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In His Presence #06

“Go gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night and day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so, I will go to the king, which is against the law; and If I perish, I perish!” Esther 4:16

Christianity is a journey filled with risk and it’s only those that are willing to take risks for Him, in Him and through Him that will really experience His glory.

When we operate within the confines of safety, restraint and precaution chances are you will never be able to truly exercise faith and believe Him to do the impossible, in other words you remain a bystander in the display of His abundance.

Each time you ask God for a miracle, He gives you an opportunity to take a risk by sending a storm. Your response to the storm determines His answer. Here is what happens, take the safety route and you will never experience the miracle, exercise faith by taking the risk and witness His glory manifested.

Faith will never be without risk but it’s the risk in it that draws out His glory. The greater the risk, the greater the manifestation of His glory. The lower the risk, chances are you can do it on your own without His help. Here is the thing about risk, when we throw ourselves in the hands of the LORD, you never really take the time to think about what you are about to do. It’s at that stage that faith walks in with you, not before that.

Esther never had the time to process what she was about to do, the risk of coming before the king unsummoned, breaking ancient old protocol, an act equated to dishonoring the king was only punishable by death. But when the burden outweighs the risk then faith is birthed, and God is drawn out of His secret place.

So, it was for the Jews, their salvation depended not on many but on one woman, willing to obey the LORD enough to take the risk of doing the unimaginable.

Faith is choosing to be blind to the consequences of exercising faith and accepting them without recompense.  It’s never a question of “to risk, or not to” but the willingness to do it over and over for as long as it pleases Him who sits upon the throne.

That is the constant journey of faith. Esther understood that. Will you?

Prayer Path

Dear LORD, teach me the true meaning of walking in faith that I may be willing to take the risk when you want me too. In Jesus name. Amen.

Your Friend,

Pastor Mark A.OdekeFWTHS

Mark Odeke Ministries