You’re Not Disqualified by Your Past

Sunday at church God spoke to me that there were some in the church who sensed God had a call on their lives, but thought that their past disqualified them. I spoke a word of exhortation that their future was not determined by their past. This morning in my devotional reading John Stanko used the story of Rahab to illustrate that same point. Stanko said, “The message of Rahab is that your past sins and your present occupation cannot keep you from purpose if your heart is set on serving the Lord’s will for your life.”

Rahab was a prostitute, yet God chose her to be David’s great grandmother and, 14 generations later, a direct ancestor of Jesus.

 

No matter your past, a life surrendered to God’s will makes for a life He’ll use for His good and His glory.  Don’t let the devil steal your ministry because of  what you’ve done in the past.

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About Pastor Jim Dixon

Jim Dixon is a husband, father, grandfather, pastor, missionary and with his wife, Marsha, an author. Jim and Marsha are founders of God's Blueprint for Marriage, a ministry based on the experiences they had during reconciliation and restoration of their tumultuous marriage that would have ended in divorce, had it not been for God's intervention. Their marriage workshop called, not surprisingly, "God's Blueprint for Marriage" shares details of their failing marriage and, more importantly, the lessons they learned during the restoration process. Their book, "God's Blueprint for Marriage", is available through their web site, www.godsblueprint.info Jim is Missions and Small Groups Pastor at their church, Word of Life Fellowship. He and Marsha have a strong ministry presence in Peru, where he is a leader in the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru, a Peruvian denomination. And Marsha is founder of Mujeres de Valor (Women of Worth), a ministry helping women in Peru find their place in service to God. They also work with Victory Bible College-Peru and Victory Fellowship of Ministries, organizations dedicated to training and supporting pastors and church leaders in that nation. Their two sons, Michael and Jeffrey, are also in ministry, Jeffrey full time as Youth Pastor of their church. Additionally they have a number of "adopted" sons and daughters, many of whom are in ministry as well. Jim is a professional storm chaser. You can hear him during severe weather in NW Arkansas on 40/29.
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