God has a plan and he’s carrying it out. You can jump into it anytime. And when you do, you’ll find purpose and fulfillment in your life like you’ve never known before. (Recorded September 20, 1998)
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“For 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 royal position for such a time as this?”
1. Know the plan.
2. Know your part in the plan.
3. Do it.
Hi, this is Eric Elder, broadcasting live from The Ranch.
Tonight’s our first night of doing a live broadcast. I read yesterday where Garrison Keillor…if you know Garrison Keillor, he’s been on “Prairie Home Companion” for the last 25 years or so. He does a weekend radio show, and he’s done that since 1974. I read last night when he did his first live broadcast, there were 12 people present for it.
And now he has an audience of 2 million people, 25 years later, every week listening to him. So you have got to start somewhere, and here I am starting. This is where God called me to be so I’m glad to do it.
Tonight I want to talk about jumping into God’s plan. We’re going to take a look at Queen Esther and how she jumped into God’s plan. She had a choice to make, and God was going to do what he was going to do one way or the other, and Esther just had to decide whether she wanted to be involved in that or not.
The decision she had to make really was a matter or life or death to her. It could have meant life to her. It could have meant death to her, but God was going to have his way, regardless of what happened to her. So it was much better for her to jump into God’s plan.
So that’s what I want to talk about tonight too, that you would also want to jump into God’s plan, because when you do, you can get a purpose for your life, fulfillment and you can really come to know your ultimate destiny, once you understand what God’s will is for you, and once you want to walk in that will.
So I just want to pray right now and we’re just going to start with a song too, so just worship the Lord with me for one song and we’ll come back and do the broadcast.
Lord, I just thank you God for this time, I thank you for the people that are watching this, and people watching it later Lord as it’s stored on the computer. And God I just pray that your presence would be here, that your holy spirit would flow out Lord, I pray that it would bring life, I pray that people would know their purpose in life, and know what you have called them to do, and I pray they would do it, Lord. I pray this all in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Esther’s Dilemma: To Jump or Not to Jump
Here’s the key verse for the night: Esther 4:14. “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this.”
If you don’t know the story of Esther, Esther was the queen. She was married to the king of Persia. And at the time, she was a Jew when she got married to him, but she didn’t tell him that she was a Jew.
And Mordecai was her stepfather. Mordecai took care of her and brought her into the kingdom, and he was the one that counseled her not to tell the king that she was a Jew. When he insulted someone – he wouldn’t bow down to this man – the man got very mad at Mordecai, and also mad at all the Jews. In fact he had the king sign an order to kill all the Jews in the land.
The king at that time went ahead and signed the order and said on a certain day we will kill all the Jews and anyone who is wanting to kill the Jews can do that and they would simply exterminate them all from the face of the earth.
This was tough because Esther was a Jew and she was married to the king, but the king didn’t know this. So she had a dilemma. Mordecai came to her and said, “Here is what you need to do. Perhaps God has raised you up for exactly this time.” That’s where this verse comes. It says, “You can go into the king and tell him to take back that order.”
But the last queen he had married did something wrong and came against him and was put out for the rest of her life from his presence. So this was a very serious thing for Esther to do. In fact, it says in the book of Esther that if she approached the king, he would have the right to kill her immediately. She could only approach him if she was invited. If she happened to approach him uninvited, as long as he extended the scepter to her, then she would be OK and she would be able to come into his presence. Otherwise she would be put to death.
So here’s what happened. Esther says, “I’m not sure what to do Mordecai.” And Mordecai says this, “You can do whatever you want to do Esther, but if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place.”
What that means is, God’s got a plan and he’s going to carry it out one way or the other, Esther. He’s going to deliver the Jews, because he loves the Jews and because they are his people. So he says, “I know that God’s going to deliver the Jews whether you do this or not. But,” he says, “you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this.”
So all the sudden, Esther has a choice to make. She can either say, “I’m going to jump into God’s plan, and as long as he’s going to deliver the Jews, I may as well be a part of it. Because I know what God wants. I know God’s favor is on the Jews, so I’m going to jump into God’s plan.”
Or she could have said, “I’m too afraid, I’m not going to do it.” God would have carried out his plan anyway, but she and her father’s family would all perish.
You can see the choice is pretty clear. I don’t know what you would do. It’s a very fearful situation. I can’t say that I would know what to do at the same time, but once praying about it and asking the Lord, he can conquer those fears, and you can go forward and say, “I’m just going to do it. I’m just going to do it. I know what God’s will is, I know what my part is, and I know what I need to do. I’m just going to go ahead and do it.
Three Steps for Jumping into God’s Plan
These are the three points that I want you to know tonight. There are three things about jumping into God’s plan. One is to “know the plan.” Two is to “know your part in the plan.” And three is to “carry out the plan – or simply just do it.”
1) Know the Plan
First off, to “know the plan.” Do you know what God’s plan is? Do you know ultimately what he’s about and what he’s trying to accomplish in the world? What he’s trying to accomplish in the earth?
If you don’t let me tell you real quickly. God is sending his Son, Jesus Christ, back into the world. He’s going to reclaim his people, and he’s going to take them to reign with him in heaven forever.
This is all confirmed throughout the Bible. In fact, back at Genesis 6, only six chapters into the Bible, God had already at that time said that he was frustrated with man, that he was grieved that he had made them, because they were becoming so wicked and so sinful. So God said, “I’m going to wipe out all the men from the face of the earth, everyone that I’ve created because of what they’ve turned into be.”
He said he was going to destroy the whole world. But then he saw Noah and Noah was a righteous man. He said, “For the sake of Noah, I will spare the world.” And he did. He saved Noah and his family and they restarted the earth again once the earth was destroyed and wiped out.
We know it’s already be destroyed once and God has said that he’s going to come back and next time he’s not going to do it with rain, he’s going to do it with fire.
So God is going to come back, Christ is coming back. In fact, we know that God has already come because he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross. That’s part of the plan. God has started his plan of saving his people. He said, “Once again, the people of the earth have become too wicked and I’m going to have to destroy it all again. But before I do, I want to get my people out.” And he said, “My people are anyone that will believe in me, and anyone who will believe in my Son and ask for forgiveness of their sins, turn and repent and come back to me.”
So Jesus came and he died on the cross for your sins and mine. And anyone who believes in him, will not perish but have eternal life. You can look that up later in John 3:16.
So we know that God destroyed the world once. We know that he wants to destroy it again, and he sent his Son to get the people out who will believe in him and repent. And the ending is made very clear: God is going to destroy the earth by fire.
If you’ll look in Revelation 19:11-16, he describes the destruction and also the return of Christ when he comes in on his horse, riding in, and everyone will see it at the same time. And everyone will bow their knees, everyone will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
But at that time it will be too late to make a decision for Christ. Because if you’re going to make it you need to make it now before he comes back again. Because when he comes back, he’s going to know who’s his and who’s not. And he’s going to come and claim his own, and the rest are not going to make it.
So that’s the plan. God has a plan. He’s carrying it out. He’s already got it progress. But number two is you need to know your part in the plan.
2) Know Your Part in the Plan
And if you don’t know it, God speaks today. You can hear him. He speaks through his word, he speaks to us in many ways. God will be glad to tell you what your part in the plan is. In fact, he’s more excited to reveal it to you than you are to know it. Because he very much wants you involved in it. He will show you. God promises that those who seek him, will find him. And if you keep seeking his plan for your life, you will find. Because he has promised it and he is faithful.
3) Carry Out the Plan
Third is, to carry out the plan. The first two are hard enough. One, just to reveal and to know what God’s plan is and two, to know your part in the plan. But the third one is where the rubber meets the road- whether you are going to carry out the plan that God has for your life.
You have a choice, just like Esther. God’s going to do it, one way or the other. You can jump in and join him and you can have life abundant. You can have a full life. You can have purpose for your life – meaning and destiny. Or you and your father’s family could perish. That’s the choice.
I will tell you it’s very fearful to choose life. It is very fearful to choose God’s way. But God has promised that he will carry you through it. And here is how.
How? Fix Your Eyes on Jesus
We do it the same way that Jesus did it, who fixed his eyes on the things to come. He knew what he was about. He knew where he was going. And he focused on what God had called him to do. He said, “God, not my will, but your will be done. And I will do it, whatever you call me to do.” And Jesus went to the cross. He died for our sins so that we could go to heaven.
And that’s the way that he got through – on the third day he rose again from the dead and he reigns victorious with God, at his right hand. So this is what awaits us, but sometimes we have to go through the struggle of carrying out the plan.
It’s very difficult. Things come against us. Many times throughout the Bible, when people started acting on God’s plan for their life, many things came against them. People tried to discourage them. Other hired hands tried to discourage them. People tried to fight them. People tried to kill them.
It’s amazing, even Lazarus who was raised from the dead, the people that didn’t believe in Jesus tried to kill Lazarus again because they said, “This guy is too much proof that people can be raised from the dead and their is a resurrection. So if we kill him one more time, maybe people will stop believing.” They didn’t succeed in their plan, though, and many people believed in Christ because Lazarus remained alive.
God has a plan for you to succeed in your mission and he wants you to succeed.
The Results of Jumping into God’s Plan
This is the summary. God says he wants you to know the plan. He wants you to know your part in the plan. And he wants you to carry out the plan.
And just like Esther, we can make that choice.
And if you’ll read on in Esther, you’ll find out what happens. Esther chose to follow God’s plan. She and her family were spared. Mordecai her stepfather was put second in command of the land. And the man who claimed that he was going to kill all the Jews, he himself was hanged on the gallows.
A Prayer to Jump In
That’s the ending for tonight. I want to pray with you and then I’m just going to spend some time in worship here. Let me just pray.
Lord, thank you for this night, thank you for a day of new beginnings. God, thank you for revealing your plan to us. Thank you for showing us our part in it. God thank you for helping us to do it. God I pray for continued revelation, for everyone listening, for everyone watching Lord. I pray that you would reveal your plan to them, God.
If they don’t understand about you and your coming, if they don’t understand how you want to touch them and how you want to touch other’s through them, I pray that you would reveal that right now, in Jesus’ name, whether they are watching it right now or whether they are watching it two years from now.
Lord, I just pray that you would speak to these people, and that your Word would not go out void. Also God, I pray that they would know their part in the plan. I pray they would not only know just what you are about and what you are trying to do, but I pray they would know what you want them to do.
God I pray they would know how they fit in. Where they and their family fit. Where their kids fit, Lord. Where their families, their parents, their friends fit Lord. I pray that you would show them how all those pieces fit together, Lord, so they can carry it out with diligence, Lord.
God, I also pray that you would give them the strength to carry out the plan once they know it. I pray that those who are already embarking on God’s plan for their life, I pray that you would give them strength, give them wisdom, give them courage, Lord, give them boldness, and give them the resources to move forward in the plan that you have called on their life, Lord.
I pray this all in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Thanks for joining me. Won’t you join me in following the Lord? It’s a great thing to do.
God bless you. Hope to hear from you by email. (Use the contact form here). This is Eric Elder. Good night.