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When most of us think of the word prostitute, I’m certain a myriad of judgements immediately come to mind.  We just can’t help ourselves, judgey peeps.  It’s what we humans do best but instead let’s put away our perfect selves and get knee deep in to this beautiful hot mess…

Prostitute ~ a person, typically a woman, who engages in sexual activity for payment.  To offer someone (typically a woman) payment in exchange for sexual activity or other benefit.

Today I read about Rehab.  She is a prostitute who has security among her people but desperately wants something better for life.  Apparently the all you can eat security isn’t so fulfilling…Hmm, tale old story right there.  Okay, so Rehab is faced with a choice but what will she choose?  I suppose it will largely depend on inner strength.  But where does inner strength come from?  It makes me a think of a passage I just reviewed from a book I’m reading.

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No matter what you say you want if you’ve got an underlying subconscious belief that it’s going to cause you pain or isn’t available to you, you either A) Won’t let yourself have it, or B) You will let yourself have it, but you’ll be rill f’d up about it.  And then you’ll go off and lose it anyway.

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By all accounts, Rehab has lived a life that tells her who she is, what she will be and that is enough.  That is security at its finest.  She lives in a world that reminds her of these limitations often and those apparent truths form beliefs that she might not even realize dictate life.  Rehab is a woman who by all accounts has very little going for her and ripe for judgement among her people.  But she also knows her people and she knows things are not always as they seem, they are melting from their own fear and judgement.  Rehab could easily fall back on the passage above, A or B…take her pick.  But she refused and instead she took a leap of faith.

So who is Rehab?  Rehab is a story of a courageous woman in the bible actually.  Read it some time, we can find her in Joshua 2.  Here is the awesome part, she might be an old crusty bible story but she is not any different than any of us!  Rehab did not seem to have much going for her but she had one thing right, she had heard about God and she believed what she heard.  Okay, so we are not all prostitutes but we do all have our own list of limitations and beliefs that we can easily let define us.  Until we say enough, time for the real deal rehab.  Yes, Jesus that is so YOU!

Rehab made the choice to let light in at any cost.  Rather than choose A or B, she chose to act on the truth of who God is rather than stay stuck in the truth about who she was.  And it saved her life while the nation around her was destroyed.

How many of us can never get to that point because we are stuck in A or B mode or the myriad of other limitations we hear about ourselves?  Or perhaps the belief that God could never love us, he skipped over this prostitute and her chains.  Here is truth loves, those chains lose their power in the face of faith! Not the show we put on for others or what we are taught about faith.  In fact, some of those chains are the worst lines of security garbage I have ever heard.  Ugh, no thanks.

Real authentic faith!  Because things are always better than they seem when God is by our side.  That is where inner strength comes from, just ask Rehab. 🙂

Loved By Grace,

Aimee

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