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And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Revelation 12:11, KJV.

Have you ever read a scripture that evokes a question that you have been trying to avoid? The above verse encourages me to think about the state-of-mind I was in when God saved me. I was a broken, confused, and lost teenager. I oftentimes forget that I did not grow up in church, because my past is far removed from me.

There are certain years of my life I have hidden under the guise of present joys and successes. I have convinced myself that some of my experiences are insignificant and useless.

However, the forgotten chapters of my life, and yours, are valuable—they are pieces of our testimony.

Searching through the debris of our past will excavate the chapters of our lives we have thrown away. But more than anything in this world, I desire to find God in the most painful moments of my life, and discover that He was there with me. If God wasn’t with me in those dark moments, then I would not be where I am now. Without Him I wouldn’t have endured, overcome, and grown.

You have an incredible story—it may be titled, “My Life: The Up’s, The Down’s, and the In-betweens,” but it is your life’s work of how you found God. It is your testimony of what God has done for you and your family. And, it is a storyline riveting with impossible situations and miraculous miracles.

Your forgotten chapters can be used as a tool to bring healing and restoration into this world. You and I can both change the trajectory of someone’s life by sharing our experiences. Together, we can share our testimony when our adversary attempts to discourage us.

Your forgotten chapters are important. Yes, some pages may be red, covered by the blood of Jesus, but that is the power of your testimony—forgiveness, deliverance, salvation, hope, legacy, and eternal life.

Prayer:

Lord, help me to share my story with the intention to edify and empower other people. I believe that there can be purpose though my pain. I desire to be an overcomer and a person who combats the enemy with the influence of my testimony, because it is through my past that I can share the power of the blood You shed for me on Calvary. Thank you, Jesus.

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony;” Revelation 12:11

Recently I had the privilege of hearing a young man give his testimony of how the Lord had delivered him from a drug addiction. It was the story of a marvelous deliverance and everyone who heard it was moved. As I listened to him speak, my heart was filled with praise and thanksgiving for the miracle that God had performed. I am so thankful that we serve a God who can reach down to those who are deep in sin and change their lives completely. What a testimony they have.

For those of us who have walked with the Lord since we were children, sometimes hearing a story like this can make us feel that we do not have much to share with others. But the Lord showed me that we have a great testimony even if we never really got entangled in a lot of things in the world. Those who get involved in drugs, alcohol, and other things can find forgiveness and deliverance, but they still must live with the consequences of those sins. Some situations that resulted from those times will affect them for the rest of their lives.

Just think of all the things that the Lord has kept us from. When we give our lives to Him while we are young, we are protected from so many heartaches and sorrows. We can look back on our lives with thanksgiving that the Lord has been with us and kept us from getting involved in things that would have destroyed us. We have a wonderful testimony, one we should share with others, and not be ashamed.

Prayer: Jesus, I thank you for your great salvation, and that you called me to be your child when I was young. I thank you for the way you have been with me through the years, protecting and keeping me from the evils in this world.

Devotion by Anne Johnston