YOU MISS OUT WHEN YOU DISREGARD THE VALUE OF TESTIMONY

YOU MISS OUT WHEN YOU DISREGARD THE VALUE OF TESTIMONY

God desires for us to know Him more completely. Hearing other people’s experiences and testimonies of encounter helps us see a broader picture of God in action. We come to understand Him, His character, and His ways more completely. Our overall picture of God expands and becomes robust, richly colorful, and exceedingly more vivid…in spiritual living color, if you will.

Something opens up in our hearts and in the air around us. Heaven comes close. Holy Spirit waits, ready to bring the resources of heaven once again. Jesus is enthusiastically prepared to reveal the Father to us in the way the testimony just spoke of. Faith rises within us, and the atmosphere becomes pregnant with miracles primed for action.

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ARE YOU LIVING WITH LEGACY IN MIND LIKE JESUS?

ARE YOU LIVING WITH LEGACY IN MIND LIKE JESUS?

Jesus lived in a very different social climate than we do today, sort of. People were still, well, people. No, Jesus did not have a Twitter account, but He still had to deal with people and their thoughts. Yet, don’t you wonder what Jesus would tweet or retweet if He did? I sometimes do. In fact, I had a revelation or conviction shortly after creating my Facebook account that altered my posts dramatically.

I use to post sarcastic remarks about the trials of motherhood or something else relevant to my life at the time. I was looking for sympathy, or hoping someone might laugh and identify a little with my plight. I was looking for connection, I suppose. Then one day it dawned on me. I was reading through my own feed thinking about how people hundreds of years later might assess our culture and society by what we post on Facebook and other social media platforms.

Bringing it home 

Then my thought trail became even more personal. My children were all little when Facebook gained mass popularity, therefore they weren’t viewing my posts or anyone else’s for that matter. But I knew someday they might. I began to wonder what they would think about my posts, things I was saying about them, our family, and my views on life in general.

I realized my Facebook page was a diary of my journey and thoughts. What was I imparting to them through the words I chose to post? What kind of legacy was I leaving behind for my children to glean from? What would grandchildren and their children benefit from with the things I shared and posted?

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WHAT DOES GOD REALLY THINK ABOUT REST?

WHAT DOES GOD REALLY THINK ABOUT REST?

Rest is important to God. So important in fact that He reserved one of the 10 commandments to rest. In our busy, faced paced culture, rest does not come easy or naturally. Many times we desperately need a vacation to recuperate from our vacations.

How can we rest, when we don’t really know how? 

Hebrews Chapter 4 gives us the answers we are looking for. Join me as we discover that God’s idea of rest and our idea of rest are drastically different. But not to worry, as usual, Jesus comes to our rescue and makes even rest a reality for us.

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PROMOTION IS HIDING IN A GOOD TESTIMONY

PROMOTION IS HIDING IN A GOOD TESTIMONY

Testimony is powerful. In fact, not one of us is here in faith believing Jesus is all He claimed to be without the power of testimony. Jesus himself prayed to God in His final days on earth saying,

“I am not praying for these alone but also for future believers who will come to me because of the testimony of these.” ~ John 17:20 tlb

Jesus was referring to the disciples in John 17. Each of the disciples testimonies of Jesus overcoming in their life were shared with their friends, family, and neighbors. Some of the people hearing came to belief in what Jesus did for them. Others began to believe in Him more deeply than they did before.

Through the disciples testimony, all of the listeners were empowered to believe with a greater revelation of God’s character and heart. Those who believed in Jesus were set free from death and the lies death produces. Then they in turn took the goodness of God they experienced and shared His goodness with someone else.

This beautiful cycle of testimony plays out age after age, generation after generation, until finally you and I heard of God’s goodness in our time and believed. Now here we are today. We each hold stories. We have testimonies of Jesus that must be retold. Someone near you needs to know God was your deliverer so they too can receive deliverance. Someone needs to hear how God was your healer so they too can see and know God as their healer too. Continue reading

WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE THROWING IN THE TOWEL

WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE THROWING IN THE TOWEL

The temptation to give up in the pursuit of most everything in life is very real, and if you are like me, it confronts you often. We need more than mere determination to keep going. We need the Spirit of God to infuse us with hope, love, and power. Thankfully, God provides us with just that if we will allow Him.

2 Timothy 1:7 shows us one of God’s promises and assurances of what we need in order to press on with the hopes and dreams Christ has deposited in our hearts. God generously shares with us beautiful gifts to see us through in life and the tools to live effectively for His purposes and plans. The question to ask ourselves is, “Do we know what they are and how to use them?”

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THE STORY OF JESUS IN YOU IS POWERFUL AND IMPORTANT

THE STORY OF JESUS IN YOU IS POWERFUL AND IMPORTANT

The body of Christ is made up of all kinds of people from varying walks of life. The same God who made the color spectrum made each of us. With all the shades and expressions of colors, there are even more dimensions to our individual life stories. Each person’s life experiences differs drastically from the next.

Part of the beauty of the Bride of Christ is her individual uniqueness within the collective. Our individual journey adds vibrancy to both the whole of our communion with God and our connection to each other. Our personal history stirs and inspires others because our story is really God’s story. In addition, since we are all one in Him, your story also becomes mine.

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