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So the king’s scribes were called at that time, in the third month, which is the month of Sivan, on the twenty-third day; and it was written, according to all that Mordecai commanded, to the Jews, the satraps, the governors, and the princes of the provinces from India to Ethiopia, one hundred and twenty-seven provinces in all, to every province in its own script, to every people in their own language, and to the Jews in their own script and language. And he wrote in the name of King Ahasuerus, sealed it with the king’s signet ring, and sent letters by couriers on horseback, riding on royal horses bred from swift steeds.

By these letters the king permitted the Jews who were in every city to gather together and protect their lives—to destroy, kill, and annihilate all the forces of any people or province that would assault them, both little children and women, and to plunder their possessions, on one day in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar. A copy of the document was to be issued as a decree in every province and published for all people, so that the Jews would be ready on that day to avenge themselves on their enemies. The couriers who rode on royal horses went out, hastened and pressed on by the king’s command. And the decree was issued in Shushan the citadel (Esther 8:9-14).

Throughout this devotional, we have been looking at breaking curses. Why? Because we want to see Jesus’ power change lives and bring revival to people’s hearts. When Esther issued her new decree, and Haman’s curse was broken, revival broke out. She reversed the curse with her new decree and the lives of her people were refreshed. They went from certain death to life, in a moment. The opposite spirit of Haman was unleashed—the spirit of life. Revival breaks out when we step in and break curses. People experience joy, boldness, faith and freedom on a personal and family level as a result.