It’s Just Something About Her

Esther 2:3-4 (AMP) 3“Let the king appoint administrators in all the provinces of his kingdom, and have them gather all the beautiful young virgins to the citadel in Susa, into the harem, under the custody of Hegai, the king’s eunuch, who is in charge of the women; and let their beauty preparations be given to them. Then let the young woman who pleases the king be queen in place of Vashti.” This pleased the king, and he did accordingly.”

Administrators in all the provinces of King Xerxes’s kingdoms gathered all the beautiful young virgins to the citadel in Susa. Now, let’s say each administrator “gathered” ten women each. That would have been 1,270 women. If they gathered 5 each, that would have been 635 women. If each administrator brought back 1 woman each, that would have been 127 women vying for one spot as queen. How can one woman among hundreds or among one thousand women stand out among the rest of the women of equal beauty and worldly worth? The glory of God and the purpose of God can illuminate a person and cause them to glow so brightly that we are forced to notice.

Contrary to popular worldly belief, external beauty and sexual prowess do not yield permanent attraction. External beauty fades and sexual prowess dissipates but the glory of God is forever. When you are filled with and led by the Holy Spirit and purposed for God’s glory, your spirit will exude God’s glory and draw His favor.

The glory of God is defined by Got Questions (2015) as “the beauty of His [God’s] spirit. It is not an aesthetic beauty or a material beauty, but it is the beauty that emanates from His character, from all that He is.” When God’s glory is upon you, you don’t have to vie for a spot. God will create a spot just for you for such a time as this.

Esther had a lovely figure and was beautiful but I’m sure all the other women the administrators hand picked and gathered were beautiful too. But out of all the young women who were brought to the citadel of Susa, Esther pleased the one person in charge of the harem and gained his favor immediately. She was given seven attendants, special treatment, and she was moved into the best place in the harem. The Glory of God

Has anyone inexplicably moved you to the front of the line? Given you the best seat in VIP when you weren’t VIP? Lavished you with gifts and special treatments without reason?

Now, each of the 127 or more women had a “turn” to go in with the king. She could take anything she wanted with her from the harem to the king’s palace. In the evening she would go in and in the morning she would return to a different part of the harem. However, she would never return to the king again if he didn’t summons her again by name, even after giving up her virginity. Wow…So if you didn’t possess something that was extremely powerful, how would you be different or set apart from all the other women? The Glory of God

When Esther’s turn came for her to go in to the king, Esther was obedient and took with her an item that the king’s eunuch suggested. His counsel was credible so she listened to him. Now, when Esther walked, she won the favor of everyone who saw her, even the other women vying for the same position. The Glory of God

When the king saw Esther, he was attracted to her more than to any of the other women. She won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. There was just something about her. The Glory of God

So, he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.

When the glory of God is upon you and you have the favor of God, God will go before you to prepare a way for your destiny. His glory will shine so brightly in your life that the world will have to take notice. His glory will illuminate your presence so greatly that people will be drawn to the God in you and not even know what it is. Stop trying to make things happen for yourself by yourself. Stop belittling yourself for temporary fame. Be a queen among queens. But remember, God has enough glory to go around to each and every one of His queens. Leave the modern day harems, inner and outer harems, and let God elevate you to higher levels in Christ. Pray for the glory of God. When people see you, they will say, “There is just something about her.” Let that “something” be the glory of God.

When the Fury Subsides

Don’t make irrational fleshly decisions that you will regret the very next day or sooner…

The flesh will cause us to be so full of pride that
if we don’t get our way immediately or in our timing, or
if someone embarrasses us, or
if we “look foolish” to the world, then
our prideful flesh compels us to make irrational decisions.

The flesh will cause us to make decisions just to “save face” in front of and prove a point to others. “Who does she think I am? No one does this to me!” The flesh will cause us to make a decision to run from situations that God orchestrated for us to grow us. The flesh will cause us to dismiss someone from our lives who God intended to be there.

Do you recognize that spirit of fury when it surfaces inside you? Do you recognize that it is a spirit of the enemy? The enemy wants you to make a decision to delay you from your destiny or to keep you from it permanently. Stay out of your flesh. Stop making decisions in the heat of a spiritual attack. Stop allowing the enemy to cloud your spiritual thinking with fleshly pride.

The enemy also uses people around you to validate the fleshly irrational decision you are about to make and cheer you on. Reflect on times you have been in the presence or counsel of others when you decided to do something crazy. They were inciting you to make the decision for one or more of a variety of reasons: 1) they wanted to see you do something foolish for entertainment, 2) the decision would benefit them personally, or 3) the decision would cause you to fail which is what they secretly desire. Be wary of those around you whose counsel is just as fleshly as your potential irrational decision.

King Xerxes was embarrassed when his wife refused to come to his party so he could showcase her in front of his guests- dignified dignitaries and distinguished guests mind you. So, he issues a royal decree which could not be repealed. His wife, Vashti would never again be allowed to enter his presence.  

After the anger subsides and the decision has been made, the regret seeps in. Will you allow your pride to make you issue a decree that can’t be reversed? Will your tongue issue a check that your mouth can’t cash? When the flesh cools and you begin to operate in the Spirit, you will realize that you have allowed the enemy to use you against yourself. When the fury subsides, you will then remember the spirit. Will it be too late? Stay out of your flesh and in the spirit. This is warfare. We can’t afford to keep making fatal fleshly mistakes.

Esther 2:1 NIV “Later when King Xerxes’ fury had subsided, he remembered Vashti and what she had done and what he had decreed about her.”

“Breaking” Circumstances Can’t Break You

At women’s Bible study, I had a spiritual epiphany. Yes, AGAIN. Two different group leaders mentioned the word “broken.” They both said at different times that there were women in the room who were broken. As I discreetly glanced around the room, I had a spiritual epiphany:

I’m not broken anymore.

But wait… understand this. Some of the things and situations that caused me to be broken before have not changed. But God changed ME. Is that amazing?

The enemy has “spirit washed” us into believing that external “breaking” circumstances have to keep us in a broken state.

My husband left or is cheating or doesn’t love me or wants to leave…I’m broken. I don’t have any money or credit. I’m broken. I’ve never been promoted or my job is undesirable. I’m broken. My children are drinking, doing drugs, and promiscuous. I’m broken. I’m single with no prospects. I’m broken. I have an incurable disease. I’m broken. I’m a single parent or I come from a single parent home. I’m broken.

You can be in physically, mentally, and emotionally breaking situations and not be broken in your spirit. I have to fight in the spirit for God to keep me on this Highway. I have to study and fast and pray and give and obey for God to heal and deliver me. I have to allow the Holy Spirit to transform my life – moment by moment. I exchanged my brokenness, bitterness, and resentment for the peace of God.

Renounce brokenness today. Believers don’t have to remain in a broken state. Your “breaking” circumstances can remain broken and YOU can still be whole. Exchange your brokenness for the peace of God right now. Stop letting Satan and his attacks break you. Dr.J.

“Whatever They Do Prospers”

“Whatever they do prospers.” That got everyone’s attention didn’t it? You want to know “who is they” who prospers in “whatever they do.” Because that’s a blessing isn’t it to know that as a wife, mother, employee or employer, or a minister you can prosper. To know that when you teach, preach, speak, sing, walk, move, develop, create, propose, and breathe you can prosper. How? I’m glad you asked.

Those of us who love God’s word, are delighted to live it and obey it, who read, study, and meditate on it when we wake, before we sleep, and during our sleep we are trees planted in rich fertile nurturing ground. We are steadfast and immovable always fruitful in the work of the Lord.

To meditate on the word is deeper than reading it and studying it. To meditate is to think deeply about the word. Before we make irrational and emotional decisions, because we have thought deeply about the word, we don’t move but we are able to be still. Before we react in pride when someone criticizes our work, we humble ourselves in the presence of God and know that He will elevate us in due season. Before we become anxious about our financial status and worry about whether or not we will be able to eat and feed our children, we seek God first and His righteousness and believe that all our needs God will supply. We are not anxious about anything because we have made our requests to God in exchange for God’s peace.

Because God’s Word gives us joy, we obey His Word and want to please God. Because we meditate on the Word of God both day and night we are healthy, productive, and fruitful. Our leaves don’t even wither we because we are rooted and grounded in the Word and connected to God. Whatever we do, prospers. Get rooted. Stay rooted. Dr.J.

Psalm 1:2-3 NIV “but whose delight is in the law of the Lord , and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.”

Fear is Not a Factor by Dr.J.

I have been through some of the most fearful times of my life. I can’t tell it all (maybe in my 3rd or 4th book). But there were times when I was afraid I would lose my mind. There were times when I thought I would lose my job. There were times I was afraid of people plotting to destroy me. There were times when I was afraid I would never be loved like God wants me to be loved. There were times when I was afraid I wasn’t pretty enough, smart enough, pure enough, and perfect enough – until the Holy Spirit penetrated my heart and gave me a confidence in God that even fear can’t penetrate.

God is present with us and here for us. He doesn’t want us to be afraid. He will strengthen us when we’re weak and help us when we don’t have anyone else. I’m a living witness. But what really gives me a sense of joy and peace is knowing that God will uphold us in His righteous right hand. My God.

When we allow Satan to hold us hostage by our fears, God can’t release what He wants to release in our lives because we’re too afraid to trust God. Your mind, job, finances, livelihood, life, true love, and worth are all under the control of God. When you grasp that in your spirit, you can let go of fear. You can’t hold on to both. Dr.J.

Isaiah:41:10 NIV “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Wives, Don’t Be Scared by Dr.Jené Walker

Wives fear will cause you to go into “self-preservation mode.” Fear will stifle you from giving your whole heart. Fear will cause you to withhold and withdraw. Fear will cause you to consider the thoughts that the enemy plants in your mind about what “he” is or is not doing. Fear makes you entertain foolishness about “him” from so called friends. Fear makes you devise a “backup” plan. Fear makes you “run” to protect yourself as if God needs help in that area. Fear makes you keep a secret account and…a secret lover.

Fear says, “Do not submit to ‘him.’ Do not honor ‘him.’ Cut ‘him’ down.” Fear causes you not to give him compliments because he may get complacent. Fear makes you compensate by developing an air of superiority- “I make more. I’m more educated. My title is more. My background is more. I’m more organized.”

Fear makes you check phones and phone records. Fear makes you follow and spy. Fear makes you paranoid that he may leave so you sabotage so you can say, “I ended this.”

Fear is a subtle slick sickening evil spirit that we have given too much power in our marriages but not anymore. Wives, we cast out the spirit of fear right now in the name of Jesus. We love our husbands with everything in us. God is in control, not our emotions. Jené Elaine Walker 

Power, Love, and a Sound Mind by Dr.J.

The spirits that are contradictory to the spirit of fear are power, love and a sound mind. If we have a spirit of fear it does the following:
1) weakens us (no power),
2) causes us to act in hate (no love because perfect love drives out fear), and
3) causes us to act a little “cray cray” (mind is unsound and undisciplined)

When we have the spirit of fear on us, it weakens us because we can’t have faith at the same time that we’re operating in fear. Without faith, it’s impossible to please God so we are in a powerless state when we act in the spirit of fear.

How can we love and fear at the same time? I can’t love if I’m afraid you will hurt me, use me, take advantage of me, steal from me, get over on me, or betray me. I can’t love others if I’m in a perpetual state of paranoia. “I don’t know you. Why do you want to be my friend? You must want something from me.” You’re missing out on loving, blessing and being blessed because you’re in a selfish hateful state of fear.

When we’re afraid, we do some crazy stuff. Tell the truth. You’ve gotten in your car at 3am to drive (we won’t say how far) because you were afraid he had someone over. You have broken into her window because you were afraid she had someone else in there. You have temporarily lost your mind because of fear. You’ve lost self-control and self-discipline because of fear.

God calls us to operate in power, love and a sound mind, not fear. You have the power to cast the spirit of fear out in the name of Jesus. How long will you halt and limp between fear and faith? End it today. Dr.J.‪#‎donotbescared‬ ‪#‎fearisnotafactor‬ ‪#‎fearless‬

2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”