Today’s post is by a guest writer who is a dear friend of mine. Susan Dixon’s testimony has reached and blessed so many, including me, that I wanted to share a portion of her story. These are her words:
“There have been numerous people who tried to lead me to Jesus. Once there were 2 girls who made it their mission. They were very sweet, they took me to lunch, and they shared the love of Jesus. But they couldn’t answer my questions. I was 14. I would ask why they believed what they believed and they would quote scripture. I would ask how they knew the stories of the Bible were real and they would just say it’s faith. That wasn’t enough for me and I stopped accepting their invitations.
Here’s my point: these young girls had no testimony. Childlike faith is beautiful. I’m not knocking that. The reality for me, though, was that I needed to hear how that faith had been tried and tested. I needed to hear about God experiences; personal ones, not just the stories written down ages ago.
How has God shown Himself real to you?
When my 7 year old asks me how I know God is real, here is my answer: 1. Because He heals. He’s healed me. 3 years dealing with an incurable disease and God healed it through prayer. And He’s healed others through me. Only Jesus can do that. 2. Because He speaks. He whispers things to my heart about my children and others around me that I wouldn’t know otherwise and all for the purpose of showing His deep love for them. 3. Because He comforts. In my darkest moments, when I’ve felt utterly alone, the Spirit of God has wrapped Himself around me and comforted my weary soul.
My personal experiences with God are what have generated an unshakable faith in me. Know your scripture. It is the Living Word and the greatest life handbook that exists. But also, press in for more. Ask the Lord to reveal Himself to you in the here and now. As Christians, “our God” is different because He is ALIVE. In you. In me. All around us. Believe that He can speak to you and He will.”
“For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.”
1 Cor 4:20
“For the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, he who accuses them day and night before our God. They have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; and they did not love their lives so as to shy away from death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them!”
Food for thought: Our unbelief is what blocks our ability to see God move in miraculous ways. Choose to believe that nothing is impossible for God and see the mountains move.
Fun facts: Revelation tells us that the accuser of our brothers was thrown down by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. It’s just as important for us to recall God’s faithfulness in times of trouble. Ask the Lord to bring to remembrance examples of how He has come through for you in the past.
-Susan Dixon, Founder of Faith Journeys Non-Profit
Photo by: Joshua Reddekopp – Girl’s faith