What’s Your Story?
When someone asks you to share your testimony, what you do you tell them?
You have your conversion story, but you also have a thousand other stories when God has intervened in your life.
The Bible cautions us to always be prepared to give an answer for the hope we have. (1 Pet. 3:15) That hope starts with your salvation experience and progresses throughout your life.
In 1 Sam 17, there’s a kid named David with a slingshot. But there’s giant named Goliath, covered with armor holding a sword and a 10’ spear. The kid has the courage to face the giant because he’s already killed a lion and a bear while guarding his sheep.
Battles strengthen you.
The victories in David’s past have prepared him for bigger battles with bigger stakes.
The victory over Goliath makes him famous. Other mighty men follow his example of courage into battles. Men and women were drawn to him. 3000 years later, we are still talking about this kid’s courage and victory.
We all have “giants” in our life. Giants we are stuck with that beat us up and boss us around.
- Habits we’ll never kick.
- Relationships that will never get resolved.
- Sickness that will never be healed.
We reconcile ourselves to live with these giants. We give up hope of victory over them and simply accommodate them … Until … we see or hear of someone else who’s killed the twin of our giant. When that happens something powerful rises up in us, too.
When my friend turned up at a conference 50 pounds lighter than previous year, a switch flipped in me. She didn’t have surgery or sickness or calamity. She said she lost all the weight making one choice at a time.
As I listened to her testimony, I believed that I could have victory in the area of self-control, too.
When my friend Lois beat cancer, it was just the news I needed to believe for my other friend in the midst of the battle.
Testimonies are powerful.
Your story of trusting Jesus, a marriage restored, an addiction conquered, a debt obliterated, a near death experience averted, a giant killed against all odds, emboldens us for the next battle and empowers others to slay their giants!
Girlfriend, here’s why sharing your testimony is most important. The giant that tried to kill you, steal from you or destroy you, is coming after someone else. Probably someone you know. Someone you love!
Stop it in it’s miserable tracks by sharing how God helped you conquer your giant. Your story of redemption or a fresh start may be just what someone needs to hear to follow Jesus, trust Jesus, or start over.
What’s your story?
Sharing our testimony starts at conversion and progresses through a lifetime of experiences with God. Who can you share a giant-killing testimony with this week?
Verse of the day: I can do all this through him who gives me strength. —Philippians 4:13
Prayer: God, some days it feels like my giants will overpower me and crush me under their feet, yet I know that you, O God, who raised Jesus from the dead, live in me. And through that resurrection power, I can do all things. So I come to you and beg for courage to do hard things, knowing that when I have overcome, I can celebrate and give you all the glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.
I had a frustrating conversation with a family member. I was on my lunch at work. I went out to my car. I had been talking to God on my way out from my work place.
When I got out to my car, opened up my Bible app. The Devotion I read and the scriptures spoke directly to my heart and how I felt. After reading my devotional and a prayer of Thanksgiving I was at peace with God and happy the rest of my day.
God blew me away! The verses were EXACTLY the verses I needed at that exact time! And God knew that!
Shazam! That’s so cool, Thanks for posting Jules
this is a good one! I have an opportunity this week to get to know a young girl who has offered to help me in the cleaning ministry at church. Always people around us everyday to share our hope in the Lord! She mentioned that she is in young adults BSF, so immediately you feel that connection. I started back to BSF last Thursday and I am happy to be meeting in person! 🙂
Thank you for the nice cards last weekend. I hope that your birthday was as nice as mine! I loved that turtle card. I think that I owe you another cake though. You paid too much girl! Have a beautiful day!
Marla, you shine for the Lord in everything you do. Glad our paths crossed all those years ago. Grateful for our friendship.
I love testimonies. We have them here at Encounter Church. Everyone has a story ! I love hearing how people got saved. Loving your devotional.
Have a great time in Florida ! ?
Thanks so much, Becky!
First of all, thank you for your blogs that really encourage me time after time.
Today I have a giant killing testimony. I have for many years wanted to move from healthcare to becoming a teacher. Two days ago I saw an opening at a specialist nearby primary (elementary) school. The deadline was 9am to hand in the form today. I have struggled with a fear of application forms for years. I decided to face my fear & I picked up the form yesterday afternoon. Early this morning at 2am I was up to do it. I completed the form and submitted it at the school just before 9am. So now I am waiting to be called for the interview for this role. I pray I get this role.
This is terrific news! Way to overcome!
I agree in prayer with you for this new opportunity!
Just wanna say, nailed it — Love this message and the Truth that empowers each of us as believers who long to to be salt and light! Thank you…
Wow, thanks so much, Deneen. Appreciate you and the encouragement.