Purification of a Queen Part 2: Come Out From Among Them

                In my last post I discussed the importance of having a good name and a good reputation. In this post, we’ll continue to look at some more specific points that helped shaped my life as God was transforming me to become more rooted and grounded in Him.  
                Esther was a young lady, who later became queen because of her good name, her countenance and her reputation.  Prior to becoming queen, she was one of the young ladies gathered at the palace when the King’s command and decree went out to gather all the young virgins in Shushan.  These women were taken to the citadel, which is the palace complex built in the city for protection.  Once there, she was secluded and only surrounded by people who would prepare her and protect her as she began her preparations for being presented to the King. The ladies selected to help her during this part of the process were called “choice maidservants” (Esther 2:9).  Once her choice maidservants were assigned, she was then moved to the best part of the house where the women lived, away from distractions and danger.  Because of her impending destiny, she couldn’t keep company with just anybody.  She was set apart and set aside. She came out from among them.
After spending so much time sleeping with just any man, I ended up pregnant with my third child.  I stopped taking anti-depressants and I was now alone, sad and depressed. By force, I was removed from all that was slowly destroying me—promiscuous sex and a reckless lifestyle.  My new life was lonely and dark. Now that the veil was off and the darkness was removed from my eyes, I was starting to see what my life had really become. My life was empty but empty of the world’s vices, which left plenty of room for God to fill me with His love and care.  What He showed me was that all of my actions and behaviors were rooted in hurt, depression, rebellion and rejection.  What was I going to do next? How was I going to get back to the place of feeling better, delivered, set free and made whole? How was I going to start living the life that lined up with what God called me to be?
                During my pregnancy, I started attending church with the mindset of “just be invisible.”  I didn’t want anyone to see me in the natural or “see” me in the spirit because I was one broken chic! I was embarrassed about my secrets and full of shame for being pregnant with a third child, of whom I wasn’t 100% sure of who the father was.  I didn’t have expectations from my regular church attendance and I was content with being a pew warmer.  To my surprise God shifted my life into transition and I noticed my circle of friends started changing.  I was always the invisible, introverted one but now He was planting me around wonderful women of God!  I gleaned from them and watched them because they lived the lives of Godly women IN CHURCH and AT HOME! They were true, genuine Titus 2 women. The love of God flowed freely and effortlessly through these women. I never experienced this kind of love before so at first, I was fearful and a bit resistant. They invited my family and me into their lives and they loved on us!  As time went on, I grew more trusting of these women because I realized they were here to correct me, support me, love me, teach me, encourage me and to hold me accountable for my lifestyle. God specifically chose them! They were HIS “choice” for my life! God knows where He’s taking me so He also knows who I have to be surrounded by. As I look at my life now, I am thankful for those women and I praise God for each and every one of them. They are still a very integral part of my life.
                When was the last time you took a look at your circle?  Is there strife in your circle? Bitterness? Are you running real tight and close with people who are not running or living for Christ?  If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, it’s time to evaluate your heart and ask yourself why you’re not submitted to the transition.  1 Corinthians 15:33 NKJV says Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts good habits."  Fear is closely related to deception. Do not think, for one minute, that you can intimately run with people and not pick up their habits and/or their practices. Proverbs 22:24-25 NKJV says “Make no friendship with an angry man, And with a furious man do not go, v25 Lest you learn his ways And set a snare for your soul.”  Don’t have any angry friends?  Well substitute that word “angry” with anything ungodly and it still fits. Try it! 
Friends, it’s time to come out and yield yourself to what God is doing in your life. Don’t be afraid of hurting anyone’s feelings if you have to cut them off or limit your contact with them. Your life in Him is more important! God knows your impending destiny so let Him bring you out from among them and unto Him.

Recommended Reading:
The Book of Esther
Titus Chapter 2
Proverbs 22:24-25 Message Translation

©2013 by Tamara D. Davis
Scriptures taken from the New King James Version.  Copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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