# 1 - Be Ready to Stand

EACH OF US HAVE A SET OF TOOLS IN LIFE

We Have a Voice – to Speak Up

We Have a Vote – to Take a Stand

We Have a Vocation – an Ability or a Position

LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF ESTHER – Esther 2:5-17

God Puts Each of Us in a Place Where We Can Shine.    Matthew 5:16

God’s Gift Blesses When We Use It to Serve Others.         1 Peter 4:10

God’s Favor is Won by Being Willing to Learn & Grow.                              1 Peter 3:3,4; 4:11 

# 2 - Stand With The Truth

WHY DOES PERSECUTION HAPPEN?  1 Peter 4:12,13

Because Jesus Said It Would Even Though God is in Control!

Jesus Says That in Persecution We Can Have Joy!

It Is Part of Being on God’s Side.

 

Esther 2:21-3:6

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE TEACH ABOUT PERSECUTION? 1 Peter 4:14-16

It Happens When Good Stands Up to Evil.

It Often Spills Over to Those Who Are Vulnerable.

It Doesn’t Last Forever and there is Help.

 

HOW DO WE RESPOND TO PERSECUTION? 1 Peter 4:17-19

Focus on the Example of Jesus.

See It as an Opportunity for Growth.

Look for Good Christian Support.

# 3 - Raising the Spiritual Temperature

Respond When We See Trials Coming – Esther 4:1-3

Hear the Call to Stand against Evil – Esther 4:4-8

Recognize the Obstacles in the Way – Esther 4:9-11

See the Greater Issues at Stake – Esther 4:12-14

Hear God’s Call to Action – Esther 4:15-17
   • Gather Support
   • Seek God’s Direction
   • Fulfill Your Role

# 4 - Humility Stands Before Pride

ESTHER TAKES THE HUMBLE APPROACH – Esther 5:1-8
She Approaches with a Mindset of Seeking
She Was Sensitive to Cultural Expectations
She Creates a Climate of Serving

HAMAN IS THE PICTURE OF PRIDE
Explosive Emotions Must Be Restrained – Esther 5:9-10
Possessions & Position Did Not Satisfy – Esther 5:11-13
Delights in Causing Suffering – Esther 5:14

WHAT DOES HUMILITY LOOK LIKE FOR US TODAY?
Value Others Above Myself – Philippians 2:3
Look Out for Concerns of Others – Philippians 2:4
Christ Jesus is the Ultimate Model – Philippians 2:5-7

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