I was asked to speak to a high school last week and I eagerly accepted the invitation. I love speaking to high school students. When I was a high school student I was a practicing witch. I didn’t meet Jesus until college. During high school I knew several Christians – Christians who debated me in the back of American Government class about who Jesus really was. Christians who simply went about their lives.
My testimony of being rescued out of the pit and delusion of witchcraft is considered “powerful” by many of the people who get a chance to hear it. To me? Well, it’s just my story. I never shared my story for many years because so much of it had to do with choices my father made. I never wanted to bring him any dishonor. But a couple years after he died, I suddenly felt the Lord nudging me – “It’s time”. I was at a woman’s breakfast meeting of the Advanced Writers & Speakers Association when the subject turned to how we meet the Lord. I mentioned that I had been a practicing witch and suddenly the whole table was listening. They were amazed by the story – but to be honest, I was more amazed by their reaction. It was just another story of how someone came to know Christ. Why was everyone so shocked? Unbeknown to me, the woman sitting next to me was a producer for the 700 club and she slipped me her card and said to contact her. That breakfast meeting led to my testimony being featured on the 700 club, and that in turn led to me ending up on The Tyra Banks Show – where I got to talk about my testimony among 6 witches and two satanists. It was all God – I never sought out the opportunities and yet anytime we get a chance to share about our amazing God and what He has done – well, we should leap at that chance.
And it doesn’t really matter if you’re testimony is simple or dramatic. When God steps into our lives, when the Lord of the universe chooses to draw near to us and forever change us – well, that’s worth celebrating. Even if you did at 5 when your worst sin was probably throwing a temper tantrum when Mom took away a toy. Even if you’ve followed God all your life, you have a story to tell. A story of God’s faithfulness. to be honest, I often wonder what my life would be like if I had been raised to know God. But that’s not my story.
Basically, we will all be given the chance at some point to share why we believe what we do.
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15)
Are you ready for that? Have you thought through what you’d say if someone point-blank asked you, How do you know it’s all true? Whether you’ve had a rather smooth road, or one with many hills and valleys and potholes, you should be able to look back and point to specific areas of your life where God has shown himself faithful to you personally.
So I ask you today – How do you know it’s all true?
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