable how the flesh (Haman) is never satisfied.  This is a sharp contrast to the apostle Paul saying all his gains were worthless in comparison to knowing Jesus Christ intimately.  I concur.  Philippians 3:7-11 “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.  Yea doubtless, and I count ALL things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.  And be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death; if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.” 

Haman figured he had it in with King Ahasuerus and could easily influence him – as evidenced when he tricked the king to authorize the extermination of all God’s people.  Haman will now execute the hanging of Mordecai; he only needs the king’s permission.

The flesh will always attempt to execute (silence) the Holy Spirit in us; it only needs our permission.  But, the Holy Spirit awakens our spirit within to the evil of our flesh – just as Mordecai awakened Esther to the evils of Haman.  Now the Holy Spirit needs our permission to execute our flesh.  Will you give it to Him daily?  As evil as the surroundings and trials are we go through, the Holy Spirit always comes through for us.  We will now see this unfold as Haman approaches King Ahasuerus to have Mordecai hung on the gallows.

Esther 6:1-3 “On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king.  And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthan and Teresh, two of the king’s chamberlains, the keepers of the door, who sought who lay hand on the king Ahasuerus.  And the king said, What honor and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this?  Then said the king’s servants that ministered unto him, There is nothing done for him.”  Here we see God at work behind the scenes by causing King Ahasuerus to have a sleepless night.  God always ensures that His will is carried out – in His time.  (And often He waits for the last minute.  That way we know confidently that it is God who did it.) 

Esther 6:1-3 shows the goodness of Mordecai being shown to King Ahasuerus.  The king is very touched that Mordecai had saved his life.  (We previously saw this event occurring in Esther 2:19-23).  The king now has a deep respect for Mordecai and is considering how to honor him for his good deed.  The king wants to honor Mordecai; Haman has just entered the outer court to receive the king’s permission to hang Mordecai.

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2 thoughts on “The Holy Spirit ALWAYS Thwarts The Flesh – Growth In Esther Blog Series Part 8

  1. The Holy Spirit does indeed overcome the flesh. However there are two ways to think about flesh and two ways to think about its intersection with depression. The Greek word for flesh is sarx, and has the meaning of a transitory substance, prone to corruption, change, and death. In this sense our flesh is our weakness and depression is, like any disease, a feature of being people of weak flesh. However I find profound encouragement in knowing that the Holy Spirit not only overcomes the flesh but does far more indeed. Our flesh, having been overcome, is made holy. Christ put on human flesh and in so doing not only overcame human weakness but made humanity like himself, holy and strong. If holiness only overcame the flesh that would mean death for you and I. But in Christ taking the extra step to sanctify flesh we are made like Him and will never die. The knowledge that Jesus has entered into my weakness, knowing even the deepest parts of my depression, and emerged from the tomb victorious is a daily encouragement to me. As I hope it is to you as well. If the theme of Christ overpowering suffering is of interest to you, I invite you to read a post I wrote on suffering and Christ.

    http://psalmsinpurgatory.com/2011/06/20/suffering/

    Peace

  2. I enjoyed your article on suffering and Christ – very insightful. Thanks for sharing it.

    I also wanted to clarify one thing. When I state the “flesh,” i am referring to the sin nature within every human being that was inherited from the fall of Adam. The flesh is that satanic, sin principle that makes us want to be our own god apart from dependency on the true God.

    The apostle Paul explains this well in chapter 7 of his letter to the Romans. He quotes often that the good he wants to do he cannot. Instead the evil within him does it.

    The flesh gets crucified daily on the cross of Christ – by faith. We die daily as Paul says. We deny ourselves and take up our cross – as Jesus says.

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