Perseverance of the saints 5

In the Book of Esther we see the perseverance of the older saint Mordecai, as he … rent his clothes, and went out into the midst of the city… (Es 4:1), and the younger saint Esther as she prepares to risk her life by boldly going … in unto the king, which is not according to the law… (v. 16).  They could so easily have preserved their own earthly comforts and benefits, but like Moses spurned the easy enjoyments of this world for the far greater glory of our Father’s heavenly kingdom.

Meanwhile, the pride and fury of Haman is relentless, intense and specifically focused.  His rage is almost uncontrollable, he being full of wrath (Es 3:5), full of indignation (5:9) and full of the glory of his riches (v.11).  We ought not to forget that Satan forcefully and persistently continues to be the accuser of our brethren (Rev 12:10) and is full of great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time (v. 12).

Whether through religious or political leaders, Satan manifests himself in a variety of guises, perhaps the most subtle and insidious being through certain celebrated preachers whose public words seemingly hold up the biblical doctrine of faith in Christ, but who are in fact … false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ (2 Cor 11:13). As shocking as it may sound, this should be … no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light (v. 14).

Whether in (Mordecai and Esther’s) new-found prosperity, or in (Job or Jonah’s) sudden adversity, Satan will never leave us alone and especially targets us in a time of change or uncertainty, when godly habits and routines might be threatened.  May we struggle for the glory and glory in that struggle, being assured that our trials of prosperity and adversity are … for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness (Heb 12:10), knowing that our hate-filled, pride-filled, age-old accuser shall one day be … cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever (Rev 20:10).

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