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“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  For by it the men of old gained approval.” -Hebrews 11:1-2

Imagine a group of people gathered before you.  You must select from among them those most likely to play a pivotal role in God’s plans for humanity.  They are so at ease with you that they open up and share their darkest secrets.

One tells you that after a night of heavy drinking he was sexually abused by one of his own sons.  Another confesses that he gave his wife to another man to sleep with.  Another plotted with his mistress to kill her husband.  Another one murdered a man and is still on the run from the law.  One is a prostitute.  Another has a lifestyle marked by violence, killing people to impress a girlfriend and his prospective father-in-law. Yet another confesses that he cheated his brother out of his inheritance.

Could you use them?  I hope so, for they are the heroes of faith described in Hebrews chapter 11.  Noah is the man who got drunk and was sexually abused; Abraham is the man who gave his wife to sleep with another; David is the one who plotted to have his mistress’ husband killed.  Moses is the one who murdered an Egyptian and was never brought to account for it.  Rahab was the prostitute.  Samson’s life was marked by violence and who killed to impress his girlfriend.  Jacob is the person who cheated his own brother out of his inheritance.

We often have the thought that a person of faith is a person untouched by sin.  These examples show us that it is far from the case.  Faithful people are also flawed people, people who can easily bounce from great acts of faith to great acts of evil and disobedience.

Scripture shows that God uses very flawed people!  Have you experienced a time when God used your imperfections to glorify Himself?

Author Unknown, Submitted by Jim Shearer for Leading Hearts: The Spirit Ranch Blog: http://spiritranch.us/flawedpeople

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