the particulars of our suffering. It’s just like God to prepare His people beforehand, just like how He forewarned His people to “flee to the mountains” when they saw Jerusalem surrounded by armies, which happened in AD70. So we have a choice when trouble comes into our lives: we can wring our hands and worry, or we can tap down into the ever-flowing springs of life deep beneath the surface, and learn to depend on God. Or an angel of the Lord cut short a disease that the devil sent your way. The Lord give you favor to those that really matter. when and where storms will come, but to always realize that God is our only But tonight, we’re going to see how God works behind the scenes in the story of Esther in the Bible.In the story, King Xerxes (Ahasuerus in Hebrew) held a beauty contest to find a new queen to replace Queen Vashti, whom he deposed when she refused to come and show her beauty to the people at his command. The book of Esther is not so much a book of miracles as it is a book of provision, where God shows himself as a God of providence. Instead, Haman sought to destroy all the Jews who were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus—the people of Mordecai. God is your refuge and strength, always ready to help you in times of trouble. If they did, we encourage you to get the sermon and allow the Lord to speak to you personally as you watch or listen to it. It is also used when Jesus said, “I am the good Shepherd,” “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” It’s also used when Jesus said, “I Am,” and the soldiers who’d come to arrest Him fell at His feet. Let the oceans roar and foam. Sermon Psalm 37 Trusting God in Troubled Times A response to the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting. Upon his servants’ suggestion, beautiful young virgins from all of his kingdom’s provinces were gathered to Shushan. It’s easy to think of Paul as a spiritual giant who never became discouraged by the many afflictions he suffered. The word “glad” in verse 4 means “to rejoice.” This is not mere happiness at the way a thing turns out. But for those who trust in the So Haman became very proud, and was very angry when Mordecai would not bow or pay homage to him: “When Haman saw that Mordecai did not bow or pay him homage, Haman was filled with wrath. God is overruling this time, making the wrath of man (Haman) to praise Him, as we’ll see in the next verse. Then many of the people of the land became Jews, because fear of the Jews fell upon them.”. Discovering ways God promises to deliver us in times of trouble How Does God Help in Times of Trouble Isaiah 40:27-31 Fifth Sunday After Epiphany February 9, 2003 One of the most perceptive Christian writers of the 20th century was C. S. Lewis. Have things been going wrong in your life, leaving you wondering where God has been? The Psalms in particular celebrate God’s eagerness to hear and help his people in their “day of distress” and “time of trouble.” David testified that God had been to him “a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress” (Psalm 59:16, also 9:9; 37:39; 41:1). Exodus 14:19-20. . Then Haman told them of his great riches, the multitude of his children, everything in which the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the officials and servants of the king.Moreover Haman said, “Besides, Queen Esther invited no one but me to come in with the king to the banquet that she prepared; and tomorrow I am again invited by her, along with the king. At all times, but especially in times of crisis, we need to feed WHERE WE LOOK IN TIMES OF TROUBLE Sunday School- May 15, 2011 Unifying Topic: THANKFUL WORSHIP Lesson Text I. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”So Mordecai went his way and did according to all that Esther commanded him.”. “Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.” —Luke 6:28 KJV. the storms of life. weather systems as they move across the globe. that is invisible to the naked eye cannot be seen until it has caused an Receive fresh faith to believe for your breakthrough as you see His unfailing love for you! Esther is going to see King Ahasuerus uninvited, which is against the law then. The King must extend his golden scepter to her, or she will die. It’s easy to think of Paul as a spiritual giant who never became discouraged by the many afflictions he suffered. “Esther obtained favor in the sight of all who saw her”, “she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins” — Even though Esther was lovely and beautiful (Esther 2:7), so were the other women. But the answer is also Yes. But Haman hurried to his house, mourning and with his head covered. 2:8). When Mordecai heard of the decree against the Jews, He tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and sent a message to Esther:““For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Even when God seems 1,000 miles away and uninterested in our affairs, He is with us step-by-step during difficult times. And in His law he meditates day and night. God is still pursuing Israel in love today. Trust God as our undying river of life (vv. 2. Had we been sold as male and female slaves, I would have held my tongue, although the enemy could never compensate for the king’s loss.”, So King Ahasuerus answered and said to Queen Esther, “Who is he, and where is he, who would dare presume in his heart to do such a thing?”, And Esther said, “The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman!”, So Haman was terrified before the king and queen. Psalm 46:1 in Christ, Dale Don’t add any prayer time to your schedule. Daily prayer: Father, we want to trust You at all times – in times of rejoicing and times of trouble. Be sure to sign up to get updates on the latest sermon notes by Team JP. I. It’s success in every area of your life. Without faith, it’s impossible to please God (Heb. “Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;Let the sea roar, and all its fullness;”— Psalm 96:11 NKJV. of protection and rest in the midst of the storms. You'll make your way prosperous," tselach in Hebrew. In Jesus’ name and all the people said? “Then the king’s scribes were called on the thirteenth day of the first month, and a decree was written according to all that Haman commanded—to the king’s satraps, to the governors who were over each province, to the officials of all people, to every province according to its script, and to every people in their language. upon the Word of God so that we have a rock-solid foundation upon which to –A student seeks to serve others in the midst of his difficulty. What truly made Esther stand out and eventually become Queen was God’s favor. What a joy it is this morning to turn to the Word of God and allow the Spirit of God to speak to us. It isn’t His fault. In times of trouble God's grace is enough sermon illustrates the grace of God in our lives and also teaches how to sustain the grace in ourselves. Then let this robe and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king’s most noble princes, that he may array the man whom the king delights to honor. So Psalm 120 starts our journey by teaching us about how we should respond to God in times of trouble. Thank you for the glimpse you give us of his powerfully prophetic life. They are not a verbatim representation of the sermon. And Esther obtained favor in the sight of all who saw her. of impending doom, for some. ii] Their opposition to God is demonstrated in a perverse mouth. Where is God when things are going from bad to worse and your breakthrough is nowhere in sight? After all, he tells us to exult not only in the hope of the glory of God but also in our tribulations, since they are a tool the Lord uses to produce perseverance, proven character, and hope in us (Rom. –A student believes God … And knowing the future in this way provides us with a bit of comfort, And for those that are not good for you, God close the doors, but open doors of opportunity, doors of friendship, doors of relationships that are great for you, that are good for you. Finally today, hear the word of the Psalmist, “Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge” (Psalm 62:8). What is the best way to overcome problems and trials? confirmation link in the email we just sent you. That safe place is in the arms of the Savior, and under the care of the Continue to seek him in this trial you are going through. Over 40 sermons by Fred R. Coulter encouraging Christians what to do when there are trials and tribulations. 26:5). Look at verses 1-2: “I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me. They shall mount up with wings like eagles. He states that God is his refuge and strength; a well-proven help in times of trouble. 5:13) — Despite all that, Haman was still filled with indignation against Mordecai. of the virus are similar to satellites that track Stand on God’s unfailing promises and come out of every trial with new strength and stability. This time will continue until a revived Roman empire in Europe arises, and from here the anti-Christ will come, giving false peace, but actually annihilating Jews and Christians. storm is coming. The above was Mordecai’s new decree, sealing the freedom of the Jews. These are notes on the sermon, Expect Good In Times Of Trouble, preached by Pastor Joseph Prince on Sunday, 17 May 2020, at The Star Performing Arts Centre, Singapore.We hope these sermon notes will be an encouragement to you! “His mouth is full of curses and lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue” (v.7). ii] Their opposition to God is demonstrated in a perverse mouth. It is God who exalts one person and puts down another. So the death sentence upon the Jews was sealed. Beloved, even in these troubling times, you have every reason to look forward to good in your life! And the Lord grant you that no weapon formed against you, even those that you do not know of, and every tongue spoken, or that is speaking even right now against you, or any attempt or plan of the enemy, of the evil Haman against you, the Lord cause it to fall to the ground and not prosper. So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, that she found favor in his sight, and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. This is a message to remind you of some fundamental truths that you need to remember in the time of crisis. 4-7). in the Garden of Eden. And when the fierce storms of life come, we must not be ashamed to run and hide in God. Maybe people who you feel didn’t deserve a promotion got one, while you’ve been retrenched. The world might say that our bodies decay with age, but God’s Word says that “as your days, so shall your strength be.” (Deut. It is a mystery to the world how God would show forth his Glory on a cross. May you obtain favor and grace in the sight of those that God wants you to have favor with. THE BOOK OF GOD'S PROMISES Comfort in Times of Trouble By J. Stephen Lang. For how can I endure to see the evil that will come to my people? Good success doesn’t take you away from your family. Or maybe you’re positive He already has because these very troubles are of your own making.But see from the story of Esther how God masterfully works behind the scenes to save His people, even when they’ve become captives with a death sentence over their heads because of their rebellion against Him.We hope these notes will help you: Beloved, all is not lost. We hope these sermon notes blessed you! The Lord causes everything that you do to prosper, everything you touch. And Mordecai came before the king, for Esther had told how he was related to her. 6:10) — Even the words “the Jew” is there. In this encouraging Joseph Prince sermon, see from the story of Esther how God works masterfully behind the scenes for the salvation of His people, even when they think He has abandoned them. 3:16–17), then the old covenant Scriptures are no less the Word of Christ than are the new covenant Scriptures. protection and comfort in the storm. The name of God is not mentioned once in the book of Esther. 1:22, Exo. Maybe you’ve had a bad diagnosis from the doctor or a problem in your family, and you’re wondering, “Where is the blessing that God promised us? So, in other words, God, it's not saying that God is responsible to bring you into trouble. Note that Hebrew reads from right to left. Here in “evil was determined”, we find the last Yahweh acrostic (forwards), as seen in slide 44. But long before that happened, God positioned Esther in the palace to save His people. Leave nothing undone of all that you have spoken.””(Esther 6:7–10) — That morning, Haman was actually there to suggest that Mordecai be hung on the gallows—but ended up recommending Mordecai’s reward for his good deed, and executing the reward himself. “Then Haman told them of his great riches, the multitude of his children, everything in which the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the officials and servants of the king. My maids and I will fast likewise. Above all else, we must learn that He is in control. Time and time again, God told Joshua in the Bible when his previous leader Moses just died and he had a big pair of shoes to fill: “Meditate on My Word, you’ll make your way prosperous (tsaleach in Hebrew), and then you will have good success.” (see Josh. the psalmist was telling us that we can depend on God to be there for us, even during the siege times of our lives, even during the drought times. God himself says, “Call upon me in the day of trouble; I … Trust God as our unbeatable ruler over all (vv. 2 Corinthians 1:8-11. Peter could’ve used his boat to go fishing in that time. God became flesh and preached the Sermon on the Mount. Now Harbonah, one of the eunuchs, said to the king, “Look! Instead, it redirects our focus on who God is. Have faith that you have favor with God, and you’ll know to give Him the praise and glory when your breakthrough comes. So Mordecai refused. Thank you for the glimpse you give us of his powerfully prophetic life. Today on Radio Listen to today's radio message from Dr. Charles Stanley. Faithful people throughout the centuries witness to dramatic deliverances from sickness, from financial woes, from all manner of troubles. Who would have expected Pharaoh’s daughter to have compassion on baby Moses, instead of kill him like her father had ordered? walk by sight rather than by faith. When the king returned from the palace garden to the place of the banquet of wine, Haman had fallen across the couch where Esther was. MP3 Audio (12.01 MB) × We are called to be overcomers. And the letters were sent by couriers into all the king’s provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, and to plunder their possessions.”. It speaks of fleshly effort and anxiously feeling like everything’s up to you—“If I don’t do anything, nothing will happen.” But if you don’t kill this fleshly effort, it will rob you of your peace of mind, cause sickness and stress, and eventually kill you. What is your request? Till today, the Jewish people celebrate Purim annually as the victory over Haman (as we will see later), and how God preserved His people. Notice how it doesn’t say that promotion doesn’t come from the north? Thank You! So Esther arose and stood before the king, and said, “If it pleases the king, and if I have found favor in his sight and the thing seems right to the king and I am pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to revoke the letters devised by Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to annihilate the Jews who are in all the king’s provinces. Haman was hung on the very gallows he’d built for Mordecai. In Times of Trouble; In Times of Trouble. 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