You’ve probably heard is said that we all have a story to tell — which is true. And I’m certain that if you and I could sit on my back porch, you could tell me your story. So my question is, “What’s your story?”
Psalm 107:2 (NIV) says, “Let the redeemed of the Lord, tell their story…”
I’ve had the opportunity lately to hear several accounts of precious redeemed souls tell their story of God’s faithfulness. Each story is different, some have struggled with drug addiction, while other’s have wrestled with the death of a loved one; some have walked bravely through traumatic circumstances, and some have recalled accounts of God’s provision through financial struggle. There have been stories of God’s healing power, and stories of restoration after a betrayal. Then were others that believed they didn’t have a story because they hadn’t had any “real” issues, when that actually is a powerful story in itself.
But regardless of the events, each person had a story of God’s redemptive work…and if you are redeemed then you have a story too! And chances are, somebody needs to hear it.
So you may be thinking, why’s it so important to tell my story?
Because you have been given the ability to speak words, and with that ability comes power. Your words have the power to speak life and hope to a heart that has no hope. When you share of God’s forgiveness, healing, faithfulness, provision, protection, grace, love and mercy, you are releasing hope to another heart. You just never know who needs to hear your story.
Whats also amazing about telling your story, is that it not only gives hope to others, but it free’s you. You see, Satan will use shame to keep you silent. He’ll try to hold your past, your failures, your inadequacies, and your unworthiness over your head to keep you silent. He wants you to fear being vulnerable, because being vulnerable actually frees you.
Years ago my husband and I stopped watching the news. There was nothing but gloom, doom and the world was ending, and from the conversations I’ve had with others I gather that the news hasn’t really changed. You know, I can usually tell when someone has been listening to the news stories, you can hear it in their negative conversations, and their negative perspective about the world. I often will ask them this question, “What good things have happened?” to help change their perspective. It’s not that I am sticking my head in the sand, I know there is evil in the world, but if evil and tragedy is all you ever hear, then you’ll loose sight of all the amazing things God is doing around you.
Because, another amazing thing about telling your story, is that it reminds your heart and others how good God really is. Yes, the news will always point out the negative stories, but you can point out the stories of victory. By telling your story of God’s faithfulness, and listening to stories of God’s power, you remind your heart and your perspective of who is really in control.
As I have listened to each redemptive story, my soul has been amazed and grateful for God’s wonderful grace. I’ve been energized by each powerful story and encouraged to run with endurance the race he has set before me.
So I want to encourage you to be brave, and tell your story of God’s redeeming love for you. And take the time to listen to others stories as well, you will be blessed.
I want to leave you with the Passion Translation’s version of Psalm 107:2-3
So, go ahead — let everyone know it! Tell the world how he broke through and delivered you from the power of darkness and has gathered us together from all over the world. He has set us free to be his very own!
P.S. I would love to hear of God’s redemption story in your life. If you would leave a comment and write a one or two sentence snippet of God’s work so encourage others, I would appreciate it!
I’ll start: God has restore purity to me who was impure, he freed me from the shame I used to walk in and he showed me that I was worthy in his eyes..