“By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace” (Hebrew 11:31)
Today we would begin with the story of Rahab, a harlot. When the Bible says a person is a harlot it implies that such a person is an enemy of God. “Harlot” is one of the strongest descriptions in the Bible for a sinner. When you study the Bible, you discover that the word “harlot” is not limited to women. The word is used to describe men, cities and nations as well. “Harlot” is a very strong term used to describe the enemy of God. The truth about the love of God is that He is still interested in the soul of sinners. The fact that one is a harlot does not mean that he/she cannot become a friend of God.
The fact Rahab the harlot’s name was mentioned in the hall of fame of faith shows that no matter how filthy or dirty one’s sin is he can still be accepted by Christ. The reason Rehab’s name was listed in the hall of fame of faith was because she changed from her sinful nature and accepted Christ. When you study Matthew 5:1, the Bible says, “And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; Obed begat Jesse…” The above passage is telling us that there was a harlot in the biological lineage of Jesus. In other words, one is not separated from God because of what he/she did yesterday. Everybody did something wrong yesterday. Your separation from God is when you refuse to change.
When a person is separated from God, it is because that person refuses to change from his/her sinful nature. Separation from God is not because of what you did yesterday but because of your refusal to change today. The Bible says, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarleth, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18).
The first time I came in contact with this scripture many years ago, I was amazed that the Almighty God is ready to reason with a human being. You can see the reason why I say that separation from God is not because of what you did yesterday but it is simply because of your refusal to change today. I plead with you to change from everything evil around your life today.
FURTHER READING: Isaiah 1:18-19; 44:22
PRAYER/CONFESSION: Lord Jesus, come into my heart, I accept you again to come and take control over my being, I disconnect myself from my wrong and from sin. Father in the name of Jesus, today I change from my old ways.
WORDS OF WISDOM: Separation from God is not because of your past but because of your refusal to change.