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Out of the Darkness and into the Light--Share Your Story

July 27, 2009

I am more and more amazed at how the words in the Bible are truly alive. It is one thing to know that God’s word is powerful, but it is another to experience its power daily. Three verses are currently filling my thoughts and actions, which are motivating me to continue to share my journey of faith with hopes that others will do the same.

Revelation 12:10 – 11 says that the accuser of the brethren, who is Satan, has been cast down, and that the people of God over came him by the blood of the Lamb and by the power of their testimony. This is a powerful verse because I believe it is referring to all Believers since Adam and Eve until now. It tells us that once we believe in God and surrender to Him through Christ, he has no power to accuse us before God. It also tells us that through Christ, we can overcome Satan and his temptations, and we do not have to believe the lies he speaks anymore. The way I see it, every time I share my testimony of how God delivered me, it builds my faith and hopefully it will give others courage and hope to reach out for the freedom that is waiting for them.

In 1 Peter 2:9 – 10, it says something similar. “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of the darkness and into His marvelous light.” This tells me that one of my responsibilities is to tell anyone who is willing to listen what God has done for me. It gives me courage and comfort in knowing that I do not have to wait until I know the Bible like the back of my hand, or that I have to have all the answers. For now, I will stick with what I know, and the rest will come as I continue to grow.

The third verse is from Ephesians chapter two verse 4 – 10. It says, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ, (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

I may not use big fancy words, or have all the doctrines of Christianity figured out yet, but one thing I do know, God watched over me through all my trials and dangerous situations; some of them out of my control and some I made a conscious choice to participate in. He allowed me to think I was in control so that at the right time, I would find myself in a place where the only place I could look was UP. So just like this verse says, in the ages to come he would show me his grace and kindness, which he did. I also like how this verse tells me that I am already saved, and that as far as God is concerned, I am already sitting in the heavens with him. If how I live my life determines whether or not I would be saved in the end, this verse would not be true. So I take comfort in His grace and I determine to live a life of obedience, not out of fear or hopes of going to heaven, but out of my grateful heart.

Now I can start doing the good works God planned for me to do, long before I was even born. Like I said in the beginning, these verses are powerful, alive, and speaking louder and louder to my heart and mind. I will never stop sharing whether little, big, or somewhere in between, as long as I have breath I will tell of His wonderful works.

I hope this has encouraged some of you Christians to reach out and use the power of your testimony to help free others who are still in bondage to sin. You can start by sharing a little with me. I pray God keeps our hearts on fire for him and that no matter how long we have been a Christian we will never forget what God has done for us.

Have blessed day.

Lydia Najera

“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith’”. Romans 1:16-17

 

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