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DAILY MANNA FRIDAY 7 MAY, 2021  was created by FemiClef
  _It is advisable that you prayerfully and meditatively read the text first_  *NOT A FABLE* *TEXT:* ESTHER 9:29-32_*KEY VERSE* "Then Esther the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew, wrote with all authority, to confirm this second letter of Purim" (ESTHER 9:29)._  There are few real-life narratives in history and contemporary times that can match the rags-to-riches story of Mordecai and Esther. Ex-captives in an alien land, the duo suffered double jeopardy as Jews. They were held in contempt and discriminated against as the descendants of Jacob. Finally, their fate, along with the fates of thousands of fellow Jews, was doomed when a decree was signed calling for their extermination. But the Bible records that heaven intervened so miraculously that Esther and Mordecai who were being threatened and victimised by Haman, a powerful palace personality, found themselves in positions of authority in the court of the powerful kingdom of the day, the Persian Empire. "Then Esther the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew wrote with all authority, to confirm this second letter of Purim." In the preceding chapter, "the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman" (Esther 8:2). Truly, God is faithful to His promises. He would not allow the enemy to destroy His people (Exodus 23:22). The Lord used the supernatural elevation of Mordecai and Esther to preserve the Jews in accordance with the Abrahamic covenant that the Saviour of the world would come through the seed line of Jacob. When fierce storms come to overthrow and destroy us, we should not panic. Rather, we should yield the battle to God as did Esther and Mordecai and watch Him overpower the enemy for us. The sinner or backslider is not helpless when similarly overwhelmed. He should first seek forgiveness. Then he can expect the Lord to deliver him. *THOUGHT FOR THE DAY* God only steps into a stormy situation when we surrender to Him.  *BIBLE IN ONE YEAR* JUDGES 14-17. *MEDITATION* Use this authority *1. From captives to Commanders*a. Mordecai and Esther were captives but later became commanders, 8:2,9,10.b. The authority given by the king was a delegated authority; to issue out authority as if it was the king himself giving out the authority, 8:9,10. No permission was needed to use it.c. They did not shy from using the authority. They used it. In fact they used it "with all authority", 9:29.d. What they wrote eventually turned to decree because of the delegated authority, 9:32.e. The authority was not dependent on the tribe, face, stature, sex etc of both of them. The authority must be obeyed and respected by all, including the powerful, politicians and the public in general.*Q* What happens if the duo decided not to use the power? *2. Commanding in Christ's name*a. Jesus has given authority to all true saints and that signature is His name, Luke 10:19. Note *the all* in that authority showing that it is without restriction.b. Read Psalms 149:6-9 to see another list of privileges that all the saints have: "this honour has *all* His saints"c. The qualifications for using the authority is saintliness. Your stature, background, tribe, years of experience in Christ etc are not needed.d. Using the authority of the name of Jesus is like a letter with the signature of Jesus. Which power in heaven or earth can say NO! Speaking in the name of Jesus is as if it is Jesus Himself speaking. Which demons can resist? "At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow." "Speak the word only" and a miracle will follow like it did for Jesus, Read Phillipians 2:9,10.*Q* Are you using this authority or you are depriving yourself of this privilege? Mordecai and Esther used theirs, use your authority in the name of Jesus too *Prayer points* Praise the Lord for the authority He has given you in the name of JesusAsk God for the boldnness and the faith to start using the authority in the name henceforthUse the authority now, with boldness and faith, to deal with any work of satan harassing your life or someone elsePray that brethren will know their privileged and be using it henceforth *HYMN* With signs following. (GHS 153)

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