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Although Abraham distinguished himself in Bible history as a man of great faith, he was not without fault. Like all believers in the true and living God, he made some mistakes, which he had to repent of, and receive God’s forgiveness.
There was one occasion in particular when Abraham failed to trust in Yahovah God’s protection and took matters into his own hands. When his life was endangered, Abraham put his wife Sarah in a position to be sexually defiled by another man in order to save his own skin.
The incident occurs in Egypt where Abraham had to take his family to find food (Genesis 12:10-20). At the time, there was a grievous famine in the land of Canaan where Abraham lived, and he was forced to travel to Egypt which had plenty.
Even at 65 years of age, Sarah was still a beautiful woman and Abraham became fearful that the Egyptians would murder him in order to take his wife (a habit not uncommon in the Middle East). Therefore, Abraham asked Sarah to lie for him and tell the Egyptians she was his sister.
“Say, I pray thee, you are my sister; that it may be well with me for your sake; and my soul shall live because of you.”– Genesis 12:13
Unfortunately, the king of Egypt himself (Pharaoh) took an interest in Sarah’s beauty and brought her into his harem of many wives. But before he could have sexual relations with her, God stepped-in to correct Abraham’s mistake. He sent a plague on Pharaoh and his household. When Pharaoh realized what was happening – that he was under a curse, he called for Abraham and confronted him with his deceit.
“What is it you have done to me? Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’? so that I might have taken her [sexually] to be my wife?” Now therefore, here is your wife back; take her and go your way.” – Genesis 12:18-19
Abraham’s failure to trust God to deliver him out of any trouble and resort to dishonoring his own wife shows us that Abraham’s faith was not yet fully developed; he was still morally weak. However, Abraham did much better as he grew older and wiser in his latter years. As a matter of fact, Abraham became known as the “Father of our faith” because of his overall exemplary accomplishments (Hebrews 11:8-12).
We can certainly relate to Abraham, when we examine our own lives.
How often have we made mistakes of our own? How many times have we made fools of ourselves for making wrong choices, or failing to trust God as we should? But despite these early setbacks, we can hopefully look back on our own lives and see how much better we are today than yesterday, by the grace of God. How much stronger is our faith today than it used to be, how we have spiritually grown since we first believed.
Praise be to God for never giving up on us; His mercies are new every morning (Lam. 3:22-23). Stop punishing yourself for the mistakes of the past, and keep looking forward to the glorious future that God has destined for you. Remember that Jesus our Lord, is the “author” and “finisher” of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). He will never give up on us until He has completed his work in us. It’s not how you start the race that matters most, but how you finish.
Harmony Dust was raised in a dysfunctional family in California where illegal drugs, alcoholism and pornography were considered normal. Her first memories of pornography in her home was at the age of 3 or 4 years as she witnessed her father unashamedly watching porn in the bed next to her.
“He (her dad) left the state when I was 5 years old”, Harmony remembers, “and I only saw him about a dozen times throughout my childhood after that. Other people picked up where he left off. I was sexually abused by multiple people throughout my life, both men and women. The abuse left me filled with shame and anger towards myself. I thought that something was inherently wrong with me which kept attracting that kind of attention.”
When she was 13, her mom’s boyfriend moved in with them. She met him in a Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meeting after he fled Canada in order to escape
statutory rape charges for having sex with a minor.
She remembers pleading with her mother to put a stop to her boyfriend’s sexual
advances towards her. “He even went so far as to tell her he was in love with
me. I told my mom that her boyfriend kept coming in my room at night and
asked her to stop him, to no avail. Fed up, I finally ran away from home the first
of many times. Realizing I was serious about wanting her boyfriend gone, my
mother asked him to leave. When he decided to head back to Canada, she
followed him there, leaving me at 13 alone with my 8 year old brother for three
months to fend for ourselves. She left us with $20 and a book of food stamps.
After the money and food stamps ran out, I started stealing from the liquor store
to feed my brother and I. It was that summer that I lost my virginity to the first
boy who told me he loved me. We broke up a couple of months later but he
seemed to think he still deserved ‘boyfriend privileges’. He raped me more
than 30 times over the course of the next year. I always found a way to blame
myself for his behavior.”
Other abusive relationships followed. Young, naïve, and hopeless, at the age of
19 she began stripping. Her intention was to work for a couple of months in
order to pay off her bills. Then she could return to a “normal” life. But she soon
found herself trapped in that lifestyle. Wads of cash filled her hands, but nothing
seemed to satisfy the void in her heart.
At first, she led a double life: “I was a quiet, conservative college student by day,
and someone else’s fantasy by night. Gradually, I began to lose sight of who I
was, and became lost in make-up, stiletto high heels, and the glare of stage
lights. I felt fragmented and compartmentalized. Fear of rejection and judgment
kept me isolated from the outside world, until all of the people I had contact
with were other strippers, customers, and my abusive boyfriend.”
The emptiness she felt inside seemed infinite, and her self-image continued to
decline. Over the course of the next 3 years, being a stripper became her identity.
“My already tainted view of men seemed permanently damaged. I developed
the notion that all men were inherently perverted and sick. I began to use
stripping as a way to take back control of my sexuality. I finally felt like I had the
upper hand. I learned to exploit for myself, the very thing that men had already
In retrospect, she can now see that God’s heart was deeply pained by her
brokenness. He wanted nothing more than to extend his hand to her and show
her her real beauty and worth—to help her see the value she never saw in
She began attending a church in LA. “Like a gentleman, God pursued me with
his infinite love until he captured my heart. Hearing the pastor talk about the
idea that I was created with a purpose stirred something in me. I remember the
night that I was standing in the middle of the strip club and it really hit me, ‘I
have been created with a purpose.’ I looked around the strip club and thought,
‘This can’t be it’.
The more she learned about God and who He created her to be, the more
impossible it because to live in a way that contradicted it. She discovered that the
pain of staying the same is far greater than the pain of change.
As God did a work in her heart, she received Jesus Christ as her Savior and
Lord. As a result, she began making new choices in her life. She quit dancing,
left the abusive boyfriend and began a journey of walking with God and
allowing Him to heal her. “It hasn’t always been easy,” she admits, “but God is
good and has helped me every step of the way.”
In 2003, after several years of recovery, Harmony founded “Treasures“, an
outreach and support group for women in the sex industry. Their mission is to
reach, restore and equip women in order to help them live healthy, flourishing
lives. “God took the hollow and empty pit inside me that had been carved out by
a lifetime of disappointment and despair, and He filled it with hope, love, and
purpose. He is taking the pain and brokenness of my past and using it to show
others the way to freedom!”
If you would like to read her entire testimony and those of others who have been
helped by her ministry, go to Harmony’s website at: www.IAmATreasure.com
You can also purchase her new book about her life, entitled, “Scars and Stillettos.”
J. Alden (Jim) Hall grew up in a dysfunctional and unstable home with a father who was an escaped convict on the run from the law. After the FBI showed up on his doorstep looking for a member of the John Dillinger’s crime gang, Jim’s family moved to one of Chicago’s Italian neighborhoods.
Once Jim graduated from college, he discovered he had a knack for business. His willingness to make money helped him to become successful quickly. One day, a mafia friend introduced him to Johnny Ciccone, the son of the Chicago Mafia boss at that time. Johnny was also his father’s consigliere and under boss. Jim became good friends with Johnny and rapidly rose to the position of Senior Associate of the mob.
Jim remembers those days, “If I wasn’t cruising in the Caribbean, I’d be in Las Vegas or skiing in Aspen. I learned you can buy happiness, but it’s very fleeting.”But, no matter how much money he made, it was never enough.
Finally, his business connections with the Mafia led him to become a target in a special “Organized Crime Task Force.” In 1982 he was sentenced to 3-1/2 years in federal prison. While he was serving time, he repented of his sins and accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord. He finally realized where true happiness and lasting satisfaction exists. Jim now confesses, “That’s why deep down so many feel hollowness in their souls, even when things seem to be going well. Since I became a Christian, I have adjusted my goals and discovered genuine peace and contentment.”
Not long after his release from prison, Bruce Wilkinson, the founder of Walk Thru the Bible Ministries and author of the book, “The Prayer of Jabaez”, persuaded Jim to work with his organization. For fifteen years, he led their Seminar Division, and held the position of Interim Vice President of Publishing. He is currently a marketing and business consultant and a popular speaker. Jim is active with his church in Atlanta and leads their two large Bible studies each month. He lives in the Atlanta suburbs with his wife Judy.
“Because of the LORD’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!”– Lam. 3:22-23
It is so refreshing to be reminded that no matter how bad things may get at times, no matter how many mistakes we make, the tender mercies and compassions of God are new every morning. There is always hope for us, because the LORD’s anger only lasts for a moment, but His lovingkindness never ceases. The LORD is good and merciful to those who seek Him in humility and repentance. The LORD always desires to have compassion on us.
The love, grace, and mercy of God is renewed daily towards His children providing new spiritual light, hope, joy, and comfort.
“God’s compassions fail not; of this we have fresh instances every morning. Portions on earth are perishing things, but God is a portion for ever.” – Matthew Henry
“Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. “Go, look over the land,” he said, “especially Jericho.” So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there.” – Joshua 2:1
Many people will be surprised to discover that Jesus was not only a physical descendant of King David, but also of Rahab the ex-prostitute of Jericho. But, keep in mind, Rahab was a harlot who changed her ways and came before the living God in repentance. Rahab was a Canaanite woman who ran an “Inn” in Jericho. It was actually a house of prostitution where men could spend the night with the woman of their choice. Murray Johnson writes: “It is very important that we understand what the text really says about Rahab. It says Rahab was a harlot. What better place for the spies to hide out than at Rahab’s house? With all the comings and goings of a whorehouse, they could blend in easily. However, these men were on a righteous mission. “ Rahab was a prostitute herself. As a Canaanite, she was also a worshipper of a great number of deities of the Canaanite religion, including Baal (god of fertility), Dagon (god of the crops) and Molech (god of fire). When Joshua sent two of his men to Jericho to spy out the city for destruction, they came to Rahab’s place. When the king of Jericho heard about their visit, he sent his soldiers to kill them. Rahab took sides – not with her own people – but with the children of Israel. She protected the two spies at great peril to her life, and hid them on her roof for three days. She also lied to the king’s soldiers and sent them on a wild goose chase, because she told them that the spies had already left out of the city gate. After the soldiers departed and the coast was clear, she went up to the roof and made them promise to protect her and her father, mother, brothers and sisters. The two spies agreed to protect her and her family when Joshua and his army returned to destroy the city.
Rahab’s confession of faith.
She declared, “…for the Lord (Yahovah) your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.”–Joshua 2:11.
Rahab’s faith in the eternal God of Israel was greater than her fear. By embracing Yahovah God – the only true, living God, she was renouncing all pagan gods that she had previously worshipped. The moment she made the confession of faith, “…for the LORD [Yahovah] your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below,” Rahab was saved from her sins, spiritually born-again, and immediately accepted into God’s family. It did not matter that she was formerly a prostitute or an idol worshipper, God is no respecter of persons; whoever will come to Him in repentance and faith will be accepted by Him. Rahab is a prime example of how God loves to take the worst of sinners and turn them into saints. His arms are always open to anyone who “feareth Him and worketh righteousness” (Acts 10:34-35).
Rahab, the prostitute, was transformed into a new creature in Christ.
Her faith was backed up by the evidence of good works when she risked her life to save the two spies. She is praised twice in the New Testament. The apostle James describes her justification by her good works: ”Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by [good] works, when she had received the messengers and had sent them out another way?”(James 2:25)
Working together, Rahab’s faith and actions were approved by God who forgave her of her immoral past and justified her (acquitted her of guilt) in His sight. The writer of Hebrews also praises Rahab in Hebrews 11:31. She perished not with the rest of her city when the walls of Jericho fell down and Joshua’s men killed all who lived there. Rahab’s faith and the scarlet thread she let hang down from her window (which was a type of the blood of Jesus Christ) looked forward to the time the Messiah would come. It paralleled the Passover lamb. Just as the blood of the lamb was put on the houses of the Israelites in order to protect them from the judgment of God, so the scarlet cord hanging from Rahab’s house brought safety and deliverance for her and her family.
Rahab marries a Jew.
After converting to Judaism, Rahab became a righteous woman. She joined herself to the people of God – the children of Israel. She left her sordid past behind, continued to travel with the Israelites, and eventually married a Jewish man named Salmon of the tribe of Judah. Their marriage gave birth to Boaz who married Ruth, who birthed Obed, the father of Jesse, the father of King David. What an amazing testimony of how God can re-write your life! He transformed a former prostitute into the ancestral grandmother of Israel’s greatest king : David, the man after God’s own heart. In Matthew’s geneology, even our Lord Jesus Christ was an ancestor of Salmon and Rahab (Matthew 1:1,5).
Whosoever calls on the Lord shall be saved.
If you’ve been struggling with a life of sin, or you’ve done something in your past that is so bad you’ve never told anyone; perhaps you’ve wondered if God could ever forgive you, remember what He accomplished in the life of Rahab the ex-prostitute and idol worshipper from Jericho. There is no sin too big for God – He will forgive you if you sincerely repent and call upon His name in faith. There is always hope and forgiveness in Christ Jesus: ”And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” – Acts 2:21
“Whoever” means you! There is no sin so grievous that Jesus cannot forgive. He died on the cross and shed His blood to forgive all types of sins – small sins as well as big sins. Call upon Jesus today and be forgiven and saved from your old life. From this day forward, He will give you a new life and transform you into the man or woman He created you to be.
Pray this prayer right now:
Dear Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God who died on the cross for my sins. I repent of my past life. Please forgive me. I promise to live for you from this day forward. I receive you today as my Savior and Lord of my life. Amen.
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I was sick. I was bedridden for weeks at a time due to chronic dizziness. I went from doctor to doctor and every one of them gave me a different diagnosis. One doctor would say it was my heart, the next would say it was my brain. I was unable to live a normal life and had to quit my job.
How I Came to Faith in Jesus
After medical science failed me so badly, I started studying the Bible looking for answers. I read that Jesus healed many sick people through their faith. I wanted to experience this healing for myself, so I studied everything I could that might increase my faith in God’s ability to cure my disease. I prayed daily and made long lists of gratitude thanking God for all of the wonderful things that I still had left in my life such as my family and my girlfriend.
How My Faith Has Made a Difference
I am now completely healed of my dizziness. I live a life of such wonderful physical comfort. I never knew that life could be this light, joyful, and easy. I thank God every day for having healed me. I’m so excited to live the life of my dreams and help others experience the healing that I myself experienced. I know that it was my faith in God that made this new life possible and I am so happy for the opportunity I now have to share my story with others who can benefit from what I went through.
Before I received Jesus as my Savior and Lord, I wasn’t a very happy person. In fact, I felt that I wasn’t any good. And because I was born a dwarf, I didn’t want people to see me because I didn’t believe anyone would like me. But after I accepted Christ into my life, I am now so happy that I want to tell people that He is the only one that can love you just as you are.
I am now forty-eight years old and proclaiming that Jesus is alive and coming back soon to take His people home. So come Lord Jesus, amen.
Did you know God is waiting for you to invite Him into your life?
The almighty God, creator of heaven and earth, is waiting for the opportunity to reveal Himself to you in a personal way. But He will only do so when invited. When you sincerely seek Him with all your heart, He will reward you with His presence.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” – Hebrews 11:6.
Only as God becomes aware of your thirst and hunger for His presence will He reward you with a personal revelation of Himself. Jesus Christ expressed the same truth in Matthew 5:6…
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”
God can forgive any sin.
It does not matter what you’ve done in the past, God can forgive you of any sins and mistakes of the past. In fact, He’s ready to forgive you right now if you will repent of your iniquities and allow the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross to cleanse you. By putting your faith in Christ you can receive a fresh start today.
Let God Re-Write Your Story.
No matter what kind of mess you’ve made of your life so far, God can turn it around and make it into a masterpiece. With God all things are possible! Won’t you diligently seek Him today? If you do, God will re-write your life’s story and give you a happy ending. Pray and ask Him to transform you into the man or woman He created you to be.
Pray the following prayer right now:
Dear heavenly Father, I believe that You love me and desire the best for my life. Please forgive me of my past sins and iniquities. Make me into the person you want me to be. I believe you can do it. You are the God of all miracles, for nothing is impossible for You. Today, I place my faith and trust in your Son, Jesus Christ, who died for my sins and the sins of the world. I invite Him to become my Savior and Lord of my life, from this day forth and for evermore. Amen.
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My name is Linda. Before I surrendered my life back to Christ, I was a meth abuser who began prostituting to support my habit. I was broken-hearted, angry, and a victim of domestic violence more than once.
How I Came to Faith in Jesus
I hung out with people who were addicts. I seemed to know the words to inspire them, but never myself. I began to feel tired. I missed my little girl who I had lost to child protective services. I prayed and said, “Lord, God, I am tired. I need you for I have rebelled against you. I have come to realize that you are the only hope I have. Bear within my womb a child, or if it’s so I cannot carry, please Lord, restore what I have lost. Thank you, Father. Amen.” About two weeks later my sister told me to enter Westcare Rehab and she would give me custody of her unborn child, which is going to be a little girl. I have been clean 4.5 months and have 37 days until baby Amber is born. Thank you, Jesus!
How My Faith Has Made a Difference
Today I choose Jesus as my Lord and Savior, safety, and peacemaker. I love him, and because I stand strong through his love, I’m no longer a slave to sin, but a woman of God. With Him I am learning patience and also to fear not. I did turn away from old friends, places, and things just as they say in recovery. Today I’m more confident and live happy. Now I pray for a job opportunity, in Jesus’ name, knowing without a doubt there’s one coming up soon. Through God all things are possible. Amen. Oh yes, I’m on Facebook and follow daily with Joyce Meyers, Joseph Prince, Creflo Dollar, Joel Osteen, Taffi Dollar, and Grace of Hope. This has all been a great blessing to my life. God has given me a whole new way to live. I now enjoy my life when at one point I tried ending it. Satan is a liar.
* My relationship with Jesus is fantastic. I am blessed today and it’s because he gave his life for me so that I may live – John 3:16.
* I learned that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Without Christ I am nobody and can do nothing. Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world. Amen.
* With all love and gladness I share my testimony. May it mean something to you. At one point I didn’t care to hear a word about God. Not today, thank you, Jesus. Glory be to God. I have been saved. Call upon Jesus and watch what he will do for you. God bless you all.
Evangelist Vickie Chapman was born in Washington, D.C. and saved as a little child in the State of Maryland, where she grew up before moving to Florida. She studied in the medical field as an adult, graduating with honors. She became a registered nurse, working for a number of years at a Broward County Hospital in the Step-Down Intensive Care Unit. As a teenager she rebelled against God and many years passed before she ever went to church again or practiced her childhood Christian values. But in 2001, she re-dedicated her life to Christ and began attending her family’s church in Okeechobee, Florida, and rapidly grew in her faith and in God’s service, evangelizing and telling others about Jesus.
Tragically, she had a near-fatal auto accident in 2004 which left her near death’s door with doctor’s giving her only a 3% chance to live. They also wanted to amputate her left leg after it was severely crushed in the accident. She refused to give up and trusted God to do a miracle. She kept her leg but was unable to walk, underwent 24 operations to rebuild her foot, and confined to a wheelchair for 3 years.
Vickie recalls, “I turned to God for my comfort, healing and peace in the midst of it all. I sought God in prayer and the reading of His Word. It made me have joy through all my suffering, and the might to press forward. I found a peace that surpasses all human understanding. As a result of my faith, God did a miracle and allowed me to walk again. I am more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus, who Himself endured such persecutions and hostility, who suffered the agony of the Cross for the joy that was set before Him.”
Today, Vickie has five children and is the proud grandmother of eighteen grandchildren. She is also a popular inspirational speaker at many churches. She travels extensively giving her testimony, preaching Christ’s message, and giving God the glory. She has faced many trials, tribulations, and dangers in her life, but through it all, she has remain steadfast in her commitment to God’s faithfulness and love for her. As a result, she is soaring upwards to new heights on His wings and fulfilling her destiny and utmost potential as a follower of Jesus Christ.