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Why Your Broken Past Makes You Wanted- Julie Loos for the God In The New Journey Series

Why Your Broken Past Makes You Wanted

I am SO very pleased to introduce to you our first guest for the March blog series “God In The New Journey; Being Brave Enough To Step Out.” Julie Loos comes to us from Unmasking The Mess, her blog space where she writes under a heart of true ministry for all believers in the middle of messy lives and journeys. So needless to say, I was thrilled to have a chance to feature her here on the blog, and to introduce her to all of you.
I know that below, you’ll find words and encouragement that are going to speak into your hearts and souls about why God may be using you, flaws, your past, and all, in whatever journey you’re embarking on.
Return here, every Tuesday and Thursday, as women in The Word share from their hearts messages the Spirit has laid on their hearts expressly for this time. I have a feeling this series is going to be truly insightful from start to finish!
And now, Julie Loos, and her message about Why Your Broken Past Makes You Wanted

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Have you done something in your life which you want to keep hidden? Are there some skeletons in your closet?

Can I ease some of your discomfort, right here?

Everyone has a past.

The majority of us have a messy past. The rest will have something messy happening to them, which will ultimately become the past.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve done stupid and regrettable things in the past. Many times I’ve wondered if God would forgive me. My actions were awful, and I hurt people. I feel bad and Satan likes to rub my nose in my former mistakes.

Here’s what I’ve come to realize, your past does not define your future.

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Your past is not too bad for God, and His ability to turn your life around.

God tells me this in the Bible.

Isaiah 43:18 -19 (NIV) Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19) See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Rahab

In the Bible we meet a hooker with a heart of gold; a few sources have given her this name. Seems a little like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? We usually don’t mention something good with the word prostitute.

We meet her in Joshua 2.

She owned a brothel/inn in Jericho where she was quite active. Wink Wink!

Rahab was an idol-worshiping Amorite, as were all the people of Jericho. These people were lacking in morals, and had an anything-goes attitude. Sounds like our culture here in the US.

The women of Jericho probably looked down on her with revulsion at her morals, and ostracized her because of what she did. Men liked her, but women avoided her like the plague.

Your past doesn't define your future - guest post by Jullie Loos for the God In The New Journey series for March 2017

Too Broken for God?

Joshua sent spies into Jericho to check out the city. Word of the spies’ presence had the King in a panic, and he sent guards to find the spies. Rahab hid them on her roof, and the next day let them down over the wall so they could escape back to their camp.

Pretty bold action by her because she would be in danger if the King found out what she did. I’m sure she felt anxiety and stress about this circumstance, but yet she still stepped forward.

She didn’t let the what-ifs of worry send her back into the brothel to finish out her life there.

Everything hinged on Rahab’s actions, would she be fearful or obedient? Would she let her past define her or trust in the promise of God?

What if she decided to wait till she turned her life around and then step forward? Instead, God used her broken life to transform her into a person of faith.

Here’s the thing, somehow Rahab knew the true God was real, she felt called to save these spies and she sacrificed her life to help them.

Prostitute to Princess. Ostracized to becoming a link in the lineage to Jesus. Broken to blessed.

Rahab was transformed through her ability to step out in bravery.

What about you- is God calling you to step out? Is your past preventing your position right now?

What can we learn from Rahab

  1. God likes to use broken people.
  2. Our obedience matters more to God than our past.
  3. The most unlikely places are where God likes to use us.
  4. Even in fear and tense circumstances, God will ask us to step out.
  5. If we wait till the perfect moment, we might miss our chance.
  6. Our actions can change history on a small or large scale.
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As we see from Rahab, God likes to use broken people to change His-story. Her faithful action gave rise to the birth of Jesus. She’s part of the cloud of witnesses cheering us on as we step out for God.

Why your broken past makes you wanted for the new journey! New Series for March

Who are you going to be remembered as? The anxious women with faith, or the women who had an abortion, but brought other women to faith? The depressed women who encouraged others with hope?

We need women to become bold in faith and obedient to God so we can make a difference in history like Rahab made.

The skeleton or sketchy past is exactly what God wants to use for your testimony of faith.
Sharing it in obedience with others might end up healing you in ways you didn’t think were possible.

God wants to use you, messy and broken.

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Julie Loos is the mom of 5 kids and has been happily married to Greg for 17 years.  She loves to read, eat chocolate, drink iced tea and spend time writing in the midst of messes.

You can find her blog at www.unmaskingthemess.com.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/unmaskingthemess/

Twitter: @juliealoos

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/juliealoos/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/julieanneloos/

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26 Comments

  1. Thank you again Christine for the opportunity to share at your site!
    It’s so great to share in your ministry:)

    • Christine Duncan

      March 7, 2017 at 8:54 AM

      So thankful for you, Julie! My absolute pleasure to have you join me on the blog today! Any time, please! I love your words that pour out redemption and rescue for us today. Everybody needs words like these reminding us that we’re so much more than our broken parts. I know I’ll carry this with me through the week! Thanks so much and Lord bless you this week in mighty ways for your offering online!

  2. Julie, I join you with a heart filled with gratitude that I have been forgiven much. I am thankful that I am not defined by my past. I press on to all that the Lord has for me. Thank you for sharing your words with us all!

  3. I am cheering, Julie and Christine!! Like, sitting here go “Woohoo, Lord!!” Thank you for this emboldening, exciting truth. I love the way you break down the story. I especially love how you point out that Rahab didn’t wait until she got her life together to be obedient. That we would have a heart without excuses like she did- the past is no excuse. God is working and He is THE Redeemer. Also- I love that Isaiah verse! Can you tell I’m excited?! Grateful for you both : )

    • Thank you Bethany! I’m grateful that Christine had the great idea for this series so I could dig a little deeper into His word.
      Rahab’s story is so applicable to many of us. God can still use us messy and all:)

  4. Fantastic post! I adore Rahab and her example, thank you for sharing her story. Pasts and presents don’t have to define us. Let us be defined by our obedience. Xo

  5. AMEN! If we were all polished and shiny or could ever make ourselves that way Jesus wouldn’t have needed to die on the cross! Beautiful and encouraging! Blessings!

  6. Thank you Christine and Julie for sharing your heart here! I have always loved the story of Rahab, and how God included her in the family line of Jesus. Thanks for this great reminder to keep the focus on God and HIS purposes, and not my own weaknesses. Blessings to you!

  7. Christine, what an amazing series topic!
    Rahab is one of my favorite girls, and (sorry) I can’t help but picture her sounding like one of the saloon girls in an old western movie. You know — with a name like Miss Kitty . . . Tough as nails on the outside, but a sensitive heart.
    And then the fact that she took the risk of helping rescue Joshua’s spies and God set her name down in written word — such a great turn around!
    Thank you, Julie, for this inspiring post!

    • Michele- Love the comparision with the saloon girls! I’m glad she had that sensitive heart to allow God to use her.
      Have a great week!

  8. Julie, I’m so grateful God is a God of new beginnings and uses our lives for His glory as long as we are willing. You’re right, every one has a past, but we don’t need to let it define our future. Christine, thanks for sharing Julie’s words today! Love ya, friends! 🙂

  9. Julie, what a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing your story with all of us! You are so right … we are never too broken or too far gone for God. So thankful for His grace abounding in our lives.

  10. Elaine @MilitaryWifeAfterGod

    March 8, 2017 at 9:02 PM

    Wow, what a great post. And a great parallel to our lives! I love that God doesn’t called the equipped, He equips the called! This message takes a load off of so many minds and I will be sharing this on my FB page to share the awesome Truth!

  11. I adore the story of Rahab! Thanks for this great reminder that God sees beauty in the broken, and His grace covers it all 🙂 Blessings to you—stopping by from #ByHisGraceBloggers

  12. Julie this is great writing. I was so drawn in! I love this story but you tell it in such a vivid way. Praise God!

  13. The story of Rehab is such an encouraging one. Broken and discarded is how she wad viewed until she step forward in faith.
    I am reminded everyday that God uses the broken because I see Him using me. That realization in faith in God helps to heal my brokenness a little at a time. Im so grateful for that. Great post Julie!!

  14. The Bible is filled with people who had a past, and God wanted them and was able to do mighty things through them.

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