Saturday, September 1, 2007

The List as a Testimony

If you believe in God, most likely, you've had to believe in him for more than just your salvation. We live in a fallen world, and we have needs. Many of us have wants, which is okay as long as our wants do not become stronger than our want for God. How can your wants glorify God?

A few months ago I posted a faith verse on top of my computer monitor at work as a daily reminder that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Heb 11:1) I felt like I needed to see this verse each day when I walked into work. I have a lot of things I'm believing God for. Some of these things are big dreams that may seem impossible to most people who know me. I need God's mercy when my faith falters and I grow weak. I need his grace when I feel like I can't bear one more obstacle in my path.

This week I added another verse to the bottom of my computer. "Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart." (Psalm 37:4) Did you know that God will give you the desires of your heart? This isn't referring to needs. This verse is about wants, dreams, and desires that are buried deep in our hearts with roots that are planted and growing. Roots grow. This is God's word, and his word is truth. And the only condition to this is "to delight in Him." With a promise like that, how can we not delight in Him? He is so good. He is so wonderful. He is so glorious.

A few months ago I heard a Joyce Meyer CD that someone loaned me and it gave me the idea of listing all my prayers and the desires of my heart. I already have a journal to God, but this would be a separate list of things that I'm believing Him for. Joyce talked about how she did this at the beginning of her ministry. Thirty years later, not one thing on her list was left unfulfilled. She's seen the manifestation of everything on that list. Then last week the sermon at church reminded me to make my list. This week I felt a sincere desire and something of an urgency to start the list.

Yesterday, I did it. I created subheads such as For My Spiritual Life, For My Family, For My Career and Ministry. This list is not complete and I will add to it in time. Some items on this list are lifetime requests, and some are tangible while others are not. Now that I've started this list, I feel at peace. God wouldn't want me to make this list if He had no intention of fulfilling it. Sometimes He wants us to do things so we can see Him at work. Ten or twenty years when I look back at this list, I'm sure I'll see his handiwork in my life.

Nothing helps our faith grow more, than to be reminded of the things that God has done for us. Over the years we tend to forget some of the small things. God doesn't want us to forget, because somewhere down the road, we're going to need to remember. My God took care of that, so He can take care of this, now.

Don't be afraid to make a list, it is your first step to a written testimony.

2 comments:

  1. I like this Jenn. I think I'll give it a try.

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  2. This is a good idea, Jenn. Thanks for sharing this. I'm glad you made your list.

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