THIS IS MY STORY
I remember sitting on the floor with my brothers and sisters as our mother read The Pilgrim’s Progress. As she finished each chapter, we all said, “Read another one! Please…! …read another one!” I love a great story. One of my favorite stories is Aladdin and the Arabian knights. While stories touch the young and old alike, they also shape the soul’s belief system. Jesus told stories and parables to both open and hide heavenly secrets. The other day, I heard my seven-year-old grandson make his favorite request, “Mimi, tell me a story.” This is My Story, and you have one that needs to be told.
But, the oldest storyteller was the first. In fact, he dreamed an eternal love story before time began. He created time to move the story at a foreordained rhythm and at a predetermined pace. When he chose to record history, he wrote it in a story. And, when your place in time arrived, he took your story book off of his shelf, and inserted it as an integral part of His.
However, God’s story did not start with man. His started with the Lamb slain from the foundations of the universe. He knitted His son’s sacrifice into the fabric of the universe and invested himself before he made Adam, and before He said, “You shall not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” Grace kissed mercy. Elohim is the most glorious of all stories, and He wrote His own story into the creation, in the hearts, in the minds, in the souls, and in the eras, epochs, periods, and times of every human being. This is an ever evolving, continuously developing, and eternally advancing story.
When Jesus told his disciples the story of his own death, they ignored him the first two times. The third time Jesus told them, it went deep into their heart causing them to feel sad. It was then he said, “I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am He. I assure you: Whoever receives anyone I send receives Me, and the one who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.” Jesus sensed their sadness and told another story. “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also.”
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It was early in the morning when the smell of camp fire smoke mixed with diesel fuel reminded me that I was in M’barara, Uganda, East Africa. The restaurant in the starred hotel was the closest we found to American cuisine. (It’s hard to mess up eggs, bacon, toast, coffee, and orange juice.) I was early, but the team was scheduled to meet me at breakfast. I swung my travel briefcase over my shoulder and said, “I am ready!”
As I walked toward the door, I heard a familiar wise whisper. “I don’t want you to just preach a message today. I want you to BE the message today!”
I was a little stunned as my heart asked, “What…?”
Then I heard it again, “I want you to BE the message today.”
I projected, “What does that mean? I’ve studied Your Word. I have a message. I am ready for the crusade.”
He responded, “I don’t want you to preach the message today, I want you to be the message.” This conversation rattled me. I sensed an exuberant peace flood my soul that said, “Just work with me here. You are prepared, now walk with me.”
I countered, “Well, I am not sure I know how to do that Lord!”
My brain instinctually employed a quest to figure it out. Then I heard, “Instead of telling the story, I want you to BE the story.” A writer calls this “Show and don’t tell.”
As we rumbled down the African road in our mini-van taxi, the residual presence of God lifted me. I see myself telling the story of God’s love, and presenting His eternal plan. But, the Father was challenging me to dive in, and become the message. Become the love and let the love become me. Become the son of God and allow the Son to become me. Become a participating part in His kingdom and letting the kingdom become me. So, I put my notes in my briefcase. When we arrived at the crusade I stood to BE the message.
I received an invitation that day, not only to live in my story, but to authorize my story to join His. When I say, This is My Story, faith manifests. Stories and parables are the language of the Spirit, and transmit more than words. The spirit that lives in the story communicates with every layer of creation. This is one application to the Apostle Paul’s analysis, “And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God…” When you act in love, walk in the Spirit, and exercise family life in the body of Christ, you are teaching the principalities and powers… the manifold wisdom of God. Your stories are teaching the fellowship of the mystery…hid in God, to the echelons of Angels.
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Remember always, the creation, and the story in the creation belong to God. He is the author, and he says, “This is My Story.” No one edits Him. Free will cannot mess up His plan. He is the rock all are broken upon.
When you hear or read a story, the same power of faith and inspiration experienced in the event is present to activate the same result in your life. A story of triumph brings a warrior’s faith. A story of freedom conveys a new level of spiritual authority. A story of healing offers hope and supernatural restoration. A story of illumination delivers breakthrough revelation. And each story turns out to be a “DO IT AGAIN WITNESS!” When you witness, and believe the power of God’s creative Word, you enter into the same miracle. The Apostle John wrote,
“And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life through his name.”
The icon of Jesus Christ in the gospels is incomplete. Jesus would say, This is my Story. He healed more people. He taught more lessons. He did more miracles. He had more friends. He preached more messages. In fact, his story is still being written today. When you believe in Him, His story lives in you. The challenge is to believe, and let the life of Jesus do for you what he has done for millions.
 John 14:1-4
 John 1:12
 Ephesians 3:9-11
 Ephesians 1:4
 Revelation 13:8
 John 13:19-20
 John 14:1-4
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