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Summary: Haman was the ultimate loser whose life gives us clues to watch for.

SIGNS OF A LOSER’S LIFE

8/18/09 Esther 6:9-14 S__ L__ R__

1. Haman – trouble or turmoil

a. probably cut a wide path & left a lot of bodies

b. #2 but I don’t think would have been satisfied

c. Texaco – Dist. Mgr. >clerks I’m going to top – stay out of my way or I will step on you!

d. 6 mos. later reorganization; transferred; clerk!

2. When a person’s money, prestige, power

a. determines worth – not worth much!

b. not who you are but whose you are!!

3. Haman leaving Q’s Banq 1st Sign Loser’s Life

1. UNBRIDLED PASSION V. 9

A. Happiness - Went Forth

1. Word Picture - Full of Himself

a. saw-may’-akh (merry hearted; giggling) tobe (precious/joyful) labe (in the center)

2. Worthless Platform

a. Joy was based on a current event

b. No real contentment

Neh. 8:10 The joy of the Lord is your strength

c. Events & happenings change –

God does not change!

B. Hatred – but when Haman saw Mordecai

1. Wanted to see terror & trembling

2. Full of - room for nothing else

a. Indignation – fury, poison, rage

b. Paul called it the “leaven of malice”

3. against Mordecai

a. Distorts Your Thinking

b. Disturbs Your Peace

C. Destroy Your Life

2. UNBELIEVABLE POUTING V. 10

A. Pretended – refrained himself

1. Managed a smile; seething inside

2. Step became stately- smile grim

3. Joy disappeared

B. Planned – refrained himself

1. Circumstances Not Right

2. No thought of the sin; hurt; pain

3. Wanted Mord. gone because he saw

a. loathsomeness & littleness

b. Mord. knew what he was &

so would he – until Mordecai dead

C. What You Pout Over Reveals Chara

1. If Little Slights bring big heart aches

2. If a perception brings pouting –

heart problem

3. UNBEARABLE PRIDE Vs. 11-12

young woman - appointment with her pastor

to talk - about a besetting – worried her.

"Pastor, I have become aware of a sin in my life which I cannot control. Every time I am at church I begin to look around at the other women, and I realize that I am the prettiest one in the whole congregation. None of the others can compare with my beauty. What can I do about this sin?"

"Mary, that’s not a sin, why that’s just a mistake!"

A. Fortune glory of his riches

Matthew 6:19-20 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

Haggai 1:6 You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but you have not enough; you drink, but you are not filled with drink; you clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earns wages earns wages to put it into a bag with holes.

B. Family multitude of his children

Psalms 127:3-5 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. 5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

C. Fame king had promoted him

1. Note No mention of bribe

2. Queen had invited him & o yes king also!

D. Fatalness of Pride

Proverbs 29:23 A man’s pride shall bring him low:

Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then cometh shame:

Proverbs 6:16-17 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

Prov. 15:25 The LORD will destroy the house of the proud:

Proverbs 16:5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

James 4:6 … God resists the proud, …

4. UNBALANCED PERSPECTIVE V. 13

A. Had Everything World Offered

1. Counted it as loss – one man’s opinion

2. Things aren’t what its all about

B. Paul had everything & he to counted it as loss

Philippians 3:7-8 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellence 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,

3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

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