Psalm 107:2 Tell Your Story

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Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story–those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, Psalm 107:2 

From ancient times to this day people love to hear stories. They want to hear stories that are real and stories that are not real. These stories can be filled with adventure, love, hate, war, and peace, people love them.

Stories help one person to relate to another. It helps them get a different focus on things in their life. Most stories have some type of moral to them or lesson to be taught.

Recently it is common to hear of people coming out and telling their story of bad things that has occurred in their life at some point. After years of silence they want their story to be heard. Good things are told quickly, while bad things sometimes are hidden for a time.

The author of this psalm encourages those who are redeemed to tell their story. The story is one about how God had redeemed them. Specifically it is about how the Israelites were redeemed from the enemy and released from bondage.

Every believer has been redeemed from the enemy. The enemy is bondage to Satan, sin and death. A person was bound to sin and death and was unable to break free without the work of Jesus Christ.

Being redeemed from death and given eternal life is the greatest story that anyone could ever have to tell. This is a story of war, battle, love, hate, treachery, betrayal, honor, glory, and victory. The greatest thing about this story is that it is truth. And every person has a different story of redemption to tell.

This telling of a person’s personal story is being a witness. It is telling others what Jesus Christ has done and can do for them.

Just like all the people in the bible, you have a story to tell. You had a time you were held in bondage to sin and death. At some point you had chosen to follow and believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior. This is where Jesus redeemed you and bought you back for God.

You have been blessed with forgiveness and eternal life.

There is someone out there that needs to hear your story. They need the encouragement that they can have life and a release from bondage.

Be willing to go out and share your story. Tell others of what God has done for you. Be His witness today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others of what God has done for you; that you will share your testimony to every one you meet; and that you will be a witness for Jesus to this world. 

Mark 1:15 The Good News

Shout Good News

“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:15

When Jesus was around thirty years old He began His ministry. The first things He started to say was that the time had come, the kingdom of God was near and that there was good news to believe.

Everyone loves to hear good news. Watching the news on television very seldom shows good news. It is usually news about things that went bad: people in trouble, scandals, wrecks, killing, theft, divorce, violence, death, and wars. News is usually depressing.

The reason most news is negative is because of sin in this world. The majority of this world lives according the ways of the devil. They live in sin, which is always negative. So, when good news is heard, it is usually a breath of fresh air. Often people are amazed at the good news, yet, most news is still negative. 

Today is no different than in the days Jesus walked on the earth and said these words. The world was living in sin and most news was depressing, negative news. He was bringing some good news.

The first is that God’s kingdom was near. God was revealing Himself even more to the people. Now God was going to live in each and every believer. He was going to start speaking directly to the people, rather than just through a high priest or prophet. God was bringing heaven down to earth. The door between Him and man was being opened.

The other good news was that a person could repent of sins, believe and he would be saved. In the Old Testament, under the Law, there were a lot of rules to follow and sacrifices to do. If any part of it was missed, there was only death and punishment to look forward to.

When Jesus came, He paid the full price and offered forgiveness. All one has to do is repent and believe in Him.

This is GREAT news! This is news that needs to be shouted out loud across the nations.

You have this inside scoop on this great news. Take time to spread that good news. Tell people about Jesus and what He has done for them.

The world is looking for some good news, you have it, will you tell them?

I pray today that you will believe in Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of all your sins and accept His forgiveness; and that you will tell the world the good news of Jesus.

Isaiah 52:7 Proclaim The Good News

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7

People love to hear good news. A couple gets excited when they find out they are expecting their first child. A student loves to hear that he passed a difficult test. Fans get excited to hear their favorite team is going to the Superbowl. Voters love to hear that the person they voted for won the election. Soldiers and people love to hear that there is a peace agreement between two warring nations.

Good news is always great to hear, especially in a time when there is a lot of bad news going on all around. Turn on any news channel and one will probably hear ten bad things occurring for every one good thing.

Even in one’s own personal life, one can find a lot of negative things to talk about, if so desired. So hearing good news is what people desire.

Believers have some good news to tell, in fact, it is the best news of all time. The one thing that no person can overcome is death. It is a fact that every person will die. So telling some news that death can be overcome is the greatest news story of all time.

Death is overcome because God does reign. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, there was a peace agreement made between man and God. Salvation was purchased by the blood of Jesus for every person who believes.

As a believer you are the carrier of this great news. You are the messenger of the greatest news of all time. When you are walking through a store and see someone who looks like they could use some good news, tell him that God does reign and loves him and has salvation for him today. Be willing to proclaim that great news out loud to everyone you meet.

In a day where there is so much negative news happening, why won’t you go and tell someone the greatest news of all time? It may be the news someone is waiting to hear and needs to hear. In their eyes you will be beautiful with that great news.

I pray today that you will know the salvation God provides; that you will know that God reigns; that you will be bold in telling others about Jesus; and that you will proclaim to this world that God does reign. 

Isaiah 40:8 Shout “Here Is Your God!”

You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!” Isaiah 40:8

God had chosen to allow Judah to be sent into exile for a time for their refusal to follow Him. Once that time was up they were allowed to go back to their land. As the people are going back to the land, they are able to bring good news. It was good news that they were going back to the land, and they had good news that God was with them.

While in exile, many of the people felt that God had abandoned them. It did not appear as though He had remembered them while in exile. Yet, it was not true. The greatest news was God was with them, and they were to shout it out loud to everyone. They were to point out to everyone who God is.

This passage is also part of the prophecies pointing to Jesus. Later Jesus would be called Emmanuel, which means, “God with us”. The difference in the news that the Israelites had and what can be proclaimed today, is that God is with believers and Jesus has removed all of their sins.

There may be times when you go through a struggle and feel as though God has left you…it is not true. God is always right there beside you. You just have to acknowledge Him and believe Him.

As you know and realize God is with you, then you must also shout it out. Let the world know who God is. Too often believers are afraid to shout it out. They are afraid of what others might think or do. Yet, every person deserves the right to hear about Jesus, not just you and few of your friends.

The world may not like you shouting it out, but you have the greatest news of all time. Those that are willing to hear, will hear and respond. It will bring encouragement to other believers, and will point Jesus to those who don’t believe.

As you go through your day today, let everyone you come in contact with that, “Here is your God!”

I pray today that you will know that God is with you; that you will know God remembers you; that you will not be afraid to proclaim God is with you; and that you will be a bold witness to everyone you meet.

Don’t Be Afraid: Good News

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11

While some shepherds were out tending their sheep, suddenly an angel appeared in the sky, causing the shepherds to be afraid. He told them to not be afraid because he was there to bring some great news. This news was that a savior had been born.

At the time of this event, Israel had already been destroyed as a nation for several hundred years, and the Romans were in control. The Romans were very harsh in that if they did not serve Rome correctly, they would be killed or put in prison. The people had to pay a very high tax to support the Roman government. There appeared to be no hope for them at all.

Today, nearly 2,000 years later, many people live as if there is no real hope. Everything seems to be falling apart and chaos seems to reign. Bills are due, vehicles break down, families fight, there are wars and violence everywhere, crime seems to be winning, corrupt lifestyles appear to be gaining power, and no one appears to be in control.

In spite of all that is going on in this world or in your personal life, there is still good news. Jesus said that you are not to let your heart be troubled and to just trust in Him, because He will give you His peace.

Jesus was the Savior who was born that day in Bethlehem. He was the One who the angels said was good news. He is still the good news for you today.

Just as Jesus was the Savior for the shepherds and Israel, He can be your Savior today. Even though everything may look hopeless in this world, Jesus brings a hope for a future, an eternity in heaven filled with abundant life.

Accept what Jesus is willing to give you today. Trust that He is the One who will save you. Rejoice that God is still bringing good news to everyone as you celebrate Christmas today!

Have a very Merry Christmas!

I pray that today you will know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior; that you will know the peace God is providing you; that you will not be afraid of this world; and that you will tell others about Jesus.