Just As You Are
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Chapter Eight - Start A Fire
April 22, 2019
When God revealed Himself to the world, He started with a story. God’s story was about creation and His love. Adam and Eve were the first recipients to hear about God's story and encounter God’s great love!
As I mentioned, the Bible is full of amazing stories. The Bible is God’s Story to each of us. As Son’s and Daughter of God, we are all a part of His story. When we share the stories from the Bible, we are sharing the stories of God’s love.
1John 1:2-3 states, "The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ."
I love these two verses when John testifies that He had physically walked with Jesus and he wanted to share of his experiences with all.
The definition of testimony is a firsthand validation of a fact, such as evidence. It’s an outward sign and an open acknowledgement. As well as a public profession of one’s religious experience. (Merriam-Webster)
Because you experienced a moment when you encountered Christ, you need not worry about whether the story is exciting enough. The most important thing to remember is you are sharing what you know; which is your encounter with Christ, and then to tell others how the encounter has changed your life.
Remember your story should point to God. Therefore, your story would look like this if it was a math equation.
You + God = Your Story with the Holy Spirit
The disciples who travelled with Jesus were simple ordinary men. They encountered the living Christ, and were not afraid to share their extraordinary stories of Jesus working in their lives. In fact, they testified up to the point of their death of martyrdom. Jesus wants us to have courage and to do the same.
We are called to ignite a fire by sharing stories about our experiences of God’s grace in our life. When we testify to God’s grace our faith becomes invigorated and our own flame grows. We too are once again reminded that God is alive and is still at work in our lives.
I would like to end with Romans 12:11-13, "Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality."
1 Chronicles 28:20 and Psalm 31:24 are two great verses to pray for courage.
Chapter Eight - Start A
1. What would your prayer be in order to become more bold in sharing your testimony? How do you think King David prayed for boldness?
2. What is the balance between your story being about you or about God and both of your distinct roles?
3. Who will be the first person you share your story with?