We all have stories
I was talking to a friend of mine, and I was reminded about the amazing provisions that God had continued to bring into the life of myself and my family.
There have been so many times in my life where our cupboard was bare… and just at the right time someone came with a box of food…
Or when our car had been in need of repair… and just at the right time the money came into our account – the EXACT amount.
I can give story upon story of how God has provided for us at just the right time in so many ways.
Revelation 12 says:
And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony.
And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die – Revelation 12:11
Testimonies remind us that God is still in charge… how?
Because no one can take away the things God has done in our lives… we EXPERIENCED it.
It’s kind of like walking in and seeing your grandmother naked… you can’t UN-SEE things like that… and you can’t un-experience the things that God has done for you.
When we share the things that God has done for us we take away from the enemy his lies telling us that “God doesn’t work in our lives anymore” when we know he does because we have experienced that in our lives.
We have experienced his Grace, we have experienced his healing, we have seen and heard his answers to prayers… and we can say with all honesty that “God has been with us Thus Far and we know he will continue to be with us.” (1 Sam 7:12)
Often we think that Testimonies are only to do with how we became a Christian… and what God did for us does come into the story of how we became a Christian… but Revelations 12:11 talk about how POWERFUL our testimonies actually are.
One of my favourite testimonies I have heard was in Mark Batterson’s book ‘The Circle Maker’… t goes something like this:
Bob Bagley was a missionary to Africa. His tribal church was literally meeting under a tree and one day the local witchdoctor cursed the tree and all the leaves withered. They lost their shade. They also lost their status! That curse overshadowed them. So Dr. Bagley decided to call a public prayer meeting. He laid hands on the tree and prayed that God would resurrect it. I love his prayer: “It’s not my name that’s at stake.” He knew that he couldn’t establish God’s reputation without risking his own! The rest of the story? Not only did God resurrect the tree, it became the only tree of its type that yielded fruit twice a year!
Isn’t that great… those sort of testimonies remind us who’s really in charge, and that God is able to do immeasurably more than all I can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20)…
But here is the thing – If we don’t share the way God is at work in our lives, then we’re tempted to think God isn’t working at all.
So what are the stories that YOU have of Gods provisions in your life… God’s Grace etc…
Are you telling people about them… because they are YOUR stories to tell… and another way of overcoming the enemies in your life.