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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 9/14/2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

RAHAB, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 9/14/2012

Joshua 2:1-24
SHE'S NOT THE GIRL SHE USED TO BE, Lesson 5a, Part 2

A REVIEW!
There once was a rather rough, uncultured man who for some reason fell in love with a beautiful vase in a shop window. Eventually he bought the vase and put it on the mantelpiece in his room. There it became a kind of judgment on its surroundings. He had to clean up the room to make it worthy of the vase. The curtains looked dingy beside it. The old chair with the stuffing coming out of the seat would not do. The wallpaper and the paint needed redoing. Gradually the whole room was transformed. When you put Christ on the mantel of your heart, your whole life is transformed.

It is this kind of transformation we witness here in the second chapter of the book of Joshua. As the Israelites were about to enter Canaan and claim their promised land, the first city they would have to face was the great walled city of Jericho. If they could take this city, they could easily split the country in two and then move from there to conquer the north and the south.

Before they go about the business of defeating Jericho, Joshua sends spies to the city to gage the mood of the people and to see whether or not they were ready for war. When these spies entered Jericho, they went to the home of a harlot. Why? Well, the sight of men entering a harlot's home would not attract too much attention. What they found when they entered the home of Rahab must have come as quiet a shock to these two men. They found a woman who had been changed by the power of God. They met Rahab, but found out that she wasn't the girl she used to be!

For us, Rahab is a picture of the power of the Lord Jesus to transform any life that comes to Him by faith. What we will see today is how the Lord takes sinners who will place their faith in Him and changes them by His power and grace. As I teach this message today, if you are saved, then rejoice in the great change Jesus has made in your life. If you are not a child of God, then allow the Lord to speak to your heart and be saved today.

Let's take a look at these verses this morning as we think about the thought, She's Not The Girl She Used To Be!

V. 1 RAHAB THE CALL GIRL

Her Spiritual Condition - Rahab was a harlot. She was engaged in a wicked lifestyle whereby she sold her body to men for money. Her life was a depraved and wicked life.

She is a picture of every person who is lost in sin this morning. You see, you may not be a harlot, but if you have never trusted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, then you are lost in sin and need to be born again! It is sad but true, all are sinners - (Rom. 3:23; Gal. 3:22). If you are outside Christ today, your's is a helpless and hopeless situation - (Eph. 2:1-3; Eph. 2:12).

Her Spiritual Condemnation - She lived in a city that was slated for destruction! God had already determined that Jericho would fall! I ma sure the people felt pretty confident and reasonably safe behind the walls of their city, but God had already passed sentence upon them and they were doomed to destruction! The people of Jericho may not have felt that they were in great danger, but they were doomed nonetheless!

So it is with the sinner this morning! The lost person may feel secure today and may not believe that he is in any danger. However, the Bible tells us that the lost are condemned already, John 3:18. It tells us that they abide under the wrath of God, (John 3:36). It tells us that their ultimate destiny is eternity in Hell to be forever separated from the presence of God, (Psa. 9:17; 2 Thes. 1:8-9). My friend, if you are lost, that is your future we are talking about!

God's Spiritual Compassion - Notice verse 10. Rahab tells the spies that they heard of what happened in Egypt and of the kings thy have defeated along the way. Well, it had been 40 years since they left Egypt. God had spared the city for that amount of time, and still they had several more days before judgment came to them. Rahab had experienced the grace and patience of God in giving her time to come to faith in Him.

Friend, how many years has the Lord given you? How many times has He knocked on your heart's door? How many times has He called you to faith? You that are saved, how many times did the Lord call before you responded in faith? What a gracious God we serve!

However, the lost should be very careful about presuming upon the grace of God. The Bible makes it crystal clear that there is a limit to patience in calling the lost to come to Him for salvation - (Gen. 6:3; John 6:44; Isa. 55:6; Pro. 27:1; Pro. 29:1). It is a dangerous thing to delay coming to the Lord! If you have been holding off and waiting for something, wait no more! Come to Jesus while He is calling you!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Have You Been To Jesus?” By E. A. Hoffman (1878)

Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Refrain:
Are you washed in the blood
In the soul cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Are you walking daily by the Savior�s side?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Do you rest each moment in the Crucified?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
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When the Bridegroom cometh will your robes be white?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Will your soul be ready for the mansions bright
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb?
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Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb
There�s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean
O be washed in the blood of the Lamb!
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THIS IS MY PRAYER!

Loving Father, Gracious Lord. May we become the sweet scent of Christ, as we go from one life blossom to another , pollinating the world of the salvation in Christ. Help us to breath in Your Spirit and live a life that spreads abroad the fragrance of Your Love and Saving Grace. Show us how to cross over from death to life, from bad smells to the sweet smell of Jesus, from the sweet Christian life now to the sweet eternal life to come, for nothing is more sweet than Living and Serving Jesus Christ, our Lord. This we ask in His precious name. Amen!



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CAVEPRINCESS65 9/14/2012 7:55PM

    Amen! & emoticon for a emoticon lesson

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ANHELIC 9/14/2012 8:31AM

    Thank you for another awesome lesson Vic. If we could change the world, it would be greater. However, we can do it one person at a time. God saved me and I can share Jesus with one person. Rahab was a sinner and God changed her heart and I know he can do it for us, if we just listen to His call and come to Him.
Thank you again. God bless you. Have a blessed weekend. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOSTLIME 9/14/2012 8:31AM

    Praying for all the turmoil in the Middle East. Hoping that people around the world will find peace through the Lord.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 9/14/2012 7:10AM

    praying the whole world can be cleansed of it hate twards one another and live in harmony! Gods world is surely big enough for all! thanks Vic!

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GARDENCHRIS 9/14/2012 7:02AM

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 9/13/2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012

RAHAB, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 9/13/2012

Joshua 2:1-15
RAHAB IN REHAB, Lesson 4b

v. 14-24 RAHAB AND HER CONVERSION

Proven By Her New Labors – (1:2-24) - Rahab proved that she was a new creature by hiding the spies and by helping them to escape. By doing these things, she was working for the Lord and not against Him! The saved person demonstrates a saved life by the works they do, (Eph. 2:10; James 2:18). The difference between the works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit, (Gal. 5:19-24.) Which best describes the life you live?

Proven By Her New Love – (1:12-13; 6:22-25) - When Rahab came to know the Lord, she wanted everyone else to know Him too. She became active in trying to bring others under the same umbrella of protection she so enjoyed. When you know Him, you will want to see others come to know Him too! You will pray for them; tell them; love them; and warn them. You won't be satisfied to see them live and die without Jesus. Andrew was an example – (John 1:40-42) ( Gaderene Demoniac man was another example– (Mark 5:1-20).

Proven By Her New Life – When Rahab came under the umbrella of the nation of Israel, everything in her life was transformed. The same day the walls of Jericho fell down, she received a brand new life. Rahab is once again a picture of the person who has come to Jesus by faith.

When a person is saved by the grace of God, everything changes for them forever, (2 Cor. 5:17; John 3:3; John 10:10) Some of the changes are– Descriptions; Desires; Devotions; Delights; Destinations!


New Realities - (6:20-25) – She was spared from judgment and death. v. 18 – The Scarlet cord made the difference. It is the blood of Jesus that sets the sinner free today from the sentence imposed by the wrath of God, (Rom. 5:9; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; Rev. 1:5). The blood of the Lamb in Egypt, (Ex. 12). The blood alone makes the difference!

New Relatives - (6:25; Ruth 4:21; Matt. 1:5) – Rahab had new family connections. When a sinner is saved, they are removed from Adam's family and adopted into God's family, (Rom. 8:15; 1 John 3:1-2). They become His heirs, (Rom. 8:17). And, just like Rahab, they are headed to a wedding, (Rev. 19:7-9).

New Reputation - (Matt. 1:5) - Rahab was taken from a house of shame and wound up in the hall of fame (Hen 11:31)! Rahab had a new future! This is what every one who comes to Jesus receives! He will save you, change you and make something new and special out of your life.

Conc: Has your life ever been rehabbed like Rahab's? If so, thank Jesus and live for Him. If not, come to Him now and call on Him for salvation. If you were to die right now and stand before the Lord and He looked down at you and you looked up at Him and He said, “Why should I let you into my Heaven?” What would you say? Could you say, “Father, I should be allowed into Heaven because as a sinner, I placed my faith in Jesus Christ, and in His shed blood and His resurrection from the dead. I have nothing else to claim but faith in Christ.

My friend, if your answer would have to be anything else, then you need to come this morning and trust Jesus as your Savior. You need to be saved, and let me assure you that there is grace in Christ today to save your soul! Please do not delay!

Maybe your life has been less than God intended. Do you need to come and make some things right with God today? This altar is open for those who need it.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Heaven Came Down” By John W. Peterson (1961)

O what a wonderful, wonderful day - day I will never forget;
After I'd wandered in darkness away, Jesus my Saviour I met.
O what a tender, compassionate friend - He met the need of my heart;
Shadows dispelling, With joy I am telling, He made all the darkness depart.

Chorus:
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul,
When at the cross the Saviour made me whole;
My sins were washed away -
And my night was turned to day -
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul!

Born of the Spirit with life from above into God's fam'ly divine,
Justified fully thru Calvary's love, O what a standing is mine!
And the transaction so quickly was made when as a sinner I came,
Took of the offer of grace He did proffer - He saved me, O praise His dear name!

Chorus:
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul,
When at the cross the Saviour made me whole;
My sins were washed away -
And my night was turned to day -
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul!

Now I've a hope that will surely endure after the passing of time;
I have a future in heaven for sure, there in those mansions sublime.
And it's because of that wonderful day when at the cross I believed;
Riches eternal and blessings supernal from His precious hand I received.

Chorus:
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul,
When at the cross the Saviour made me whole;
My sins were washed away -
And my night was turned to day -
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul!

Heaven came down and glory filled my soul!



THIS IS MY PRAYER!

Holy Father, Sovereign God! You have blessed us with family and friends. They are there to help us in times of need. Help us to carry each other’s burdens; help us to be devoted to each other; help us to honor one another; help us to love one another sincerely. Father, thank You for the love You show us each and every day. We are not deserving of that love, yet You continue to showers us with Your grace. Help us to show the same love and care to others. Enable us to grow in that love, to grow closer to one another as we draw closer to You. Strengthen us that are in the kingdom as we work daily to edify the church of our Lord. It is in His name that we pray and ask these things. Amen!


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NADINEL 9/16/2012 11:31AM

    One of my most favorite hymns. Thanks, Vic.

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CAVEPRINCESS65 9/13/2012 11:35PM

    emoticon lesson Vic! emoticon

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ANHELIC 9/13/2012 12:05PM

    Thank you Vic for another great lesson. Yes, I live for Jesus and share His love with friends. He is my strength when I go through the valleys and I praise and thank Him for everything He has done for me. I love Jesus more each day, especially when I see the blessings he bestows on me. Thank you again Vic and thank you for the goodie. Sending you God's richest blessings.


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LOOKINGUP2012 9/13/2012 8:51AM

    Beautiful morning lesson! emoticon

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SUNSET09 9/13/2012 7:55AM

  Yes and amen! Descriptions; Desires; Devotions; Delights; Destinations! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDAMARIEZ1 9/13/2012 7:20AM

    Some of the changes are– Descriptions; Desires; Devotions; Delights; Destinations! I want Jesus to grant me all of these changes! I grow in the Lord and become strong and vigorous in the truth! thank you Vic! Have a blessed day!
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linda

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LOSTLIME 9/13/2012 7:16AM

    Amen. Thank you,Vic for this morning's lesson.

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EDITOR 9/13/2012 7:16AM

    Proof unshakable. I have it! Thank you Vic for displaying it is truth! God bless and thanks for the goodie.

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MNABOY 9/13/2012 6:49AM

    Amen

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 9/12/2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

RAHAB, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 9/12/2012

Joshua 2:1-15
RAHAB IN REHAB, Lesson 4a

When the spies arrived in Jericho, they entered into what everyone thought was a harlot's house. After all, no one would be suspicious of men entering a house of ill repute. However, when they entered Rahab's house, they found a woman who had already been touched by the Spirit and power of God. Her name was still Rahab, but Rahab was in rehab! God was in the process of rehabilitating this woman’s entire life.

In Rahab, I see the power of God to transform the lives of those who come to know Him. Just as the Lord changed this woman, He is able to rehabilitate any life that is brought to Him. Regardless of how wicked, how broken, how lost or how wretched it may be.
Let's take some time to look into these verses and join Rahab in Rehab. I want to share some facts about this woman's life that are made clear by this text. I want to show you what the Lord has done for you if you are saved; and what He can do for you if you are not saved.

v. 1 RAHAB AND HER CONDITION

Rahab in her past life is a picture of those individuals who have never been saved. Notice how this is true.

v. 1 She Was Defiled – A Harlot, living in a lost, pagan city. ( Eph. 2:3; Rom. 3:10-23 (4 Roman Nones); Gal. 3:22). The lost person is in a helpless and hopeless condition, (Eph. 2:12). Their sinful condition renders them unclean and unable to have fellowship with God, (Isa. 59:2).

v. 1 She Was Dead – Rahab was living her life, but spiritually, she was devoid of life. She was dead in her sins. This is the condition of every person outside of a relationship with the Lord Jesus today, (Eph. 2:1; 4:18; 1 John 3:14). This is a spiritual death, not a physical death and spiritual death always ends in the Second Death, (Rom. 6:23; Rev. 20:11-15).

v. 1 She Was Doomed – As a resident of Jericho, Rahab had a death sentence hanging over here head. She had already been judged by the Lord and she didn't even know it! The same things is true concerning every person who does not know Jesus Christ. ( John 3:18; 36). Sentence has been passed and the judgment has been set, (Psa. 9:17; 2 Thes. 1:8-9).

In spite of her lifestyle; in spite of her pagan background; in spite of her lost condition; God had given her forty years worth of grace and warnings. How much time has He given you? You that are saved; how many times did the Lord call before you responded in faith? What a gracious God we serve!

If you are lost, you should be very careful about presuming upon the grace of God. The Bible makes it crystal clear that there is a limit to patience in calling the lost to come to Him for salvation -( Gen. 6:3; John 6:44; Isa. 55:6; Pro. 27:1; Pro. 29:1). It is a dangerous thing to delay coming to the Lord! If you have been holding off and waiting for something, wait no more! Come to Jesus while He is calling you!


v. 2-13 RAHAB AND HER CONFESSION

By the time the spies arrived in Jericho, Rahab had already been visited by the Lord. Before they have a chance to tell her who they are, she tells them what she knows about them and about their God. Turns out, she knew a lot already. Rahab had probably already repented of her sins and looked to God for salvation before the spies arrived at her door, (Heb. 11:31; James 2:25). The mentions of “flax” drying on the room, v. 6, may indicate that she had already changed her profession. Flax was used in the production of linen cloth.

v. 9-11 What She Confessed – She confessed that she “knew” some things about the Lord. And, that she had “heard” some things about Him too. She called Him by His covenant Name: LORD. She confessed her faith in the truth of what she had heard.
Rahab confessed what she had seen and heard about the Lord. Then, she confessed the fact that Jehovah is the only God. She confessed her need of a relationship with Him. She confesses the fact that she is lacking what the spies enjoy: a relationship with the God of the Heaven and the earth.

v. 12-13 What She Claimed – Rahab claimed salvation from the coming judgment on the basis of simple faith and obedience to what she knew. She took what she heard and what she knew to be true as an invitation to believe in the God of the Israelites. She turned from the gods of Jericho to embrace the God of glory by faith!

Rahab's confession is a picture of how salvation comes to a lost person. The lost person hears the message and the Spirit of God touch the heart, (Rom. 10:17; John 16:7-11). The lost person sees the need and claims the invitation of the Spirit of God to come to Jesus by faith, (John 6:47; Acts 16:31; Eph. 2:8-9). It sounds too simple and too good to be true doesn't it? That's how salvation comes to everyone who receives it. How people try to get it. There is only one way and that way is to come to Jesus.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“The Way Of The Cross” By Jessie B. Pounds (1906)

I must needs go home by the way of the cross,
There’s no other way but this;
I shall ne’er get sight of the Gates of Light,
If the way of the cross I miss.

Refrain:
The way of the cross leads home,
The way of the cross leads home;
It is sweet to know, as I onward go,
The way of the cross leads home.
Refrain:

I must needs go on in the blood-sprinkled way,
The path that the Savior trod,
If I ever climb to the heights sublime,
Where the soul is at home with God.
Refrain:

Then I bid farewell to the way of the world,
To walk in it nevermore;
For my Lord says, “Come,” and I seek my home,
Where He waits at the open door.
Refrain:



THIS IS MY PRAYER!

Heavenly Father, Loving God! Give us courage today to follow You always. Your Word is powerful and able to transform our lives, sustain us and protect us. The Gospel of our Lord is Good News, for it proclaim the Way, and the Truth and the Life towards Eternal Life. We accept and believe You and Your Word, and answer Your call to be remade in Your image once again; to follow Jesus as we live to serve and worship You each day. Teach us to Love, Care and Share like Him. It is in His name that we pray. Amen!


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BABY_GIRL69 9/12/2012 6:23PM

    Amen Brother Vic!! He's always preparing us if we just "look & live" we can see how He changes & rearranges us always...Hallelujah!!

God bless,

Dee

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SANDRALEET 9/12/2012 10:26AM

    We are saved by Jesus How lucky we are She had no such savor She was saved by her works Helping when needed Oh how Jesus loves us sinners.

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ANHELIC 9/12/2012 9:48AM

    Thank you for today's lesson Vic. It proves there is salvation for anyone if they ask jesus to come into their heart. We live with God and He will guide us in the right way. I love how simple it is to be saved and live a life following Jesus. God bless you for your teachig. Thank you for the goodie and note with it. emoticon

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EDITOR 9/12/2012 7:12AM

    Your lessons are like the living Bible. Thank you, Vic and thank you for the goodie and note yesterday. Defiled, dead and doomed---such were we!

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LOSTLIME 9/12/2012 6:57AM

    Thank you,Vic for this lesson.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 9/11/2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

RAHAB, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 9/11/2012

Joshua 2:1-24
RAHAB: NOT WHO SHE USED TO BE, Lesson 3c

v. 12-22 RAHAB AND HER SPIRITUAL FULFILLMENT
When Rahab came to faith in God, her life was forever transformed! What God did in her is a miracle of His love and grace. What He did for Rahab, He can do for you. Notice a few insights into the changes God made in the life of Rahab. By the way, these changes in her life brought her fulfillment as she walked with the Lord.

v. 1-7 She Was Fulfilled In Her Labor – One of the surest proofs that Rahab was genuinely converted is the fact that she involved herself with the work of the Lord. She hid the spies and covered up for them. Rahab told a lie. In no way does the Bible condone her lie; it merely records it. Rahab isn’t the only person in the Bible who lied. Abraham lied, Gen. 12:10-20. Isaac lied, Gen. 26:6-11. David lied, 1 Sam. 21:2; 2 Sam. 12. Elisha lied, 2 Kings 6:18-23. We cannot condone her lie, but must see it as a case of “the lesser evil for the greater good.” Given the right circumstances, most people here would have done the same thing. Like some of the characters in the Bible, we would lie to protect a loved one, or ourselves. Like Rahab, we might choose to commit “the lesser evil for the greater good.”

Think about this: Rahab was a pagan. She was raised in a culture of corruption, where lies were as common as dirt. She was a believer, but she had never been taught. She had never read a Bible. She had never heard the commandment that says, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor,” Ex. 20:16. We just have to accept the fact that, like the rest of us, Rahab wasn’t perfect. She lied, but God was even able to use her sin for His glory!

Apparently Rahab had already stopped living the life of a harlot. Verse 6 tells us that she hid the spies under some flax that was upon the roof. Flax was used in the production of linen. It seems clear that she had trusted the Lord before the spies arrived. It appears her life had been radically changed by the power of God before they ever arrived. Even James uses her as an example of the believer who proves their salvation by the works of their life, James 2:25. It is worthy to note that James elevates the faith of Rahab to the level of that of Abraham. The message here is that it doesn’t matter if you are the Father of the Faithful like Abraham, or a poor harlot like Rahab, the Lord loves you and He will save you regardless of who you are. God calls and saves people from both ends of the spectrum of life.

We can like it or not, but the truth of our profession is proven by the way we live our lives, James 2:18! We can say anything we like, but what we really are is revealed in what we do! A life that belongs to the Lord Jesus will be a life that wants to be involved in the things of God! The fruit of your life proves the root of your life, Matt. 7:20! After all, when Jesus saves our souls, He tells us that we have been “created in Christ Jesus unto good works,” Eph. 2:10. Works don’t save, but they sure point out those who are!

v. 12-13 She Was Fulfilled In Her Love – Notice that Rahab is concerned about those in her family who are in danger as well. She now knows that God will take care of her. She wants the same assurance for her family. Her heart is moved to reach out for help for them. Imagine what risk she placed herself at in telling her family of her plan.

Rahab is a picture of the person who comes to faith in Christ. One of the first things that occurs when a person comes to Jesus is a desire to bring others to the Savior. Notice John 1:35-42; Mark 5:18-20. One of the surest signs of salvation is a desire to tell others about the Savior. Rahab proved she was saved. Can the same be said for us?

She Was Fulfilled In Her Life – Because she placed her faith in the Lord God of Israel, she obtained some precious possessions. Notice how God took this former harlot and blessed her new life with the richest of His blessings

Josh. 6:20-25 She Got A New Reality – Because of her faith she was spared from the destruction that overtook her city. All those in her house were spared as well! When the walls of Jericho fell down, there was apparently one section that remained standing. It was the section that held the house of Rahab. It was a place that was marked by a scarlet rope that hung from her window, v. 18.

What a picture is given here. When a new believer places his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, he is immediately delivered from the penalty of his sins, which is Hell, Rom. 5:9! He finds a new freedom in Jesus that allows him to live while others all around him perish. And, just as a scarlet rope, v. 18, marked Rahab’s home the blood of Jesus marks us as belonging to the Lord. Israel in Egypt and the blood of the Passover lamb, Ex. 12. Thank God for the blood of Jesus, I Pet. 1:18-19; Rev. 1:5.

Josh. 6:25; Matt. 1:5; Ruth 4:21 She Got New Relatives – When all these verses are taken together, we have the rest of the story concerning Rahab. She married into the people of Israel and became part of all the covenant blessings of the Lord. She went from being part of condemned nation to being part of a holy nation!

When a lost sinner trusts Jesus Christ for salvation, they are transformed from sinner to saint. They are no longer under the curse of God, but they become the children of God. As a result, they become the partakers of everything the Lord has for His children down here, 1 Cor. 2:9, and they become part of what He has for His children up there, John 14:1-3.
The point is, while the rest of Rahab’s neighbors died in the war, Rahab live and went to a wedding! One of these days, you and I, people who deserve nothing but judgment and death are going to be the honored guests at a wedding in the sky, Rev. 19:7-9. When we got saved, we became part of a new family - 1 John 3:2.

Matt. 1:5 She Got A New Reputation – Rahab was taken from the house of shame and wound up in the hall of fame. This woman became and ancestor of the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, she was David’s great-great grandmother and she was the mother-in-law of Ruth. God took her from the very gutter of life and made her eternally famous. He gave this trusting sinner a place in His eternal, divine plan.

What the Lord did for Rahab, He can and will do for you! You might think that God wouldn’t have you because you have been so wicked. The truth of the matter is that the Lord loves you just as you are and that He will take you, save you and make your life one of blessing and honor for His glory. You see, God specializes in taking old, lost sinners, saving them by His grace and then using them to touch the world by His power, 1 Cor. 1:26-29. Ill. John 6:37; Heb. 7:25.

God can take your life today, change it by His power and use you for His glory. He won’t make you an ancestor of Christ like He did Rahab, but you can be assured that you will become the ancestor of new believers as you allow the Lord to use your life. You may not become famous down here, but they will know who you are in Heaven! Imagine arriving in Heaven and being greeted by some you led to Jesus!

Conc: It’s plain to see that God changed Rahab’s life! What about you? Are you saved?
If you were to die right now and stand before the Lord and He looked down at you and you looked up at Him and He said, “Why should I let you into my Heaven?”
What would you say?

Could you say, “Father, I should be allowed into Heaven because as a sinner, I placed my faith in Jesus Christ, and in His shed blood and His resurrection from the dead. I have nothing else to claim but faith in Christ.”

If your answer would be anything else, then you need to come today and trust Jesus as your Savior. You need to be saved, and let me assure you that there is grace in Christ today to save your soul!

Don’t delay, for delay is dangerous. Consider this: Nineteenth-century Scottish preacher Horatius Bonar asked 253 Christian friends at what ages they were converted. Here's what he discovered.

Under 20 years of age – 138
Between 20 and 30 – 85
Between 30 and 40 – 22
Between 40 and 50 – 4
Between 50 and 60 – 3
Between 60 and 70 – 1
Over 70 - 0
How much time do you have left?

God took an old harlot by the name of Rahab and saved her by grace and used her for His glory. He wants to do the same for you. Will you come and do what He is asking you to do today?
TODAY’S HYMN!
“Awesome Power” By John G. Elliot (1990)

Awesome power, boundless grace
None can fathom all Your ways
Truth and love are found in Your heart alone
Righteousness, around Your throne

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord Most High
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord Most High

Awesome power, boundless grace
None can fathom all Your ways
Truth and love are found in Your heart alone
Righteousness, around Your throne

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord Most High
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord Most High


THIS IS MY PRAYER!

Father Divine, Glorious God! We worship You for Your Greatness and Your Goodness. We praise You for Your Holiness. As we worship You we trust Your holiness will rub off on us. Help us to take on the beauty of Your Holiness as we spend time in Your presence daily. Enable us to become more like You so that Your Holiness will make us whole and our life will bring praise, glory and honor to You. This we ask and pray in the name of our Beloved Savior,. Amen!


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LOSTLIME 9/11/2012 12:08PM

    thank you for today's lesson. I will share this with a few friends that are not quite sure what to do.

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MIAGDE 9/11/2012 10:52AM

    Great Lesson Vic
Faith is the Victory

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ANHELIC 9/11/2012 10:03AM

    Thank you Vic for another awesome lesson. I feel you have explained everything so well about Rahab that it makes it so clear just what we have have to do. I am sharing your lesson with a few of my friends that seem to be sitting on the fence and I want to spread God's message to them. You are such a great teacher Vic. Thank you for sharing each day. I am drawn to your messages and learning more. God bless you Vic.

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FERGSGIRL2 9/11/2012 9:22AM

    thanks for the lesson, goes hand in hand with a revival message I heard last night. works don't save, but it definitely points out those who are!

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NANAW12001 9/11/2012 7:58AM

  Praying always.
Thanks for today's lesson.

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MNABOY 9/11/2012 7:27AM

    Amen

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EDITOR 9/11/2012 7:22AM

    Wow! I don't know what to add. We are indeed concerned for our families and friends. We are blessed because we have people like you, Vic, giving us a daily lesson, hymn and prayer and being faithful in all things.
Rahab was a pagan saved by grace. Never should we quit believing that the same God that began a good work in us will take it to completion for those we witness to.
Gotta' love the women of the Bible! It is good you are sensitive. Thanks for the goodie and note yesterday.



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LINDAMARIEZ1 9/11/2012 7:20AM

    I will share your beauty dear God as I walk today! Amen!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 9/10/2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

RAHAB, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 9/10/2012

Joshua 2:1-24
RAHAB: NOT WHO SHE USED TO BE, Lesson 3b


v. 2-11 RAHAB AND HER SPIRITUAL FREEDOM

v. 10-11 What Rahab Acknowledged – Rahab tells the spies that she and the people in Jericho have heard the stories of what happened in Egypt, and of the kings thy have defeated along the way. Notice the language she uses. In verse 9 she says, “I know.” In verses 10 and 11 she says, “we…know.”

Over the 40 years since Israel had left Egypt, the news about Israel, their progress, and the power of their God had reached the ears of the people of Jericho. Perhaps travelers, or people who were fleeing the advance of Israel, passed through Jericho and told them about Israel and their God. The people of Jericho had heard that Israel was coming, and that the God of Israel was alive and powerful. Rahab heard about the God of Israel. It was a message of judgment, but it introduced her to the true and living God. In the end, the message that came to her was a message of life!

God still has a message that is being proclaimed around the world today. It is the only message that can take the vilest sinner and make him a new creation. That message is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This message tells us about a God who loved us so much that He sent His only begotten Son to die for our sins on a cross, (John 3:16). The Son of God suffered in terrible agony and shed His blood that our sin debt might be paid. Three days later Jesus who died on the cross arose from the dead to bring eternal life to everyone who will call on His Name, (1 Cor. 15:3-4) and obey Him. It is this message that you need to hear today. It is the only message that will bring eternal life to a person dead in sin! (Romans 1:16).

v. 9-11 What Rahab Accepted – Not only did Rahab hear the message of Israel’s God; she heeded that message as well. This message produced a response of faith in the heart of Rahab. The fact that she believed the message is proven by what she says about God. In verse 9, she calls Him “the LORD”, using His covenant name “Jehovah.” In verse 11, she expresses her faith in Him as the “God of Heaven and of earth.” In verse 12, she again expresses her faith in God as she calls Him to witness the pact she is about to make with the spies. Even the great Hall of the Faithful, in (Heb. 11:31) tells us of the faith of Rahab. She heard the message and she acted on it in belief. She put her faith in the God of Israel!

This is exactly what must happen in the life of the lost person to bring them to Jesus. They must hear the message and then they must act on that message by accepting Jesus as their Savior by faith and obeying the gospel. The Bible tells us in (Rom. 10:17) that “faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.”

The message of salvation is preached to the sinner. They hear the Gospel and are convicted of the truth of the Gospel by the Holy Spirit, (John 6:44). When they believe the Gospel, and obey it, they are saved by the grace of God. Let me remind you today that salvation cannot be yours as long as your faith is in anything else but Jesus Christ and in His finished work. If you trust the sinner’s prayer to save you, you are lost. If you are trusting church membership, or anything else in this world, you are lost and need to be born again.

Stop for a moment and think about all that Rahab did not have. She did not have a Bible. She did not have a church. She had never met a missionary. She had never heard a Gospel sermon, sung a Gospel song, or read a Gospel tract. She was living in the heart of a pagan city, living a wicked life with no knowledge of God. But, God in His grace opened her heart and allowed her to hear something about Him. She believed what she heard and she was saved.

Look at all you have. You have the Bible, the church, Gospel preaching, singing, books, etc. God has given you so much light. What is it that keeps you from coming to Him? Why do you delay? You have heard about Jesus. You have heard about what He did on Calvary. You have heard about the empty tomb. You have heard about His love. You have heard His call. You know you need to be saved. You have so much more than Rahab, you merely need to act on it and come to Jesus Christ for salvation. We will give an account of what we do with the light we are given,( Luke 12:48).

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Send The Light” By Charles H. Gabriel (1890)


There’s a call comes ringing o’er the restless wave,
“Send the light! Send the light!”
There are souls to rescue, there are souls to save,
Send the light! Send the light!
Refrain:
Send the light, the blessed Gospel light;
Let it shine from shore to shore!
Send the light, the blessed Gospel light;
Let it shine forevermore!

We have heard the Macedonian call today,
“Send the light! Send the light!”
And a golden off’ring at the cross we lay,
Send the light! Send the light!
Refrain:

Let us pray that grace may everywhere abound,
“Send the light! Send the light!”
And a Christlike spirit everywhere be found,
Send the light! Send the light!
Refrain:

Let us not grow weary in the work of love,
“Send the light! Send the light!”
Let us gather jewels for a crown above,
Send the light! Send the light!
Refrain:




THIS IS MY PRAYER!

Heavenly Father, Beloved God! As we lift our hearts in prayer to You today, we realize that this is a time of serious contemplation; a time to remember all that Jesus has done for us as He established our salvation and our sanctification through His death, burial and resurrection. Help us to have a clean-heart as we examine ourselves today, and as we confess our sins and repent of those sins, and as we devote ourselves to worshipping You in Spirit and in Truth. May all that we do today bring Praise, Glory and Honor to You. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen!


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EDITOR 9/10/2012 11:55AM

    God changed her and protected her and hers in the process. He will do it for us, Vic! Thank you.

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ANHELIC 9/10/2012 8:07AM

    Thank you for the great lesson again today Vic. The hymn and prayer are faith building as well. Yes, I agree today we have the resources to hear, and enjoy God's faith, not like Rahab who had nothing. Living in a pagan city is somewhat like we are today, but we have our Christian friends, church and hymns we can sing to worship God. We are blessed in this day. Sending you God's richest blessings for sharing and teaching us His wonderful word. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOSTLIME 9/10/2012 8:02AM

    Praise to our Lord! emoticon

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LINDAMARIEZ1 9/10/2012 7:11AM

    Praise God today and always!

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