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Life was busy with two little kids, teaching, ministry, and marriage. Who had time to deal with septic problems? Not only were the issues prohibitively expensive, they were quite disruptive to our daily lives. So, my husband and I did like we always did – trudged on. Keith, being amazingly smart and thankfully not bothered by septic smells, fixed the issues. Life got back to normal, but it wasn’t long before the issues were back.

If you have never experienced a backed up septic problem, get on your knees right now and shout out a big, “HALLELUJAH!!! Thank you JESUS!!!” At first, we could laugh. We are blessed with potty humor, but as the issue got bigger, we stopped laughing. It wasn’t funny. Struggling financially, the cost to fix the issue might as well have been a million dollars.

It seemed impossible. The hardest part through this whole process was…

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{Worth} Worth in the Rubble Part 2

Rahab had determined to hide the Hebrew spies and keep her end of the bargain…this promise that would save her and her family from the coming destruction by the army of Israel. I love that God uses the least of these to accomplish great things. A woman…a prostitute…an adulteress. Shocking!

But the very things that label and trap us can be used for good. In Joshua 2, we learn that the king of Jericho had discovered that the men of Israel had come to search out the land. He inquired of Rahab. The two spies held their breath as she wove her tale. The soldiers listened to her. They believed her, and pursued the spies where Rahab had suggested. I can only imagine why the king would know her so well. Perhaps she was good at her job and had the king in her good graces.

Let’s be real…she knew men. She had to. Rahab served and catered to men. The very label that tried to define her was turned, to be used for her good and God’s glory. She feared the Lord God of Israel, as we discussed last time, and decided to take a risk on Him. We call that faith.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

The very labels that threaten to strangle and pull us down can be used for noble causes. Whether these labels are warranted or not, God is big enough to turn our ashes to beauty. He can take something defiled and make it clean. He brings life to what was dead. He is God after all. Rahab understood this and acted upon it. Perhaps ignorance is bliss…maybe she didn’t know how much prostitutes were looked down upon. More likely, though, she knew…we all know and carry shame from past choices.

Sweet friends, may I ask you to dig deep…to really believe that the very thing, the very label you are trying to remove or run from could be what God will use for good. Will you take the risk and believe God can take what made you “dirty” and small and use it for good, glory, and beauty? All the lessons learned…the empathy you feel for others in similar situations, your perspective is of great value in God’s kingdom. There are many who need to hear your story, because maybe, they share the same label.

We are not passive in this game of life. Like Rahab, we have a choice in the midst of our biggest battles – to melt in fear or march forward on God’s side. We can choose to let past choices direct our future or choose to let God use our past for good. We can choose to wear our labels and let them define us, or we can learn all we can from them and use those lessons to bless others.

“Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall live, because she hid the messengers whom we sent.” Joshua 4: 17

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1: 4

What will you choose?

Until next time,
Melissa

 

Day 7 – Armor of God

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In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Ephesians 6: 16

The shield is a defensive piece of armor, usually made from leather and bronze. It was strapped to the soldier’s arm, so he could defend the enemy’s blows or deflect arrows. Shields were solid, heavy, and large enough to cover the soldier with protection.
Likewise, faith in Christ and His blood covers us from attacks of the enemy.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God…Ephesians 2: 8
Faith is a gift from God…but what is it?

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Day 6 – Armor of God

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…and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  Ephesians 6: 15

Welcome back sweet friends! Thanks for joining me again as we look at the armor of God. Today, we discuss the feet and the importance of good preparation and care.

When my husband was in the Marine Corps, he and his unit would go for long hikes. Miles and miles of marching with heavy gear loaded on their backs. If they did not take care of their boots and their feet, those marches were miserable. And, they could only march as fast as the slowest man, so if one person was not well prepared, the whole group suffered.
Paul encourages us to fit our feet…to prepare and to be ready to go with the gospel of peace. So, what does this mean?

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Day 3 – Armor of God

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Hello sweet friends! I am so glad you’re here for day 3 of my armor of God devotion. Today we are looking at the breastplate of righteousness and how important it is in our battles.

Righteousness is doing what is right in God’s eyes…to obey Him and His command to love Him and others. And of course, we, on our own, cannot do this. So it is the wearing of Jesus Christ and His righteousness that protects us against the snares and traps of the enemy. To conjure up our own righteousness is like wearing dirty rags.
All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. Isaiah 64: 6

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Day 2 – Armor of God

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I am so glad you’ve joined me for day 2 of my Armor of God devotion. I would love to sit across from you with a cup of coffee and discuss the battles you’ve had, but perhaps, here for a moment, we can learn together.

Today’s post is about the belt of Truth…God’s absolute Truth, and how it guards against the lies of the enemy!

We become vulnerable to enemy attack when we lay down our belt of Truth. If we choose to go into battle without our Truth belt, then when the enemy attacks with lies, we will succumb and lose our ground.

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Day 1 – Armor of God

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Hello sweet readers!

I have the honor once again to be writing for Messy Life Praying Wife. Won’t you join me for the next week as we dig deeper into the armor of God…what it is and how it prepares us for the battles we face!

“We are commanded twice to put on the FULL armor of God. We do not have the option of choosing which piece we wear for each battle we have. It is wearing all of the armor of God that allows us to stand and fight. Each piece is designed for a specific purpose. Each piece will protect different parts of our lives and even those we love.”

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