1 John 1:3 What Are You Proclaiming?

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. 1 John 1:3

Each and every person on this planet has a story to tell about something that is different from anyone else. Things seen are different for each person. Things experienced are different for each person.

In telling their stories of experience, other people can learn new things or new perspectives. The best stories that can be told are ones that are true and not some fantasy made up.

John tells the people he is writing to that he, and others with him, are proclaiming what they had heard and seen. He did this so that the people could have fellowship with them, the Father and Jesus.

Just as all the people around the world outside the church have a story to tell, so do the people in the church. Every person who has become a believer has a slightly or greatly different story to tell about his experiences with God.

These stories are not to be told in order to brag about self, but in order to share what God has done or is doing. They are to build others up and encourage them.

God is so big and great that no one person can know absolutely every thing about Him and how He works. He works in many different ways with every person.

As people share what God has done in their lives, it can encourage others to trust Him more. It can open the eyes of others up as to the infinite different ways God can work in their lives. And this builds a fellowship between other believers, God and Jesus that will last for eternity.

You may or may not be one who likes to talk, but every day you have a story to tell. You have experiences with God that no other person has had in the exact same way.

Each and every one of your experiences with God need to be proclaimed, in order to build others up. Share your struggles and victories that you have experienced in your walk with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Allow your fellowship with God and Jesus to be shared with every person who is willing to take a moment to listen.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will share what God has done and is doing in your life with others; that your experiences will build others up in the Lord; that you will have fellowship with other believers; and that you will encourage and build others up with your fellowship with God.

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 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.

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.