KNOWN BY GOD

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On Sunday night, in an attempt to catch a glimpse of the Perseid Meteor Shower, my husband, youngest children, and I laid blankets out on our driveway, and with a symphony of crickets and tree frogs all around us, we gazed up at a billion stars.

“He counts the stars and calls them all by name.” (Psalm 147:4)

And as I lay there, I could not help but feel so very small, and it was in that moment that I remembered the question that was asked in church earlier that morning.

“Are you known by God?”

That is the same question Paul was asking the believers in Galatia to consider. You see, they had started to slide away from the amazing grace of God that had set them free from sin and the law. Instead, they were listening to “other” voices that were telling them that faith in Jesus Christ was not enough. They began to pollute the gospel with self-effort and a works-based righteousness. It’s like they were picking up the chains Christ had set them free from and shackling themselves again.

And don’t we sometimes do the same?

Now, however, since you have come to know [the true] God [through personal experience], or rather to be known by God, how is it that you are turning back again to the weak and worthless elemental principles [of religions and philosophies], to which you want to be enslaved all over again?  (Galatians 4:9)

We, too, can fall prey to the lies of the enemy who whispers that, if we go to church, get baptized, read the Bible, serve the poor, give money to missionaries, help our neighbor, etc. then we’re in good standing with God; like we can somehow obtain our salvation and pay for our sin by working it off, but that is NOT the gospel.

Jesus paid it all! Jesus is enough! We can have TOTAL SECURITY that God accepts us completely and eternally if we have trusted in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross.

I am known by God!

“The great and central basis of Christian assurance is not how much our hearts are set on God, but how unshakably His heart is set on us. And if we begin to grasp that we are “known by God”, we won’t bolster our self-image or standing before Him through our works.” ~Timothy Keller

“What matters supremely is not the fact that I know God, but the larger fact which underlies it – the fact that He knows me. I am graven on the palms of His hands. I am never out of His mind. All my knowledge of Him depends on His sustained initiative in knowing me. I know Him, because He first knew me, and continues to know me; and there is no moment when His eye is off me, or His attention distracted from me and no moment, therefore, when His care falters.” ~J.I. Packer

WOW! Did you absorb the truth in that amazing quote? Let me encourage you to read it again!

Like a woman in childbirth, Paul travailed to birth disciples who were surrendered to Christ taking shape in their lives. This was the goal of Paul’s ministry.

“My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you…”  Galatians 4:19

May we surrender to the work of the Holy Spirit within us, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 4:6) We are no longer slaves to sin, but sons of God! He will never rebuke the intimacy that follows our heart’s cry for his life and tangible presence to be formed in us. He transforms us form the inside out as we rely on him to do so. Like clay in the Potter’s hands, may we surrender to his work in us and encourage others to do the same.

How deeply do you care about the spiritual health of others?

Can you, like Paul, say, “Imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.”?  (1 Corinthians 11:1)

As Christ is formed in us, streams of Living Water (John 7:37-38) begin to flow from within, and the natural over flow of His life in and through us becomes evident. The things we do, the things we say, the way we spend our time and our money are in response to what Christ has done for us. He gave His life so we could have life!

My life is not my own.

 “God paid a high price for you, so don’t be enslaved by the world.” (1 Corinthians 7:23)

May we, like Paul, pray that Christ be formed in us as we lay down our lives. May others see Jesus in us and desire to know Him… and be KNOWN BY HIM.

How about you? Are you known by God? Do others see Jesus in you?

If you are unsure, let today be the day that you turn your heart to Him and say,

“I am not my own; you have bought me; forgive me of my sin; be formed within me. Not to me, O Lord, not to me, but to your name goes all the glory.

In the mighty name of Jesus ~Amen”

Rest in the fact that God, who knows the name of every star, knows YOUR name, too.

Jenny Gallion

Enjoy this song as you think about being KNOWN BY GOD!

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Freedom in Christ

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On a beautiful spring morning, standing at my kitchen window, I stared at the 3×5 card perched on the window sill. It said,

 “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is FREEDOM.”  2 Corinthians 3:17

The sad thing was… I didn’t feel very free. Unfortunately, like many Christians, and like the Galatians whom Paul wrote, I was more concerned about obeying God’s commands (the law), trying to make myself right with God, and hoping to earn his love. This is the default mode of the human heart and unfortunately a belief I carried with me from childhood.

I often felt that in order to receive approval and affection, I had to do certain things and act a certain way. Unfortunately I felt like it was never enough!

I was so concerned about what other people thought about me.

I was so concerned about what God thought about me.

There was a period of my life (age 17-22) when I walked away from it all… God, the church, and his people. I was sick and tired of trying to be perfect. Well, let me just say things didn’t go well for me during those years, but God never stopped pursuing me, even through my rebellion and faulty thinking.

I returned to the Lord leaving that rebellious life behind me, but spiritually speaking, I did not allow the Holy Spirit to renew my mind, and so I walked for years with those same invisible, cumbersome, performance-based, people (and God) pleasing chains crippling me.

I didn’t understand the depth of the Father’s love. I had fallen away from grace and was bound by religion. You can’t receive life and freedom by obeying the law. (Galatians 3:21) Trying to live this way produces either fear (“Am I doing enough?”) or spiritual pride (“I’m doing well compared to others.”). Rather the law reveals sin as sin and shows us our need for a Savior.

I can remember studying the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus expounds the Ten Commandments, showing the kind of heart he’s after. I was so discouraged!

“I can’t live like this!” I said to a dear friend.

Oh, how I experienced the Living Hope of Jesus through her response.

“I know YOU can’t, but Christ IN YOU can!”

“Whenever you read the law of God and you see this incredible, perfect standard, do you know who it’s describing? It’s describing Jesus. Don’t be crushed by the standard. See the beauty of Jesus.” ~Timothy Keller

When we place our faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior from sin, all our sin, and what we deserved, are transferred to Jesus. The beauty of his perfect law-keeping is transferred to us, and in Christ there is no more condemnation! (Romans 8:1) Jesus died to fulfill the requirements of the law. Remember his words in Matthew 5:17, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”

In Christ, the condemnation and the sentence of death that we rightfully deserved because of our sinfulness (according to the law) is annulled and replaced by the free life-giving grace of Jesus.

How amazing is that!?

Oh, how thankful I am that he pursues us! He never gives up on us! I can recall the day when, like Paul, the scales fell from my eyes, and I experienced the realization that the Spirit of Jesus lives within me!

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is FREEDOM!

Where is the Spirit of the Lord?

The Spirit of the Lord lives IN US!

“So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.” Galatians 5:1 (NLT)

Take note that our freedom in Christ frees us from sin, but it does not free us to sin. God has set us free for holiness. He has set us free from the guilt and bondage of sin, but not in order that we might become enslaved to the very sins for which Christ died to redeem us! He wants us to rest in the finished work of Christ!

Remember, God is not impressed with our efforts of self-improvement and all our striving to try and earn His favor and love. God wants our hearts not our perfection.

He says, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)

An encounter with Jesus Christ transforms from the inside out!

Let him set you free!
Jenny Gallion

Do You Believe?

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Have you ever had to stand firm on what you believe against all odds?  Have you had to put your reputation on the line for what you believe?  Sounds serious.  Sometimes it is.  I’ve had to defend myself over the years to various degrees both in my personal life and work life.  While some were very strong issues, there were times that the issues were not so serious and could be defended with little argument if I would just stop and listen.

I don’t live a life of conflict.  I really don’t.  I generally take the road that leads to peace and resolution.  The Bible talks about this in Philippians 4:6-7 where it says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

But sometimes you just have to stand on your belief and on the truth.  That truth is the Word of God.  That is how it is when I stand in my belief in the saving grace of Jesus Christ.  I was changed when I accepted Jesus as my Savior.  My heart was opened to hear His voice and I began to live differently.  Over the years, God has revealed through His Word answers and then by meditating on the Word of God, I come away with new understanding.

I can be hard headed…  It’s true.  I think that I know certain things and my pride says that without a doubt I’m right.  But the Lord, and my wife, quickly bring me back to reality and I realize just how wrong I was.  For those of you who know me, I think you’ll agree and probably chuckle a little bit.  Don’t laugh too hard though.  God has blessed me with a woman of God as my wife who personifies a quiet strength.  I must continue to work on that.  I once prayed to the Lord and asked, “Lord, if you have created a man of strong belief and conviction, why must I restrain myself so much?”  I understand why.  In quiet strength, I have learned to listen and calm down and let God move me through the situation His way.

We have been studying Gospel-Centered Living based on the book of Galatians, and this week we are reminded of the story of Abraham and how he believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness.

Over Abraham’s life, he believed in what God was saying to him.  He was obedient no matter the circumstance.  From God’s instruction to Abraham to offer his son Isaac to God as a sacrifice of his faith, to moving Abraham’s family to a land that God was leading him to, and everything in between, Abraham believed.  Abraham believed God, and a new status was conferred upon him: righteousness.  He received the status of righteous not by works of obedience, but through faith in God’s word!

According to Pastor and Teacher, Timothy Keller, “When the Bible tells us God credits Abraham’s faith as righteousness, it means that God is treating Abraham as if he were living a righteous life.”  And since the bible says that we are “Abraham’s seed” we can believe that the righteousness of Christ has been credited to everyone who believes and stands on the promises of God’s Word.  We no longer live in bondage to rules and regulations that are so strict that we cannot even breathe.  We live in the saving knowledge that Jesus sacrificed himself, taking our sins to the Cross, and saving us so that we would have eternal life with Him.  We believe that the Cross is Enough.

Friend, my desire is that you would click on the podcast link and listen to Pastor Aaron Taylor’s message on Gospel-Centered Living: The Promise and the Law.  It is powerful and challenging.  My belief is this: You truly live as you learn.  What better way is there if you live as you hear and believe in the Word of God?  My life was once a confrontation waiting to happen.  I was trying to be king of my little kingdom.  But God! He took my life and broke it down.  Not to destroy me, but to give me life.  His grace is sufficient for me.  The bible says this, “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”  2 Corinthians 12:9

I live now by belief in Jesus Christ and faith in the Word of God.  “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17

This weekend my prayer for you will be that God would open your eyes to see Him, open your ears to listen to His voice, and open your heart to live out your life in Christ by believing in His truth and the promises found in His Word.

Have a great weekend!
George

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A Love for Travel

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I am a person that loves to travel. If you know me, you already knew this. From when I was a young child, I believe traveling has been in my blood. I grew up craving to see new places and new things. Once a year, sometimes twice if we were lucky, my family and I would embark on an amazing family vacation that left us laughing, remembering, and missing each and every second of it. We would try our best to see all that we could. From the mountains of Virginia, to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, to Hershey’s Chocolate World in Pennsylvania, to the beaches of Ocean City, Maryland, and the falls of Niagara Falls. This was my childhood.

When I became a teenager and started driving, I was always down for a spontaneous car ride and mini road trips. The summer before my senior year of high school some friends and I went to King’s Island for a few days. I planned numerous trips with my cousin; most of which never happened. However, there was always so much excitement in the spontaneous adventures, even if it was just getting ice cream, going to the drive-in, or going fishing. We made the most of it.

During my college years, my desire to travel and attitude of spontaneity grew even more. I went to a college that was a huge advocate for following your dreams, making things happen, and engaging in cross-cultural experiences. So, one summer, I made the spontaneous decision to go to Nepal for a few weeks and then to Colorado for another week upon my return to the U.S. The summer after that, I applied and was accepted as an intern for Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs. When I lived there for the summer I also had the amazing opportunity to travel to New Zealand as well. Then, during my last semester of college, I hopped on a plane in January and spent four months in India. Currently, I am planning my trip back to India.

Now, many of you know, traveling like this is not cheap. As I prepared for these adventures, getaways and experiences that changed my life and made me who I am today, I had countless anxiety attacks and doubts. How could I raise $3000 in just a few months? How could I buy a $1500 plane ticket? How could I live without an income for a summer four states away from home? For me to go to India for four months, I worked five jobs, received a scholarship, and asked my parents for help. By the grace of God, He blessed me in my efforts to fund myself for this adventure.

Now as I plan to move to India for another four months by the end of 2018, I am continuing to worry about my funding sources. Yes, I am working, but I have bills, loans, and coffee tabs to pay. It always falls back to: “God, will I even have enough money to go?” This is something I question during every experience. And you know what? For each experience, God provided. No matter how many times I asked this question. God was able to take my fears and doubts of being able to fulfill my desire to travel and blessed my dream to serve Him globally.

I think by providing for me in countless ways in the past, God is inviting me to trust Him with these doubts and financial concerns once again. As I lay awake at night thinking of how much I need to save in advance for my car payments, loan payments, credit card payments, rent, food, spending, etc. God is trying to remind me that He is my ultimate provider. He has been the one that has provided for me all this time and He is the one that will provide for me forevermore.

Jesus is saying to me, Jenny, isn’t the cross enough for you? I keep letting myself become consumed with these doubts and worries of not having enough of this one material item called money, yet what Jesus did for me on the cross exceeds that on levels I cannot even imagine. When I think about this in light of the cross and what He’s done for me there, isn’t Jesus’ provision for me enough in other areas as well? Why must I discredit what He’s done in the past and not trust that He will provide again for me now? Why must I try to figure things out in my own strength or take matters into my own hands to bring this provision to pass? If it’s God’s purpose for me, He will provide. I don’t need to add to His already “finished” work of provision just like I don’t need to add to His finished work of salvation. Jesus says: “It is finished. I’ve done it. Now trust Me. If I’ve called you, I’ll provide for you.”

This week, Pastor James’ continued our summer sermon series, “Gospel-Centered Living.” He began to explore the verses in Galatians 3 that contained five rhetorical questions. Paul asked the church in Galatia these questions because they were discrediting the work of the cross.  This church was wanting to do more and “add to” what God had already done for them. Check them out and see if you can relate! You may not be having doubts about financial concerns, but maybe there is something else happing in your life where you are being blinded to the ultimate question: Is the cross enough?

Jenny Bushnell

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Crucified WITH Christ

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As we walk together through the Gospel-Centered Living sermon series, I am thankful for the opportunity to dig into Galatians 2 a little bit deeper. There is something that the apostle Paul declared that should cause any Christ follower to stop and ask for an acute awareness of Christ’s Power and Presence within us.

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.”

I like how the Message translation expounds this passage,

“What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So, I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that.

Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily.” Galatians 2:19-21

“For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.” Romans 6:6

Perhaps the biggest challenge for us is remembering that the “old man” (the old sin nature) is dead in the grave. Our old nature is always looking for a way to promote, please, and praise self. The desire to put self first must be crucified with Christ. Many Christians continue to live in bondage, clinging to the old life’s sinful ways and lifestyle, remaining a slave. Focusing on ourselves and indulging in the sins of the flesh, that Jesus freed us from, is essentially like carrying around a rotten corpse. In Ephesians 4:22-24, Paul said to “put off” the old, corrupted self and put on” the new self, created to be like God.

“You see, the only life that pleases God and that can be victorious is His life – never our life, no matter how hard we try. But inasmuch as our self-centered life is the exact opposite of His, we can never be filled with His life unless we are prepared for God to bring our life constantly to death. And in that we must co-operate by moral choice.”
~Roy Hession, The Calvary Road

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

The Holy Spirit within us is faithful to show us when our words, thoughts, attitudes of our heart, former selfish ways… any SIN… has caused us to lose His peace in our hearts. It is then, and often MANY times a day, we must consciously choose to cry out to God in repentance, die to self, and surrender again. He is always faithful to forgive!

Maybe it would help us to start our days prayerfully personalizing Galatians 2:20.

(Your name) has been crucified with Christ, and (_______) no longer lives, but Christ lives in (________). The life (_______) now lives in the body, (_______) lives by faith in the Son of God, who loves (______) and gave Himself for (_______). #POWERFULMANIFESTO

You are loved! Jesus gave Himself for YOU! Live each day with this in mind. Bring your mind back to this truth often. If you have made Jesus your Lord, then you are a carrier of His presence. Envision the indwelling Christ living through you.

“And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” Romans 8:11

Lord Jesus, help me develop an awareness that You are looking through my eyes, guiding my steps, ministering to people through my words and my hands. Help me to stop striving and straining and remember that You have made me new. The old nature is dead, and I have been set free to be a vessel for Your glory! Help me learn how to rest and allow Your Spirit to live in me fully. I desire to experience Your presence within me. Make Your home in me so I can be a tangible demonstration of who You are. In Jesus’ name ~ Amen

Christ has set us free from sin and death!

Walk in freedom,
Jenny Gallion

Legalism, Hypocrisy, or FAITH? How do you choose to please God?

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I have worked a very long time.   I have had gainful employment for almost 50 years.  I finally stopped working for a company in 2017.  Over that period, I learned many things.  One of the most important things that I learned is not everything you expect to happen, happens.  You might say that this revelation isn’t something that would surprise you.  The longer I worked, the longer I understood that no matter how hard you worked, no matter how hard you strived to learn all about your job, it wouldn’t matter.  There were obvious reasons, but the most obvious is that people are different.

People can listen, they can view, and they can study the same things.  They can also have the same opportunity to excel.  But what almost always happens is that they respond so incredibly different.  This is generally what happens to those who are promoted to a level of leadership.  Now, I’m not making a global statement here regarding leaders.  I am speaking on my experience in the workplace.  How a leader responds to areas of enforcement, accountability, and team work is very important.  Without consistency, there is chaos.  Chaos is a killer to team work.  In the work that I did, we called the differences “silos”.  Working within a silo keeps the leader from learning anything except what they think is important.  It’s a kinder way of saying, “My way or the highway!”

We have been studying for the past few weeks Gospel-Centered Living.  In other words, living our lives in accordance with the Word of God.  This week we discussed the question: “How do we please God?”  Another way of saying this is what does it take to be right with God and be accepted by Him.  It’s a big question when you think about it. But the book of Galatians, Chapter 2 gives us some basis to answering, “How do we please God.”

There are three areas of thought in answering our question.

  1. Legalism – (Galatians 2:1-10) Paul’s purpose in going was to see if the message he preached was consistent with what the other apostles, Peter, James, and John, were preaching. If his message was not consistent, then he knew that the fruit of his ministry was in jeopardy. Legalism is working in our own power, or according to our own rules.  Legalism can be defined as right behavior with wrong belief.   My work for the most part was defined in a standard of operation.  Those standards were created by people and leader’s way before I was part of the organization.  The standards were time tested.  They worked if they were not compromised or changed.  It leads to consistency across the board no matter who was doing the job.
  2. Hypocrisy – (Galatians 2:11-14) Hypocrisy is right belief with wrong behavior. Peter knew the Gospel, he believed the Gospel, but his life was not reflecting the Gospel. He knew that all men are accepted before God, regardless of whether they’re circumcised, Jew or Gentile, whether they eat this food or that food – he knew that they were all accepted before God. But Peter was not living what he believed.  In my work, if I knew my responsibility in accordance with the standards of operation and chose not to work that way, it would be bad.  I could be subject to suspension or worse, termination.
  3. Faith – (Galatians 2:15-21) A picture of faith is right belief with right behavior. True faith in Jesus Christ brings about a transformation in our lives.  When I was able to find favor with my bosses and co-workers over the years, it was due to my understanding of the standards of operation and obedience to those standards 100% of the time.  The way we live in Christ reflects the faith that we have.  In other words, our life is a demonstration of Christ Alive in our lives.

Friends, what areas do you find yourself sliding into?

Sometimes we need to re-center our lives and look at the way we think in order to answer the question, “How do we please God?”  My prayer for you this week is that you define your faith and that you find that you are Gospel-Centered.  This is driven by Faith in God and in the truth of the Word of God.  May God and the Holy Spirit direct your path.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths” Proverbs 3:5-6

George

Powerful Stories

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A few years ago, I was participating in a three-week long mission’s internship in Southeast Asia. There was one other person from my school, another person from Ohio, two people from California, and one person from Hawaii that were also going on the trip. The only person I knew well was the person from my school. I only knew the person from Ohio for a very short amount of time before going. This was my first time going on a trip where I didn’t know all the people going. In fact, it was my first overseas trip, and my first time ever on an airplane!

When we all met at our last connection before touching ground in the country we were headed to, we had a five-hour layover where our flight kept getting delayed. We ended up spending seven-hours waiting for our next flight. We made good use of our time by getting to know each other more, even though we were all super exhausted. We all thought we would be a pretty good team working together.

Once we landed in the country that we were doing ministry in, we started to settle into our guest house and started doing ministry. We had decided as a team to do a “debrief” session every night to make sure everyone was healthy (physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally). At first, we were great at communication and working together in unity. However, towards the middle and end of our trip, we ended up having a lot of conflict and our debrief sessions were used to “fix” said conflicts. By the end of the trip, the long-term team that was there had a session held for us all to share our testimonies.

There were two important things I learned that night:

  • Everyone was sharing their story of how they were rescued by the grace of God from some type of super “worldly” thing, such as alcohol or self-harm. Then, there was my story. It seemed so bland compared to everyone else’s. It did not seem significant at all. I didn’t have any of the experiences they did. My story was boring- so I thought. As I expressed this feeling to the person that was from my school, they reminded me that no matter what happens in your story, it’s still YOUR story, and God still works through it because you were saved. My first mistake was comparing my story to everyone else’s. I did not acknowledge that God could still use my story.
  • I also learned that the personalities of the people I was doing ministry with were inspired by their testimonies. They acted a certain way, would get sensitive about a certain topic, or excited because their stories had shaped them to be like that. This is not a bad thing. It goes to show that our stories help form us to be who we are today. It’s like God chiseling away at us and sculpting us to be what He wants us to be. We all agreed that if we would have shared our stories in the beginning it wouldn’t have had as much of an effect because we were able to learn about each other before fully knowing the story.

Throughout scripture we can see how God uses stories (including parables) to minister. In fact, in chapter one of Paul’s letter to the Church of Galatia, Paul begins sharing His story to encourage the Church! In Paul’s story, we are taught that He persecuted many people for believing in Jesus, but God met him on the road to Damascus where he was heading to kill more believers and His heart was radically changed!

Church, we all have our own stories. We all have our own “but God” moment like Paul. You may feel like your story isn’t as powerful as the person next to you, but God sees differently. You may feel like you were not as radically changed as Paul was, but God will tell you otherwise. If you made the decision to follow Jesus’ way for your life instead of your own, then you were radically changed! Trust me, to follow Jesus and accept His way of salvation is radical in every way thinkable!

Take a listen to Pastor Aaron’s sermon series: “Living a Gospel Centered Life: An Astonishing Testimony”, as he walks us through the book of Galatians where Paul shares his story with the church of Galatia.

PODCAST LINK: http://www.painesvilleag.com/painesville-ag-messages/?enmse=1&enmse_sid=30

Remember church, you may not think that your story is very powerful, BUT GOD says otherwise! Now go and share your testimony so that God can use your story for His glory, just like He did with Paul’s!

Jenny Bushnell