Thursday, March 14, 2013

Stories ~ Part 1

I've asked the ladies in my Bible study group to share their testimonies and "God stories". Over the next few days I'm going to share my thoughts on WHY we should share our stories...


We all love stories.

The Bible is full of stories.
Libraries are filled with stories
because people write stories
because we want to be able to read their stories.
Made up stories and real ones.
We love songs that tell stories.
We laugh at stories.
We cry because of some.
And some can even change our lives.
We watch reality tv shows like American Idol and all of a sudden we find ourselves rooting for someone not based on their singing and entertaining abilities… but based on their story. It touched us. 

Each of us has a story that is worth telling.

Story: a narration of events in the life of a person.

Someone out there needs to hear the events in our lives that point to God. Why?
Because God has been on trial since the beginning of time. 

He created the world and Adam and Eve. Then he placed them in the garden with only one rule... do not eat the fruit of THAT tree. 

Genesis 3:1-7
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?" The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.' " "You will not certainly die," the serpent said to the woman. "For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. 

Satan wants to convince everyone that God is a liar.
We need to tell our stories so truth can be known. People want to know if God’s words are true, if his promises are true, if he is who he says he is… if he even exists at all. If we don’t tell people about the “God stories” in our life they just might go on believing that God is a liar.

So God is on trial and we are his witnesses. We need to be willing to take the witness stand at every opportunity. Our testimony is needed.  It is NECESSARY!

*open declaration or profession, as of faith.
*evidence in support of a fact or statement; proof

We buy a new product based on testimony.
We use a certain doctor based on testimony.
We read a book or watch a movie based on testimony.
I’m planning a vacation and asked for testimony on good vacation spots.
I chose the person to cut my hair based on testimony.
We try a new restaurant based on testimony.

We make many decisions based on the testimony of others. We do our research, read their reviews, learn from their experiences.

We need to make sure that we give testimony about God as well because people are searching and wondering about him.

Testimony… evidence in support of a fact or statement; proof.

We need to give evidence and proof to the fact that God is real.
We need to give evidence and proof to the fact that we need his grace and salvation.
We need to give evidence and proof to the fact that his words are truth.
We need to give evidence and proof to the fact that God can change our lives.

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