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Every weekday you will find a journal entry here from someone different in our church family. 
 
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Matthew 10

 

Scripture

Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭10:39‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Observation-What does it say?

Jesus sends out His 12 disciples in the same authority that He has to heal and cast out impure spirits. The above verse is part of the instructions given to His disciples before He sends them out. He was encouraging them, and making them aware of the opposition they would face as His disciples. At the same time, He was encouraging them to take up their cross daily for when they lose their life for His sake and His mission, that is when they will find it. 

Understanding-What does it mean?

The gains of being a Christ follower are greater than the losses.

This verse can be taken 2 ways-it relates to the present and to the future. It relates to the present in the sense that our lives as Christ followers are not for our own selfish gain or to pursue our own sinful desires. It is the opposite. While others in the world are seeking to “find themselves”, we seek to “lose ourselves” as a servant of Jesus Christ. That’s when our true purpose is realized.

This verse also relates to the future- eternity. When we die, we are not lost in a hellish existence. Instead, we find our life, for our true dwelling place to come in eternity with Christ is where our hope lies.

“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew‬ ‭10:28‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Life Application

Do our lives seek to serve Jesus and others? Or are we living for ourselves?

The interesting thing about wanting to serve ourselves is that it never satisfies. We will always want more money, a better title/job, a bigger house, a better spouse, a better body, more praise, a better life, etc., and it’s a downward spiral that is a result of discontentment because of a thirst that can’t be quenched. Then comes the high counseling bills, or sometimes destructive means of masking that pain through drug/alcohol use, inappropriate relationships, workaholism, etc.

Our spirit man longs to serve and love Someone greater than ourselves and the end of the search will always be Jesus. Just like Jesus said to the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4:14, “but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst..”, the best way for us to find “your best life now”, is to lose it for the sake of Christ.

Dear Jesus, Your Word says that You’ve given us authority in this world. However, it also says we will face many sorrows in this life as we take up our Cross daily for You, face opposition, as well as give up what we want to serve You and others. Please remind us to find refuge in You and be content in You alone. Please help us to live a life of authority in godliness with contentment (1 Timothy 6:6). Please remind me of my purpose when I fall into the trap of being envious of the world’s gains and question the sacrifice of a Christ follower. May Your Holy Spirit remind me of Proverbs 23:17-18, “Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD. There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.” Amen.
 
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-Michelle Gaddi


Matthew 9

 

Scripture

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭9:36-38‬ ‭NLT

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few.“So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”

Observation-What does it say?

As news grew of all the healing and miracles that Jesus was performing, so were the crowds. Jesus was casting out demons from people, healing the blind, healing the paralyzed, and raising the dead to name a few things.  Jesus was able to meet and help people from all walks of life. Yet Jesus never lost focus on his main ministry while here on earth…recruiting people to God’s Kingdom and sharing the good news with them. But as the crowds continued to grow, Jesus heart was filled with compassion for them. He saw a crowd of people who were lost and in need of knowing the truth. But between himself and his disciples there were too few of them. They needed more help! They needed to ask God’s help to provide more workers to help them as they continued their works in ministry.

Understanding-What does it mean?

Being a follower of Christ is not a “spectator’s sport”. It is something that is going to take a total team effort, and involves all to do their part and “get in the game”!

I would like to think that all the people in this passage whose lives were touched by Jesus were all able to turn their lives around, repent from old sinful habits, and share with everyone they came into contact with about what Jesus had done for them. I hope that the crowds of people that were coming by the numbers to see him weren’t just there for a “free handout”, or they were just there to witness a miracle. I would like to think these crowds of people all became believers and followers of Jesus that day. That they learned about His teachings and were able to share it with others as well. Now that would be multiplying Christ Followers everywhere!

In the same aspect I would like to think that we as Christ Followers aren’t just here “for the ride”. We’re not just in it to receive His blessings/”free handouts” from Him. I would like to think that we as Christ Followers know that we were bought at a price. That we understand that we are called to partner with our Almighty Father in Heaven to help further His Kingdom here on earth. Yes our God can do ALL things and He is Almighty and powerful. But he desires for us to partner with Him, to be His hands and feet here on earth, to do ministry together, fellowship together, build His Kingdom…together. 

The same way Jesus looked into the crowds and had compassion for all the lost souls He saw, is the same way we need to look within our own communities and workplaces and have that same compassion towards them. There is lots to do out there, and so few of us that are willing to step in and help. Like Jesus said in verse 37, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few.“  We too should do as Jesus instructed his disciples in this passage and ask God to help provide us more workers to aid us in the field of ministry. Ask God to provide us people who are willing to “get in the game” and make a difference!

Life Application

Be an influence out in the world to lead others to Christ, and lead those who already know Him, (but may not truly follow Him), to “get in the game” and partner together and serve in ministry together!

DSC is the perfect place to start serving in ministry if you’re not already. They offer outreaches within our community (Rio Vista Elementary and the blue condos across the train tracks), outreaches to the homeless, and plenty of other ministries within our church that will help our church run that much smoother. So, as you can see there are plenty of opportunities to serve and get out in the fields of ministry. And the more hands we can get in there helping each other, the lighter the load it is for our brothers and sisters. So isn’t it time we get in the game and help our team?!

“God has shown you his grace in many different ways. So be good servants and use whatever gift he has given you in a way that will best serve each other.” 1 Peter‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭ERV‬‬
 
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-Moses Gaddi


Matthew 8

 

Scripture

Matthew 8:32-34
He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water.  Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men.  Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.

Observation

In this chapter, Jesus proves that He is God by demonstrating divine power over the physical realm as He heals many; over the natural realm as He calms a storm and over the spiritual realm as He drives out demons. Within these miraculous occurrences, the faith of a Roman centurion is exalted; a teacher of the law is challenged with the cost of following Jesus; and the priorities of the Gadarene pig herders is exposed.

Understanding

Apparently, the price of a herd of pigs is more valuable than a pair of men being freed from a lifetime of demonic oppression; as evidenced by the fact that, at the point where the Kingdom of God invaded the empire and commerce of man, the latter was exalted above the former and the Deliverer of divine presence and power was asked to leave, lest anyone else suffer loss of the thing that they cherished most – mammon. Jesus truly said,

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”  (Matthew 6:24)

This is a struggle for preeminence in the hearts of mankind that has, and will, continue from the dawn of mankind until Jesus returns. Even now, believers struggle with the cost of following Jesus and often reject the lordship of Jesus Christ in areas where we covet the dividends of disobedience. Jesus is well invited to our Sunday experience, but often asked to kindly leave our place of employment or recreation. At the point where honesty and integrity result in loss of benefit or promotion, many ask Jesus to please leave that arena and take that pesky ninth commandment with Him, if you please. Some cherish pornography over purity; while others value selfishness over sacrifice; sitting over serving and gain above giving. And, lest I self-righteously judge others, I admit that in these and other areas of my life, I struggle and choose unwisely. Far too often, my will and ego replace Jesus on the throne of my life and I banish Him to exile instead bowing and surrendering both of these as a grateful servant before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. When Jesus included taking up our cross daily as a requirement to be His disciple, His audience immediately knew to what He was referring. To the Jew under Roman occupation, the cross meant one thing – death. Jesus used the vivid and cruel symbol of the cross to reveal that following Jesus meant death to self – death to cherished sins; death to compromise and rationalization; death to this world; and death to anything that is valued over the worship of obedience that exalts and glorifies God.
Life Application
 
Holy Spirit, I invite you to shine the spotlight in any area of my life to expose the herds of pigs, those unclean things, that I value over seeing the power of God manifested in healing and deliverance. Lord Jesus, I invite your presence and authority into every area of my life, no matter what the cost; and as one who, like Peter’s mother-in law, has received your healing touch, may my response be to rise up and serve you.
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-Gary Parker


Matthew 7

 

Scripture

Matthew 7:1-2

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

Observation

“This chapter continues and concludes Christ’s Sermon on the Mount, which is purely practical, directing us to order our conversation aright, both toward God and man; for the design of the Christian religion is to make men good, every way good.” –Matthew Henry’s commentary

Understanding

Is it just me, or does it seem we live in a world of constant judgment?  When a popular phrase is “Don’t judge me” and company marketing for things like gyms tout “No judgments.”  It’s in lyrics of popular songs – ie current hit “I got issues” by Julia Michaels. 

We are seemingly fed a diet of judgment between social media outlets, trash magazines, reality tv shows and even “news” outlets.  In short, we are set up for failure when it comes to obedience of this direction to NOT judge.   But this (like all godly direction) is worth the good fight.  Because, when we give in to the judgment culture, we contribute to the walk through the wide gate, down the broad road that leads to destruction (vs 13-14). 

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. – Matthew 7:13-14

Like the rest of the Christian walk, we are called in this area of judgment to set ourselves apart.  What if Christians – typically known for being hypocritical – instead became known for creating a refreshing environment of truly no judgments?  A space where people could be themselves, be honest, transparent…and be loved and accepted?  Seems simple, small enough…but it could literally be life changing for those that experience it.  The way I see it, this could potentially lead to a reduction in things like suicide, drug overdoses, addiction, etc….since, often, people are trying to forget or escape things like shame, emotional pain, and stress.       

Life Application

Go out and love on somebody.  Love them just as they are.  Accept them, listen to them, create space for them.  Love them with no judgments.  <3 

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– Rei



Matthew 6

 

Scripture

Matthew 6:1

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.”

Observation – What does it say?

Jesus, continuing his delivery of the most famous sermon of all time, teaches the crowd about the importance of our motives. Whether we are giving to the needy, praying or fasting, our motive directly determines our reward.

Understanding – What does it mean?

Any reward for obedience that God has for us is lost when we do it for others to see.

It seems many Pharisees wanted to appear godly more than they actually wanted to be godly. Because it was all about what other people thought of them, they would be sure to let everyone know when they gave to the poor, they prayed on the busy street corners, and they would make themselves look terrible when they fasted just so others would notice and think they were spiritual.
 
Jesus condemned this behavior. He said, “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them.” To put it in the positive, “Go out of your way to make sure that the only one who sees the good you’re doing is God.” Then, you will know that your motive is right and your Father who sees what you do in secret will reward you.

Life Application

Be careful to practice righteousness in secret.

Would you rather have a pat on the back from people or a reward from God? I don’t know what the reward from God will be, but I’m pretty sure it’s better than any compliment or pat on the back from someone else.

God, forgive me for the times I’ve desired the praise from people more than from you. Forgive me for the times I’ve mentioned gifts I’ve given people, prayer times I’ve had and times I’ve fasted, with the desire for people to perceive me in a certain way. Help us to be people who always live for your approval alone! Help us to be careful not to do good to be noticed by others, but to be noticed by you. Thank you for the rewards you have in store! Next time we’re tempted to share about how great we think we are, remind us of the rewards we can have from you instead if we keep it between us. Amen.

– Levi Thompson

 

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Matthew 5

 

Scripture 

Matthew‬ ‭5:21-22‬ -“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘ Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.”

Matthew 5:23-24-““Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.

‭‭Observation-What does it say?

This chapter is Jesus’ sermon on the mount. It is a sermon that Jesus preached to His disciples, covering various topics that is still applicable to Christian disciples today. Based on Matthew Henry bible commentary, “It is the longest and fullest continued discourse of our Saviour that we have upon record in all the gospels.”

Understanding-What does it mean?

The highest form of worship is loving our brothers and sisters in Christ. This is worship that is acceptable to God.

Here are a few Bible verses and quotes from several commentaries that I did research in. 

“Forgiveness and reconciliation is the highest form of worship on earth.” (The Geneva study bible)

“Reconciliation takes precedence of all other duties, even of offerings made to God…..The lesson teaches us to be reconciled with all who bear grudges against us, and says nothing as to whether their reasons are sufficient or insufficient, just or unjust.” (McGarvey and Pendleton)

“This shows that one guilty of wrongs to his fellow-man cannot offer acceptable worship of God. (B.W. Johnson’s Bible commentary)

“We ought carefully to preserve Christian love and peace with all our brethren; and if at any time there is a quarrel, we should confess our fault, humble ourselves to our brother, making or offering satisfaction for wrong done in word or deed: and we should do this quickly; because, till this is done, we are unfit for communion with God in holy ordinances. And when we are preparing for any religious exercises, it is good for us to make that an occasion of serious reflection and self-examination.” (Matthew Henry’s concise commentary)

A gift or a prayer does not substitute for love. “For neither thy gift nor thy prayer will atone for thy want of love: but this will make them both an abomination before God.”-(Wesley’s Explanatory notes)

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians‬ ‭3:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

““But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”Luke‬ ‭6:27-28‬ ‭NIV‬‬

““If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that.” ‭Luke‬ ‭6:32-33‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.” Romans‬ ‭12:18-19‬ 

Life Application

God is a God of love and relationships. We cannot claim to love God, yet hate a brother or a sister in Christ. God wants us to forgive our brothers and sisters from our heart or else He will treat us the way the Unmerciful servant was treated in Matthew 18:21-35. 

“We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.” 1 John‬ ‭4:19-21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

This is one of the, if not the longest Soul Journal I’ve written as an opening post because I believe it is important to God’s heart. I grew up in church and I’ve seen way too many times people look for another church or leave church altogether because they say they love Jesus, but they don’t love His people. They don’t love His bride. Scripture specifically states that that thinking is wrong!! We must love, reconcile and forgive our brothers and sisters from our hearts. When you forgive someone from your heart, you forego getting even with them, even in a passive way. Passive ways of getting even are gossip and leaving the relationship/church family without first trying to work it out. We cannot say we love God, yet be bitter and unforgiving towards a brother or sister in Christ. Jesus says being angry with a brother/sister is the same as committing murder.

In Scripture, Jesus goes as far as saying to leave our gift at the altar. When I personalize it, He’s basically telling me not to do ministry until my relationship with my brother/sister is reconciled, especially if I was the one in the wrong. If I don’t do it, that gift is unacceptable to God. Sounds harsh, but then again, the God we serve is a God is love and relationship and relationships are more important than how heartfelt it is when I pray, encourage, sing, play piano, lead worship, write a SJ, tithe, administrate or teach in Sunday school for Him. I must love Jesus and people first before the music or gifts I want to offer Him. 

Dear Lord, You know my life and my heart and some of the ways You’ve had to personally walk me through this. I’ve had to put aside my gifts so that I could reconcile with my brother and sister because of miscommunication, misunderstanding, or hurt/anger that we had to work through. I desire to worship You and prove my love for You not just through song, but also through loving and submitting to my spouse, my children, and loving my brothers and sisters in You. I desire worship that is acceptable to You. Amen. 

 
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-Michelle Gaddi


Matthew 4

 

Scripture

Matthew 4:19-20

““Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.”

‭‭Observation-What does it say?

Jesus began recruiting his first disciples. As he was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Peter and Andrew. They were fishermen and they were casting out their nets into the lake when Jesus approached them and asked them both if they would follow him so that he can make them fishers of men. How did the brothers respond?..They dropped everything immediately and began to follow Jesus.

Understanding-What does it mean?

To truly follow Jesus means we have to trust Him, leave our old mindset behind, and be willing to get out of our comfort zone.

It must have taken a lot of faith and trust in Peter, Andrew, James, and John to drop everything they knew in life, leave their families behind, and go onwards in following this man named Jesus. They were fishermen after all, and fishing is all they knew. Was Jesus that great of a “salesman” to sell them on this new life of fishing after men? Were they all just sick and tired of living the lower lifestyle of a fisherman, that they yearned for so much more in life, and believed this was their shot at it? Either way, these men all took a GIANT leap of faith when they decided to go ahead and follow Jesus. Just imagine being well crafted at a particular skill, a skill that has helped you make a living, and leaving not only that behind, but leaving your own personal “safety nets”, your family, behind as well?! Now if you were to fail at this, who will be there to help support you?! These men literally put their lives Jesus’ hands. They trusted Jesus to provide for them and help show them the way to something much bigger in life. Even if it meant learning something new and stepping out of their comfort zones, they were all willing to make that sacrifice. These men all knew that there was more to life and that they were going to be serving a bigger purpose. These men’s lives were forever changed because of it, and their stories will be shared for generations to come!

Life Application

When Jesus calls us in situations where we may feel overwhelmed or inadequate, that’s exactly where He wants us! So we can fully rely on Him!

“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

 
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-Moses Gaddi


Matthew 3

 

Scripture

Matthew 3:16-17
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.
 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Observation

Jesus’ cousin John is baptizing in the wilderness at the Jordan River. His austerity and activities soon capture the attention and condemnation of the religious elite. After pronouncing that his ministry of repentance is in fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy, John demands the fruit of repentance from the Pharisees and Sadducees; and warns them of impending judgement if they will not. John then announces the coming of the One whom he heralds and the fire baptism that will accompany His ministry. Jesus appears at the Jordan to be baptized. Though John, in all humility, is initially unwilling to do so, Jesus instructs John that His baptism is necessary to “fulfill all righteousness”. Jesus’ baptism is accompanied by theophanies that validate the beginning of His public ministry.

Understanding

Though the word “trinity” does not appear in the Bible, the concept of a triune God is clearly taught in scripture. Here, we see the presence of the Trinity at Jesus’ baptism. Jesus, God the Son is, of course, present. So is God the Father, whose voice confirms Jesus’ son-ship and the Father’s love for and pleasure in Him; as well is God the Spirit present, as a dove from Heaven, who falls on Jesus in empowerment of His earthly mission. Though each person of the Trinity is co-equal and co-eternal and co-divine; each has a unique ministry to believers. God the Father is provider, protector, healer, adopter and sovereign; the One who elects and glorifies. God the Son is both Lord and Savior; the Lamb of God as well as Redeemer and the one mediator between God and man. He is the One in whose name I have access to the throne of God and the One who defends me and intercedes for me; the One in whose righteousness I am clothed. Finally, there is God the Spirit; the great Comforter and Counselor and the One who sanctifies me, convicts me, leads me in repentance and who leads me into all truth. By Him I am able to understand scripture and am empowered to fulfill God’s calling and commission.   

Life Application 

May a balanced understanding and appreciation of the triune God allow me to fully experience the multifaceted ministries that God has made available to me by which I may live a life pleasing and honoring to the One true God represented in each person of the Trinity.
 
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-Gary Parker


Matthew 2

 

Scripture

Matthew 2:23

23 and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene.

Observation

The Magi, having heard that Jesus was born, visit King Herod to ask where “the king of the Jews” is?  King Herod, disturbed, calls together the priests and teachers to inquire; and they inform him of the prophecy that he was coming out of Bethlehem.  Herod sends the Magi to Bethlehem and asked that they report back so he too “can go and worship Him.”

The Magi find Jesus and are warned in a dream to not return to Herod.

When they had gone, the Lord warned Joseph in a dream to escape to Egypt where they stayed until Herod died – fulfilling part of the prophecy about Christ.

Herod, upset that he had been fooled by the Magi, he gives orders to kill all the boys age 2 and under in Bethlehem, fulfilling another part of the prophecy re: Jesus.

Herod dies and an angel appears to Joseph telling him to go to Israel, which fulfills yet another part of the prophecy regarding the Savior.

Understanding

Two observations for me throughout this chapter…

  • God talks – seemingly a LOT – through dreams.
  • I’m always amazed at the intricacies of God’s plans unfolding. It was prophesied that Christ would be called out of Egypt, there would be weeping and great mourning for children that were no more, and that Jesus would be called a Nazarene…and here, through several events both big and small, that prophesy is created/unfolded.

Life Application

Be more observant.  Look for God in the little things.  He is the master creator, the master designer, the master planner…and he’s got the whole world in His hands. 🙂

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– Rei



Matthew 1

 

Scripture

Matthew 1:3

 Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah (and Perez and Zerah’s mother was Tamar);

Observation – What does it say?

If I’m going to be honest, the first 17 verses of Matthew are ones I used to skip reading. What could I possibly glean from reading some names? I mean, the Holy Spirit is good, but could he really teach me something from a genealogy? The answer, I’ve found, is a resounding “Yes!”

As part of Jesus’ family line, each one played a critical role in God’s plan for redeeming all of creation. But consider the people listed here. We know that no one is perfect, but one would assume that people with this kind of integral role would be relatively righteous compared to other people. But all throughout this list we find what appears to be the opposite. Here are a couple examples:

  • Tamar was Judah’s widowed daughter-in-law. She dressed up like a prostitute and seduced her father-in-law, all so she could keep this family line alive.
  • Rahab (verse 5) was a Canaanite prostitute.
  • Solomon (verse 6) was the product of his father David’s adultery with Bathsheba.

Understanding – What does it mean?

God chooses to use even the most broken people in incredibly significant ways!

This gives me so much hope! All throughout scripture and history we see God reveal himself to people who don’t deserve it and move powerfully to accomplish his will through sinful men and women. The man who wrote the majority of the New Testament and who was one of the greatest missionaries the world has seen used to kill Christians!

Yet, for some reason some of us feel that God couldn’t use us. We feel that our short-comings, imperfections and past are too difficult for God to redeem. If this passage teaches me anything, it’s that no one is too far gone for God to rescue and use for his glory. And, even our worst sins and failures can’t keep God from accomplishing his plans.

Life Application

Don’t disqualify yourself! Trust God’s power more than you trust your weakness; his ability more than your inability; the power of his Son’s blood more than the power of your stains.

If God can transform the lives of these sin-stained men and women and use them to change the world, why can’t he use me?! 

God, thank you that your arm isn’t too short to save. Thank you that the sacrifice of your Son was enough to forgive even me and all my sins. Thank you for saving us and also giving us significant purpose. May we live surrendered to you and be filled with faith that you can and will use us to change the world! Amen.
 
– Levi Thompson
 
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