Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.
Esther 2:17 NIV

God’s power is revealed in new beginnings.

Because of the sins of her ancestors, Esther was born into a life of exile far away from the land of Israel. But the sinful lifestyles and consequent defeat of previous generations didn’t mean that God was finished with Israel. To the contrary, He was hard at work, sparking a new beginning.

In like manner, you may feel that your life has been marred by tragedy, sin and defeat. But if you can move beyond the past and identify yourself with God’s Word for this hour, you’ll see that His hand at work in you.

Esther was chosen–ripped away from the one man she could call family (Mordecai). But this trauma was necessary for the greater plan of God to be accomplished. Without this harsh reality, the girl would never have become a queen and her destiny would have been obscurity.

God demands a separation from the past in order for His plan to be accomplished in our lives.

This process is sometimes painful and filled with fear.

Imagine it for a moment: as a beautiful young woman, you’re kidnapped and thrust into the very heart of sedition and political intrigue that made up the court of Susa. What emotions were going through her heart?

Esther would lose her carefully guarded virginity. She would never go home again. But there a purpose behind it all.

Many quote Jeremiah 29:11 but fail to grasp the significance underlying this powerful verse of promise. One of God’s main purposes is to reveal Himself through His people (Col. 1:18 AKJV). To do this, we must accept His Will for our lives, no matter how difficult it may be at times. By surrendering to Him, our character is molded to Christ’s own character (2 Peter 1:5-8) and have our character molded to His own character.

And the King is all about character.

When Esther was summoned for that one night which would change everything, she made a startling announcement. Instead of taking advantage of the king’s offer to take anything she wanted from the gilded harem, she would go just as she was.

King Ahasuerus was no stranger to beauty. But, unlike many professing Christian women, Esther’s emphasis was not on how sexy she could look. This king wouldn’t make his choice based on sex appeal. Instead, she wowed him with a transparent character. And by the time morning came, Ahasuerus knew that she was indispensable.

Our King is not impressed by our religious works, the amount we pay into our churches or how beautiful our music can be. A humble, repentant heart that responds to His Word is what He’s seeking in His Bride.

Is that you?

JP Robinson

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Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Philippians 4:8

The Bible teaches us to be careful about what we think. Our thoughts can become words, our words become actions, and our actions become habits that are difficult to break.

This week, instead of focusing on spiritually draining things like problems, past failures or regrets, choose to focus on the spiritually uplifting things like the power of God’s Word that is transforming your life.

Think God’s thoughts.

JP Robinson


Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Isaiah 43:19

First off, thanks to all my followers and readers who made 2018 such a spectacular year. This year I released two full-length novels, Bride Tree and In the Shadow of Your Wings both of which are epic representations of God’s amazing love.

I also spoke at two Christian writer conferences and helped other authors develop their professional craft. But 2019 will be even better. I’m looking to do more for Christ in whatever way I can… while I can.

As we face an uncertain sociopolitical future, I encourage all to develop or deepen your walk with Christ as His return is imminent. If you’d like me to join you in prayer regarding any circumstance, don’t hesitate to reach out via my contact form.

Happy New Year and May God bless you.

JP Robinson

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For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

The reality of these words really struck me in church yesterday. But with it came a question:

Do I talk about my problems or do I talk to my problems?

Admittedly a modern mindset might see Christ’s words as strange but He was all about teaching us to live as He lived. It’s easy to talk about what we’re going through; it’s harder to talk to them.

One night on a raging sea Christ gave us a supreme example. While the disciples were talking about the storm, He turned and spoke to the storm.

Peace, be still.

When circumstances seem contrary, take God’s Word of promise and echo them from your heart and mouth. Anxiety, fear, depression, even physical challenges bow to His will. 

Live in faith,

JP Robinson

“You get what you expect.”

I’ve heard that expression more times than I can count. But the truth of that statement becomes more real with each day that passes. 

It’s especially true in our spiritual lives. Starting each day with an expectation that we will see God move in some way, sets the stage for Him to do what He does best.

Everyday, we Christians face challenges that sometimes leave us bewildered or emotionally-drained. As a result, we often lose sight of the potential that each day holds and start our mornings with a negative mindset. 

This outlook is underscored by perpetually pessimistic news, tirades on social media and—worst of all—other people whose gloomy outlooks tend to prevent us from seeing the beauty and power that Christ wants to unveil in and through our lives. 

I can’t help but wonder how many of us actually expect to see the miraculous each day, in our own lives. When we pray, are we just itemizing a list of wishes or do we actually expect God to answer?

Let’s change that.

Start your morning by vocalizing that you expect to see God’s loving hand.

Whether He parts the Red Sea of your morning commute, provides you with just enough to cover your next bill or simply whispers an inaudible I love you,  you will not be disappointed. 

Because you get what you expect. And today, you’re expecting a miracle.

Live empowered,

JP Robinson