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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me.”—Psalm 66:16 (NLT)
My eyes widened as I listened to the ER doctor explain the reason I was gasping to breathe. He pointed to the X-ray film and described how a tumor, roughly the size of a football, had entangled my heart and lungs. At 25 years old, no one can prepare you for such distressing news—especially when you’re seven weeks pregnant and you’re certain the Lord just whispered, “You’re supposed to keep the baby. Don’t abort.”
The miracles that unfolded from that decision 18 years ago still leave me amazed. Not only did my heavenly Father save my daughter after she endured my chemotherapy treatment in utero, He rescued me from a string of inexplicable near-death experiences over the next ten years. This crazy message of life and hope and the mere onset of miracles only solidified our testimony that God is who He says He is.
No one could dispute that.
Yet for years I sat silent with my God-stories, too timid to share the supernatural experiences with others because I didn’t want to offend anyone by mentioning the name of Jesus. I mean, Christ had redeemed others; He certainly didn’t need little ol’ me to speak up. Or did He?
And that’s exactly what the enemy loves for us to believe. Each time we consider sharing our testimony, the deceiver whispers lies to us, filling our mind with doubt. And once that spirit of fear creeps in, and we sit silent, Satan knows his muzzling tactic has worked. But as I read the Bible, my Father fills my head with confidence. He whispers, “Never be ashamed to tell others about [me]” (2 Timothy 1:8).
Praise God He gives each of us a unique story specifically designed to pique the interest and intrigue of those with whom we come in contact. Your coworkers, neighbors, or close friends might be wrestling inside, and they need to hear your hope. They need some type of evidence that they, too, can be transformed much like you have.
God so desires to use us. He chose you. But first we must rekindle Hezekiah’s excitement in Psalm 66:16 when he says, “Come and listen . . . and I will tell you what He did for me.”
DIG: Sometimes we forget how incredible our life-changing experiences were. Maybe yours happened when you first accepted Christ, or maybe you were raised in the church and your unique testimony of redemption appeared during one of your darkest moments. However God stepped into your life and transformed your situation, take a moment to remember how you felt when you were set free.
DISCOVER: As you read this devotional today, is there anyone God put on your heart? Does God want you to share your story with him or her?
DISPLAY: Everyone’s God-story is important because we were all transformed from something. Whether it was your testimony of salvation or your testimony of surviving an addiction, abuse, neglect, illness, pride, or even doubt and fears. Christ has passed the baton so you can share the hope you have. What did He do for you? That’s exactly what He wants you to talk about today.