Esther | TBN

Esther

Watch Esther
September 30, 2019
27:34

In the Gap: Pastor Choco De Jesús

Closed captions

Esther

Show timecode
Hide timecode
  • Choco de Jesus: All of us have defining moments, the kind
  • 00:00:09.190 --> 00:00:11.230
  • of moments where we have to pick a side, where we have to make a
  • 00:00:11.240 --> 00:00:16.020
  • choice and live with it.
  • 00:00:16.030 --> 00:00:19.110
  • Sometimes these moments come and go in an instant, whether we're
  • 00:00:19.120 --> 00:00:23.220
  • ready for them or not.
  • 00:00:23.230 --> 00:00:25.190
  • And then sometimes, and this happens more often than not, we
  • 00:00:25.200 --> 00:00:29.070
  • have more time to think through our decisions.
  • 00:00:29.080 --> 00:00:32.280
  • In those times, we can respond either by using wisdom and
  • 00:00:32.290 --> 00:00:36.260
  • courage or by making excuses and walk away.
  • 00:00:36.270 --> 00:00:40.270
  • Often we can assume that nothing we can do really matters in the
  • 00:00:40.280 --> 00:00:45.000
  • grand scheme of things.
  • 00:00:45.010 --> 00:00:47.010
  • We don't see our lives making a dent in the enormous problems
  • 00:00:47.020 --> 00:00:50.230
  • of the world.
  • 00:00:50.240 --> 00:00:52.070
  • We can feel fenced in by the cares of this life, hopeless and
  • 00:00:52.080 --> 00:00:56.060
  • useless.
  • 00:00:56.070 --> 00:00:57.180
  • After all, what can one person really do?
  • 00:00:57.190 --> 00:01:01.230
  • We make hundreds of thousands of choices in our lifetimes.
  • 00:01:01.240 --> 00:01:06.030
  • What can just one of those mean in the long run?
  • 00:01:06.040 --> 00:01:10.130
  • But let me just tell you each person's contribution matters.
  • 00:01:10.140 --> 00:01:14.070
  • Every act of love counts.
  • 00:01:14.080 --> 00:01:16.240
  • Every courageous deed makes a difference, and every single one
  • 00:01:16.250 --> 00:01:21.160
  • of us can stand in the gap for someone.
  • 00:01:21.170 --> 00:01:25.050
  • Or sometimes, like the person in our story today, we can stand in
  • 00:01:25.060 --> 00:01:28.240
  • the gap for a lot of someones.
  • 00:01:28.250 --> 00:01:32.260
  • 00:01:33.230 --> 00:01:36.010
  • male: In Kingstown news, a poll of voters shows enormous
  • 00:01:36.110 --> 00:01:38.150
  • disapproval of embattled city councilor Valerie McQueen.
  • 00:01:38.160 --> 00:01:42.190
  • McQueen said in a statement, "Due to my standing in the
  • 00:01:42.200 --> 00:01:44.200
  • community, I will not be seeking reelection to the council."
  • 00:01:44.210 --> 00:01:48.200
  • In other news, a food bank will be available this Saturday for
  • 00:01:48.210 --> 00:01:51.120
  • all those who need a little helping hand during the
  • 00:01:51.130 --> 00:01:53.180
  • Thanksgiving season.
  • 00:01:53.190 --> 00:01:55.200
  • In sports--
  • 00:01:55.210 --> 00:01:58.100
  • Agatha: Hello? Eleanor Crown: Agatha?
  • 00:01:59.280 --> 00:02:01.140
  • Agatha: Hey, what's up?
  • 00:02:01.150 --> 00:02:03.010
  • Eleanor: Hi, have you heard about Valerie Queen?
  • 00:02:03.020 --> 00:02:06.090
  • Agatha: No, what's going on?
  • 00:02:06.100 --> 00:02:07.220
  • Eleanor: Well, she canceled her bid for reelection.
  • 00:02:07.230 --> 00:02:10.150
  • Agatha: Yeah, and?
  • 00:02:10.160 --> 00:02:11.290
  • Eleanor: Well, I think it's time.
  • 00:02:12.000 --> 00:02:14.260
  • Agatha: You do?
  • 00:02:14.270 --> 00:02:16.090
  • Eleanor: Yes.
  • 00:02:16.100 --> 00:02:17.260
  • Go ahead and file the paperwork and write up a press release
  • 00:02:17.270 --> 00:02:19.190
  • with my bio.
  • 00:02:19.200 --> 00:02:21.050
  • I think it's time we let the people of Kingstown
  • 00:02:21.060 --> 00:02:23.020
  • know I'm running.
  • 00:02:23.030 --> 00:02:24.280
  • Agatha: So, for your bio, should I include everything?
  • 00:02:24.290 --> 00:02:32.020
  • Eleanor: No, let's just focus on my business and my
  • 00:02:32.030 --> 00:02:35.020
  • contributions to the chamber, okay?
  • 00:02:35.030 --> 00:02:37.110
  • Agatha: Okay, will do.
  • 00:02:37.120 --> 00:02:38.250
  • Eleanor: All right, see you soon.
  • 00:02:38.260 --> 00:02:43.030
  • male: We now come to question 03-06, the request to rezone the
  • 00:02:45.290 --> 00:02:50.040
  • land found on lot 39 from agricultural to commercial.
  • 00:02:50.050 --> 00:02:54.110
  • And you'll find all the paperwork, the proposal, and
  • 00:02:54.120 --> 00:02:57.100
  • documents in that packet there in front of you.
  • 00:02:57.110 --> 00:03:00.080
  • And now to argue in favor of the proposal is Kingstown local
  • 00:03:00.090 --> 00:03:04.090
  • developer, Mr. Gary Haymaker.
  • 00:03:04.100 --> 00:03:08.060
  • Gary Haymaker: Thank you, Mr. Councilman, other members
  • 00:03:08.070 --> 00:03:10.010
  • of the council.
  • 00:03:10.020 --> 00:03:11.210
  • The math here is quite simple.
  • 00:03:11.220 --> 00:03:14.140
  • Currently on that lot, it's agricultural land that is not
  • 00:03:14.150 --> 00:03:17.270
  • under heavy use.
  • 00:03:17.280 --> 00:03:20.100
  • What use it does have is, pardon the pun, small potatoes.
  • 00:03:20.110 --> 00:03:26.090
  • These retail establishments vastly outweigh what is
  • 00:03:26.100 --> 00:03:32.020
  • currently on that property.
  • 00:03:32.030 --> 00:03:34.160
  • After all, what community couldn't use another restaurant,
  • 00:03:34.170 --> 00:03:37.140
  • a bakery, a tire shop, a women's health center.
  • 00:03:37.150 --> 00:03:45.090
  • These services and jobs will be added if you vote
  • 00:03:45.100 --> 00:03:49.270
  • for this proposal.
  • 00:03:49.280 --> 00:03:52.210
  • This is a vote to strengthen our community.
  • 00:03:52.220 --> 00:03:57.000
  • Thank you for your time.
  • 00:03:57.010 --> 00:03:59.170
  • male: And now to argue against the proposal, the
  • 00:03:59.180 --> 00:04:02.020
  • director of Gratitude Garden, Miss Margaret Gateway.
  • 00:04:02.030 --> 00:04:06.070
  • Margaret Gateway: Thank you to you all.
  • 00:04:06.080 --> 00:04:09.020
  • Help.
  • 00:04:09.030 --> 00:04:10.170
  • Show me a person in this world who's never needed help and I'll
  • 00:04:10.180 --> 00:04:14.080
  • show you someone who's unaware of the world.
  • 00:04:14.090 --> 00:04:17.230
  • Anybody can contribute money to a community but help?
  • 00:04:17.240 --> 00:04:25.200
  • Help is something special.
  • 00:04:25.210 --> 00:04:28.280
  • For those of you who may not know, Gratitude Gardens is a
  • 00:04:28.290 --> 00:04:32.140
  • respite for anyone who needs help: the homeless, the outcast,
  • 00:04:32.150 --> 00:04:40.080
  • the addict.
  • 00:04:40.090 --> 00:04:42.110
  • We give them job training and coping skills.
  • 00:04:42.120 --> 00:04:45.090
  • We give them a place to live, a place to belong,
  • 00:04:45.100 --> 00:04:49.130
  • if only for a while.
  • 00:04:49.140 --> 00:04:52.100
  • We give them a new start and we're reaping a harvest of hope.
  • 00:04:52.110 --> 00:04:57.120
  • There's more ways to strengthen a community than just money.
  • 00:04:57.130 --> 00:05:02.230
  • Kingstown needs this place.
  • 00:05:02.240 --> 00:05:05.080
  • I pray you can all look beyond your spreadsheets and economic
  • 00:05:05.090 --> 00:05:12.000
  • forecasts and see that.
  • 00:05:12.010 --> 00:05:14.140
  • Thank you.
  • 00:05:14.150 --> 00:05:18.280
  • male: Thank you.
  • 00:05:18.290 --> 00:05:20.130
  • The council will now deliberate.
  • 00:05:20.140 --> 00:05:25.130
  • male: How are we feeling about this one?
  • 00:05:25.140 --> 00:05:26.290
  • I'm against.
  • 00:05:27.000 --> 00:05:28.150
  • male: I'm for. We need those businesses.
  • 00:05:28.160 --> 00:05:30.170
  • male: Okay, noted. One to one.
  • 00:05:30.180 --> 00:05:33.070
  • male: I don't know.
  • 00:05:33.080 --> 00:05:34.190
  • I've driven past the Gratitude Garden several times.
  • 00:05:34.200 --> 00:05:37.170
  • It's helpful, like she says.
  • 00:05:37.180 --> 00:05:41.190
  • I'm against.
  • 00:05:41.200 --> 00:05:43.090
  • male: C'mon, I mean, can't we locate somewhere else?
  • 00:05:43.100 --> 00:05:46.250
  • I mean, there's a lot of vacant land outside town.
  • 00:05:46.260 --> 00:05:50.020
  • Let her move there.
  • 00:05:50.030 --> 00:05:51.200
  • male: We can't have the businesses move out there?
  • 00:05:51.210 --> 00:05:53.070
  • male: And let them pay their taxes in some neighboring city?
  • 00:05:53.080 --> 00:05:55.170
  • No way.
  • 00:05:55.180 --> 00:05:57.050
  • male: We need growth here in Kingstown and I'm sure
  • 00:05:57.060 --> 00:05:59.120
  • Councilwoman Crown who ran on a platform of economic growth will
  • 00:05:59.130 --> 00:06:03.240
  • agree with me.
  • 00:06:03.250 --> 00:06:05.290
  • male: It's two votes for the rezoning and two against.
  • 00:06:06.000 --> 00:06:08.130
  • So, Councilwoman Crown, are you wanting to weigh in on this?
  • 00:06:08.140 --> 00:06:11.270
  • Eleanor: Well, I mean, it's certainly a conundrum.
  • 00:06:11.280 --> 00:06:13.180
  • I mean, I can see the benefits for the community on both sides.
  • 00:06:13.190 --> 00:06:21.130
  • male: Eleanor, you're the deciding vote.
  • 00:06:22.010 --> 00:06:28.040
  • Eleanor: Look, I just think a vote of this magnitude deserves
  • 00:06:28.050 --> 00:06:31.150
  • more reflection and research.
  • 00:06:31.160 --> 00:06:37.160
  • I move that we table this vote until our next session.
  • 00:06:37.170 --> 00:06:42.190
  • male: Shall we vote?
  • 00:06:43.050 --> 00:06:44.160
  • male: Nay.
  • 00:06:44.170 --> 00:06:45.260
  • male: Yay.
  • 00:06:45.270 --> 00:06:47.140
  • male: Nay.
  • 00:06:47.150 --> 00:06:50.220
  • male: I vote yay.
  • 00:06:50.230 --> 00:06:52.070
  • The motion passes.
  • 00:06:52.080 --> 00:06:54.100
  • We will hold the measure up during our next meeting
  • 00:06:54.110 --> 00:06:57.210
  • in two weeks.
  • 00:06:57.220 --> 00:06:59.140
  • You are dismissed.
  • 00:06:59.150 --> 00:07:03.080
  • Choco: Well, Eleanor has managed to delay the inevitable
  • 00:07:04.230 --> 00:07:07.220
  • and given herself some time to think through her hard choice
  • 00:07:07.230 --> 00:07:10.100
  • right now.
  • 00:07:10.110 --> 00:07:11.250
  • You know, her situation reminds me of someone from a long time
  • 00:07:11.260 --> 00:07:15.070
  • ago, a person we read about in the Bible,
  • 00:07:15.080 --> 00:07:18.140
  • in the book of Esther.
  • 00:07:18.150 --> 00:07:20.120
  • Esther had that kind of life that caught her by surprise.
  • 00:07:20.130 --> 00:07:24.020
  • You see, long, long ago, the Jewish people were trying to
  • 00:07:24.030 --> 00:07:27.230
  • find their place after some major defeats.
  • 00:07:27.240 --> 00:07:30.280
  • An untold number of Jews had been driven into exile while
  • 00:07:30.290 --> 00:07:35.070
  • some remained in their homeland vulnerable.
  • 00:07:35.080 --> 00:07:38.180
  • And that's how God's people find themselves: living a fragile
  • 00:07:38.190 --> 00:07:42.050
  • existence for years.
  • 00:07:42.060 --> 00:07:44.260
  • Whether they were in devastated homeland or whether they were
  • 00:07:44.270 --> 00:07:47.260
  • abroad in exile, their livelihood was a delicate place,
  • 00:07:47.270 --> 00:07:53.120
  • ready to break from a slightest pressure and then a pivotal
  • 00:07:53.130 --> 00:07:58.270
  • event occurred in a Persian king's palace, an event that
  • 00:07:58.280 --> 00:08:03.250
  • would determine the faith of all Jewish people.
  • 00:08:03.260 --> 00:08:07.240
  • And at that moment in history, God used an unlikely person to
  • 00:08:07.250 --> 00:08:13.030
  • stand in the gap to rescue his people.
  • 00:08:13.040 --> 00:08:16.100
  • Imagine with me a royal court, a king, a queen.
  • 00:08:16.110 --> 00:08:20.290
  • The queen doesn't do what the king wants so he banishes her
  • 00:08:21.000 --> 00:08:24.170
  • for the rest of her life.
  • 00:08:24.180 --> 00:08:26.200
  • And according to the custom of ancient Middle Eastern monarchs,
  • 00:08:26.210 --> 00:08:30.230
  • searches out a new queen from among hundreds of the most
  • 00:08:30.240 --> 00:08:35.070
  • beautiful young women in his kingdom.
  • 00:08:35.080 --> 00:08:38.290
  • Enters Esther, the beautiful Jewish woman that King Xerxes
  • 00:08:39.000 --> 00:08:43.280
  • chose as his queen.
  • 00:08:43.290 --> 00:08:46.260
  • Now, Esther was the younger cousin of a well-respected
  • 00:08:46.270 --> 00:08:50.160
  • Jewish man named Mordecai.
  • 00:08:50.170 --> 00:08:53.100
  • In all likelihood, both Esther and Mordecai were hiding their
  • 00:08:53.110 --> 00:08:58.040
  • Jewish heritage either out of fear or being seen as outsiders
  • 00:08:58.050 --> 00:09:03.200
  • or just because it was more convenient for them.
  • 00:09:03.210 --> 00:09:06.060
  • But here's the good news.
  • 00:09:06.070 --> 00:09:08.070
  • The good news for Esther and Mordecai and for us is that God
  • 00:09:08.080 --> 00:09:12.270
  • can use us even in our imperfections.
  • 00:09:12.280 --> 00:09:17.040
  • He just wants us to put down our roots wherever he plants us, so
  • 00:09:17.050 --> 00:09:21.260
  • to speak.
  • 00:09:21.270 --> 00:09:23.180
  • And God was going to use Esther and Mordecai even though they
  • 00:09:23.190 --> 00:09:27.160
  • didn't know it at that moment.
  • 00:09:27.170 --> 00:09:30.160
  • See, there was another well-respected man in the orbit
  • 00:09:30.170 --> 00:09:34.090
  • of the king, a man named Haman.
  • 00:09:34.100 --> 00:09:36.200
  • And this man hated Mordecai and all the other Jews and he
  • 00:09:36.210 --> 00:09:40.280
  • tricked the king into signing the law that would eliminate all
  • 00:09:40.290 --> 00:09:45.240
  • the Jews in the world.
  • 00:09:45.250 --> 00:09:48.050
  • That was--that put Esther in a difficult position.
  • 00:09:48.060 --> 00:09:52.080
  • I mean, she could speak up and try to save her people but if
  • 00:09:52.090 --> 00:09:56.020
  • she did, she might be killed in that process.
  • 00:09:56.030 --> 00:10:00.100
  • She didn't know what to do.
  • 00:10:00.110 --> 00:10:01.270
  • She needed a little more time.
  • 00:10:01.280 --> 00:10:03.160
  • Sounds familiar?
  • 00:10:03.170 --> 00:10:05.070
  • Let's see in our story what Eleanor is going to do with her
  • 00:10:05.080 --> 00:10:08.050
  • extra time.
  • 00:10:08.060 --> 00:10:09.290
  • Surely, things can't go as badly for her as they
  • 00:10:10.000 --> 00:10:13.160
  • could for Esther.
  • 00:10:13.170 --> 00:10:16.150
  • Margaret: Oh, Eleanor, look at you.
  • 00:10:20.020 --> 00:10:23.070
  • City Council member.
  • 00:10:23.080 --> 00:10:24.280
  • Eleanor: Oh, it's so good to see you, Margaret.
  • 00:10:24.290 --> 00:10:27.010
  • Margaret: I voted for you, you know?
  • 00:10:27.020 --> 00:10:29.010
  • Eleanor: Well, I appreciate that.
  • 00:10:29.020 --> 00:10:30.180
  • Margaret: We all did.
  • 00:10:30.190 --> 00:10:32.030
  • Eleanor: Look, I didn't--
  • 00:10:32.040 --> 00:10:33.130
  • Margaret: It's okay, Eleanor, really.
  • 00:10:33.140 --> 00:10:34.270
  • We understand.
  • 00:10:34.280 --> 00:10:36.200
  • And you know what?
  • 00:10:36.210 --> 00:10:38.130
  • We're all gonna vote for you in this upcoming election too.
  • 00:10:38.140 --> 00:10:42.250
  • You know, I can't imagine the kind of pressure you're probably
  • 00:10:43.260 --> 00:10:46.030
  • under right now.
  • 00:10:46.040 --> 00:10:47.290
  • And I can understand all of the decisions that you make.
  • 00:10:48.000 --> 00:10:51.200
  • Eleanor: Just to get elected I had to make some prom--
  • 00:10:51.210 --> 00:10:56.050
  • Margaret: Glad to see this is still making some appearances.
  • 00:10:57.010 --> 00:10:59.030
  • Eleanor: Yeah.
  • 00:10:59.040 --> 00:11:00.220
  • Margaret: And look at you now.
  • 00:11:00.230 --> 00:11:02.240
  • Eleanor: Well, I've come a long way since then.
  • 00:11:02.250 --> 00:11:05.270
  • Margaret: Oh, you sure have.
  • 00:11:05.280 --> 00:11:07.240
  • Finished college, started your own business, and became
  • 00:11:07.250 --> 00:11:11.180
  • successful enough to run a good campaign and get elected.
  • 00:11:11.190 --> 00:11:15.230
  • Oh, you're one of our success stories.
  • 00:11:15.240 --> 00:11:19.130
  • Eleanor: Well, I had a lot of--
  • 00:11:19.140 --> 00:11:21.080
  • Margaret: You--you are. You are.
  • 00:11:21.090 --> 00:11:24.190
  • I guess I better get back before lights out at the Garden.
  • 00:11:24.200 --> 00:11:31.060
  • Margaret: Remember where you came from.
  • 00:11:32.180 --> 00:11:35.060
  • Eleanor: I do.
  • 00:11:35.070 --> 00:11:38.010
  • I will.
  • 00:11:38.020 --> 00:11:40.130
  • Eleanor: Mr. Haymaker.
  • 00:11:48.170 --> 00:11:49.280
  • Gary: Councilwoman Crown.
  • 00:11:49.290 --> 00:11:51.180
  • How are you, Eleanor?
  • 00:11:51.190 --> 00:11:53.290
  • Eleanor: I'm good, Gary. How are you?
  • 00:11:54.000 --> 00:11:55.200
  • Gary: Things couldn't be better.
  • 00:11:55.210 --> 00:11:57.070
  • Although, I haven't seen you at the chamber of
  • 00:11:57.080 --> 00:11:58.250
  • commerce lunches lately.
  • 00:11:58.260 --> 00:12:00.140
  • Eleanor: I know.
  • 00:12:00.150 --> 00:12:02.090
  • Being on the council and running my business and being up for
  • 00:12:02.100 --> 00:12:04.220
  • reelection, I should really make it a top priority.
  • 00:12:04.230 --> 00:12:09.130
  • Gary: But your constituency, how are they gonna vote for you
  • 00:12:09.140 --> 00:12:11.210
  • if they don't see you?
  • 00:12:11.220 --> 00:12:13.190
  • Eleanor: Yes, no doubt.
  • 00:12:13.200 --> 00:12:15.070
  • Gary: They're looking up to you.
  • 00:12:15.080 --> 00:12:16.190
  • We all are.
  • 00:12:16.200 --> 00:12:18.080
  • Eleanor: Well, Gary, thank you for your trust.
  • 00:12:18.090 --> 00:12:20.000
  • Gary: Trust, yes, it's a good word, trust.
  • 00:12:20.010 --> 00:12:27.110
  • We trust you will do the right thing for your community.
  • 00:12:27.120 --> 00:12:30.200
  • Eleanor: Well, I should hope so.
  • 00:12:30.210 --> 00:12:32.110
  • Gary: These businesses will be a boon to the community.
  • 00:12:32.120 --> 00:12:35.100
  • New jobs, new taxes flowing into the coffers of
  • 00:12:35.110 --> 00:12:39.010
  • the City government.
  • 00:12:39.020 --> 00:12:40.200
  • New life pumping through the veins of our economy.
  • 00:12:40.210 --> 00:12:44.190
  • Eleanor: Well, there are a lot of pluses.
  • 00:12:44.200 --> 00:12:46.090
  • Gary: I can't imagine you, as a modern woman, would be opposed
  • 00:12:46.100 --> 00:12:50.130
  • to a women's health center now, would you?
  • 00:12:50.140 --> 00:12:52.200
  • Eleanor: Oh?
  • 00:12:52.210 --> 00:12:54.000
  • Gary: You know, a place to help young women make
  • 00:12:54.010 --> 00:12:56.210
  • good choices.
  • 00:12:56.220 --> 00:12:58.230
  • Make sure our community stays as planned.
  • 00:12:58.240 --> 00:13:04.080
  • Eleanor: Yes, God forbid we have an unplanned community.
  • 00:13:04.090 --> 00:13:08.250
  • Gary: See, you get it.
  • 00:13:08.260 --> 00:13:10.240
  • A modern woman.
  • 00:13:10.250 --> 00:13:13.090
  • Eleanor: What are you insinuating, Gary?
  • 00:13:13.100 --> 00:13:15.020
  • I mean, Mr. Haymaker?
  • 00:13:15.030 --> 00:13:17.050
  • Gary: Nothing.
  • 00:13:17.060 --> 00:13:18.210
  • I love having a fellow businessperson on the council
  • 00:13:18.220 --> 00:13:20.270
  • but if you start making decisions that are not in the
  • 00:13:20.280 --> 00:13:22.150
  • best interest of business, I don't think it would be wise to
  • 00:13:22.160 --> 00:13:25.060
  • cast a vote for you.
  • 00:13:25.070 --> 00:13:27.140
  • In fact, I don't think it would be wise to support
  • 00:13:27.150 --> 00:13:29.060
  • your business.
  • 00:13:29.070 --> 00:13:31.140
  • And I'm sure there's other people out there that feel the
  • 00:13:31.150 --> 00:13:34.000
  • exact same way.
  • 00:13:34.010 --> 00:13:38.140
  • female announcer: Courage, confidence, boldness.
  • 00:13:40.010 --> 00:13:42.070
  • Today, God's people need these qualities more than ever.
  • 00:13:42.080 --> 00:13:45.170
  • That's why TBN believes the "In the Gap" series by Pastor
  • 00:13:45.180 --> 00:13:48.200
  • Choco de Jesus is so timely and important.
  • 00:13:48.210 --> 00:13:52.040
  • Choco: Explore with me the Bible's greatest heroes and how
  • 00:13:52.050 --> 00:13:55.010
  • your life can make an impact for generations to come.
  • 00:13:55.020 --> 00:13:58.150
  • announcer: Right now in thanks for your gift of $65 or
  • 00:13:58.160 --> 00:14:00.200
  • more to help TBN keep this kind of teaching coming to you and
  • 00:14:00.210 --> 00:14:04.220
  • others, we'll send you the book that inspired the "In the Gap"
  • 00:14:04.230 --> 00:14:08.050
  • series you're watching.
  • 00:14:08.060 --> 00:14:09.280
  • Plus, the bonus four-message series on audio CD.
  • 00:14:09.290 --> 00:14:13.220
  • Become a bold culture-changer for God.
  • 00:14:13.230 --> 00:14:17.000
  • Call or click now to share a gift and request "In the Gap:
  • 00:14:17.010 --> 00:14:20.260
  • What Happens When God's People Stand Strong."
  • 00:14:20.270 --> 00:14:24.080
  • Both the book and bonus audio series by
  • 00:14:24.090 --> 00:14:26.190
  • Pastor Choco de Jesus.
  • 00:14:26.200 --> 00:14:29.140
  • Call 800-772-5040 or share your gift securely online when you
  • 00:14:29.150 --> 00:14:35.200
  • visit tbn.org/inthegap.
  • 00:14:35.210 --> 00:14:39.090
  • Choco: Things are getting even more difficult for Eleanor.
  • 00:14:40.020 --> 00:14:42.290
  • Surely, she's seeking a sign from God to know how
  • 00:14:43.000 --> 00:14:46.090
  • she should choose.
  • 00:14:46.100 --> 00:14:48.040
  • But if she's out like Esther, she's gonna be waiting on that
  • 00:14:48.050 --> 00:14:51.090
  • sign for quite a while.
  • 00:14:51.100 --> 00:14:53.260
  • You see, in the Bible, in the book of Esther, God doesn't
  • 00:14:53.270 --> 00:14:57.010
  • write on a wall or speaks in a whirlwind or appears in a
  • 00:14:57.020 --> 00:15:01.110
  • burning bush like Moses.
  • 00:15:01.120 --> 00:15:03.050
  • God's people prayed for Esther but she didn't demand a sign.
  • 00:15:03.060 --> 00:15:07.160
  • She simply said, "You pray.
  • 00:15:07.170 --> 00:15:10.050
  • I'll go and we'll leave the results in God's hands."
  • 00:15:10.060 --> 00:15:13.190
  • And sometimes, God graciously gives us a prophetic word or
  • 00:15:13.200 --> 00:15:18.240
  • a vision of the future.
  • 00:15:18.250 --> 00:15:21.000
  • But more often, we're like Esther.
  • 00:15:21.010 --> 00:15:23.000
  • We know the right thing to do and we do it without knowing how
  • 00:15:23.010 --> 00:15:26.130
  • it would turn out.
  • 00:15:26.140 --> 00:15:28.120
  • You see, a crisis can confuse us or it could clear away the
  • 00:15:28.130 --> 00:15:32.130
  • cobwebs and enable us to think more clearly.
  • 00:15:32.140 --> 00:15:36.190
  • Esther had lived a double life.
  • 00:15:36.200 --> 00:15:39.110
  • She had a background of faith but found herself in a pagan
  • 00:15:39.120 --> 00:15:42.240
  • world, reaching the top of it as the queen of the land.
  • 00:15:42.250 --> 00:15:48.060
  • But the plight of her people shatter her illusions and she
  • 00:15:48.070 --> 00:15:52.280
  • realized she could no longer live for herself.
  • 00:15:52.290 --> 00:15:56.280
  • Esther was willing to lay it all on the line for her people, no
  • 00:15:56.290 --> 00:16:01.060
  • matter what the cost.
  • 00:16:01.070 --> 00:16:02.280
  • This was her time, her moment, her task, and her God-given
  • 00:16:02.290 --> 00:16:07.190
  • purpose.
  • 00:16:07.200 --> 00:16:09.080
  • She may have had selfish desires in the past, but now, she only
  • 00:16:09.090 --> 00:16:13.220
  • had one: to rescue her people.
  • 00:16:13.230 --> 00:16:18.100
  • The story of Esther should encourage us deeply.
  • 00:16:18.110 --> 00:16:21.270
  • God didn't use someone who had a great background, who had
  • 00:16:21.280 --> 00:16:26.000
  • a--lived a pure life, who was always faithful
  • 00:16:26.010 --> 00:16:29.230
  • and obedient to him.
  • 00:16:29.240 --> 00:16:31.130
  • No, instead, God used someone who was deeply flawed, had
  • 00:16:31.140 --> 00:16:36.070
  • divided priorities, and was not even aware of the problem until
  • 00:16:36.080 --> 00:16:41.140
  • someone told her about it.
  • 00:16:41.150 --> 00:16:43.140
  • I don't know about you but I have fit that description plenty
  • 00:16:43.150 --> 00:16:47.070
  • of times in my life.
  • 00:16:47.080 --> 00:16:49.150
  • And one of the more wonderful things about God, listen to me,
  • 00:16:49.160 --> 00:16:52.290
  • is his timing.
  • 00:16:53.000 --> 00:16:54.250
  • He made sure Esther was at the right place at the right time,
  • 00:16:54.260 --> 00:16:59.220
  • in order to maximize her impact on behalf of her people.
  • 00:16:59.230 --> 00:17:05.070
  • No one could rush the king's process.
  • 00:17:05.080 --> 00:17:07.120
  • The beautiful women may have been impatient to go into the
  • 00:17:07.130 --> 00:17:10.230
  • king's chambers but they needed the year of preparation.
  • 00:17:10.240 --> 00:17:15.230
  • In the same way, we often become impatient with our King, his
  • 00:17:15.240 --> 00:17:20.030
  • process of preparation.
  • 00:17:20.040 --> 00:17:23.170
  • In our haste, we can see waiting as a waste of time instead of a
  • 00:17:23.180 --> 00:17:27.240
  • necessary part of being equipped by God for his special mission.
  • 00:17:27.250 --> 00:17:34.080
  • Esther realized she had only one chance to please the king.
  • 00:17:34.090 --> 00:17:38.140
  • And just like the seeds all around me in this beautiful
  • 00:17:38.150 --> 00:17:42.060
  • garden, she was content to let the process work out.
  • 00:17:42.070 --> 00:17:47.000
  • We can wander in a wealthy world, thinking only about the
  • 00:17:47.010 --> 00:17:49.280
  • next phone upgrade, the next great restaurant we are gonna
  • 00:17:49.290 --> 00:17:55.120
  • visit, the next vacation, or the next promotion.
  • 00:17:55.130 --> 00:17:58.210
  • But sometimes, God breaks through our complacency to show
  • 00:17:58.220 --> 00:18:02.290
  • us a purpose far bigger than ourselves.
  • 00:18:03.000 --> 00:18:07.000
  • Listen, when God shows us a crying need and puts this in our
  • 00:18:07.010 --> 00:18:11.070
  • hearts, he's giving us something to live for.
  • 00:18:11.080 --> 00:18:15.180
  • He's asking us to stand in the gap.
  • 00:18:15.190 --> 00:18:19.010
  • What request would you bring before the King?
  • 00:18:19.020 --> 00:18:21.150
  • Would you be brave?
  • 00:18:21.160 --> 00:18:24.020
  • Would you answer the call of your time?
  • 00:18:24.030 --> 00:18:26.220
  • Would you stand in the gap for others?
  • 00:18:26.230 --> 00:18:29.250
  • In our story with Eleanor.
  • 00:18:29.260 --> 00:18:33.010
  • 00:18:34.140 --> 00:18:44.140
  • Eleanor: God, what do I do?
  • 00:18:49.060 --> 00:18:53.180
  • 00:18:54.190 --> 00:19:02.200
  • Agatha: Hi, Eleanor.
  • 00:19:26.230 --> 00:19:28.060
  • Eleanor: Hi, I've made my decision.
  • 00:19:28.070 --> 00:19:30.090
  • Agatha: So you've thought this out?
  • 00:19:30.100 --> 00:19:31.290
  • Are you sure?
  • 00:19:32.000 --> 00:19:33.150
  • Eleanor: Yeah, I know it's the right one.
  • 00:19:33.160 --> 00:19:35.010
  • Agatha: Well, I trust your heart.
  • 00:19:35.020 --> 00:19:36.170
  • Eleanor: Go ahead and call the council.
  • 00:19:36.180 --> 00:19:38.020
  • Tell 'em I don't need two weeks.
  • 00:19:38.030 --> 00:19:39.170
  • Let's go ahead and call a vote.
  • 00:19:39.180 --> 00:19:41.000
  • Agatha: I'll make the call.
  • 00:19:41.010 --> 00:19:43.160
  • Margaret: I'm honestly surprised to see you, Eleanor.
  • 00:19:49.140 --> 00:19:51.110
  • What brings you out here today?
  • 00:19:51.120 --> 00:19:53.100
  • Eleanor: Well, I had an idea about my vote but I really
  • 00:19:53.110 --> 00:19:57.160
  • wanted to see the place again.
  • 00:19:57.170 --> 00:19:59.240
  • You know, it's been such a tough decision.
  • 00:19:59.250 --> 00:20:03.250
  • Margaret: Oh, I can imagine.
  • 00:20:03.260 --> 00:20:05.140
  • Well, thanks for working us into your schedule.
  • 00:20:05.150 --> 00:20:08.150
  • Eleanor: No, it's not--oh, hey, guys, come on this way.
  • 00:20:08.160 --> 00:20:12.110
  • We'll just be right under this tree over here.
  • 00:20:12.120 --> 00:20:14.230
  • We'll be right there.
  • 00:20:14.240 --> 00:20:16.170
  • Just put that down.
  • 00:20:16.180 --> 00:20:18.270
  • Margaret: What are you doing?
  • 00:20:18.280 --> 00:20:20.130
  • Eleanor: C'mon.
  • 00:20:20.140 --> 00:20:22.280
  • Eleanor: Thank you all for coming out
  • 00:20:22.290 --> 00:20:24.090
  • to Gratitude Gardens today.
  • 00:20:24.100 --> 00:20:26.060
  • I asked you here to tell you how my life was changed
  • 00:20:26.070 --> 00:20:29.290
  • by this place.
  • 00:20:30.000 --> 00:20:33.050
  • When I was 15 years old I was a mess.
  • 00:20:33.060 --> 00:20:38.190
  • I was homeless.
  • 00:20:38.200 --> 00:20:41.020
  • I was addicted.
  • 00:20:41.030 --> 00:20:43.070
  • I was in a lot of pain.
  • 00:20:43.080 --> 00:20:48.080
  • Someone from Gratitude Garden found me on the streets but they
  • 00:20:48.090 --> 00:20:54.130
  • saw through my pain, through my addiction, and they saw who I
  • 00:20:54.140 --> 00:20:58.120
  • really was or who I could be.
  • 00:20:58.130 --> 00:21:02.160
  • And it was this place that showed me what God
  • 00:21:02.170 --> 00:21:08.080
  • meant for me to be.
  • 00:21:08.090 --> 00:21:12.080
  • Now, I have never shared this story in public.
  • 00:21:12.090 --> 00:21:16.020
  • I have withheld it and that was wrong because the things I
  • 00:21:16.030 --> 00:21:20.040
  • learned here and the relationships I had, those are
  • 00:21:20.050 --> 00:21:26.020
  • what's made me a successful businesswoman and a successful
  • 00:21:26.030 --> 00:21:29.160
  • councilwoman.
  • 00:21:29.170 --> 00:21:32.220
  • I wasn't proud of who I was when I came here but I was never more
  • 00:21:32.230 --> 00:21:38.020
  • proud of myself than when I graduated from this place.
  • 00:21:38.030 --> 00:21:44.190
  • I know this place won't have the same economic impact as a tire
  • 00:21:44.200 --> 00:21:48.050
  • shop or a so-called women's health clinic.
  • 00:21:48.060 --> 00:21:52.230
  • But it creates healthier citizens, better contributing
  • 00:21:52.240 --> 00:21:58.030
  • members to society, people who are ready to stop taking and
  • 00:21:58.040 --> 00:22:01.150
  • start giving.
  • 00:22:01.160 --> 00:22:04.290
  • So I will be voting against the rezoning.
  • 00:22:05.000 --> 00:22:13.030
  • male: What do you mean by "so-called women's health
  • 00:22:14.060 --> 00:22:16.050
  • center"?
  • 00:22:16.060 --> 00:22:18.070
  • Eleanor: Well, I believe that this land should be a place
  • 00:22:18.080 --> 00:22:20.060
  • where lives can begin again and not end before they're started.
  • 00:22:20.070 --> 00:22:24.170
  • When this question came before the council, I thought it was a
  • 00:22:24.180 --> 00:22:27.040
  • big decision.
  • 00:22:27.050 --> 00:22:29.090
  • I either had to betray my past or betray my principles.
  • 00:22:29.100 --> 00:22:33.140
  • But now, I know my principles are based on my past, every
  • 00:22:33.150 --> 00:22:38.040
  • wonderful and horrible moment of it.
  • 00:22:38.050 --> 00:22:41.180
  • And we need each other.
  • 00:22:41.190 --> 00:22:46.210
  • We need to know that when it's the right time that we will act,
  • 00:22:46.220 --> 00:22:50.220
  • that we will do the right thing even when it looks wrong to
  • 00:22:50.230 --> 00:22:53.060
  • everyone else.
  • 00:22:53.070 --> 00:22:55.020
  • And we don't care about the consequences.
  • 00:22:55.030 --> 00:22:57.220
  • We don't have to think about them 'cause we
  • 00:22:57.230 --> 00:22:59.050
  • can't control them.
  • 00:22:59.060 --> 00:23:02.270
  • We owe that to each other.
  • 00:23:02.280 --> 00:23:09.210
  • Thank you.
  • 00:23:10.290 --> 00:23:12.090
  • Choco: Eleanor made the right choice just like Esther did.
  • 00:23:12.100 --> 00:23:14.280
  • They both decided standing in the gap was not only the right
  • 00:23:14.290 --> 00:23:17.240
  • thing to do, but they had the guts to follow through
  • 00:23:17.250 --> 00:23:20.190
  • and do it.
  • 00:23:20.200 --> 00:23:22.150
  • For our Bible hero, Esther, it was hard.
  • 00:23:22.160 --> 00:23:25.210
  • But Esther chose to speak to the king.
  • 00:23:25.220 --> 00:23:27.220
  • He welcomed her in, heard her plea, and adjusted the law so
  • 00:23:27.230 --> 00:23:32.050
  • that rather than being defeated, Esther's people could have an
  • 00:23:32.060 --> 00:23:35.290
  • enormous victory, a victory that is still celebrated in the
  • 00:23:36.000 --> 00:23:39.160
  • Jewish culture today, this very day.
  • 00:23:39.170 --> 00:23:43.010
  • Esther's story can be our story.
  • 00:23:43.020 --> 00:23:45.020
  • We can learn from her and Mordecai how to stand in the gap
  • 00:23:45.030 --> 00:23:48.210
  • in a critical moment in the lives of our family, our
  • 00:23:48.220 --> 00:23:52.060
  • neighborhood, and our culture.
  • 00:23:52.070 --> 00:23:54.190
  • Look around you.
  • 00:23:54.200 --> 00:23:57.010
  • Do you see people in trouble?
  • 00:23:57.020 --> 00:23:58.140
  • Are there any men and women, children, in your view who are
  • 00:23:58.150 --> 00:24:02.080
  • threatened with destruction, whether as victims of others'
  • 00:24:02.090 --> 00:24:06.070
  • sins or from their own foolish, selfish choices?
  • 00:24:06.080 --> 00:24:10.110
  • Either way, they're slipping away.
  • 00:24:10.120 --> 00:24:14.180
  • Do you notice them? Do you care?
  • 00:24:14.190 --> 00:24:17.250
  • Would you act?
  • 00:24:17.260 --> 00:24:19.190
  • The only way you'll ever grow fruit is if you
  • 00:24:19.200 --> 00:24:23.130
  • would plant a seed.
  • 00:24:23.140 --> 00:24:25.200
  • You can guarantee that you'll never see a harvest if you avoid
  • 00:24:25.210 --> 00:24:30.210
  • ever putting anything in the ground.
  • 00:24:30.220 --> 00:24:33.160
  • Wherever you are right now, you're like Esther.
  • 00:24:33.170 --> 00:24:37.250
  • And even in our own story's heroine, Eleanor, are standing
  • 00:24:37.260 --> 00:24:42.070
  • at a crossroad between someone in desperate need and God's
  • 00:24:42.080 --> 00:24:46.190
  • desire to use you.
  • 00:24:46.200 --> 00:24:48.230
  • The situation, the timing, and the opportunity didn't
  • 00:24:48.240 --> 00:24:52.200
  • happen by chance.
  • 00:24:52.210 --> 00:24:54.220
  • You're there by the providence of God for such a time as this.
  • 00:24:54.230 --> 00:25:00.060
  • Listen, you have an incredible opportunity.
  • 00:25:00.070 --> 00:25:03.200
  • No more excuses.
  • 00:25:03.210 --> 00:25:06.100
  • No more blaming others for not doing enough about the problem.
  • 00:25:06.110 --> 00:25:11.040
  • No more minimizing difficulty and saying, "It's not that bad."
  • 00:25:11.050 --> 00:25:14.290
  • No more denial that the problem even exists.
  • 00:25:15.000 --> 00:25:18.230
  • Esther was passive for a long time but when her defining
  • 00:25:18.240 --> 00:25:23.190
  • moment came she acted.
  • 00:25:23.200 --> 00:25:27.040
  • Eleanor made the right choice, just like Esther did.
  • 00:25:27.050 --> 00:25:30.090
  • They both decided standing in the gap was not only the right
  • 00:25:30.100 --> 00:25:32.260
  • thing to do, but they had the guts to follow through
  • 00:25:32.270 --> 00:25:35.290
  • and do it.
  • 00:25:36.000 --> 00:25:38.020
  • Ask God to waken your heart and give you Esther's courage.
  • 00:25:38.030 --> 00:25:42.120
  • Ask him to give you compassion and wisdom like Mordecai.
  • 00:25:42.130 --> 00:25:46.180
  • I believe you could make a difference.
  • 00:25:46.190 --> 00:25:48.200
  • You can stand in the gap.
  • 00:25:48.210 --> 00:25:51.210
  • 00:25:54.250 --> 00:26:04.250
  • announcer: Courage, confidence, boldness.
  • 00:26:30.110 --> 00:26:32.190
  • Today, God's people need these qualities more than ever.
  • 00:26:32.200 --> 00:26:36.030
  • That's why TBN believes the "In the Gap" series by Pastor Choco
  • 00:26:36.040 --> 00:26:39.090
  • de Jesus is so timely and important.
  • 00:26:39.100 --> 00:26:42.110
  • Choco: Explore with me the Bible's greatest heroes and how
  • 00:26:42.120 --> 00:26:45.170
  • your life can make an impact for generations to come.
  • 00:26:45.180 --> 00:26:48.210
  • announcer: Right now in thanks for your gift of $65 or
  • 00:26:48.220 --> 00:26:51.220
  • more to help TBN keep this kind of teaching coming to you and
  • 00:26:51.230 --> 00:26:55.040
  • others, we'll send you the book that inspired the "In the Gap"
  • 00:26:55.050 --> 00:26:58.270
  • series you're watching.
  • 00:26:58.280 --> 00:27:00.140
  • Plus, the bonus four-message series on audio CD.
  • 00:27:00.150 --> 00:27:04.040
  • Become a bold culture-changer for God.
  • 00:27:04.050 --> 00:27:07.130
  • Call or click now to share a gift and request "In the Gap:
  • 00:27:07.140 --> 00:27:11.050
  • What Happens When God's People Stand Strong."
  • 00:27:11.060 --> 00:27:14.200
  • Both the book and bonus audio series by
  • 00:27:14.210 --> 00:27:17.010
  • Pastor Choco de Jesus.
  • 00:27:17.020 --> 00:27:19.140
  • Call 800-772-5040 or share your gift securely online when you
  • 00:27:19.150 --> 00:27:26.000
  • visit tbn.org/inthegap.
  • 00:27:26.010 --> 00:27:29.150