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Know Your Evil Flesh Well Or Struggle In Your Christian Walk – (Growth In Esther Series Part 14)

The Holy Spirit will always remind us of what occurred 2000 years ago on a hill called Calvary.  He reminds us how the Lamb of God became man and was slain on the cross for every sin ever committed – past, present, and future.  God was reconciling Himself to us. 

II Corinthians 5:18 “And all things are of God; who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.” 

How could one not say “Thank You” to Jesus for such a great salvation?

The Holy Spirit directs our heart, especially, as we read the Word of God.  He will consistently reveal Jesus to us.  He will specifically reveal to us the salvation plans of God for each individual.  The Holy Spirit sure is a special person for us. 

Yet, as we saw in our study of Esther, the struggle within of our flesh (Haman) and the Holy Spirit (Mordecai) is an ongoing daily one.

How often have you felt this struggle?  Within your members, there is something that wants to honor Christ and, at the same time, there is something that wants to hang Him.  This basically is the struggle we undergo; it cannot be avoided.

No matter how successful or popular our flesh is in the eyes of the world, it will always attempt to destroy the Holy Spirit and God’s children – to hang them on the gallows.  Remember this is what Haman always attempted to do.  He was the Jews’ enemy and it did not matter how successful or popular he was as long as Mordecai was alive.

Yet, as we undergo this battle, it is remarkable how we tenaciously still put confidence in the flesh and resist the Holy Spirit.  This is how strong our flesh is.  How challenging it is for the Holy Spirit to “woo” us from the flesh to Himself.  We can hear countless teachings/sermons and read often how evil our flesh is and “That no flesh should glory in His presence.”  (I Corinthians 1:29)  However, because the flesh has controlled us for so long, we easily yield control of our lives to it.  We will not permit the Holy Spirit to root its evilness out of the depths of our heart.  Therefore, we behave like King Saul (1 Samuel 15:15) and keep the best of the flesh to offer to God in worship and in praise.  We offer to God our works in the flesh – despite God already condemning them.

The flesh will do anything to manipulate the situation to its own benefit.  Somehow the flesh will always try to make a situation beneficial for it.  It will do anything to dethrone Christ from His rightful possession (us). 

Even when the flesh realizes Christ is gaining more access into the believer’s heart and life, the flesh will then attempt to keep this from repeating further.  For the flesh knows that it is powerless against the Holy Spirit.  So it will attempt to confuse the believer’s mind with other things that will keep him busy for Jesus or lure him away from finding the riches of Jesus in him.  II Corinthians 11:3 “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your mind should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” 

The flesh will actively attempt to make the Christian practice righteousness – to be a Christian in the power of the flesh. 

The flesh will always go along to keep its true, evil identity hidden.  How often I see Christians volunteering for ministry, when it was really the flesh directing them to volunteer.  I know because I volunteered in the works of the flesh many times.  The flesh knows it cannot cease the Christian from joining Christian ministries, so it ensures its evil nature and agenda remain hidden. 

For its own survival, the flesh gets the Christian to “imitate” Christianity, to imitate Jesus.  The flesh will never miss any opportunity to make the Christian imitate Christ – anything from church attendance, missions, Bible study, prayer, revival, second coming, spiritual gifts, evangelism, deliverance, tithing, Scripture memorization, denominations, financial prosperity, spiritual warfare, rapture, keeping the Sabbath, etc.  You name it and the flesh will be there. 

The flesh can only produce a cheap imitation of the real thing.  And Jesus definitely is NO imitation.  But the Christian imitates Christianity – very zealously and sincerely.  Yet, he is not realizing that Satan has blinded him to the truth of seeing only Jesus.  As the Holy Spirit continues to draw him closer to Jesus, the flesh will divert his attention away from Christ and get it focused on things he can do for Christ.  The flesh will keep him busy and the Holy Spirit unemployed in many areas of his life.  This is so true for many Christians.  We focus more on the gifts than the Giver, on blessings instead of the Blesser.

This is idolatry.  Do you ever see or have you ever experienced a time when Christian work you were involved in became an object of idolatry?  How about today?  Are you, today, involved in Christian work that is an object of idolatry?  Are you more focused on ministry than the love of Jesus?  How often do you boast of your Christian ministry?  Only the Holy Spirit can reveal this to you.  Therefore, without Jesus we cannot do anything (in God’s eyes).  And if Jesus is not the prime motivation of everything we do as a Christian, then we are accomplishing nothing.  We become abysmal failures.  And God expects nothing less.

Our solution is only Truth – Jesus Himself – the only Way, the only Truth, the only Life (John 14:6).  The only language Satan speaks is lies.  There is no truth in him (John 8:44 “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.  He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.  When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”  Since the flesh originates from Satan, it only speaks lies. 

One thing is always certain – the Truth of God never changes.  Truth is the very nature of God Himself.  Truth is a fact that must be expressed.

Since Jesus (Truth) never changes, the truth of His message and plan of salvation never changes.  So also does the nature of Satan and the flesh never change.  They may try to convince us that it does, but when you realize that all they speak are lies, that should settle the matter.  Lying is their native language.  They may oppose, confuse, distort, manipulate, sulk, persecute, slander, gossip, covet, etc. anything from the primary truth.  They want you to believe it to be a simple truth – to compromise with sin.  But even a little lie distorts the truth.  A lie is a lie.  Truth is truth.  And the convincing truth is Satan and the flesh are natural liars.  In fact, “lying” has never been part of God’s vocabulary.

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Mordecai For Today – Growth In Esther Blog Series – Part 13

The life restored through Mordecai is the same life restored to us through the Holy Spirit – the very life of God.  God resurrects a spiritual dead body by inhabiting it Himself, to permanently take up residence.  God restores the life of Christ to us, the life originally lost when Adam sinned.  And when God takes up residence, He has no intention of leaving.  Outstanding!

Haman, though, and his ten sons will always attempt to have a say in that.  But, the Holy Spirit will NEVER bow to the flesh.  God is always so relaxed whenever we are spiritually attacked.  God sort of has “fun” with us – watching us extract all our self-attempts to overcome the attack.  God wants us to become drained out of all self-effort.  In that way, we become so embarrassed and realize we have actually been fighting and struggling against God’s own attempts to overcome the spiritual attack.

Jacob wrestling with God in Genesis 32:24-31 is an excellent example of this.  “And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.  And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.  And He said, Let Me go for the day breaketh.  And he (Jacob) said, I will not let Thee go, except Thou bless me.  And He said unto him, What is thy name?  And he said, Jacob.  And He said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men and hast prevailed.  And Jacob asked Him, and said, Tell me, I pray Thee, Thy name.  And He said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after My name?  And He blessed him there.  And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have see God face to face, and my life is preserved.  And as he passed over Penuel the son rose upon him, and he halted (limped) unto his thigh.” 

Jacob’s name means a “sneak,” a “cheat,” a “swindler.”  And Jacob was true to his name as evidenced by the way that he swindled the birthright to be in the messianic line of Jesus away from his brother Esau.  Jacob wasted many years (20) before he was ready to enter his inheritance from Abraham and Isaac.  He actually fought against God for many years.  This is what occurred as he wrestled with the angel of God.  It was not until Jacob finally admitted who he really was, what his name meant, that the struggling against God ceased.  Jacob had exhausted all his self-effort to overcome his obstacles, not realizing he himself was his biggest obstacle.

This so easily relates to us today.  Not until we admit that we are sinners by nature, by birth (as when Jacob finally acknowledged he was a swindler) can God really begin to deal with our heart.  God will then make us men and women after His own heart.  God overwhelms us with the intimate love of Jesus.  Being overwhelmed by the intimate love of Jesus can never be measured on a human level, but on a spiritual (God’s) level.

I don’t mean to sidetrack you, but it is necessary for you to see the following Scripture also so the depths of your dependency on God can resonate in you.  II Corinthians 12:7-10 “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.  For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.  And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for thy strength is made perfect in weakness.  Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then am I strong.”  Again we see how once the apostle Paul stops fighting against God, he becomes immediately blessed by seeing the grace of God.  He began using Satan’s thorn in the flesh to his advantage as a Christian.  “In Paul’s weakness, Christ becomes his strength.” 

Jacob and Paul both began cooperating with God once they saw God’s hand in the midst of their adversities.  They ceased their self-effort to rebuke and pray the trial away.  They ceased wrestling against God.  Instead, they rested in the love and care of God – totally surrendering and abandoning themselves to him so He can work out His will through them.  They were only resting in love.

The same is also very true for us.  May we learn to rest in the love and care of Mordecai (the Holy Spirit) so He can walk out His will through us.  Alleluia!  When we reach the end of our rope, like Jacob, we acknowledge our shortcomings and see God clearer in the midst of us.  It is easier to turn it over to Him.

To remind us to always be dependent on Him, God then leaves us with a limp, just as He left Jacob with one. 

As evidenced by King Ahasuerus totally trusting Mordecai to run his kingdom, we also are to totally trust and surrender to the Holy Spirit.  We must trust Him entirely with our life, to permit Him absolute control over every area of our life.  For if we believe the Holy Spirit to be God and if we believe He knows what is best for us, trusting Him should only come natural.

The Holy Spirit has so much love to overflow us with.  For us to enter into the fullness of His love, He needs direct access to every corner of our life, especially the dark, hidden corners within our hearts that only we know about.  This reminds me of a dream people frequently have where Jesus visits their home.  They gladly show Him around the house – every spotless room and closet – except one.  When Jesus desires to see that one, the people resist and put up a strong front – because the room or closet is dirty, dark, and hidden.  They prefer to keep it that way.  They prefer to keep it locked.  Yet, the Holy Spirit is not shocked at our reactionary defense.  If we really know Him and trust Him, we would gladly open the door, despite the enormous pain that will be revealed.  This is the depth of His love for us.  What a God!  He wants to heal your deep pain with His love.  Only He can.

And because the Holy Spirit wants to tear and break our heart (in order to give us a new heart – God’s very own), it is a very painful process to go through.  Don’t cover up the sins anymore.  Let the Holy Spirit at them.  You will respond just like David and, through pure repentance, be restored to the intimate love of Jesus.  God will heal your broken heart.  Guaranteed!

The Holy Spirit Runs Our House – Growth In Esther Blog Series Part 12

With the Christian life now at rest in Jesus, it is important not to become complacent.  Otherwise, Haman will sneak back in.  Esther saw this and wanted to eradicate any memory of Haman. 

Esther 8:3-10 “And Esther spake yet again before the king, and fell down at his feet, and besought him with tears to put away the mischief of Haman the Agagite, and his device that he had devised against the Jews….  And (Esther) said, If it please the king, and if I have found favour in his sight, and the things seems right before the king, and I be pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to reverse the letters devised by Haman the son of Hammedetha the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy the Jews which are in all the king’s provinces: for how can I endure to see the evil that shall come unto my people?  Or how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred?  Then the King Ahasuerus said unto Esther the queen and to MORDECAI THE JEW, Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and him they have hanged upon the gallows, because he laid his hand upon the Jews.  Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh you, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s ring: for the writing which is written in the king’s name, and sealed with the king’s ring, may no man revise… and IT WAS WRITTEN ACCORDING TO ALL MORDECAIS COMMANDED UNTO THE JEWS….  And he (Mordecai) sealed it with the king’s ring….”  Esther remembered Exodus 15 that God was at war with Amalek.  She sees God eradicating the memory of Amalek.  She is just letting Him do it through Mordecai.  Amen!  Well done, Esther! 

As long as we live in a sin-sick world, remnants of flesh (Haman and his ten sons) will always linger around trying to surface at any opportunity.  This is why it is a daily dying to flesh in our walk.

Only the Holy Spirit can crucify our flesh.  This again is amplified in the action of King Ahasuerus (the human soul).  He trusted the bond between his queen (the human spirit) and Mordecai (the Holy Spirit).  He trusted Mordecai so much that he spoke directly to him as to what actions to take in his name – actions that are not sinful and actions that will bring glory to God.

King Ahasuerus could now rest in the love and care of Mordecai.  We also can now rest in the love and care of Jesus.  What a Magnificent God!  What a Splendid Salvation!

Esther 8:15-17 “And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a garment of fine linen and people: and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad.  The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour.  And in every province, and in every city, withsoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day.  And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them. 

Mordecai does not need Haman to strut him around and show off.  He is quite able of bringing glory to Himself alone.  This is an excellent analogy of the Holy Spirit alone being glorified in the Christian’s life. 

The Holy Spirit does not need our carnal flesh to show off His works.  When the carnal flesh is involved, the flesh will be glorified.  However, when the Christian rests in the pure love of Jesus, the presence of the Holy Spirit is easily seen. 

For the Christian is hid in Christ; Jesus is his new life.  Colossians 3:3-4 “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory.” 

Often, we only need to be in the presence of someone and immediately sense and feel the love of Jesus coming from her naturally.  This is normal Christian living – the love of Jesus naturally flowing out.  The Christian is at rest and the love of Jesus is clearly seen and glorified in the Christian (as evidenced from our story of Mordecai riding alone publicly in royal splendor). 

And the city of Shushan rejoiced.  There was peace in Shushan because King Ahasuerus (the human soul) made peace with Mordecai (the Holy Spirit). 

The Holy Spirit now ran his house.  Again this is quite a contrast when Haman earlier was calling the shots.  After issuing the order to execute the Jews, the king and Haman sat down to feast.  And the city of Shushan was perplexed.  We saw this previously in Esther 3:8-15.  Now, though, their king was making the correct decision to let Mordecai, not Haman, wear the signet ring.  Now all have reason to celebrate the king’s banquet.  (And the Body of Christ rejoices in Jesus.)

Before you knew it, such a reverential fear of the Lord began to grow throughout the kingdom.  The people (non-Jews) saw such deliverance, and that so quickly, by the hand of God that many converted to Judaism.  They thought, “If this is the God of Israel and He loves His people so much to deliver them the way He did, then that is the God we want to know, love, and serve.  We neither want to be like Haman (the enemy of the Jews) nor wind up like him (hung on the gallows).”  Amen!  Yes He is!  That is our God. 

The king decreased and Mordecai increased (John 3:30).  Esther 9:2-5 “The Jews gathered themselves together in their cities throughout all the provinces of the King Ahasuerus, to lay hands on such as sought their hurt: and no man could withstand them; for the fear of them fell upon all people.  And all the rulers of the provinces, and all the lieutenants, and the deputies, and officers of the king, helped the Jews; because the fear of Mordecai fell upon themFor Mordecai was great in the king’s house, and his fame went out throughout all the provinces: for this man Mordecai waxed greater and greater.  Thus the Jews smote all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, and slaughter, and destruction, and did what they would unto those that hated them.” 

RESTING IN MORDECAI – Growth In Esther Blog Series Part 11

Resting In Mordecai

 With the evil Haman out of the way, it was now time for King Ahasuerus to rest and trust in the one who always looked out for him, Mordecai (the Holy Spirit). This is now the second time Mordecai has saved the life of King Ahasuerus.  With Haman gone, King Ahasuerus now begins to understand the significance and relationship of Mordecai and Esther in his life.  The wrong man was evicted; the right man is now in residence to take over.

May we also do this.  May we just rest in the love and grace of Jesus (Matthew 11:28-30).  His Holy Spirit (our Mordecai) takes over.  Because of Mordecai’s involvement in his life, King Ahasuerus could only cherish more deeply his choice of Esther as his queen.  Esther 8:1-2 “On that day did the King Ahasuerus give the house of Haman the Jews’ enemy unto Esther the queen.  And Mordecai came before the king; for Esther had told what he was unto her.  And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai.  And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman. 

What an excellent example of our own walk in Jesus this is!  Our soul (King Ahasuerus) now trusts our human spirit (Queen Esther) with its life.  Our human spirit introduces the human soul to the Holy Spirit (Mordecai).  Our human soul sees the relationship of its spirit and the Holy Spirit – through adoption.  Now all work in unison so God becomes glorified.  Magnificent!

Esther puts Mordecai in charge over the house of Haman.  The king places his signet ring on Mordecai’s finger.  He explicitly trusts Mordecai because of his love for Esther.  He also sees how Mordecai has always looked out for him and his queen.  He was blind before trusting Haman.  He does not want to repeat the mistake.  He realizes that he must live in 100% dependence on Mordecai every day.  WOW!  What a lesson for us!  We must be 100% dependent on Jesus for everything.

Sound familiar?  There is now “rest” in the king’s life, in the king’s kingdom.  He has permitted Mordecai to take over and live His life through the king.  Only the love of Mordecai through Esther now motivates the king’s actions.

This is the same for you.  Only Jesus can live the Christian life through you.  Only the love of the Holy Spirit in you is to motivate your every action.  King Ahasuerus, as the human soul, gives Mordecai (the Holy Spirit) complete access to his mind, emotions, and will.

The Holy Spirit now has free reign in the Christian to glorify Jesus – exactly what Jesus said the Holy Spirit would do.

What a Great Life in Christ we have!  Praise His Glorious Name!

WHAT A HANGING! – Growth In Esther Blog Series Part 10

Once the parade was over, the sulking flesh of Haman ran home to pout and cry.  He needed attention and was only going to get it from his evil family and friends. Flesh loves company with other flesh.

The sulking heart of a beaten flesh always looks for a pitiful shoulder to cry on.  (I often feel like this when I seek out my friends first, instead of Jesus.)  Haman needed to reorganize his plans for his next step.  But, the Holy Spirit always comes out ahead of the flesh when He has free reign in the believer’s life.

King Ahasuerus (The human soul) is about, through Queen Esther (the human spirit), to have the truth revealed about Mordecai (the Holy Spirit) and Haman (the flesh).  Like King Ahasuerus, when the truth about the flesh and Spirit is revealed, we daily must make wise choices to crucify the flesh and live by the Spirit.  May only Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, be glorified in our lives.

The Holy Spirit, through Esther, is about to move in for the kill of Haman.  The Holy Spirit never hesitates.  And Haman’s own plan he constructed (to hang Mordecai on the gallows) will be used to hang himself instead.  As Haman sulked at home and the gallows for Mordecai were ready, the Holy Spirit springs into action to have Haman hung on his own gallows.  And what a hanging it will be! 

Esther 7:1-6 “So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen.  And the king said again unto Esther on the second day of the banquet of wine, What is thy petition, Queen Esther?  And it shall be granted thee: and what is thy request?  And it shall be performed, even to the half of the kingdom.  Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favour in thy sight, O King, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request: for we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, to perish.  But if we had been sold for bondmen and bandwomen, I had held my tongue, although the enemy could not countervail the king’s damage.  Then the King Ahasuerus answered and said unto Esther the queen, Who is he, and where is he, that durst presume in his heart to do so?  And Esther said, The adversary and enemy is this wicked HamanThen Haman was afraid before the king and the queen.” 

The flesh must be crucified daily and immediately if the born again, child of God is to enjoy life in Christ to the fullest. 

King Ahasuerus (The human soul) was now aware of the conflict in his palace between Haman (the flesh) and Esther (his human spirit).  If he continued to permit Haman to call the shots in his name, to represent him, then the queen would need to be killed.  There was no exception.  Esther was a Jew and King Ahasuerus unknowingly (through Haman) ordered the death of his spirit, his queen.

This is the same daily challenge that we face:

  1. To crucify our Haman so the love of Jesus flows from us or
  2. To let Haman run our life and quench (hang on the gallows) the Holy Spirit.

That is what the king contemplated when he faced this truth.  Again, the same is for us when we see the truth.  An immediate choice must be made.  Let our spirit be as Esther replied, The adversary and enemy is this WICKED Haman, my flesh.

Once you see this truth exposed of your wicked flesh, Haman will go into a desperate panic for survival.  For no flesh can ever stand up when the Holy Spirit is in action in the born again Christian.  Notice the immediate change in Haman’s demeanor.  He now displayed fear before the king and queen.

Now King Ahasuerus needed to take immediate action.  The evil truth of Haman has been revealed.  If King Ahasuerus chose none, then Haman would still be in control, Esther soon would be killed, and the Holy Spirit through Mordecai quenched.

But, this was Esther’s finest hourShe learned to die to her own way to handle Haman, and trusted in Mordecai’s directions to overcome him.  All Esther could do is expose Haman’s evil to the king.  It was the king’s authority to act.

That also is all the Holy Spirit can do – show our human spirit the evil of our flesh.  Our human spirit then attempts to direct our human soul (King Ahasuerus) to make the proper decisions between the flesh and the spirit.

Esther 7:7-10 “And the king arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath went into the palace garden: and Haman stood up to make request for his life to Esther the queen; for he saw there was evil determined against him by the king.  Then the king returned out of the palace garden into the place of the banquet of wine; and Haman was fallen upon the bed whereon Esther was.  Then said the king, Will he force the queen also before me in the house? As the word went out of the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face.  And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who had spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman.  Then the king said, Hang him thereon.  So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai.  Thus was the king’s wrath pacified.”  Well done, King Ahasuerus!

Haman pleads for his own life.  Yet, he had neither reservation nor hesitation to take the life of all God’s people.  This is Haman’s stupidity – the stupidity of flesh.  This just shows what a “crybaby” the flesh and Satan are.

Your flesh will cry for mercy to you to save its life.  But, be assured, your flesh will NEVER have mercy on you. 

You compromise with Haman at your own risk. 

This is why Haman must be crucified.  Flirt with sin at your own expense, for all whom you are responsible for will also suffer.  Yes, when you are flirting with sin, think of those you are responsible for, who depend on you.

Spare your flesh, but your flesh will NEVER spare you. 

Remember Saul and the Amalekites (1 Samuel 15).  One compromises with flesh at one’s own expense.  You see how desperate the flesh gets when Haman throws himself on Esther’s bed, while she is laying on it.  This is one of the utmost types of disgrace one can give in that culture.

This is how desperate the flesh is for survival.  It knows the Holy Spirit is moving in for the kill, to crucify it; so it acts in desperation with such outlandish behavior.  Fortunately, King Ahasuerus (the human soul) made the correct choice.  The result is Haman is hung on his own gallows.  Alleluia!

Yes, give the flesh enough room and it will hang itself.  Amen!

Neither God’s people nor we will hang on the gallows because 2000 years ago Someone hung on a Roman’s gallows and conquered sin, death, flesh, and the devil for all time.  He now has risen us with Him into new creations and seated us in heavenly places with Him.  2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”  What a magnificent God we have!  ALLELUIA!  GLORY TO HIS NAME FOREVER!  “Do You Know Him?” 

The Holy Spirit ALWAYS Irritates & Fools The Flesh – Growth In Esther Blog Series Part 9

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.

This is the example of the internal spiritual struggle we go through daily.  We want to honor God the Holy Spirit while at the same time our flesh wants to hang Him. 

How well can you relate?  Talk about confusion.)  King Ahasuerus (The human soul) has not yet recognized his conflict.  King Ahasuerus is not yet aware of the intimate love between his Queen Esther and Mordecai.

Esther 6:4-9 “And the king said, Who is in the court?  Now Haman was come into the outward court of the king’s house, to speak unto the king to hang Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for him.  And the king’s servants said unto him, Behold, Haman standeth in the court.  And the king said, Let him come in.  So Haman came in.  And the king said unto him, What shall be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour?  Now Haman thought in his heart, To whom would the king delight to do honour more than to myself?  And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king delighteth to honour, let the royal apparel be brought which the king useth to wear, and the horse that the king rideth upon, and the crown royal which is set upon his head: and let this apparel and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king’s most noble princes, that they may array the man withal whom the king delighteth to honour, and bring him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaim before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delighteth to honour.” 

Haman did not even have a chance to petition the king to have Mordecai hung.  But, we can only imagine the happiness he felt upon hearing about the honor that the king wanted to bestow.  Who, but himself, could this be for?  After all, he had it in with the king, evidenced by him wearing the king’s signet ring.  And now he had it in with the queen.  It was to be two consecutive nights of banqueting – just Haman with the king and queen.  Now, in between the two banquets, the king wants to honor him.  Nothing could top this weekend for Haman!  Just imagine his puffed-up pride.  This is “HAMAN WEEKEND!”

Haman is such an excellent example of how the flesh works.  The flesh always wants to be the center of attention and to have unlimited power.  The flesh will do whatever it has to secure this power.  It will deceive, manipulate, pacify, murder, sulk, etc.  The flesh will never reveal its true, evil intentions.  Otherwise, it might not get its way.  The flesh will adapt itself to any situation in order to keep its identity and evil agenda hidden.  We will see this abrupt change again in Haman (from happiness to disappointment) when he hears the king’s reply to his suggestion.

Mordecai ALWAYS seems to get under Haman’s skin.

The Holy Spirit, also, ALWAYS irritates our flesh.

Esther 6:10-14 “Then the king said to Haman, Make haste, and take the apparel and the horse, as thou hast said, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew, that sitteth at the king’s gate: let nothing fail of all that thou hast spoken.  Then took Haman the apparel and the horse, and arrayed Mordecai and brought him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaimed before him, Thus shall it be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour.  And Mordecai came again to the king’s gate.  But Haman hasted to his house mourning, and having his head covered.  And Haman told Zeresh his wife and all his friends every thing that had befallen him.  Then said his wise men and Zeresh his wife unto him, If Mordecai be the seed of the Jews, before whom thou hast begun to fall, thou shalt not prevail against him, but shalt surely fall before him.  And while they were yet talking with him, came the king’s chamberlains, and hastened to bring Haman unto the banquet that Esther had prepared.” 

Poor Haman!  Poor Flesh!  Haman was stunned by the king’s request to honor Mordecai.  Haman thought, “How could Mordecai gain access to the king and be in favor with him?  How could Mordecai slip past me?” 

My personal answer to Haman (and to my flesh) is, “Easy, Haman!  Mordecai is the Holy Spirit, Someone you are powerless against when He has free reign in a Christian’s life.  He crucified you on Calvary.  I see you need to be reminded again.”  If Mordecai had favor with King Ahasuerus, then Haman knew it was only a matter of time before his evil intentions will be revealed.  He was so befuddled as to how Mordecai gained the trust of King Ahasuerus.

Purposely, the flesh forgets about Calvary and its death there.

There was no time to speculate; Haman had to act quickly to save face – just as our flesh always trys to do.  Haman knew to keep his mouth shut and go along with the king’s orders to honor Mordecai.

Before Haman could sulk, he needed to “parade” Mordecai around, dressed in the king’s royal apparel.  Haman decided to “fake” his intentions toward Mordecai and boast through his voice the “good” things of Mordecai that King Ahasuerus wanted recognized.

Haman “parading” Mordecai before others is an example of a carnal Christian boasting (parading) about his Christian works in the power of the flesh – just as Saul did by sparing the “best” of the Amalekites to offer up to God.

The flesh parades the Holy Spirit in front of people – only because the flesh wants to be recognized and glorified.  The flesh wants attention, always.  How sickening!  This is such a pathetic sight – the flesh “masquerading” to honor its enemy, the Holy Spirit.  May only the Holy Spirit be seen in all our actions.  And no Haman whatsoever.

May we never compromise with our Haman flesh.  Christians frequently offer “flesh” Christian works and ministry to God when He has already condemned them.  Then they boast about them to show off.  This must cease.  May we only boast of Jesus.


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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IF I PERISH, I PERISH – Growth In Esther blog series Part 7

The depths of Esther’s love relationship with Mordecai easily made her trust him.  As always, the same is for us.  The deeper our relationship is with Jesus, the deeper and easier our trust in Him becomes.

Esther accepted death, especially to herself, and acted on “faith” to trust Mordecai to turn the tables and crush Haman.  Mordecai would do the work through her.  Alleluia!  Just watch God in action.  He will do the same in your life.

Esther 4:15-17 “Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye with me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.  So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him.”  Notice that Esther chose three days.  What does three days represent?  Amen!  Esther was walking in the power of the third day – resurrection victory.  She died to herself (“If I perish, I perish.”) and rose three days later in newness of life – totally abandoned to Mordecai to work divinely through her.  She once again totally surrendered herself to Mordecai (as she had always done in her life).  And we see how prepared Mordecai was and how he respected Esther’s choices.  Once Esther gave him instructions, Mordecai immediately obeyed.  Fasting and prayer to draw close to God’s heart are outstanding.

What an excellent example of living the Christian life Esther is for us!  Esther is someone who learned well to die to flesh (Haman) and to be totally dependent on the Holy Spirit (Mordecai) to live the Christian life through her.  I can just picture the joy in Mordecai’s face as his beloved Esther went forward that day.  Mordecai had such joy as he left his Esther to prepare for his own meeting on the third day to embarrass Haman at the king’s gate.  Absorb these lessons well and often.  Outstanding!

Esther 5:1-8 “Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the king’s house, and against the king’s house: and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against the gate of the house.  And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favor in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand.  So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre.  Then said the king unto her, What will thou, Queen Esther?  And what is thy request?  It shall be given thee to the half of the kingdom.  And Esther answered, If it seemed good unto the king, let the king and Haman come this day unto the banquet that I have prepared for him.  Then the king said, Cause Haman to make haste, that he may do as Esther hath said.  So the king and Haman came to the banquet that Esther had prepared…  And the king said unto Esther at the banquet of wine, What is thy petition?  And it shall be granted thee: and what is thy request?  Even to the half of the kingdom it shall be performed.  Then Esther answered, and said, My petition and my request is; if I have found favor in the sight of the king, and if it please the king to grant my petition, and to perform my request, let the king and Haman come to the banquet that I shall prepare for them, and I will do to morrow as the king hath said.” 

Haman’s ego must have inflated beyond measure.  After all, only he was invited to the feast with the king and queen – and not just one day, but eventually two.  Haman must have thought, “I so easily influence the king; the queen will be next.  Why else would she request me as the only guest?”  But, the Holy Spirit was working behind the scenes to get His plan in place to destroy Haman.  The flesh has no understanding, except defeat, when the Spirit of God takes over.  Alleluia!

JUST WAIT….


THE HOLY SPIRIT GRIEVED – Part 5 of Growth In Esther Blog Series

 The Holy Spirit Grieved

 King Ahasuerus can represent the born again Christian, for Mordecai (Holy Spirit) had adopted Esther (human spirit).  Yet, King Ahasuerus (human soul) and Queen Esther (human spirit) were completely unaware of Haman’s (flesh) evil intentions.  (In spite of them being unaware, Haman was also unaware that both Mordecai and Queen Esther were related through adoption.)

We, Christians, claim and witness that Jesus is our Savior.  Yet strutting around our palace and calling the shots is our Haman (flesh).  We so easily turn a “blind eye” to sin.  We see Esther (human spirit) completely oblivious to Haman (flesh) and his agenda to destroy her and her people.  She shared the same table with him, greeted him daily, and passed him in the palace halls often.

Yes, Haman knew quite well how to camouflage his disguise.  (This is so typical of how the flesh disguises from us its evil intentions.)  Haman would walk around the palace with his sweet smile, but underneath was the venom to lethally poison God’s children.  This is an excellent and accurate description of the flesh’s intention for us.  Our flesh masquerades its evil intentions from us, only to lethally poison us later as the Lord draws us closer to Him.  Trust Haman at your own risk.  You will certainly fail.

How could Queen Esther and King Ahasuerus find out the evil intentions of Haman?  How can Haman’s plan be uncovered before it is carried out?  How could God’s people be saved?  The answer for Queen Esther and King Ahasuerus (and for us) is Mordecai the Holy Spirit – God Himself.  Amen!

Only Mordecai (the Holy Spirit) can reveal to us the true identity of our Haman (flesh).  Only God knows the thoughts of all men.  Only God knows the depths of evil from Haman.  Fortunately, for us, God does not sit by idly watching His children suffer or perish unnecessarily.  God unconditionally loves and accepts each child of His.  And, like any loving parent, He watches over us to protect us from Haman.  But, the Holy Spirit can only get our attention to draw us close to Him.  Then, the evil motives of Haman will be revealed.

The Holy Spirit can only reveal Haman and his evil intentions to us.  The Holy Spirit will not force His will on us.  Otherwise, it would not be love.  The Holy Spirit directs; we must choose to see and recognize our Haman flesh and then crucify it on Calvary’s cross.  Then, we can grow deeper and purer in the intimate love of Jesus.  Outstanding!

This is exactly what begins to occur as Mordecai attempts to reveal to King Ahasuerus (through Queen Esther) the evil nature of Haman and his intentions to kill all the Jews, including his queen.  King Ahasuerus is not even aware that the death order he signed to exterminate the Jews is intended for his queen also.

This is how blind one becomes when trusting Haman.  The Holy Spirit (through Mordecai) is now grieved and hurting at the current situation – the pending death of His people.  And King Ahasuerus is totally oblivious to it.  The Holy Spirit (Mordecai) must now take action into His own hands.  Thank God He always does.

Esther 4:1-3 When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and CRIED WITH A LOUD AND BITTER CRY; and came even before the king’s gate: for none might enter into the king’s gate clothed with sackcloth.  And in every province, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.” 

The Holy Spirit is deeply grieved when we sin and hurt Him.  Mordecai excellently portrays this example of grieving.  Mordecai rent his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, went into the midst of the city, and released a loud and bitter cry.  This is what the Holy Spirit does in your heart when sin and the flesh are controlling you.  He is grieving, yet He strongly desires to get your attention.  And He will get your attention because of the deep love between the two of you.

The Holy Spirit will go out into the midst of your heart and release the loudest, grieving cry you can ever hear.  Has this ever occurred to you?  You are stunned by His precious love.  You are stopped dead in your tracks, because you love and care about Jesus so much.  The Holy Spirit has gotten your attention.  You do not understand, nor ask, why the Holy Spirit is grieved.  So you try to comfort Him while He grieves.

Comforting the Holy Spirit, and yet being oblivious as to why He is grieving, is what Queen Esther attempts to do to Mordecai upon hearing of his wailing in sackcloth and ashes.  Esther loved Mordecai (her adopted father) so much that she would do anything to ease his pain.  It grieved her to see Mordecai like this – even though she does not know why he is grieving.

We, like Esther, attempt to cover the Holy Spirit in grief by silencing Him.  But, the Holy Spirit will never be silenced because the Holy Spirit wants to speak to our human spirit.  And Esther (human spirit) was now being prepared to hear Mordecai.  Amen!  Are you ready to hear the Holy Spirit during His grief?

Esther 4:4-9 “So Esther’s maids and her chamberlains came and told it to her.  There was the queen exceedingly grieved; and she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take away his sackcloth from him: but he received it not.  Then called Esther for Hatach, one of the king’s chamberlains, whom he had appointed to attend upon her, and gave him a commandment to Mordecai, to know what it was, and why it was.  So Hatach went forth to Mordecai unto the street of the city, which was before the king’s gate.  And Mordecai told him of all that had happened unto him, and of the sum of the money that Haman had promised to pay to the king’s treasures for the Jews, to destroy them.  Also he gave them the copy of the writing of the decree that was given at Shushan to destroy them, to show it unto Esther, and to declare it unto her, and to charge her that she should go unto the king, to make supplication unto him, and to make request before him for her people.  And Hatach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai.” 

Esther was now ready to hear from her spiritual father Mordecai.  What a shock it must have been to her that Haman’s plans are now revealed!  How many times have you been shocked when a plan of Satan through your flesh was suddenly revealed to you?  Especially when it unknowingly had control over you.  Fortunately, Esther loved and trusted Mordecai deeply.  She knew his words were always truthful.  Esther’s trust and love for Mordecai is the same trust and love we are to have for the Holy Spirit.  Why not, after all that Jesus has done for us?  Amen!

With this type of relationship, the Holy Spirit easily reveals the evil intentions of Satan and the flesh.  The next step is, “Are you ready to act by faith to the Holy Spirit’s instructions?”  This is the question Esther had to face when Mordecai instructed her what needed to be done.  We will see in Esther’s response that she was not yet prepared to go before the king.  She again had to prepare herself “spiritually” and “mentally” for the situation and abandon herself totally to the trust and care of Mordecai, who had always done what was good for her.  Mordecai was always there for Esther.  Esther could always count on him.  Amen!

How well this correlates to our growth with Jesus as we totally abandon ourselves to the care of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is always there for us.  The Holy Spirit can always be counted on.  In our weakness is definitely Jesus’ strength.  Esther was faced with the challenge to die to her own way of doing things so she could trust Mordecai to defeat Haman.  So must you die to your way of living the Christian life so you can completely trust the Holy Spirit to direct God’s will through you to defeat your Haman.  What a magnificent God we have!

Esther 4:10-14 “Again Esther spoke unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto Mordecai, All the king’s servants, and the people of the king’s provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days.  And they told to Mordecai Esther’s words.  Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews.  For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS? 

Esther’s heart was pierced.  Even if she refused to risk death to enter the king’s presence, death would come to her and her father’s family because she was one of God’s people.

The same is for us; Satan and the flesh hate the Holy Spirit and all God’s children.  So they want to kill us no matter what.  It is better to die in the arms and trust of a Loving God than in the snares of Satan and the flesh.

The Holy Spirit will clearly direct the specific instructions for you to follow to defeat the flesh, just like Mordecai directed the specific instructions for Esther to follow to defeat Haman.  And if, for whatever reason, you miss the Holy Spirit’s instructions, God will raise up another child of His who will receive and act on the instructions.

Rest assured: Flesh will never conquer the Holy Spirit.  The flesh may defeat the Christian in some battles, but it will never defeat the Holy Spirit.  That is why we have the cross.  The flesh is dead and buried because of Jesus’ death and resurrection.  (See Romans 6:2-11.)  Glory to His Name!  Esther was born for such a time as this.  It is also for you in 2011 (or whatever year you are reading this).  May the Holy Spirit be glorified through your actions.  For you are “BORN FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS.”  And this will be your finest hour as Jesus is glorified through you.

REMEMBER HAMAN! – Growth In Esther blog series Part 4

Remember Haman! 

Now this brings us back to Haman the Agagite in the story of Esther.  We will now see Haman’s deep hatred of the Jew Mordecai exhibited.

Haman (Flesh) immediately went to King Ahasuerus (the human soul) with his plot to destroy Mordecai (Holy Spirit) and all God’s people.  This is how the flesh works to deceive the human soul with lies (sins) that appear as truth.  This is when we become easily tempted and vulnerable to sin.  We begin to rationalize with our flesh desires.  Then, before we know it, the temptation becomes sin.  James 1:14-15 “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin: when it is finished, bring forth death.” 

The Bible consistently says one thing about sin: Flee from it. 

Esther 3:8-13 “And Haman said unto King Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse from all people; neither keep they the king’s laws: therefore it is not for the king’s profit to suffer them.  If it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed: and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver in the hands of those that have the charge of the business, to bring it into the king’s treasures.  And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it unto Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews’ enemy.  And the king said unto Haman, The silver is given to thee, the people also, to do with them as it seemeth good to thee… and there was written according to ALL Haman had commanded… in the name of King Ahasuerus was it written, and sealed with the king’s ring.  And the letters were sent by posts into all the king’s provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish ALL JEWS both young and old, little children and women, in one day….” 

King Ahasuerus easily trusted the intentions of Haman as good intentions – the same way we easily trust Satan’s temptations of sin in our flesh as good intentions.  Unfortunately, sin is never good no matter how enticing it seems.  Because King Ahasuerus trusted Haman at his word, Haman easily had direct influence to the king’s thoughts.  Haman could easily “mask” his evil intentions as good – exactly as he did when saying “a certain people” would harm the king.

Of course, Haman, just like our flesh, would never mention the people are God’s people.  The king was so easily duped that he automatically took Haman at his word and confirmed it by granting his authority to Haman by giving him his signet ring.  The signet ring is very significant because it carries the owner’s official seal (as when Joseph in Egypt wore Pharaoh’s signet ring.)  The wearer of the signet ring has the authority to represent and take action on behalf of the owner, as he sees fit.

As born again Christians, the Holy Spirit should be wearing our signet ring.  Since the Holy Spirit is our seal, let us give Him our ring as a symbol of trust.  God’s signet ring shows His stamp of approval in His eyes – all because of what Jesus has done on our behalf.  Amen!

  • II Corinthians 1:21-22 “Now He which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and had anointed us, is God; Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.” 
  • Ephesians 1:13 “In Whom (Jesus) ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in Whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise.” 

Yet, there is still the daily battle between the Spirit and the flesh.  The daily outcomes are based on our choices to whom we permit to wear our signet ring, to represent us – either the Holy Spirit or the flesh nature of sin.  Also, as King Ahasuerus easily trusted Haman, fortunately for us, the only true word to trust is God Himself.  Amen!  Alleluia!

Esther 3:15 “The posts went out, being hastened by the king’s commandment, and the decree was given in Shushan the palace.  And the king and Haman sat down to drink; but the city Shushan was perplexed.

Haman came to the king, “Let’s celebrate with a drink.”  The king gladly obliged.  They were celebrating the impending extermination of the Jewish nation.  Unbeknown to King Ahasuerus, his Queen Esther was included.  Yet, the city of Shushan was perplexed.

Have you ever celebrated something with a drink or party (like Haman and the king) only to realize the poor choice for the celebration afterwards?  This is what occurs when you indulge your flesh with sin.  “Let’s party!”  But, people (like those in Shushan) are perplexed, trying to figure out how you can celebrate when death is occurring around you due to the decision you are celebrating. 

Have you (like King Ahasuerus) ever trusted someone (especially another Christian) who wound up deceiving you and/or took advantage of your trust?  I know I have.  Or have you (like Haman) ever abused and taken advantage of the kind deeds of a Christian sister or brother?  Let the Holy Spirit reveal the truth to your heart.  This reminds me of Jesus’ words of wisdom in dealing with people.  Matthew 10:16 “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” 

We need to be wise and innocent when dealing with people, even Christians.  For many Christians have Haman strutting around their palace and calling the shots.  Beware of Haman!  Beware of Haman in carnal Christians!

Never automatically trust a Christian when you first meet.  Permit the Holy Spirit to develop the friendship.  Test the motives of the person’s heart.  The Holy Spirit will reveal whether they are sincere motives to glorify Jesus or if they are motives of the carnal Christian Haman.  The carnal Christian always has a different agenda/motive.  The carnal Christian loves Jesus, but the subtle temptations of the flesh are waiting to be revealed and take over.  Beware The Sweet Smile of The Carnal Christian Haman!

Also, check your own heart before the Lord to ensure your motives are sincere to only glorify Jesus.  I know from experience for I am still learning this lesson.  I love the Lord and love to fellowship with the Body Of Christ.  I did not realize it then, but fortunately now have been realizing that I have an unmet need for acceptance that comes out.  The result is usually that the friendship in Christ grows too quickly.  (He/She usually does the same.  Only trouble can lie ahead.)  My “flesh” need comes from broken relationships.  I am just now grateful to understand this further so I can turn it more over to Jesus to meet this need instead.  Then, I can minimize Haman and not show my sweet Haman smile of the carnal Christian.  Thank You, Jesus!

Knowing the evil, Biblical roots of Haman, it is wise and beneficial to see Haman’s “evil” nature portrayed in the book of Esther.  One can read the book of Esther several times and easily gloss over the significant impact of evil that Haman possesses.

Therefore, I have presented this Scriptural chart to clearly display Haman’s evil portrait of “hating the Jews” and being an “enemy of the Jews.”  Don’t gloss over these points.  They are consistently repeated throughout the book of Esther.  See “evil” for what it truly is.

 

Scripture Profile of Haman’s Hatred

(The Enemy Of The Jews)

 

  • Esther 3:5-6 “And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath.  And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had showed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai.” 
  • Esther 3:10 “And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it unto Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews’ enemy.” 
  • Esther 5:13 “Yet all this availeth me (Haman) nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate.” 
  • Esther 8:1 “On that day did the King Ahasuerus, give the house of Haman the Jews’ enemy unto Esther the queen.” 
  • Esther 9:10 “The ten sons of Haman the son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews, slew they.” 
  • Esther 9:24 “Because of Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, had devised against the Jews to destroy them, and had cast Pur, that is, the lot, to consume them, and to destroy them.” 

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