Standing Boldly
welcome to the days and courage meant from our daily bread our reading titled standing boldly was written by kimya Lauder
 is small Illinois town domestic violence comprises 40% of all crimes in the community according to a local pastor this issue is often hidden in our faith communities because it's uncomfortable to talk about so instead of shying away from the problem local ministers chose to exercise faith and courageously address the issue by taking classes to recognize the signs of violence and supporting nonprofit organizations working on the issue
 acknowledging the power of Faith and Action a local Minister said our prayers and compassion coupled with some tangible support can make an important difference when Esther Queen of Persia was hesitant to speak out against a law that authorized the genocide of her people she was warned by her uncle that if she remained silent she and her family wouldn't Escape but with Parish
 knowing it was time to be bold and take a stand Mordecai queried who knows but that you have come to your Royal position for such a time as this
 whether we are called to speak out against Injustice or forgive someone who's caused us to stress the Bible assures us that in challenging circumstances God will never leave or forsake us when we look to God for help in moments where we feel intimidated he'll give us power love and self-discipline to see our assignment through to the end
 today's our daily bread devotional scripture reading is from Esther chapter 4 verses 7 through 14
 Mordecai told him everything that happened to him including the exact amount of money Heyman had promised to pay into the Royal treasury for the destruction of the Jews he also gave him a copy of the text of the edict for their nihilation which have been published in Susa to show to Esther and explain it to her and he told him to instruct her to go into the king's presence to beg for mercy and plead with him for her people
 hey pack went back and report it to Esther what Mordecai had said then she instructed him to say to Mordecai all the kings officials and the people of the royal province's know that for any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner Court without being summoned the King has but one law that they be put to death unless the king extends the gold scepter to them and Spears their lives but 30 days have passed since I was called to go to the king
 when asked his words were reported to Mordecai he sent back this answer do not think that because you were in the King's house you alone of all the Jews will escape but if you remain silent at this time relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place but you and your father's family will perish and who knows but that you have come to your Royal position for such a time as this
 let's pray
 heavenly father thank you for placing a unique calling over each of Our Lives help us to overcome any fear that keeps us from stepping out in faith
 thank you Lord It's in Jesus name we pray amen
 thanks for listening today my name is Tony Collier and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries