New Wine for New Wineskins April 2010

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Let the Weak Speak

Let the Weak SpeakPart 20 –  Rahab – Whore or Harvest?

Remember – the purpose of this series is to release the potential that is within us to build successful ministries, kingdom businesses, and to be world changers who really make a difference in this world.  That will always involve change but we don’t need to panic because all of the change God requires from us is by way of exchange.  And so we simply come to the place of exchange – the Throne of Grace – where we have the opportunity to trade our weakness for his strength!

We are no longer wearing ourselves out chasing signs and wonders – we are signs and wonders and so we are destined to be the most exciting thing that is going on wherever we are!

Isaiah 8: 18

18 Here am I and the children whom the LORD has given me!
We are for signs and wonders in Israel
From the LORD of hosts,
Who dwells in Mount Zion.

Joel 3: 9 – 10

9 Proclaim this among the nations:
“Prepare for war!
Wake up the mighty men,
Let all the men of war draw near,
Let them come up.
10 Beat your plowshares into swords
And your pruning hooks into spears;
Let the weak say, ‘I am strong.’”


We have been going through the Hebrews 11 “Hall of Faith” and looking at the lives of some of those listed there who although they were far from perfect were successful in overcoming the weaknesses of their flesh and fulfilling God’s purpose in their generation by faith!

We looked at Cain and Esau as two guys who failed to exchange their weakness for God’s strength and missed the fullness of their destiny as a result.  We have looked at Enoch, Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Joseph, Moses, Joshua and Caleb and seen how God’s strength was manifested in and through them despite their weakness and imperfection as they came by faith to the place of exchange!

This time we are going to do what the writer of Hebrews does and race on through the rest of the folks that are mentioned here who all overcame their weaknesses by faith and saw the supernatural strength and power of God manifested in and through their lives!

Hebrews 11: 31 – 40

31 By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace. 32 And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: 33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again.  Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. 36 Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented— 38 of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.  39 And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, 40 God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.

The harlot Rahab – that is the same as saying Rahab the whore!  The Bible calls a spade a spade!  But this whore put her whoredom behind her when she chose to live by faith and welcomed into her home the young men that Joshua had sent to spy out Jericho.  She had heard what God had done for his people and she wanted a part of it, and so she obeyed the instructions given her by the spies and hung a scarlet rope in her window that brought salvation to her and her household.

You need to understand!  Rahab was a prostitute and so her house would have been a house of ill-repute – a brothel!  She was told by the spies that she had to bring all of her family to her house in order for them to be saved along with her.  A house of sin became a house of salvation – what a transformation!  The Word of God doesn’t deny Rahab’s history – it doesn’t have to because it was her destiny that was of importance to God and not her history!

We don’t need our history airbrushed out either.  When we come to the place of exchange we discover that where sin abounded grace abounds much more!  It doesn’t matter what is in our history we can exchange it for destiny – God’s good, acceptable, and perfect will for our lives!


Maybe you lived a life of promiscuity – maybe you still struggle to break free from certain things.  Change is possible!  If you don’t believe that – just remember Rahab!  All you have to do is allow the power that is in the blood of Jesus wash you and deliver you from your past and release you into your glorious future!  Even if your past reputation follows you it simply points to all that God has done and brings glory to him as people see who you are now!

In our generation there are so many lives that have been broken down by sexual sin.  It is almost as though those who have not been abused in some way are in the minority.  But there is hope!  Regardless of how far things may appear to have gone it is not too late to turn to the LORD for forgiveness, healing, and deliverance!


Rahab’s faith was rewarded because she didn’t allow her history to stand in the way of her destiny!  She was the great-great grandmother of King David and is in the genealogy of Joseph, the one entrusted to raise Jesus as his own son.


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