“…if I perish, I perish!”

[notice]A monthly column by farmer, preacher and writer for Jesus, Angus Buchan[/notice]

The Book of Esther 4:16 (NKJV) Queen Esther says, “…and if I perish, I perish!”, but she was committed to speaking the truth in love and of course we know how the story concluded. She stood in the gap for the Jewish nation and prevented a possible genocide taking place.

We need, as believers, to be much more outspoken. We cannot afford to keep quiet. You know the old saying that says “In order for evil to abound, all that good people have to do is nothing.”

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This country of ours is in the balance and we, the followers of Christ, have the answer. The answer is quite simple; it is the truth that will set us free. John 17:17 (NKJV), says “Sanctify (set them apart) them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” We have got to be different from the world. If we are going to be outspoken it needs to be, not only by word, but also by action and by deed. We cannot serve two masters. Queen Esther was prepared to be different. She came apart and she spoke the truth to the king, and that changed his mind. It always comes at a price and that is why she said clearly, “… and if I perish, I perish!”

We need to do our part
Many of us have been called by God with a specific mandate and we are not obeying that mandate. We need to do our part, so that God can do His part. Nothing less than Holy Ghost revival will save our beloved South Africa. When the Believers stand up and start speaking the truth in love, then we will see a complete turnaround in this nation. It will not remain in this nation alone; it will continue to light up the continent of Africa.

I was preaching in Malmesbury, the Western Cape, on a Saturday night, on a rugby field, an open air meeting and the Holy Spirit visited us in a very special way. The one thing that really touched my heart, was the sincerity and the earnestness of young people to find the truth. We spoke to them about the meaning of life and we said that the meaning of life is twofold; to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever (West Minister confession). After the meeting many young students from different universities in the Cape came to me and asked me to please go to the universities, and tell them the truth.

Courage to be outspoken
In other words, young people are desperate to know the way forward and many of us are keeping this treasure (this truth) that we have found to ourselves. We may not do that any longer. My prayer for you, is that God will give you the courage to be outspoken for Him. Romans 1:16 (NKJV) says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,[a] for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”

May God bless you as you start to shine as a light, first in your own home, then in your district, then in your province and then in the nation.

Angus Buchan

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