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LESSONS FROM THEIR LIVES
Exposed an assassination plot against the king
Cared enough to adopt his cousin Refused to bow to anyone except God Took Haman’s place as 2nd-in-command under Xerxes
Opportunities we have are more important than the ones we wish we had. We can trust God to weave together the events of our life for our best. Rewards for doing right are sometimes delayed; but they are guaranteed by God Himself. Serving God often demands that we risk our own security. God has a purpose for the situations in which He places us. Courage, while often vital, does not replace careful planning. Hatred will be punished. God has an amazing record for making evil plans backfire on the planners. Pride & selfimportance will be punished. An insatiable thirst for power & prestige is self-destructive.
Her beauty & character won the heart of Persia’s king. Combined courage with careful planning. Open to advice and willing to act. She was more concerned for others than for her own security. Achieved great power, 2nd in rank to Persia’s king. The desire to control others & receive honor was his highest goal. Blinded by arrogance and self-importance. Planned to murder Mordecai and guilt gallows for him. Orchestrated the plan to slaughter God’s people throughout the empire.
GUIDE QUESTIONS: 1. What are your strengths/weaknesses? (character, attitude, habits, physical traits) 2. Name one of your most recent accomplishments. (either in school, orgs, church…) 3. How did you react when faced with the accomplishment? Did you let pride take over you? Or were you able to stay humble? How? 4. How are you able to influence other people with your strong points? 5. What are you doing to improve your weaknesses? LESSONS WE CAN LEARN FROM THE FF. MORDECAI We should not become weary in doing good. We will be rewarded for it. God’s timing is always perfect. He’s never too early, and never too late. He knows what’s best for us so we should be confident enough to commit our lives to Him. ESTHER She did not forget where she came from. Even if she was already Queen of the land and seemed far from the dangers her people were facing, she did not let them down. When she learned of their problem, she risked her life by going to the king and asking for his favor. In all this, she did not forget God. She fasted with her people, (Es4:16). She participated in communing with God and asking for His help. Her accomplishments did not go to her head. She did not let pride take over her. HAMAN
He let his position enter his head which led to his destruction. MEMORY VERSE: “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
He was elevated in the king’s courts (promoted). This led to his becoming proud.