Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast : Identity Crisis

Sermons presented at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Jefferson City TN by Dr. Sonny Strange

The Podcasts

Identity Crisis

October 10, 2010

 

Identity Crisis

Esther

 

Synopsis: Esther was a Jew.  She canceled her identity and became the queen of the Persians.  But Haman got King Xerxes to allow all of the Jews in the empire to be killed on a certain date.  Mordecai (Esther’s cousin who had adopted her after her parents deaths) warned her and told her that she might have been put in her position for “such a time as this.” 

      Esther called her people to a time of fasting and prayer.  She chose to be identified with the people of God.  Her challenge was great, but she was given wisdom to know how to turn the table on those who wanted to destroy all of the Jews.  Through her actions Esther brought about a change and deliverance for the people of God.

      Others through history have faced their own identity crisis.  Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. faced his crisis when confront by hate and threaten by violence.  Like Esther, King found the strength to face his fears when he made the choice to be identified with those who were hurting.  Like Esther, the challenge was greater than he could overcome on his own so King called fellow believers to a time of prayer and fasting.  And like Esther, King was granted wisdom to know how to confront his adversaries and bring relief to those like him who longed to be free.  A rifle shot ended his life, but not silence the message, “Let freedom ring…”

      Many believers today are faced with an identity crisis and the people of their communities are waiting for them to make a choice to be identified them in their need.  The challenge is great.  The needs are greater than our resources, but not greater than our God.  We need to come to a time of prayer and fasting.  “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

      Make your choice!  Accept your challenge!  Change your world!  Your time has come!

 

Scripture Text (NLT): Esther 4:13-16

 

Scripture Reading: Esther 4:13-14

Direct download: ebc_podcast_10_10_10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:11pm EDT