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God Defends His Friends!

Date - Sunday, May 31st, 2015

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer


Surrender Your Plans

Surrender Your Plans

Proverbs 19:21(NLT) - You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.

I once heard a preacher say; "If you want to make God laugh, show Him your plans." I can count on one hand how many times things in my life turned out exactly the way I planned. Sometimes they did but most times they did not. It took me a while but I finally accepted the fact that I don't have the privilege of making plans that God has to follow. In contrast, He makes the plans and I have the privilege of following them.

For instance, after flying through my tertiary education at a torrid pace I had three degrees by the age of 23. I planned to keep up the pace in my career and make tremendous strides at a very young age. Instead, I ran on the corporate treadmill to nowhere for almost twelve years before God's divine intervention. Had it been up to me, I would have been much further along as a professional. However, during that season of professional stagnation, I made substantial progress as a minister of the gospel. Among the highlights; I established The Cracked Door, wrote five books and along with my wife, started The Body Church. Obviously, God had me right where He wanted me and His priority continues to be what I do for His Kingdom before anything else.

Proverbs 16:9(NLT) - We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.

What about you? Which of your plans are you still holding on to even though they're obviously not happening? Note the key distinction between your plans and God's. You must make your own plans happen and God must make His. If both plans are pitted against each other Who do you think will win? Now extrapolate that over an entire lifetime. It could get pretty frustrating, huh? It's like swimming against the current yet you continue to move in the direction of the current just as fast as if you were simply floating. The only thing you will accomplish from that exercise is a good workout.

When I completed my undergraduate degree I planned to attend UC Berkeley in California where I would complete a PhD in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Structural. Everything went according to plan until UC Berkeley said no thank you to my application. In rapid succession, my Plan B; Stanford and Plan C; California Institute of Technology followed suit. So, I accepted my fate and waved goodbye to my plans to move to California and live the West Coast life. Thankfully, I also applied to my alma mater Georgia Tech and they accepted me for the MSCE program. I tried so hard to leave Atlanta but had little choice but to hang around. The rest is history.

Mark 14:36(KJV) - And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.

What's your story? Still trying to pack up and leave where you are and move somewhere on the other side of the country or perhaps the world? Still want to pursue a certain relationship regardless of whether or not it's in God's plan for your life? Still attending a church because you like it instead of finding where you fit in The Body of Christ? When your plans and God's plans are the same you can be assured that they will work out well. That's the best and most efficient way to live. Surrender your plans today.

Jesus showed a momentary display of human weakness when He thought about the possibility of not going to the cross. However, He quickly corrected Himself and accepted God's plan for His life. Hence, there's room for your human nature to struggle with the thought of putting your dreams aside to complete God's dream for your life. However, when you're finished struggling, the end of your struggle should match that of Jesus. You should declare from your heart, "Not my will but Your Will be done, Lord." He accepted the Will of God for His life and carried out what The Father required of Him. The struggle was over for Him. It's also over for me. I want to do God's Will. What about you?


Don't Be Shaken By Bad News! Only Believe!

Don't Be Shaken By Bad News! Only Believe!

Mark 5:35-36(NKJV) - While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”

For a moment things looked quite good. Jesus was on His way to the ruler's house to heal his daughter. All would be well. There was nothing to worry about. Things were working out perfectly. That was, until he received the only news that could have spoiled everything. His daughter was dead. They were too late. His heart sank and Jesus noticed. Immediately, sensing his fear, Jesus made a profound statement that would change the course of what seemed inevitable, "Do not be afraid; only believe."

Welcome to today's blog. If you haven't done so already, read yesterday's blog; "God Knows Best!" This week we're reminded to trust God and today our emphasis is on doing so even when we receive bad news. Think about it. Nothing kills a great day like some bad news. You may have been on a blessing streak riding high from victory to victory but all of that goes out the window when suddenly something goes terribly wrong. Bad news just has a way of stopping your positive momentum like a brick wall.

When bad news struck the ruler of the synagogue, thankfully Jesus was right there with him. In response He presented a two-pronged solution for handling bad news;
1) Don't fear.
2) Only believe.

1 John 4:18(KJV) - There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Fear becomes a huge problem whenever we hear bad news. Romans 10:19 says that faith comes by hearing and hearing by The Word of God. In the same way, fear can also come by hearing and that's one reason why bad news is so dangerous. So much so, that Jesus instantly released an encouraging word to the ruler of the synagogue to counteract the bad news and put an end to fear. So what tools are available in The Bible to help us win the war over fear?

The first is perfect love which has the power to cast out all fear. What's perfect love? Simply put, it's The Love of God. As a result, we must receive and be sure of God's Love for us if we are to defeat all fear. It's not a very complex solution but it's an effective one. The moment we receive bad news, our next thought should be to remind ourselves of God's Love. It doesn't matter how bad it sounds, never let it cause you to question God's Love because without it you are incapable of combating the powerful grip of fear.

2 Timothy 1:6-7(AMP) - That is why I would remind you to stir up (rekindle the embers of, fan the flame of, and keep burning) the [gracious] gift of God, [the inner fire] that is in you by means of the laying on of my hands [with those of the elders at your ordination]. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.

Another Biblical tool available to combat fear is the spirit of power, love and a sound mind. This approach looks at fear from a purely spiritual perspective. In this case, it's referred to as a spirit of fear and The Bible clearly states that it does not come from God. What does come from God is the gift of The Holy Spirit who provides us with power, love, a well-balanced mind, discipline and self-control. Therefore, when fear strikes, respond by stirring up the gift of The Holy Spirit inside of you. Respond to bad news with instant prayer, worship, praise, singing and/ or talking in tongues. Otherwise, just find an atmosphere where The Holy Spirit is active like your local church. In that way, you stir up the gift of The Holy Spirit and cast out the spirit of fear. A perfect example of this took place in Acts 4:29-35.

Acts 4:29-35(KJV) And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

When their lives were threatened, they prayed for boldness and how did God respond? He filled them with The Holy Ghost. Armed with such a poignant illustration, it should be obvious to us that we need a fresh infilling of The Holy Ghost whenever we feel afraid. It's The Holy Ghost who will give us the boldness to keep believing God in the face of bad news.

Psalm 27:13(NKJV) - I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.

If you let bad news cause you to stop believing God you have been defeated. There's not much you can do if you remain in that position. Jesus ensured that the ruler of the synagogue kept believing right after he heard of his daughter's death. That's truly because it was his only option. If he stopped believing, his daughter was not going to live again. When we're stuck in a terrible situation and we need a miracle from God to get us out, all we have is our faith. Therefore, we cannot lose heart and stop believing. Don't be shaken by bad news! Only believe! We'll continue from here tomorrow.


God Knows Best!

God Knows Best!

Proverbs 3:5-6(NKJV) - Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

Do you trust God? Before you say a religious "yes" just think about it. Trust comes from your heart. What you know definitely feeds into it but in the end, how you feel in your heart is what matters. You may know that God can be trusted but is your mental position supported by your heart? Can you say with complete confidence that you trust The Lord with all of your heart? That's the issue we need to address today because until you fully trust God, He can't direct your path.

Yesterday, we kicked off a new blog mini-series with "Embrace The Process!" Several people indicated that it was The Word of The Lord for their lives and for that He gets all the glory. While sitting through a meeting yesterday I thought about today's blog. God spoke to me and said to write, "God knows best!" Perhaps, you need a reminder of that because if you can just believe it, you would be willing to trust Him.

There are two major reasons why we would trust anyone. The first is that the person has our best interest at heart and the second is that the person knows what he/ she is doing. When you know someone really cares about you, it's easy to trust that person because at the very least you know the person would not do anything to intentionally harm you. In the same way, you know that God loves you so if He does anything or asks you to do anything you can trust Him. You can be sure that if it comes from God it's only for your good. Yet that's not all. You also need to believe that God knows what's best for you. Hence, you can trust Him not only does He care for you but He knows what He's doing.

2 Samuel 22:31(NKJV) - As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

God's way is perfect and His Word is proven. He doesn't make mistakes and His track record is unblemished. There's nothing else He needs to do to prove to any of us that He deserves to be trusted. In fact, He is a shield offering protection to whoever chooses to trust Him. Are you one of those people? Again, think carefully before you respond and be completely honest. Do you think that God needs to do something to earn your trust? Absolutely not! If He doesn't have it already He is not to blame.

So what does trust really look like? In the context of our relationship with God, it looks like obedience and patience. Obedience when we trust His instructions and patience when we trust His actions. As we learned yesterday in Hebrews 10:36, those two go together. After you have completed your obedience you still have to be patient as God brings to fruition His promise. Your trust in God is demonstrated in your obedience and patience throughout the process.

Isaiah 46:9-10(NLT) - Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me. Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish.

What has God done in the past for you? Try to remember some of those testimonies. Has He not come through for you before? He alone is God. He deserves your trust and rightfully so. All that He says now is from the vantage point of the future so you can trust anything He says. He knows what's coming so He prepares you now with wisdom to make the most of a good situation or avoid a bad one. Regardless of what you choose to do, He will eventually do whatever He wants. Yet, it's His heart's desire for us to be participants in His Will being done on earth as it is in heaven.

This should give you comfort. It does for me. When I am assured that I have followed God's instructions I know that my future is secure. If He tells me to do something He already knows why and has played out all the options in His head. By His very nature, His instructions are the best options available. For instance, in 2 Corinthians 6:14, Apostle Paul says don't be unequally yolked with unbelievers. God knows that if you do so, there is pain coming in your future. He tells you now so that you would avoid it. On the other hand, disobedience puts you on a collision course with disaster. Don't let it happen.

1 John 5:3(NKJV) -"For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome."

It's not a burden to obey God so why not just do it. God knows best!


Embrace The Process!

Embrace The Process

Philippians 1:6(NLT) - And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

I've developed a brand new philosophy. Whatever The Lord has placed on my heart is what I will write about and that's it. As a result, if He keeps telling me the same thing over and over, these daily blogs will reflect that. Obviously, He has a Word for someone out there and He's saying the same thing in different ways over the last few weeks. Nevertheless, let's get right to it. When God starts something He will continue it until He's completely finished. What does that mean? His good work in your life is not something instantaneous but it's a process.

Embrace the process! Even though God has the power to do anything He wants in an instant He chooses to work through processes that take varying periods of time. For instance, you may receive a Word from God today concerning His plans for your life but that doesn't mean it will happen immediately nor will it happen independent of your actions. Attached to God's promise is a process. Therefore, whether or not you go through the process determines if you ever get to see the promise manifest in your life.

For 4000 years there were prophecies concerning Jesus and what He would accomplish on the cross. Yet, when He came to earth, He had to actually decide to go to the cross for any of it to happen. How do we know that? We read the account in Matthew 26:36-46 of Jesus making the tough decision in the Garden of Gethsemane to accept God's process of redemption even though He momentarily didn't want to go through with it. God's process for Jesus included taking the sin of all humanity on His shoulders and dying on the cross. Outside of that, nothing else would work to break the curse of sin and death that was initiated when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden. Jesus embraced the process and now we're free from sin.

Hebrews 10:36(KJV) - For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

Many people receive a promise from God, then sit around waiting for it to happen. What they don't realize is that they only receive the promise after they have done The Will of God. Obedience, not time is the controlling factor. Only after obedience is complete, does time become the controlling factor. You can't wait for the promise to manifest before you do God's Will because the clock doesn't start until after your obedience. Therefore, it's important to evaluate the true circumstances behind any delay in the manifestation of a promise from The Lord.

So where are you in the process right now? Perhaps you are waiting for a Word from The Lord. Maybe you've passed that stage. Perhaps you already received The Word but have done nothing with it yet you are waiting for it to come to pass. Maybe you are even further along. Perhaps you have already carried out God's instructions that are attached to His Word. If that's the case, you are in a good place because now that you've done your part, God's on the clock. Just be patient. When He makes a promise and you go through the process He delivers on His promise at His appointed time.

If you're single and God promised you a spouse, there's a process. If you're unemployed and God promised you a job, there's a process. If you're poor and God promised you wealth, there's a process. If you're sick and God promised you health, there's a process. When God makes a promise, that's the beginning of His good work in your life. However, He will continue that work through a process until it is complete. Only then, can the promise you received by faith become tangible. As a result, whatever it is that God requires of you, just do it. Don't delay or block God's promise by delaying or withholding your obedience.

Here's a simple example. When The Children of Israel were on the brink of entering The Promised Land for the first time in Numbers 13, they didn't follow God's instructions because they were afraid of the giants that stood before them. As a result, they forfeited the promise and God waited for all of them to die before their children were given another chance. God's promise came with a process and they didn't embrace it because of fear. We should all learn from their example and do better.

What's the process attached to your promise? Embrace the process and you'll get the promise.


Why Be A Friend Of Jesus? - He Listens To His Friends

Date - Sunday, May 24th, 2015

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer


You May Feel Tired But Don't You Ever Quit!

You May Feel Tired But Don't You Ever Quit!

Galatians 6:9(NKJV) - And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Today is another installment in our blog series on "The Will-Power of God". Let's now continue building from yesterday's blog; "Unleashing God's WILL-POWER". Even though these thoughts are being presented in a particular order it doesn't necessarily mean I received them in that order. To be perfectly honest, what you are reading now is the first blog that spawned the series. I started working on it earlier this week before I switched gears and completed the others.

The premise for today is simple. Don't quit regardless of how you feel! Even when you are doing that which is good you could feel tired and completely drained sometimes. Anything you do can have a very high emotional, social and/or physical cost. Nonetheless, that's why Galatians 6:9 exists. Don't get tired of doing what you know God has asked of you because there's a big harvest awaiting you if you are consistent long enough to receive it. There is a due season for your life and only at that time will God release your harvest for the seeds you've sown into His Kingdom.

Isaiah 40:30-31(NKJV) - Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

It's normal to feel tired. There's absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. As the scripture says, even youths get tired and young men fall. I can't speak for you but I thank God for that because I feel really tired sometimes. I need to know what to do when it starts becoming too much and what better place to look for answers than The Word of God. So what's the answer? Wait on The Lord!

In this moment I interpret waiting on The Lord in two ways. First, just like we saw earlier in Galatians 6:9, God wants us to remain faithful and consistent while we wait for Him to reward us. Therefore, even if you feel really tired right now, your decision to wait on The Lord is a demonstration of your faith which causes God to respond with supernatural strength.

The other way I interpret waiting on The Lord right now is to stop striving to make things happen and wait on The Lord. We should save the energy we are expending running on an emotional treadmill to nowhere and focus it on The Lord. Perhaps the fatigue is a sign that we need to rest and wait on The Lord to move us forward. While we do so, He will renew our strength.

Hebrews 10:35-38(NKJV) - Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: "For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him."

So, what's the bottom line? Even after you do God's Will you still need to be patient. There's always a gap in time between when seeds of obedience are sown and the harvest of God's goodness is reaped. Don't push yourself into the ground trying to make anything happen that only God can make happen. Focus your energy on doing what He asked you to do and don't add to or subtract anything from it. Last, don't ever backtrack on what you started for The Lord. That gives Him no pleasure.

Luke 12:42-45(NKJV) - And the Lord said, "Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has.

Develop a reputation of faithfulness in the eyes of God. Be faithful regardless of how you feel. Be confident that God will deliver on His promise to you. He will reward your faithfulness. You may feel tired but don't you ever quit!


Unleashing God's WILL-POWER


Welcome back to our latest blog series on God's Will-Power. We've studied God's Will and we've studied God's power but two days ago God started talking to me about the combination of the two in His Will-Power. If you were here yesterday you would know that this is a continuation from yesterday's blog; "The Will-Power of God". The point that God's been stressing is that His power is tied to His Will so if He wants something to happen His power is available to make it happen. Armed with this knowledge, if we want to effectively and consistently walk in His power we must choose to walk in His Will.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11(NKJV) - There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

If you look carefully at our main scripture for today you will see some important facts about God's gifts. First, spiritual gifts are really the manifestation of The Holy Spirit. Second, when He gives a person a gift it's not just for the recipient but for the profit of everyone. Third, He gives out gifts according to His Will. What does that mean? If you have a gift of any sort it's because God wants you to have it. He gave you the gift for a reason and that's to benefit everyone else. Again, though He gave the gift to you, it's actually not just for you. Hence, every gift of God comes with a responsibility to use it so that others can profit from what God gave. You can't choose to sit on your gift because by doing so you rob the rest of us from benefitting from it.

Romans 11:29(KJV) - For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

The Bible also says in Romans 11:29 that God's gifts and His call on your life are without repentance. This means that once He gave them to you He won't take them back. There is no gift exchange in God's Kingdom. He distributes gifts and that's about it. However, as we saw earlier in the blog, even though you get to keep your gifts regardless of what you do with them you are expected to use them. Romans 11:29 also means that God's gifts and His call on your life go together.

So if God gave you a gift there are strings attached because He also called you to do something very specific with it. Therefore, God won't call you to do something you are not gifted to do and He won't gift you to do something He didn't call you to do. Simply put; God's gifts are given to people according to God's Will to empower them to do His Will or carry out His call for their lives. Now that we understand this, let's get to the bottom line. People run into problems when they use God's gifts for something other than His call on their lives. In other words, they try to separate God's gift from His call. Strangely, God doesn't just cut off the gift because it's without repentance.

He also doesn't always cut off the power behind the gift which is not necessarily a good thing for those involved. At least, if God cuts off the power behind your gift when you're not using it the way He wants you to, it will act as a wake up call. The frustration that comes from being ineffective should drive you to your knees. Sadly, if you are allowed to continue to operate in God's gifts with His power behind you when you're outside of His Will this is what eventually happens.

Matthew 7:21-23(KJV) - Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Look at that! Many people can prophesy, cast out devils and do many wonderful works but be outside of The Will of God. Unfortunately, this causes confusion during their time on the earth because they assume that as long as they can operate in God's power they are in proper standing with God. This is why God's been talking to me about cutting off the power for some people who get out of His Will. We can consider that to be His mercy. We rather it be obvious now that something's wrong than live in deception all the way to the judgment seat of Christ then get blindsided. Who wants to show up before God expecting rewards and end up receiving punishment?

In sum, God's cutting the power from those who are out of His Will and that's good news. If a man is not in God's Will he doesn't need to be operating by God's power anyway because that's dangerous. It's dangerous for the people who are doing the ministry because they could end up in hell and it's dangerous for the people receiving the ministry because you never know what you could be getting. It's time to unleash God's Will-Power! It's the dimension of His power that's only available when you do His Will.


The Will-Power of God

The Will-Power of God

Luke 22:41-45(NKJV) - And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. When He rose up from prayer, and had come to His disciples, He found them sleeping from sorrow.

Kneeling before The Father in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was at the end of His Will. It was time for Him to take the sin of the world upon His shoulders and carry it all the way to the cross. He knew it was His life's purpose to take away the sin of the world (John 1:29) but goodness, it would not be easy. To do something like that would take more than His willpower in His current state as a human being. Regardless of how motivated He was all along He couldn't just push through on His own when the moment of truth arrived. He needed supernatural help from His Father. As a result, He found a place to pray and plugged in through prayer into His power source.

In that moment what seemed too difficult or even impossible for Him to do as a man became possible again. So what was it that really happened that night between Jesus and The Father? What changed in the Garden of Gethsemane that enabled Jesus to boldly accept His call and go to the cross? There was a great exchange. Jesus exchanged His Will which could only bring Him so far and no further for The Will of His Father which would bring Him through to the end. He exchanged His willpower for His Father's WILL-POWER. In other words, Jesus didn't only agree to do something that He momentarily questioned but His agreement with His Father's Will unleashed the supernatural power He needed to get it done.


John 9:31(NKJV) - Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.

Welcome to today's blog. I know this is not the traditional interpretation of what happened in The Garden of Gethsemane but yesterday The Lord blew this wide open. When you have a choice to do your will or God's Will what you are really choosing between is your willpower and God's WILL-POWER. In other words, when you do your will you will have to do it in your power because only your power can push your will forward. However, when you accept God's Will you also accept God's power because His power is always and only available to do His Will.

Therefore, whenever you are out of God's Will for your life, you are unplugged from God's power. Your prayers won't get answered because He's not hearing them. Even if you're doing something good, you will get very tired because if it's not God's Will you will be operating in your own strength. How much sense does that really make? Don't you see the value of being intentional to always remain in God's Will? I certainly hope so. God's WILL-POWER is available right now and for you to access it you need to get busy doing His Will. Therefore, the thought for today is a simple question. Are you doing God's Will or are you not? Think about it and return tomorrow as we dig deeper into this revelation.

May 31, 2015 Posted by admin in The Body

There's Power In Your Testimony

There's Power In Your Testimony

Revelation 12:11(KJV) - And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Yesterday's service at The Body Church was special. Instead of our regular worship set we stopped after the first song to share testimonies. The song was called "Rescue" by Desperation Band and since rehearsal I could feel the presence of The Lord in the room as we went through the verses. Several of us took turns to testify about how God rescued us from bad situations.

I kicked it off with an account of how God rescued me from a bad situation in my career and delivered me to a fruitful place. I recounted how God spoke to me in a dream on the night of my birthday and told me to leave where I was and He instantly opened a door to something much better. It was such a blessing from God to hear others tell of God's goodness in their own lives.

2 Timothy 1:8a(NKJV) - Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord....

There's power in your testimony. Don't be ashamed to testify about what God has done. Don't be ashamed of what you've been through. Your testimony is not about how bad your situation was but about how God good is for bringing you through it. As a result, when you think of it that way, there's nothing about God's goodness that should bring you any shame. There are people out there who need to hear about your victory in order for them to defeat the enemy in their own lives.

Sometimes, there's nothing more powerful that you can share with someone who's going through a tough season than your personal testimony. Why? Sometimes, people need to know that the stuff we read in The Bible and teach in church actually worked for you. It's easy to talk about how God did amazing things for Bible characters but it's a whole different level when you saw God do something in your own life. My father always says that a man with experience will always trump a man with an argument. Which one do you have? Experience or an argument? If you have experienced God then share what you've experienced with someone.

Jeremiah 20:9(NKJV) - Then I said, "I will not make mention of Him, Nor speak anymore in His name." But His word was in my heart like a burning fire Shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, And I could not.

Stop holding your testimony hostage on the inside of your heart. Say something! Somebody needs to hear it.

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