Sunday, December 26, 2010

You can't deny a changed life

On Christmas Eve we gave people a chance to tell how Jesus came through for them in the past year. We gave them a chance to tell their story. One by one they stood in all three services and gave a testimony of how Jesus came through for them.
I never tire of hearing the stories of of God's ability to do the impossible in people's lives. Each story built upon the next and as I stood listening on the stage I was reminded of this passage in Revelation 12:11 they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony.
I have often said that you can measure your walk with God by how old your praises are. If the time between your last praise begins to age then maybe there is a dry time in your walk.

As the stories were shared something happened in the room, everyone realized that others were dealing with the same stuff that they were walking through. And it offered them hope for their current life situation.

We wrapped up our time by giving others a chance to trust in the same God that was spoken about by the individuals. Even as I gave the invitation and looked around the room I was once again blown away as over 50 people made a decision to follow Jesus.

As I drove away with my family after the three services and headed for IHOP for supper, my body was tired, yet my heart was overflowing with joy because I knew this was the best Christmas gift these people have ever received! My God is alive and well!

1 comment:

mommav said...

I don't know if I ever told you, but we visited Grace last year on Christmas eve...and we never left! The intense presence of the Holy Spirit coupled with the "real-ness" of the staff and people of Grace just drew us in. We are so blessed by the ministry at Grace and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for keeping it real and allowing God's Spirit to have control! By the way...I'm betting that Lext wishes she could've been part of your family on Christmas eve..she's been BEGGING me to go to IHOP!! Be blessed! Carl & Vicki Witmer