By Series - Paint the Town Red

Paint the Town Red

Friday

April 21, 2017

Take Hold of the Rope

Read

Joshua 6:25, “But Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her family and all who belonged to her, because she hid the men Joshua had sent as spies to Jericho—and she lives among the Israelites to this day.”

Think

Like many stories throughout the Bible, Rahab's is one of redemption and forgiveness. She literally moved from the whore house to God's house! It wasn't by chance or circumstance or luck. Rahab was pursued by God because God had a purpose for her life.

What do any of us have to do with Rahab? More than we might think! The truth is that God has a purpose for your life. He is pursuing you. And not matter where you are, what you've done, or who you thought you were, God always has redemption in mind for you. It's all about the red rope of redemption. Have you taken hold of that rope? Because hope is in that rope!

Pray

Thank God for pursuing you passionately. Pray for the strength you need to turn from whatever you may be involved in and the humility to take hold of His red rope of redemption.

Act

Find out just what it takes to grasp the red rope of redemption by checking out the NEXT STEP page . Or if you have done that, send the link to someone you know who is searching for hope!

 

Thursday

April 20, 2017

Confidence in Action

Read

Joshua 2:21, “Then she said, “According to your words, so be it.” And she sent them away, and they departed. And she bound the scarlet cord in the window.”

Think

Rahab was living in a sin-stained world. She had made moral fumble after moral fumble. But when the providence of God pursued her and the evidence of God persuaded her, she turned her life over to Him and experienced something that God wants us all to experience – a confidence that can only be fueled by Him. When we allow the providence of God to overwhelm us and the evidence of God to persuade us, we begin to live with confidence like never before.

Have you experienced the providence and evidence of God in your life? If so, you have His power on tap in your life! As you look at your day today, remember that no matter what yesterday held for you, you can turn it all around by giving it all to God. And you can walk boldly through today with a confidence that can only be defined as a God thing.

Pray

Thank God for giving you the power to walk confidently through today. Look for ways that you can share that confidence with others around you.

Act

Whenever you face a moment of fear or doubt or uncertainty today, remember the step of boldness and confidence Rahab took. And look for ways to make that kind of statement in your own life.

Wednesday

April 19, 2017

Time for Action

Read

Joshua 2:18 (MSG), “Hang this red rope out the window through which you let us down and gather your entire family with you in your house- father, mother, brothers, and sisters.”

Think

When Rahab had her interaction with the Israelite spies, she had a decision to make. God’s providence had pursued her. The evidence had persuaded her. But she still had to take action. So she hung a red rope out of her window. It took initiative on her part. The same is true in our lives. When we feel that pull from our heavenly Father and notice the evidence around us, there is still something we must do – we must make the decision to trust Him!

Have you felt the pull of God’s providence? Have you seen evidence of His hand in your life? Don’t ignore that. Make a faith decision to trust God with where your life is headed. Take action to follow His plan for your life. Then, like Rahab, experience the freedom from destruction that only He can offer you!

Pray

Ask God to reveal His evidence in your life. Ask for eyes to see what He wants you to see so that you, like Rahab, can experience what He wants you to experience.

Act

Read the full account of Rahab and the spies in Joshua 2. Take note of how quickly and readily Rahab takes action to trust God, and ask yourself if you are doing the same thing in your life!

 

Tuesday

April 18, 2017

Evidence Always Demands a Verdict

Read

Joshua 2:11, “When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.”

Think

In any court of law, evidence is a crucial aspect of the proceedings. Evidence is defined as "something that makes plain or clear; an indication or sign." In short, evidence is what points to the truth.

We read yesterday about some of the evidence that Rahab had seen in the lives of the Israelites; evidence that caused her to put her faith in God. But take a moment to think about your own story. What evidence have you seen of God's hand around you? Look objectively at the evidence around you, and reflect on the truth - God's truth - that it is pointing you to.

Pray

Ask God to reveal His evidence in your life. Ask for eyes to see what He wants you to see so that you, like Rahab, can experience what He wants you to experience.

Act

Yesterday you put a red cord around your wrist. Today, when you see that cord, think of a specific story or situation that God has allowed you to go through. And thank God for the evidence He has placed in your life!

 

Monday

April 17, 2017

More Than a Chance Encounter

Read

Joshua 2:1, "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.”

Think

The providence of God is mysterious and miraculous. What we might consider “chance encounters” could actually be an arranged meeting by God. That is what happened in the life of Rahab and the Israeli spies. As the spies scouted the city of Jericho, they needed a place to hide. They found it in the home of Rahab, the prostitute. Scripture tells us that she knew who they were by the reputation that preceded them; the stories of the Israelites and their God were well known. She probably never anticipated that she would have an opportunity to meet them. But, there they were in her home and something in her was obviously drawn to want to know more about them and the God they served. So much so that she would ask them to save her and her family when the city fell. Because of a providential encounter and the courage to ask that she and her family be saved, Rahab ended up in the lineage of Jesus.

Rahab saw the evidence of God in the lives of the spies and she wanted what they had. As Christ-Followers, evidence of Him should be seen in our lives also. We never know if we might have a providential encounter with someone who is seeking Him. Don’t miss the opportunity for a divine encounter that could completely change the trajectory of someone’s life.

Pray

Thank God for His providential plan to save us through the death, burial and resurrection of His son, Jesus Christ. Ask that He open your heart and eyes to the providential encounters He may have for you.

Act

A red cord was used to identify Rahab and her family so they could escape Jericho as it was captured. Tie a red cord around your wrist or put it in a prominent place as a reminder to allow evidence of Him in your life.