Gather the People
Over the last two weeks we have been focusing on the scriptures found in Acts 18:9-10. (And if you have not been with us for the last two weeks, I highly suggest that you go back and read the two earlier blogs before reading this one)
Acts 18:9-10 in the New International Version is a vision the Lord sent to Paul during a difficult time in His life. The Lord spoke to Paul: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, don’t be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.”
God is saying this to us today! “Do not be afraid. Don’t be silent. Keep on speaking my Word for I am with you and I have other Christians around you!” God has united His own army in the very city you live in and He is asking us to rise up and not be silent.
Last week, we talked about how Esther rose to the occasion for the sake of the Jewish nation. Mordieccia had told her, “who knows but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this and for this very occasion.” God is saying that to His body today. We have been placed in the time period we live in and the area we live in for such a time as this! God needs His body to keep on speaking His word, keep on applying His blood, keep on praying over situations - for such a time as this.
We left off last week with Esther getting ready to speak to Mordeicia about “rallying her troops.” In Esther 4:16 (AMP) Esther states: “Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast for me: and neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. I also and my maids will fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law; and if I perish, I perish.”
Just as God said to Paul, “I am with you, and I have people around you.” So did Esther. She gathered the people around her in her city for the cause: prayer. Champions, when a situation arises in your life, gather your army around you for the cause of prayer. Enlist trusted people to stand in the gap with you! Then you all, standing in faith together, can move the mountain out of the way. People united for one purpose can stop the enemy from advancing forward and turn the situation around, all for the Glory of God. People arising and united together for such a time as this! Gather your people just like Esther did, and take back what belongs to you through Christ Jesus to overcome the very occasion set before you!