Summary: Everybody faces Defining Moments in life that will determine their direction!
FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS “YOUR DEFINING MOMENT”
Every single one of you sitting here have or will face a “DEFINING MOMENTS” in your life. There are many “DEFINING MOMENTS” along the way for the moment, but for the most part there will be “ONE” that will “DEFINE” you along the way or maybe for the REST OF YOUR LIFE, good or bad, or until God gives you another “GREAT DEFINING MOMENT!”
Everybody faces “DEFINING MOMENTS” in life! They are never “CONVENIENT, SIMPLE or EASY!” Each “DEFINING MOMENT” will determine your direction for at least the foreseeable future and the “DEFINING MOMENT” will do what it says! It will “DEFINE” you and your character within you! And will “DEFINE” your church future as well!
“DEFINING MOMENTS” have to do with whether or not you’re going to “OBEY GOD & GOD’S WILL” for your life or not! It’s that easy & simple!
Throughout the Bible we see PEOPLE in “DEFINING MOMENTS” in their lives. We see in the Bible some were “BIG DEFINING MOMENTS” like...
DAVID & GOLIATH, NOAH & THE ARK, MOSES LEADING GOD’S PEOPLE OUT OF EGYPT, JOSHUA at JERICHO, & JOSHUA’S DEFINING STATEMENT!
Some seemed rather small at the time, like....
THE BOY W/A LUNCH, THE WOMAN WHO ANOINTED JESUS’, THE WOMAN AT THE WELL, A TAX COLLECTOR IN A TREE, THE RICH YOUNG RULER!
But small as they may have seemed there were not small! For they were the legacy of these people, these were the “DEFINING MOMENTS” of their lives.
In Esther 4, after having received a message from Mordecai, Esther sends a message back to her Uncle that if she approaches the King’s inner palace without invitation she would be killed!
But Mordecai, knowing her “DEFINING MOMENT” had arrived, pushed her. He knew that in her hands were “DELIVERANCE” for their people & in when he spoke immortal “DEFINING WORDS” to her echoing down throughout the HALLS OF HISTORY, in the church world, when he said to her in Esther 4:14...
“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief & deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you & your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the Kingdom for SUCH A TIME AS THIS?”
In other words, Esther, you’re going to perish if “YOU DON’T” but if “YOU DO” (God’s Will) then “YOU & YOUR FAMILY” will survive! God will ultimately provide as He always does but God has chosen“YOU! FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS!”
FOLK, HERE IS THE LESSON FOR US!
“YOU” CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! ... IN YOUR FAMILY! IN THIS CHURCH !
IN THIS CITY! & IN THIS WORLD!
THERE’S “DELIVERANCE” IN YOUR HANDS IF YOU WILL YIELD TO GOD AND ARE USED BY GOD! “DELIVERANCE” IN YOUR HANDS FOR THE SIN SICK LOST DYING PEOPLE AS GOD USES YOU!
MORDECAI TOLD HER... “IF YOU DON’T, DELIVERANCE (WILL COME), BUT, FROM SOMEPLACE ELSE...”
ESTHER NEEDED THAT “ENCOURAGEMENT!” SHE NEEDED THAT “CONFIRMATION” IN HER SPIRIT! SHE NEEDED THAT “NUDGE/PUSH” FROM HER UNCLE & THE HOLY SPIRIT!
SOMETIMES WE NEED THAT NUDGE! YOU NEED A NUDGE FROM A “PASTOR” BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY FROM THE “HOLY SPIRIT!”
“YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE” BUT NOT UNTIL YOU FACE YOUR “DEFINING MOMENT” & UNTIL YOU REALIZE “YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE!”
I don’t know if Esther fully understood “HER PURPOSE” in life till that “DEFINING MOMENT!” Maybe she just thought she had been blessed of God because He loved her! Sometimes we can “MISS THE MOMENT” without realizing it or even knowing it! That’s why God puts a “MORDECAI” in you life!
GOD NEVER DOES “ANYTHING” WITHOUT A “REASON OR PURPOSE” TO COINCIDE WITH HIS WILL FOR MANKIND EVEN IN “YOUR LIFE!”
Which means that every single one of us has a “PURPOSE” for “HIS WILL” for mankind! Getting Saved was not just “YOUR” personal “FIRE ESCAPE FROM HELL!” GOD HAS A “PURPOSE” FOR YOU! THERE IS A “DEFINING MOMENT” COMING IN YOUR LIFE & IT’S COMING SOON IF NOT ALREADY HERE! MANY MISS THEIR “DEFINING MOMENT” BUT GOD IS FAITHFUL TO BRING IT OR ANOTHER ONE AGAIN!
Let’s dissect this passage this morning & take a new look at it!
I. EVERYONE HAS A PURPOSE IN LIFE!
YOU ARE NOT HERE BY “ACCIDENT!” YOU HAVE A “PURPOSE” IN LIFE! YOU HAVE A “PURPOSE” IN LIFE “RIGHT HERE & RIGHT NOW!” EVERYONE HAS A SPECIFIC “PURPOSE” IN LIFE TO FULFILL!
ONE PURPOSE & ONE TASK - A LIFE MINISTRY!
Every person in this room has a “LIFE MINISTRY” to fulfill! It doesn’t matter how old or young you are, your color, or gender! We were “ALL” created for a “PURPOSE” in life! ONE PURPOSE, ONE TASK: A LIFE MINISTRY!
You have been given a “PURPOSE” a task, a reason, a direction, a job if you will! IF “YOU DON’T” FULFILL THAT “PURPOSE” , then as Mordecai said to Esther, You will FAIL & PERISH “YOUR PURPOSE!”