The Story God Gave You

“Go,” Jesus told eleven men.  “Make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you…”

Today we call it The Great Commission: it is the Christian’s authorization to act on God’s behalf and to spread the Good News of what His Son Jesus did when He came to earth as a man, died on the cross for our sins, and rose from the grave to defeat death and sin so we could be with Him for eternity.

But it’s more than just permission to do it; it’s really a command.

We have to do it.

Our love for God compels us to do it.

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As we are going, trying to win people for Christ, we can use our personal testimony as a way to soften a heart and plant a seed that might eventually become part of the harvest.

What is testimony?

Testimony is:

  • your witness.
  • your profession of your experience of God.
  • your open acknowledgement of God.
  • the story of your relationship with God and what He’s done in your life.

You give witness to God, His Word, and the Gospel when you share your story (your testimony).

I introduced myself and my blog to readers back in October 2017 by sharing my testimony – the story of how I met Jesus and what has happened in my life since then.

What do you share in your testimony?

The first thing to include in your story is how you came to be saved.

Many people can tell you specific details about their original salvation experience: the date, where they were, who they were with, etc.  You may have such an experience.

Others, like me, know the pieces of the process that led us to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior but may not have quite as many details.

Either way, you should be able to point to some kind of salvation experience: a time when you believed in Jesus, trusted Him with your life, asked Him to come live in your heart, and changed from the person you were before into a new creation in Him.

This part of your story can help people understand why you chose to believe and hand over our life.  They may be able to relate because they had a similar experience.  Or it may answer some of their questions about God.

But your story doesn’t end with your salvation.

No, if you’ve been saved for more than  5 minutes, you should have more to tell.

Another thing people need to see is how God has worked in your life since He saved you: how He provided in times of need, comforted in times of struggle, or encouraged in times of doubt.

You can attest to His guidance in decisions you’ve made, His skill in pruning unnecessary interests and activities from you life, His care in convicting you to change, or His mercy in opening your eyes to the Truth.

All this weaves into your story.  God did it all in you and through you…

Do you know why?

He did it to show Himself TO you.

AND

He did it to show Himself THROUGH you .

He gave you a story so you could share it with other people and help lead them to Jesus.

So, what are you waiting for?  Go and tell it already 🙂

 

 

 

 

When Satan Tries to Lie

I am alone. It’s calm and quiet in the house. I’m standing still in the middle of the room. Yet my brain is swirling and my pulse is quickening and my eyes are widening.

What’s going on? I ask myself.

Whatever it is started small but quickly escalated to the point that my head might explode.

I quickly retrace my steps.

Oh…yes…thoughts about the day’s to-do list started this!

OK. I now I know what’s going on, and I know how to stop it.

I breathe. I speak Jesus’ name. I ask Him to remind me of the promises He made – that He loves me. That He will never leave me. That I can trust Him with all my problems and fears.

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The thoughts racing around my brain begin to slow. My heart beats calms, and the muscles around my forehead and eyes relax.

I sit down and actually write out the to-do list. Calmly. Then I get up and move on with my day.

It took a while to realize what was happening when I worked myself into this frenzy. I don’t know how long I’ve dealt with it although I probably accepted the experience as a normal part of my life at some point.

But no more.

I realize the lie now, and I know what to do.

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It was sometime in the last year that I really caught myself getting into this fixation over my daily tasks and analyzed where it was coming from.

This particular morning, it was barely 6 AM on a quiet, week-day morning in June, but I had already working myself into that familiar frenzy.

I began thinking of all I had to do and comparing it to the {perceived} available time in my day and convinced myself that I didn’t have time to do what I needed to do.

Before I knew it, I was standing still in the middle of the room but feeling pulled in 100 different directions.

Worrying over not being able to get everything done was keeping me from getting anything done!

On a previous such occasion, in the throes of that fray, God revealed to me that the frenzy and hopelessness I felt originated with Satan. God also showed me that I allowed it to continue to happen to me.

I allowed this pattern to emerge, for the father of lies to get this grip on my mind. But the truth is, he probably doesn’t have to do much anymore to get me going. He’s on auto pilot with me now. I do it for him.

I render myself useless.

Nothing will get checked off my list if I’m already telling myself that I don’t have time to check things off my list.

So, I told him to get away. I literally said, “get behind me, saying, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. ”

Instantly, the weight clinched around my heart dropped away, the smog filling my head cleared, and I calmed down. Since that episode, I’ve gotten better and better at recognizing his schemes and banishing them faster each time. Just like I did that morning this past June.

In moments of weakness, I still let him get started on me. I begin listing my tasks and looking at the clock. Then the dread starts in my chest and tries to creep up my neck to make me clench my teeth.

Then I realize I’ve stepped too near the quicksand again, and I move before I get sucked down. Thankfully God revealed this lie to me. He revealed the scheme and made it clear that I played a role in perpetuating it.

Now, I can usually stop myself before it goes too far.

If there really is a lot to accomplish, I take a minute to write out all I need to do. Next I note the “due date” for each task. This helps me prioritize and get a clear picture of what needs my attention now and what can wait.

Then I get started.

It’s all a distraction, you see. Something to make me take my eyes off what’s really important. Just like last weekend when Satan tried to distract me from hearing God speak to me at a women’s retreat.

It’s the same with my to-do list. If the liar can get me bogged down in the list, I get frustrated. Frustration leads to anxiousness, and I’ll drown. I’ll be angry that I have too much to do and not enough time, and I’ll shake my fist and become angry at God. Meanwhile, Satan, the one who’s actually to blame, can sneak off while my back is turned and pounce on someone else and infect someone else’s mind with his lies.

I don’t want that to happen – to me or anyone else.

So, we have to talk with God. We have to listen to Him. We have to read His Word. We have to surround ourselves with other people who love Him and can point us toward His Truth.

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And we have to do it now – the sooner the better.

Now, where’d I put that to-do list…

 

 

 

 

 

This is a great song to sing when you need to tell Satan to move along 🙂