22 rest from their enemies… sorrow to joy… mourning to a holiday…
Today, many Jews still celebrate the feast of Purim. The name Purim is derived from “the lot” which a Gentile, Haman, cast concerning the fate of the Jews when they were in Persia under King Ahasuerus.
Haman, the villain in this story in the book of Esther, hated the Jews and sought to exterminate them. He got King Ahasuerus to allow him to issue a decree to annihilate all the Jews in one day — the thirteenth day of the twelfth month of Adar. But God used Queen Esther and her uncle Mordecai, both Jews, to turn the tables on Haman and save the Jews.
Haman was hanged on the very gallows that he had constructed for Mordecai! Then, the king allowed Queen Esther and Mordecai to issue a counter-decree to allow all the Jews to defend themselves and destroy their enemies in one day — the thirteenth day of the twelfth month of Adar!
So instead of the Jews being exterminated on that fateful day, their enemies were destroyed! God turned an evil day for the Jews into good days. He turned their mourning into rejoicing and gave them victory over their enemies.
My friend, God can do the same for you today. He only wants you to remain in your position of rest in Christ. You see, because of Jesus’ finished work at the cross, you are seated in heavenly places in Christ, far above every principality, and evil assault the devil can throw at you. (Ephesians 2:6) Just as Mordecai sat within the king’s gate, and refused to stand up and bow to Haman, let’s not “bow” to the devil by being persuaded to move from our position of rest in Christ. Don’t allow him to get you worried, frantic and doing things to save yourself.
Queen Esther was also in a position of rest before Haman was executed. (Esther 7) She was seated on a couch as Haman pleaded with her for his life. While doing so, he accidentally fell over the couch where the queen was. The king, thinking that Haman was assaulting his queen, sent him to the gallows!
Beloved, remain at rest in Christ’s finished work, and He will turn your evil day into days of rejoicing and feasting!
Welcome to the official website of Emmanuel Stephen
Emmanuel is an outstanding Praise and Worship Leader,
and a Songwriter, presently based in the United Kingdom
Emmanuel is currently working on his musical Album project Titled "JESUS" and has released a New Single Track titled “HE REIGNS” on the 10th of July 2017 available on all digital Platforms worldwide.
Emmanuel will be ministering at some events across the UK to promote his musical project.
Info at Event
Emmanuel Stephen is popularly known for His prolific husky vocal Tone.
Born in Lagos Nigeria to a Nigerian Parent from Benue State
As a young child growing up at the Assemblies of God Church he Started singing specials numbers in the church at the age of 7 where his late father was a deacon in the church committee board.
He forged ahead since 2000 to become an excellent Praise and Worship Leader and a music Director in Many RCCG Churches. To mention a few Desire of nations Province, Abuja Nigeria, under the leadership of Pastor Kunle Omotoso, who is currently based in Brooklyn USA.
This gave him the needed inspiration to see the bigger picture. By 2006 he released his first music Album titled “Strange Love”
His unique and courageous charisma on the stage during Praise and Worship had caught the attention and interest of many local churches and senior gospel Artists
Emmanuel is indeed is a great gift to the body of Christ, and perhaps one of Nigeria’s Finest Praise and Worship Leader
Singing for more than 22years of active performance experience, his unique vocal dexterity has seen him work with many Musicians such as Asu Ekiye,
Pst Kingsley Ike, Big Bolaji Olarewaju, Samsong, Pst Moji Alawiye, and many more
He graduated with a Masters Degree in Project Management From Salford Business School Manchester United Kingdom,
And a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Ambrose Alli University Nigeria
With a successful Real estate firm Rehoboth Realtors in Abuja, Nigeria.
His Love for God and passion for music is unparalleled
Married to Dr. Christiana and they are blessed with four Lovely Children
Michelle, Davian, Derrick, and Deitrich.