What are some mighty things that the Lord has done in, for and through your life, and have you told your children about them? I ask that question because this past Sunday I asked our people to write down some "miracles" that the Lord had performed in their lives. And I received in return a bunch of encouraging, incredible stories. I also asked that question because one of my Bible readings yesterday was from Exodus 10:1-2, where the Lord said to Moses: "Return to Pharaoh and again make your demands. I have made him and his officials stubborn so I can continue to display My power by performing miraculous signs among them. You will be able to tell wonderful stories to your children and grandchildren about the marvelous things I am doing among the Egyptians to prove that I am the Lord." (Exodus 10:1-2)
We know what the Lord did for the Israelite people as He rescued them from Egyptian bondage and slavery - either from reading the story ourselves from the Bible, having someone else tell us that story (in a children's class or a worship service), or from watching the classic movie, The Ten Commandments. We know the Lord performed miracles, sent plagues, and demonstrated with signs and wonders His mighty power - power that was greater than the power possessed by the Egyptian Pharaoh or the Egyptian gods. What God did was worth sharing with others, so the Lord said to Moses, "You will be able to tell wonderful stories to your children and grandchildren about the marvelous things I am doing to prove that I am the Lord" (Exodus 10:2).
"What kind of mighty works has God done in your life or family that is worth sharing with your children or grandchildren (present or future)?"
So let me ask you, "What kind of mighty works has God done in your life or family that is worth sharing with your children or grandchildren (present or future)?" Has He saved you, transformed your life, reconciled relationships, supernaturally provided for or protected you, answered prayers? What has the Lord done in, for or through you that would be worth telling to others?
I also want to ask you, "Why don't we share with others what the Lord has done for our lives and family - especially with those closest to us (our children, grandchildren, parents, brothers and sisters, friends, co-workers, etc.)?" Some people would say that "fear" keeps them from doing so, fear of what others will think, say or do. But we should never let fear keep us from living for the Lord or telling others about Him. Others would say that they don't want to appear braggadocios to others, but there is never anything wrong with "bragging" on the Lord. Some would say that they really don't have anything to share that would be noteworthy enough for people to hear your story. If you have been a Christian for any length of time, however, you undoubtedly have stories about how the Lord has changed your life, met your needs, answered your prayers, or come through for you, that others need to hear from you. Perhaps you would think that people wouldn't be interested in hearing of the mighty works that the Lord has done in your life or home. On the contrary, people love to hear stories. Stories are the foundation of the books people read, movies they watch, and inspirational talks they listen to. Most people love to hear other people's stories, and their interest is compounded when the stories are being related by people they know, love and respect. Children especially love to hear stories from their parents and grandparents (at least up to their teen years) about how the Lord has worked wonderfully in their lives - and oftentimes those stories are utilized by the Holy Spirit to build a foundation of faith in their lives. One of the best things we can ever do for our children and grandchildren is to remind them of what the Lord has done for His people throughout history, and especially what He has done in our lives.
So let me encourage you to write down some of your stories about the "mighty works" that the Lord has done in, for and through your life. And then say to your friends and family members, "I would like to share these stories with you." I promise you that the Lord will use your stories to bring hope and help to others, and to bring praise, honor and glory to His name.
Here are some of the "stories" that I received just this past Sunday.
- I had a heart attack on October 23, and the Lord who saved my soul back in 1976 saved my life on that day.
- I was living in darkness doing what I wanted when I wanted. My life was going down in destruction until someone from work witnessed to me and God has totally turned my life around.
- God delivered me from drugs and crime. He has made me a nurse, wife, caregiver and soldier in His army. He set me free and gave me people to love that also love me.
- God has saved my life twice, once from Lemierre's syndrome and second from a massive cut on my leg. He saved my soul and has never left me to do life alone.
- The Lord had released me from addiction to drugs and alcohol. He brought my wife into my life. He brought our son to Heaven to save him from his earthly struggles.
- God healed me from cancer and now I have a new life to give to him.
- God saved me from death in Honduras, healed me from meningitis and restored my life when I had lost everything.
- I was sick while pregnant with high blood pressure and the baby was born early and weighed only 4lbs. I got on my knees and prayed and my son recovered.
Send your stories to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I know that it's Mardi Gras season, but plan to stay involved as much as possible in Worship Services and Life Groups as we continue our IT'S TIME TO CHANGE series. Join us for in-person services if you can, or join us online if you can't make it to our in-person services. This Sunday (February 4) we're going to learn about "Pursuing Peace In Our Lives," and next Sunday (February 11) we're going to learn about "Developing More Patience." Encourage friends and family members who need those messages to come with you.
We love you at Celebration, and we're praying for you.
Pastor Dennis Watson
Lead Pastor, Celebration Church