Week 2 - Renewal/Rededication

How amazing is it that Jesus invites us, even the most "broken," to be redeemed? His life, death, and resurrection make it possible for us to have eternal life. Ephesians 1:7 says, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” Jesus offers redemption to us, and when we believe in Him as our Lord and Savior radical grace is ours for the receiving.

This week our focus is on redemption. The love of Jesus brings redemption. Even when we falter, wander, or fail, God's unchanging love is waiting for us. He is the One who redeems us. 

As we think about the girls in our world today, we turn to the story of Rahab — an ordinary woman who did extraordinary things! Centuries later, there's still a lot to learn from her story.

There is so much we don't know about Rahab, but what we do know is that she was an unlikely hero of faith, despite her past and her occupation.

Her quick thinking, incredible courage, and willingness to honor God saved the lives of her and her family. Despite her past, Rahab and her family went on to have a bright future. Read the whole story of Rahab in Joshua chapters 2-6.

Like Rahab, we all have something in our past we wish didn't exist. Maybe a decision we made, or an action we took, led us to have regrets. Or for some, you might feel like you don't quite fit in or that others define you by your past mistakes. The story of Rahab reminds us that God does not reject us and that He offers a path to redemption. Even when the walls of our lives have crumbled around us, the Lord can redeem and restore everything in our lives.

God has a good, redemptive plan for you that you can't imagine. Even Rahab would have never dreamed that one day she would be a part of the genealogy of Jesus — but she was! Rahab’s story reminds us that no one is too far gone!

This Lent, be confident that God is big enough to handle whatever you are facing. Believe His Word, His promises, and His direction for you. You're not "too much," and you're not "too little."

Meet Júlia*, a beautiful young woman learning to trust God's grace in her life. The love of Jesus brings redemption. For all of us, falling into the arms of Jesus is the best decision.

In this together,
Candace

 

*name changed to protect privacy

Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. — Isaiah 1:17, NIV