This Sunday I am doing something scary. I am sharing my testimony with the church. Since most of your know that I am a teacher you would think that me talking in front of other people is a skill I have in abundance. I teach little humans not grown humans. It’s two completely different things and no one can change my mind about that fact. The fact of the matter is that when you have grown up in church you hear so many testimonies about how their lives were changed from a path of drug addiction or a abusive relationship, lack of a father at home and then you think to yourself, “Wow, my testimony is useless. It is nothing like theirs and I have nothing to offer up as a testimony.”
That is a lie from the devil himself. He is lying to you. Your story and your life has the ability to be used to the full glory of God. TO HIS GLORY. Another lie that we often here from satan is the watered down version of people’s testimonies. They say they got mixed in with the “wrong people.” and that’s all they say. Then we walk around a church that everyone smiles and does the “how are you” dance but they never are really REAL with their failures and weaknesses that lead them to the cross to lay down any burdens. Everyone is great and if I say I am not it’s a sign of weakness or worse, makes me a horrible person. THAT IS A LIE from the devil himself too! The people that surround you in the pews are not perfect, we are not blameless. We have or still are facing the same battles that you face or have faced and we still have things to lay down at the feet of Jesus each week.
I say all of this because it has been a point of growing and understanding for me this week and that I want to be 100% real with you so you will know it is ok to be 100% real with Jesus. In Psalms 10 David starts the chapter with these verses “Lord, why do you stand so far away? Why do you hide in times of trouble?” David’s relationship with God is so real and authentic. David cries out to God over and over and is so real with his struggles and the LORD fights for Him. Delivers him from his enemies.
No matter your struggle, your sin affliction, no matter your “ghosts” in the closet, He already knows them and for those that trust in HIM, HE will deliver us. BE REAL WITH JESUS. He is the friend you always needed, he will never turn away from you when you bring your struggles to His feet. For once in your life be 100% real with someone instead of hiding everything and acting like you are ok. It is totally scary but He never says it would be comfortable.