Editor’s Note: This week, each day’s devotional builds on the days before. To get the most out of them, please start with Monday’s post and proceed from there.
“They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony;”
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12:9
This past Sunday, Pastor Mike openly shared a big part of his story. Why, you ask? It wasn’t to give himself any kudos, I can promise you. The Lord led him to do that because sharing your story brings triumph and power! When we receive Holy Spirit, look to the Word to refine our reflection and begin a DIVINE EXCHANGE, and then tell the world, we triumph for Him and Christ’s power will rest on us. The whole point is to give GLORY to God for loving us enough for that to even be possible!
Part of my story is that I have seen God glorified, from sharing my story. God allowed me to walk a long time in denial of the true gift of Holy Spirit and in rebellion to His authority. One thing that cannot be argued is when we are shown the TRUTH, that He loves us enough to take over when we surrender, we have a choice to believe that or not. I chose to surrender. First by making Jesus Lord of my life, then by beginning my transformation journey of daily choosing to let Him be in charge. Don’t be mistaken, I am not perfect at this. During the journey, he began to shine His light on all the dark places and to show me the lies I had believed. “You will always be crazy”. “You can’t NOT screw up”. All lies. He was gracious to take me from fruits to roots in the daily journey and He will do that for you too.
He has given me different opportunities to share my story, different parts at different times, all ordained by Him. A couple of things that come from it are: God gets glory because I was one jacked up lady now living my life for Him every day, and it helps others identify, acknowledge and release lies and darkness from their own lives. THAT is what it’s all about! Tell the world what Jesus has done for you, and help each other walk through this journey of DIVINE EXCHANGE! It’s not complicated…. it’s just LOVE!!!
Pray about God giving you the opportunity to share your story and for Holy Spirit to give you the courage to do so when the opportunity presents itself. After what He has done to save, resurrect and heal me, that’s the least I can do for HIM!
About The Authors
Each week features a different author. This week’s posts are written by Angela Stewart, building on Sunday’s message about “Divine Exchange”. She is the Assistant to the Executive Pastor at New River, and is passionate about interceding in prayer for all of us.