The Beauty from the Ashes

Rahab was her name. She was a public figure in a way whose name stank among many people. She was no one to be proud of or reckoned with. When listing the names of noteworthy, influential, or religious people, she was nothing close. Rahab was nothing but dirt and a dumpster in her world . As her name implies, “broad” so was her chosen field of profession, Harlotry that is still an abomination to God to date. In a nutshell, Rahab was ‘one stop short of rejection.’

Judging with the human analysis, if anybody in Rahab society was to enjoy the protection of God, it could never have been her. But then Rahab found mercy with God. Her world collapsed before her face, but she stood tall in salvation. Mercy and favor found her when she opened her heart to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Grace erased her humiliating past as she got dug out of the dunghill into the high places.

Hebrews 11:31
By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

No doubt, Rahab had heard about the God of heaven and secretly desired Him in her heart and life. Without wasting time, at the slight opportunity, she turned to the only true God for her salvation and deliverance. As God never turns any sinner away, she got adopted into the household faith. When that day of destruction came upon the land of Jericho, Rahab’s life and that of her family were spared. God remembered her faith and not her profession, nor her past.

The life of Rahab turned a significant new leaf at salvation, and she became one of the two women listed among the heroes of faith in the Bible. She also became a responsible married woman who became one of the building blocks in the genealogy of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Matthew 1:5
And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;

That is the significant lesson for everyone; God is the God of mercy. He does not throw back our sins at our face but gives us the privilege to repent and turn away from them. A lawyer named Paul referenced this in his letter to Roman as he quoted from the book of Psalm 32:2 “Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit.” Rahab, once known to be a prostitute, became a blessed woman.

Joshua 6:25
And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father’s household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

There is no situation, sins, or stinking past that God cannot pardon and change for good. There is no stained life that cannot be cleansed and resuscitated in Christ. Whatever it is, bring it to Christ in repentance and hurry up about it because time cannot be tied down. Make today the day of a turning point, the day of salvation as tomorrow may be too late. The door of mercy and transformation of life is still open. Take advantage of it before it closes up.

Surrounded by dark situations, you can still flourish

The Associated Danger of a New Normal Education

Dear parents, be diligent with your children as they study online.

A parent cried out when she discovered that the kids’ links meant to be for their learning activities actually lead to all kinds of inappropriate sites. One thing can always lead to another and gradually lead an innocent mind into corruption. One of the children that strayed into those sites tearfully told his parent that his mind would not stop thinking about what he saw in those sites and that he would always long to go back there.

The Children’s minds are very sensitive and inquisitive. They would always want to learn more. The mind-captivating, sexually motivating sites, carefully connected to the various internet sites are like traps that draw the souls of men, especially the innocent minds, into bondages.

The subtle drawing away of these young minds of today is obviously, a hellish plot against our children and youth. The enemy schemes are to bait them into captivity, addiction, and eventual destruction but God will not allow it in Jesus’ Name. We as parents must need to sit up and sit tight, standing in the gap for our children in every area.

Even if you restrict the use of the internet for your children, you should occasionally check the setting to ensure nothing has changed. Never brush aside the questions of your children nor shut them down in their expressions. We must learn to read in between lines.

May God keep our children in His way and deliver them from every form of destruction in Jesus’ Name.