Today’s Bible Verse
Before you know it, the Spirit of God will come on you and you’ll be prophesying right along with them. And you’ll be transformed. You’ll be a new person! When these confirming signs are accomplished, you’ll know that you’re ready: Whatever job you’re given to do, do it. God is with you!1 Samuel 10:6-7 (MSG)
Changed Stories Change Stories
Jesus is our story changer! He has come to change my story, your story, and the story of every person. And God doesn’t change our story just for the sake of changing our story; He changes our story so that we could then help others change their stories. As the saying goes, “He takes our mess and turns it into our message, and He takes our tests and turns them into our testimonies.”
In the verse above, God is about to change the story of a man named Saul. God is about to change Saul from what the Bible describes as a good-looking young man into the chosen first king of Israel. Saul is being called into a whole new life that probably could have never imagined—A life of luxury, a life of prosperity, a life of leadership, and a life of purpose. But what is interesting is that when it was time to anoint him King in front of all the people, Saul could not be found because he was off to the side hiding from everyone. Even after Saul received the call from God, even after he moved in the miraculous and supernatural, Saul was still running and hiding from the call of God upon his life.
Sometimes we can be a little like that. Even after God changes our story, even after we experience the goodness of God in our own lives, even after we see the miracles of God first hand, sometimes when God asks us to reach out to someone else, we can tend to run and hide from that. We think we are not good enough, or we are not perfect enough, or that job is for someone else. Pastor Art always says, “Somebody is waiting for you on the other side of your obedience.” God has changed your story and chose you to help change someone else’s story. The good news is that we don’t have to do it alone.
As the verse says, “Whatever job you’re given to do, do it. God is with you!” Your changed story will help others come to know Jesus, who will then change their story as well. All we have to do is yield to the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit, who will help up reach the people that God has called us to reach. (Rick Abordo)
Change My Story
In a few weeks, we will have the “2021 G12 Hawaii Conference: MORE” from September 3rd–5th. This is a perfect opportunity to use your faith and help people find their way back to God. God wants to use you to bring people to this conference so that they can hear a Word from God that will forever change their lives.
One of the strategies we use to reach people in the G12 Vision is called “The Prayer of Three.” The Prayer of Three is a great strategy to help bring people back to God, but even the greatest strategies without proper execution of the strategy will not reach their potential. Reach out to your Life Group Leader to get more information on The Prayer of Three and the specifics of how you and your team will be engaging with it. Here is a quick overview of the strategy:
- Spend a few days with the Lord allowing Him to identify three names in your life that He wants you to reach out to.
- Three times a day, for at least 30 days pray prayers of intercession for them.
- During those 30 days, look for ways to connect with them. Lunch, coffee, or looking for ways to help, serve, bless, or show kindness to them are perfect ways to connect.
- When the Spirit of the Lord leads you, invite them to the conference, church, or Life Group. This could be before or by the end of the 30 days of prayer and connecting. Share your story of how God changed your life and encourage them that God wants to do the same for them as well.
I know the Spirit of the Lord has come upon me. I have been transformed; I am a new person; God has changed my story. Whatever the Lord asks me to do, I will do it because God is with me!
Today’s Bible Reading
- Old Testament: 2 Chronicles 25-27; Psalms 147
- New Testament: Luke 12:13-21; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17