Week 3 of Esther

I don’t know about y’all, but I think “Esther” just keeps getting better each week. I am so wrapped up in the story now even though I’ve read it a bunch of times before and know how it all ends.
There’s something about the way Beth brings out certain details that has made it come alive for me. I swear I’m sitting on the edge of my seat to see what’s going to happen next.
The day that really got to me this week was Day 3 entitled “Brilliant Evil”. It was all about how Satan can influence our thoughts. Beth says, “Though he can’t possess our minds, he profoundly and destructively influences our thoughts.”
She goes on to share how Satan’s most effective tactic in her own life is to trap her in mental torment. Don’t we all know what that feels like?
This week has been a hard week. I’ve felt discouraged and I’ve felt fear. In fact, two nights ago I went to bed and my mind began racing with all the things I needed to worry about and before I knew it I was totally worked up about things that will probably never even happen. Needless to say, I didn’t get much sleep.
Satan trapped me into believing his lies instead of God’s truth. God is the one in control of my life and He is good.
I woke up the next morning and this was the verse I turned to during my quiet time.
“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken, nor my covenant of peace be removed.” Isaiah 54:10
His love will not be shaken. His peace will not be removed.
What about y’all? What stood out to you this week? And even if you’re not doing the “Esther” study right now, what do you do when the fear starts creeping in?


  1. says

    I am a week ahead of you in the study and guess what? Next week addresses fear HEAD ON. So get ready, Melanie – God has a word for us worriers. It’s really, REALLY good.
    Personally, I have to combat fear with scripture and lately have memorized and recalled MANY times 2 Cor 10:4-5. My goodness, I have needed this verse more times than I can count since I committed it to memory. It usually leads me to other verses and prevents me from sliding into the pit of fear.
    Loving this study.

  2. says

    To be completely honest here, my fear is often that I will mistake my will for God’s. That pretty much wraps up all my mental anguish in one tidy bow. When I start to doubt God’s will in my life, the controlling side of me takes over and that NEVER ends well. This is true with everything….my marriage, my boys, my ministry.
    I usually end up on my knees begging God to clearly direct my steps……there’s a reason His word is “a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” It is so much easier to see where I am going and I don’t have to fear the darkness.

  3. says

    Summer of 06 absolute most intense battle in my spiritual life to date. Fear & anxiety took me on like nobody’s business. I have spiral notecards with scripture that I memorized. Honestly it is our best tool (it’s not called a sword for nothing). Even today when fear & worry try to rear their ugly heads, I have to go back to the Word. NOTHING shuts the enemy up quicker than the Word of God. Sadly, I think many of us face this attack, but we are convinced that it is just us. I know when I have shared about mine, women have come to me and talked about their battle as well. Thanks for sharing with us.

  4. says

    Hope just waved its banner over everything I read in week three. Day one I prayed that I would be a “woman overtaken by the love of Christ” so that I “can reach past” my “limited vision.” I was encouraged to press on in the area of memorizing the Word when I read Satan “profoundly and destructively influences our thoughts.” Satan does that to me and to hear a hero of the faith talk about it, I am hopeful because of the “New Testament strategies we possess.” Haman was just heinous and yet as I read, I’m filled with hope because God’s justice will be served, even when life seems to throw you a curve.

  5. says

    We are only in week 1 of Esther. I have read on several blogs how Beth addresses the issue of fear in the weeks ahead and I am SO ready for that! I am a fearful person by nature and am so sick and tired of it!
    I’m loving the study too. I did Beth’s “Breaking Free” a couple of years ago just with the workbook at home alone. It was good but being able to see Beth on the DVD’s of Esther and do the study with a group is just wonderful. I’m so excited!

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