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Esther 9:22

“As the days wherein the Jews rested from their enemies, and the month which was turned unto them from sorrow to joy, and from mourning into a good day; that they should make them days of feasting and joy, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor.”

After God had given Israel victory over their enemies, they threw a party.  God had turned their sorrow into joy their mourning into a good day He had given them a divine turnaround.

Esther 9:19 says “…they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness.” The key word is they rested.  They rested in the victory that was given to them by rejoicing and having a good time.

Jesus has given us the victory over all our enemies, He has given us a divine turnaround.  He has given us beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness that we might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord that He might be glorified (Isa. 61:3). 

Looking back on the things that held you captive will only rob you of your joy.  It was the law that held us captive and whenever we look back to the law for our righteousness it robs us of our joy.  In the days of Nehemiah the people were rejoicing until the law was read then they began to weep and mourn (Neh. 8:9).

Don’t let the enemy stop you from throwing a praise party by reminding you of what you’ve done or haven’t done.  We’re not blessed because of what we’ve done, we’re blessed because of what Jesus has done for us.  So come on let’s party!