Saturday, February 25, 2017

5 Things Every Harlot Needs


Hebrews 11:31  By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.

Why didn’t Rahab perish with all the rest of her friends and neighbors in Jericho? Rahab was special. What made Rahab special? Rahab had the:

5 Essentials Every Harlot Needs to Be Her Best
        In order to truly succeed in life every harlot needs:
1.   A call of God on their life.
·        Of course, all harlots, and all people for that matter, have a call of God on their lives which was given before the foundation of the world.
·        Every person is special to God and every person is called of God.
·        Responding to your call is the first critical key to your success.
·        What else will it take for you to be at your best? Just like Rahab -
2.   A willingness to change.
·        Nothing changes until something changes.
·        Most people who fail would not have if they had only changed.
·        The biggest reason people don’t change is because they are unwilling.
·        Change begins in the heart and mind and then is proven through actions. James demands corresponding actions to prove faith.
·        Rahab changed sides during a war. Rahab believed it was better for herself, her family and her future to ally herself with Israel than it was to stand by and go along with her own people.

Joshua 6:17  Now the city shall be doomed by the LORD to destruction, it and all who are in it. Only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all who are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent.

3.   An Anti-Fragile quality of life.
·        While stress poisons some people, those with this anti-fragile quality end up gaining strength from chaos, disorder or stress.
·        More than the ability to endure, this anti-fragile quality is the ability to make gain in the face of uncertainty and adversity.
·        Instead of needing a room set aside for adult coloring book time in order to cope with the untenable results of a national election, anti-fragile people excel in volatility and gain from the adventure.
4.   A Benevolent Benefactor chosen by God.
·        Like Ruth needed Boaz
·        Like Rebecca needed Isaac
·        Like Mary needed Joseph
·        Like the Church needs Jesus
·        We all need a benevolent benefactor who is strong and capable enough to shepherd, cover and care for us and to whom we can submit above our own strengths. Whose benefactor are you?
5.   An ability to outlive the past.
·        Outlive, Out Last and Out Distance the past …
·        Moses, Ruth, David, Peter, Mary Magdalene, Paul, and Mark and Rahab are but a few Bible examples of people who outlived their past.
·        Your future is not determined by your past but by your God. Don’t allow the past to be your god.
·        Today you should begin writing the last chapter in your life.
·        Only the decisions you make today will determine if you will be remembered as a hero or a zero. Will you be a lying harlot scheming to save your own life or the heroine of Jericho who made a decision to change your life.
·        Rahab ultimately became a grandmother of Jesus!

Refuse to allow your past to determine your future.
1.   Recognize the call of God on your life. It’s not just wishful thinking – God has a plan for your life and He is speaking to you every day.
2.   Be willing to change – after a while, others will see that you did.
3.   Begin building your anti-fragile outlook on life. (2 Corinthians 4:17ff)
4.   Seek out and submit to the benevolent benefactor God has called to care for you.
5.   Begin writing what you want to be the last chapter of your life. When you are gone, what do you want others to say about you?

Hebrews 11:31  By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.