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December 1, 2014

December 1, 2014

"Share Your Testimony of Gratitude"

“Thank the Lord!  Praise His name!  Tell the world about His wondrous love and how mighty He is!”  Isaiah 12: 4

No other person on earth knows your story better than you.  So telling your story, from your perspective as a child of God, can be an important way to tell God thank you for all He has done.

You don’t tell it to try and convince people.  You don’t want to try to pressure someone into faith.  You just want to tell people what has happened in your life and how God has worked through that.

If you don’t tell your story some may lose out on knowing God and how He works.  They won’t understand how grateful you are to God.  They also won’t have a model of what it means to be grateful.  That’s incredibly important.

I was once reading that somebody had done a scientific study that the two healthiest emotions are generosity and gratitude.  People who demonstrate those emotions regularly are more resistant to disease and less likely to get ill.  So, when you tell others about what God has done in your life, you’re letting them in on this amazing health secret!

Not only that, you’re giving them a window into God’s will for their lives.  God wants us to give thanks all the time.  So God wants us to be grateful in all circumstances.  It’s not just that fourth Thursday in November for being grateful; He wants you to be grateful in your lifestyle.

In Acts 16 we’re told that Paul and Silas went to Philippi to speak.  The crowd got them arrested.  Near midnight, Paul and Silas started thanking God despite their situation.  They prayed, they sang and thanked God.  God sent them a miraculous earthquake that opened the door of the jail and loosened their chains.

When their Roman jailor saw this, he was so shaken he almost committed suicide.  Paul and Silas stopped him and shared their story.  The man became a follower of Jesus right there.  His family followed him and they were baptized that night.

Your testimony of gratitude still has the power to unlock prisons, too.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don