Tell Your Story.
Praise God.

There are parts of my story (like the what I share here) that I tell frequently because I’ve met many women who struggle with the same issues.

Over the past several weeks we met individuals who shared their God stories. As we did, I was struck by the similarities. In each case

→Someone had an encounter with Jesus causing a change in their circumstances, forgiveness of their sins, or hope for the future.

→They went (or were commanded to go) home. Their immediate concern was the people who knew them and would be able to see the change in their life. And, as with Legion telling his story among the ten cities, they even shared beyond their hometown.

→They told (and sometimes were specifically told to tell) what God had done for them. They were transparent enough to allow others to see where they were without Jesus and the difference He had made. They intentionally shared their stories. (If you need help with your story refer back to “How to Tell Your Story” by Cindy Stevens or my post, “Storytelling Rules” .)

→The result of telling their stories was amazement, questions about Jesus, praise to God, and more changed lives.

As our Tell Your Story series comes to a close, we’d love to hear from you.

•What impacted you the most from this series?
•Have you had an opportunity to share your story (formally or informally) with someone else?
•Has your story ever caused others to ask questions about Jesus, praise God, lead them to change, or offer them hope?

Unless you take up your story and give God credit for what He did for you and how He forgave you, the people you meet may never have the opportunity to be amazed by what God did, meet Him for themselves, or praise Him. Share your story!

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Who Touched Me?

Picture in your mind shopping on Black Friday. You are in a very crowded mall. There are people everywhere, and you almost feel claustrophobic from all the bumping and jostling around. People are pressing in more and more. Then you hear someone say, “Who touched me?” What would your reaction be?

This is the story we read in Mark 5:25-34 and Luke 8:43-48. No, it’s not a crowded shopping mall on black Friday, but it is a crowded space with people pressing in on all sides. This dear lady had been bleeding (the Bible says hemorrhaging) for 12 years. Wow. She was in a desperate situation. She had tried everything she knew to try, and there was no one who could help.

She had heard that there was this man, Jesus, who could heal her. She quietly walked up behind Him through the crowd, not wanting to disturb the teacher at all. She may have been thinking, “Maybe, if I just touch His garment I can be healed. It’s worth a shot. What could it hurt? Nobody else can do anything.”

She did just that. She got behind Jesus and touched the hem of His garment. Scripture tells us that immediately Jesus felt the power go out of Him and said, “Who touched my garment?” (Mark 5:30) Did you catch that? Jesus felt the power leave with the touch of the garment. The disciples were rather shocked at Jesus. They started asking “You see the crowd pressing in on You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’” (Mark 5:31)

As soon as she touched Jesus’ garment, the woman felt the hemorrhaging dry up. She was healed. When Jesus asked who had touched Him, she knew it was her, and she came in fear and trembling, falling before Him and confessed it was her and why she had done it. Jesus told her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.” (Luke 8:48).

The disciples were shocked that Jesus was asking this when there was such a crowd. Hadn’t they been with Jesus long enough to know that He would know? The woman was healed. She was humbled. She confessed. Jesus said, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.” (Luke 8:48)

What about you? Have you ever been in such a desperate situation where you would do almost anything to positively change that situation? Where did you turn? Who did you go to with all of those burdens? Would you be willing to risk everything to touch the hem of the garment of the One who could help you? Turn to Jesus.

(As we explore how to Tell Your Story, each contributor will share a part of their God story with us. Cindy Snyder’s story is here.)

 

We’ve been talking about how our stories affect others, so in addition to the questions above, think about:

How does this woman’s story affect you?
Why did God choose to include her story in His word?

 

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Scripture quotations taken from the New American Standard Bible® (NASB),
Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. www.lockman.org

 

How to Tell Your Story

Try and sing in the night, Christian, for that is one of the best arguments in the entire world in favor of your religion … I tell you, we may preach fifty thousand sermons to prove the gospel, but we will not prove it half as well as you will by singing in the night.
— Charles Spurgeon

When you let God into your life–no matter if He has cured a sickness in your body, saved you from yourself, encouraged you in the depths of despair, uplifted your face to see His grace, taught you more than you already knew, or delivered you from a situation where there was no escape–He wants you to tell your stories.

Seeing the change in you might make someone ask about the cause. Hearing your story might cause someone to think about Jesus. Reading your story might help someone understand how God can help them. Perhaps they might even attend a worship service or turn to God in prayer when they are made aware of your story.

A simply told Christian testimony can change the world. We have many historical examples (the Apostle Paul, for one), so why not add yours?

Where do you begin? Just write what God helps you recall and let the thoughts flow. Here are some examples that might get you started:

  • I was hopeless, but then …
  • I didn’t care who I hurt or which bridges I burned, but then …
  • I was strung out on drugs, heading for the grave, but then …

We all want to know how and why someone changed. But often, testimonies skip over the “but then.” We go from “I was lost” immediately to “I am found. I have peace. I’m assured of heaven.” Share what you have felt, done, and reacted to on the journey; these are the details others find very interesting.

Still need some help?

  • Read a testimony in the Bible to give you courage, for example: Silas the Missionary in Acts 15-18, 2 Corinthians 1:19, 1 Thessalonians 1:1, and 1 Peter 5:12.
  • Pray for the Spirit’s help.
  • Remember words that describe your life before you met Christ.
  • Most importantly, remember it’s all about Christ.

You didn’t save yourself, heal yourself, or become more like Jesus on your own effort. You can do this as your love letter back to God.

(As we explore how to Tell Your Story, each contributor will share a part of their God story with us. Here is Cindy’s Story.)

 

Today’s question:
What are you finding the most difficult part of writing your story?

 

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