Be His Living Testimony
The Lord wants to use you as a display of His splendor. He wants you to be a witness to attest to His miraculous power. You were born again to be a living testimony of His great love.
To all who mourn in Israel he will give: beauty for ashes; joy instead of mourning; praise instead of heaviness. For God has planted them like strong and graceful oaks for his own glory.
─ Isaiah 61:3 TLB
Alyssa smiled as she sat down at her desk. Today she and her husband hit their 15-year anniversary. She had laughed that morning when her husband posted on his social media, “It’s been the best 10 years of my life … yes, the first five were hell!”
They’d been brutally honest about their early marriage difficulties and the powerful way God taught them how to navigate their relationship. He saved their marriage. And they were happy to help anyone who asked them to share.
God wants to use your story to help others overcome the same difficult seasons He’s brought you through.
Isaiah 61 is a prophesy of God’s goodness and a beautiful detail of the exchange made when Jesus came to earth to set the captive free and heal the brokenhearted. Specifically in verse 3, those who mourn will receive beauty for ashes, joy instead of sorrow, praise instead of heaviness. The second part of the verse says God planted those who grieve to grow strong like oak trees to bring Him glory.
What has God done for you that you can share with others? He saved you from death and probably many other things. Has he healed you or kept you in health, given you victory over disappointment and grief? Your story serves to inspire others with hope that God will come through for them like He did for you.
Today’s One Thing
Give God a shout out today on social media or on a personal level with someone He brings across your path. Tell your story of how He has worked in your life. And take a moment to give Him thanks!