by Terri Clark @TerriClarkTCM
They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. Revelation 12:11 NIV
We all have a story to tell. Even as a child, biographies were my favorite reads. I love hearing about the journey that made people into who they eventually became. Some stories are adventurous, some rags to riches, others are sad, and still others victorious. It is amazing to hear how someone we know now became the person we know them to be. Their former lives are such a stark contrast to what we see.
A few days ago, a dear friend of mine told me her story. I’ve known her for decades, but only knew bits and pieces. But after hearing the whole story, God can easily be seen in her journey. She now knows that even when walking through many years of pain and hardship, knowing nothing about God or the Bible, He always had his loving hand on her life.
Some of my friend’s pain was brought on by her own bad choices, some because of someone else’s actions, and some from circumstances beyond her control. But once she found true love in Christ, her life was transformed, and she became the person I know and love today.
Every part of our life’s story is important—even the hard times and bad choices. Good or bad, each are part of a whole: small bricks that together build your life. A brick by itself isn’t worth much more than a doorstop, but when laid side by side with other bricks, one upon the other, a house emerges.
Once we discover and receive the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross, our eyes are opened, and suddenly we can see that the mortar holding it all together is the love of God. That’s when our story becomes a testimony to God’s faithfulness. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
While living out their lives, many know nothing about God or His great love for them. They might even hate Him or are hardened atheists. But God continually pursues us until we find Him. It may be years before we can look back and see His thumbprint on our lives, but when we do, it is a testimony of His great love.
Some people think their story isn’t worth telling. They might be ashamed of their past or embarrassed by it. But if you look around at the people you meet every day, you’ll find someone who is hurting or struggling with some of the same things you did. Your story can bring hope to someone who has no hope. In Revelation 12:11 it says we conquer Satan, the accuser of the Brethren, by the Blood of the Lamb of God, (Jesus), and the word of our testimony.
No one can argue with your story. It is your own personal experience. We can encourage and lift others up by sharing our story with them. We don’t have to preach, just tell anyone interested in listening, how God worked it out in your life.
Today, take some time and look back. Make some notes on how God’s hand was on you, how He protected you, guided you, etc. Write it down and ask God to bring people across your path that would benefit from hearing your story.
God can reveal Himself to others though your relationship with Him. As John wrote: “The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself” (1 John 5:10a NASB).
About the author: Terri Clark works with women to prepare and equip them to receive God and the blessings He wants to produce in their lives. She began to answer God’s call on her life in 1994 and has since impacted women all over the world with His news of salvation, edification, and healing.
Her book, Fanning the Flame: Reigniting Your Faith in God, identifies and addresses the issues which most affect a believer’s spiritual flame: the busyness of life, Christian service, pride, and worldly temptations. Join her in this pilgrimage and reignite your spiritual lamp with a fresh, empowering faith–a faith that will stand through a time of testing.
Join the conversation: Have you been able to see God’s hand in your story? Please share!