Last Sunday, Pastor Juan talked about the layers of faith and the unlikely people who God uses to accomplish His work and will in our conquest journey.
Joshua is an incredible character, but he is not the only interesting character in the Bible.
We see names like Moses, Joshua, Sara, Abraham, Jacob, Esau, and this name Rehab pops up, a pagan-prostitute.
HEBREWS 11:3131 It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.
Rahab story is remarkable, and more remarkable is that God validated her story. You always hear people say to have faith like Noah or faith like Abraham, you never hear anyone say, “have faith like the prostitute, Rahab!” #FaithLikeAProstitute.
This is the reason also why so many people do not lean on faith as easily as they used to. Because we have made God, the word of God (bible), and the characters in the bible so unapproachable and far from today’s reality.
The most important thing in this story is not Rahab and her sin, but rather, Rahab and her faith. Faith in God, that led to the grace of God.
Faith is not a destination, it’s a process that grows as you allow God to work through the mess of the world and your mess. You cannot just learn about faith, you must live through it. You must practice it and you must trust God’s processes in it like Rahab.
What kind of Faith did Rahab have?
1. Courageous Faith:
Joshua 2:1–7 (NLT). It took courage because if the king found out that she was hiding these spies, she would’ve had to paid with her life and the life of her family as well.
So, it’s remarkable how she would risk so much, to save these spies. She was showing faith in action to her new-found relationship with God.
2. Confident Faith:
Joshua 2:8–11 (NLT). Rahab, made up her mind that this God was supreme over all the pagan gods. Her heart was stirred to help the spies, and then she acted in obedience. Faith without action is dead.
3. Concerned Faith:
Joshua 2:12–14 (NLT). Rahab, wasn’t concerned only about her own welfare. Once she had personally experienced the grace and mercy of God, she was burdened to rescue her family.
This is the crux of our ministry, right here. Self-serving ministry is not ministry.
4. Covenant Faith:
Joshua 2:15–21 (NLT).
A covenant is simply an agreement, a contract between two or more parties, with certain conditions laid down for all parties to obey. Covenant faith is not deviating from the promises that we have made to God and His church.
God showed Rahab Grace and when she turned her faith to God, she was used mightily. Don't miss tomorrow as we continue the Crossing Over Series! Bring a friend and join us at 1 PM!! 639 N 25th St.