Pray – (1/2 minute)
Read – (3 minutes) “After these events, King Xerxes honored Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, elevating him and giving him a seat of honor higher than that of all the other nobles. All the royal officials at the kings’ gate knelt down and paid honor to Haman, for the king had commanded this concerning him. But Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor. ” (Esther 3:1-2)
Passage: 1 Peter 5:8-11
We live in a world that is long on convenience and short on conviction. Mordecai impacted his world because he lived by his convictions. Like the three Hebrew young men, best known as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who refused to bow down to the image of King Nebuchadnezzar, Mordecai refused to bow down to Haman. His reason wasn’t a matter of idol worship as the three men’s was. His reason was that Haman was an Agagite. The Agagites were descendants of the Amalekites, who had hated the Israelites dating back to Moses’ time. (see Exodus 17:8-15)
To live a godly life, you must live by convictions that won’t waver according to the way the societal winds blow. Convictions such as Jesus is Lord and He deserves your worship; be faithful to your spouse; tell the truth; reject prejudice and racism; seek the good of others. These are just a few of the convictions that come by taking God’s Word seriously. Living by convictions is not always easy, but it is always right. Stand strong in the Lord!
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