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Five Women of Destiny

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Each and every person has a destiny God has planned for them. Jeremiah 29:11 clearly states

For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. NIV

Thoughts bombard us that shout we have no hope and no future. “God couldn’t possibly use me to do anything for him. What about my past?...”

There are five women in the bible that had no idea what God had planned for them. In spite of their past, they were the only women mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus. They were Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary. Let’s take a quick look at the history of these women.

Tamar

-       Tamar Was The Daughter-In-Law Of Judah.

-       Tamar Was Barren.

-       Tamar’s Two Husbands (Judah’s Sons) Died.

-       Tamar Posed As A Prostitute.

-       Tamar Was Deceitful.

-       Tamar Had Sex With Her Father-In-Law.

-       Tamar’s Son Who Was Conceived From This Act Is In The Lineage Of Jesus.

You Can Find The Account In Genesis 28:1-36.

Rahab

-       Rahab Was A Harlot.

-       The Flax Represents That She’d Turned Her Life Around. Flax Was Used To Make Linen.

-       Faith Came To Her By Hearing. Instead Of Walking In Fear Of The Israelites, She Put Faith In God.

-       She Was Courageous. Her And Her Family’s Life Were In Jeopardy Because Of The Spies. If She Got Caught It Would Mean Death To All Of Them. Although They Gave Her Their Word, There Was No Guarantee That They Would Respect The Oath They Made To Her.

-       The Scarlet Cord Represented The Blood Of Jesus. The Blood Of Jesus Saves Us From Utter Destruction.

-       Rahab Is In Hebrews 11, The Chapter Many Call The Faith Hall Of Fame.

-       Rahab’s Faith Was Displayed By Her Works.

You can find these accounts in Joshua 2:1-21, Joshua 6:17,22-23, Hebrews 11:31, and James 2:24-26.

 

Ruth

-       Ruth Was A Moabitess.

-       The Moabites Came Out Of The Incestual Relationship That Lot Had With His Daughters After They Fled Sodom.

-       They Were Gross Idolaters, Worshipping Chemosh And Baalpeor With Obscene Rites.

-       The Moabites Offered Children As A Sacrifice To  Their God.

-       Chemosh Was The God Of The Moabites. He Is Synonymous With Sorcery, Adultery, Incest, Prostitution, And The Sacrifice Of Children In The Fire.

-       Ruth Married An Israelite And Became A Widow.

-       Ruth Came To Know The Lord. Ruth Was Willing To Give Up Everything That Was Familiar To Her In Order To Serve God.

-       Ruth Honored Her Mother-In-Law.

-       Ruth Was A Servant.

-       Ruth Walked In Integrity.

-       Ruth Was Selfless.

-       Ruth Was Submitted, Willing And Obedient.

To read the account of Ruth, go to the book of Ruth.

Facts about Moabite religious rituals http://www.truthinlove.com/casting_out_demons/Sexual/Sins/child_molestation.htm

Bathsheba

-       Perhaps Bathsheba Was Raped By David, Perhaps She Consented

-     Bathsheba Loved Her Husband, Uriah Because She   

             Mourned For Him.

-       Bathsheba Conceived A Child Out Of Wedlock. The 

Child Died. There Is No Evidence That She Was Bitter Toward David

        -   Bathsheba Respected The King.

        -   Solomon Wrote About Bathsheba, His Mother,  In

         Proverbs 31.

To learn more about Bathsheba go to 2 Samuel 11:1-5, 2 Samuel 11:26-27,

1 Kings 1:16, 31 and Proverbs 31.

Mary

-     Mary Was A Teenager.

-       Mary Knew The Torah Or Would Not Have Anticipated A Savior.

-       Mary Believed The Word.

-       Mary Asked A Question, But Was Not Questioning.

-       Mary Was A Submitted Woman.

-       Mary Meditated.

 

To learn more about Mary go to Luke 1:26-35, Luke 1: 46-55, Luke 2:51

I hope you can see by these ladies’ lives that God doesn’t look at our circumstances, who we’ve been, what we’ve done, how old we are, etcetera. God has a plan for all of us. As we trust in him, we will walk in his plan.

Turning a Setback Into A Comeback

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How do you turn a major setback into a comeback?

Let’s look at some people who did….

Steve Jobs, Ulysses S. Grant, Mark Twain, Dorothy Hammill,

James Altucher, Robert Downing, Jr., Brittney Spear, Stanley Kirk, Burrell (aka MC Hammer), George Foreman, Walt Disney, Willie Nelson, Cyndi Lauper & Martha Stewart to name a few.

 

In the Bible we see people who made a comeback to God. They lived for him and then backslid in some way, but came back with full force….David, Peter, John, Johnmark, Zacaharias, Abraham…

 

Sometimes the setbacks we have are because of our own negligence or failure. Sometimes they are from something we had no control over, like the loss of a loved one or natural disaster.

 

No matter what the setback, you can comeback better than before as you put your trust in God and take steps to move forward. Don’t despise the size of the steps, just make sure you are headed forward.

 

When someone falls spiritually what should they do?

First off they have to recognize their sin. A comeback cannot occur when there is no acknowledgement of wrongdoing.

 

Once you acknowledge what you did, repentance for it must take place. I don’t mean where you beat yourself up about it. You must realize you did something wrong, that you sinned.  It’s important to admit it and confess it out as sin, but don’t allow condemnation and guilt to control your thinking.

 

The next step is to acknowledge who you are in Christ. You’re forgiven. It’s forgotten in God’s mind because Jesus bore our sin on the cross. God sees us cleansed and he made us righteous in Christ. Focusing on who God made us to be in Christ keeps us on the right path.

 

As you meditate on who you are in Christ, your actions follow. You begin to act the way God intended for you to.

 

Of course, coming back from a spiritual setback requires time given in prayer, bible study and reading, going to church and being with people who encourage you in your walk with God.

 

Every one of these actions requires faith. You can’t just go through the motions. Find a place where you can latch on and hold tight to it. Ask yourself what you can believe at this point in your journey with God. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you a scripture you can meditate on and stand on. It will be a battle, but you can do it because God gives you the strength through Christ.

 

Ask yourself what you can learn from this setback.
Ask – What was the cause of this setback?
Ask – How did it begin?

 

Discover which thoughts began to lead you down the wrong path so you can change them. Philippians 3:15 says if we’re thinking different than the way God wants us to, he will reveal it to us. Just ask and he will show you.

 

Focus on the God-thought that will move you forward. Don’t look at the past. When we focus on the past, we can’t move forward. Did you ever try driving backwards to move forward?

 

Remind yourself that everyone has setbacks, but don’t compare yours to someone else. We are all different and react differently.

 

Remember, the fact that you recognized the problem was a step forward. Soon you will begin to see some progress and you’ll be beyond where you were to start with.