Mark 5:19 Tell Your Story

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Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” Mark 5:19

Jesus and the disciples had got off the boat and a man came up to him that was demon-possessed. No one had been able to control the man because of the possession. Jesus cast the demons out of the man, so the man wanted to leave with Jesus. Jesus told him to just go back home and tell everyone what had happened to him.

One thing that people like to do is talk about themselves. They like to tell their story as to what has happened in their lives. Many times the stories that they like to tell are about things that were negative or the hard times in their lives. Only if it is really great do they begin to tell about the good times.

An area that a lot of people do not like to talk about is what God has done in their lives. Often in today’s society, people are afraid of offending someone with what they believe. Or they are afraid that if they talk about what God has done in their lives, people will think that they are crazy.

If people can talk about the bad things that are happening in their life, or about the latest football game, they can talk about the good things in their life. If they can talk about their favorite team winning a game, they should be able to talk about God working in their life.

What better news is there than to talk about what God is doing? This is especially true when God does a miracle in one’s life.

God has had mercy on your life. Jesus died on the cross for you to be able to remove all of your sins. There is no greater mercy than that!

Not only has He forgiven you and given you life, there are many other things that He has done for you.

Have you been healed of a sickness?

Have you ever had a great day?

Do you have a job?

These are things that God has provided for you.

You must be willing to go out and tell your story of what God has done in your life. People need to hear what God is doing.

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will share with others what God is doing; that you will not be afraid to talk about Jesus; and that others will know Jesus because of your story.

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Psalm 107:2 Tell Your Story

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

Looking at a person who is successful and appears to have made it, looks like he had made it with no challenges or problems. It just appears that he was in the right place at the right time. The truth of the matter is, that every person who is successful, had to go through a lot of hard times to get there.

This includes those in the world and believers in Jesus.

After going through an extremely difficult time, most people want to forget about it. They want to put it in the past and leave it there. Thinking about that difficult time usually bring up bad feelings. Blaming others and God for that situation often occurs.

Hearing about a person’s difficult time and how God brought them through it, can be encouraging to others. Success stories are always something that most people like to hear about. It gives a person encouragement that he can make it or be successful.

In this world, the stories of people who have made it rag-to-riches are stories people like to hear about.

As a believer, you also have a rag-to-riches story to be told. You were captured by the enemy, bound up in sin, unable to rescue  yourself. Then Jesus came along and broke the chains that bound you and set you free. He bought you back from the enemy. Today you are a child of the King.

You have a story to tell about how that happened. Your story is different from every other person’s story on this earth. No two people have the exact same story as to what God has done in them and for them.

Think about the people in the Bible, Abraham, Moses, David, Jeremiah, Isaiah, John, Peter, Paul and many others. Each one has a different story, but all of them have the part that God redeemed them.

Your story is that God has redeemed you. Encourage someone today and tell the story of what you have been through and how God had saved you. Tell about how God had met some of your needs in your life. Do not forget your story of God working in your life. It can and will be an encouragement to someone else.

Tell your story today.

I pray today that you will see what God has done for you; that you will tell others what God has done for you; that others will see what God has done for you; and that many will seek God because of your story.

 

 

Acts 22:1 Defense

“Brothers and fathers, listen now to my defense.” Acts 22:1

The people had rose up against Paul’s preaching in Jerusalem. A riot was in the forming. The officials grabbed Paul to take him in. As they were holding him, Paul asks to speak to the crowd. Read the verses now through verse 21. Paul gives his defense.

Paul’s defense was not against the people. He starts out telling who he had been at one time. Paul had been very zealous for following the Law and upholding those ways and traditions. He fought against Jesus and every believer, believing he was fighting for God, not against God.

He then tells his story of how Jesus got a hold of his attention. At that point Paul learned that he was to be a witness to the Gentiles. This is what the people did not like and had him captured for.

People often get nervous or scared when having to defend the belief in Jesus. They fear saying the wrong thing, or not sounding very smart. Many do not believe they know enough to defend their belief. They feel they do not know the Bible well enough. Jesus had once said that you are not to worry about that, but that the Holy Spirit would give you the words to speak when the time came.

Yes, there are some people who can quote every Bible verse and break down their theological beliefs very well. Most people cannot do that.

The one thing every person can do is tell what Jesus has done for them. Tell why you believe in Jesus. Tell why you started to follow Jesus. Tell what Jesus wants you to do.

Every believer can also tell what Jesus has done for every person on this earth. Tell the people about how He died on the cross for them and rose from the dead. Tell how Jesus will return some day.

These things do not take a Bible college degree or ministerial license to tell. You do not have to be an attorney to defend your belief. They can be told in normal everyday words and experiences.

Are you defending your faith today? How are you defending your faith today? Tell your story.

I pray today that Jesus will give you the boldness to tell your story to others; that you will not fear defending what you believe; that you will not keep your story silent; and that Jesus will draw many to Himself through your story.

1 John 1:3 What We Proclaim

“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 his Son, Jesus Christ.” 1 John 1:3

John starts out this letter with talking about what he is going to tell you. He is going to talk about what he and the other disciples had seen and heard concerning Jesus.

Just before this verse John describes Jesus as the Word of Life. Remember in Genesis that God had spoken everything into existence. Everything was created by the Word of God. Now that Jesus has come He is described as the Word of Life. God’s Word is the only thing that can bring about life. Jesus came to bring life. Every person on earth is dead in sins until Jesus brings life to him. He is the giver of life.

Now imagine how many things the disciples must have seen when walking and talking with Jesus. It is stated that if everything that Jesus said and did were to be written down, there would not be enough books in the world to contain all that information. That is a lot of information. The Gospels only contain a small part of what He said and did.

The value in his telling what Jesus said and did is that it shows you today who Jesus was and what He was like. Since Jesus is God, He does not change, He is the same today as He was 2,000 years ago and will continue to be that way.

What does that have to do with you today? Each believer has his own personal experience with God. He sees and knows God in the methods God has chosen to reveal Himself. Each person is unique. You have your own unique story about your experience with Jesus. No one else has the exact same story as you. This story is your testimony about your walk with God in this life.

Today, just like John, you need to pass on the information you know about Jesus. Jesus, who is the Word of Life, has given you new life. Tell others what Jesus has done for you. Tell others what Jesus means to you. Tell others how Jesus has changed your life. Allow others to share in the fellowship you have with the Father and with Jesus His Son. This will make your joy even more complete.

I pray that today God will help you to remember all He has done for you; that God will give you the boldness to tell others what He has done for you; that God will give you the words to speak; and that God will draw others to Jesus through your testimony.