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Can we just talk? Can we just talk about something, well… just a little uncomfortable? Have you ever re-gifted something? Did you hope no-one would notice? Have you ever not – re-gifted something – because you were afraid people might notice? Re-gifting is a funny thing. Some people never re-gift, they would be too embarrassed. Like some people never eat leftovers. (That would not be us – you six kids – lived your whole life on leftovers. We are thankful for leftovers!). Some people only re-gift if they have an extra. Like the extra toaster you got for a wedding present… you can’t really use two of them, and if you can’t return it, then, most people would agree it would be ‘socially acceptable’ to re-gift the toaster. Now if someone special to you – gave you something very sentimental to them… well - you can never re-gift that – because it would hurt their feelings, even if you can never really use it yourself. Now some re-gifts – would be perfectly acceptable – and if not, who cares. If someone has an extra Porche and wants to re-gift it to you, who cares what people think. Actually if you are a newlywed – on a newlywed budget – you’re flat broke, with all your friends getting married, sometimes it’s a blessing to be able to re-gift a wedding present or two. Especially if it’s kind of expensive. They get something really nice that they can really use, and you get to give it without costing you money – which you absolutely don’t have.
So here’s a question… Do you think there is anything that was ever made - to re-gift? Actually created for it? Is there anything that God designed for you to re-gift? Actually there is. It’s called a Testimony! One of the most important things in your life – is your testimony! Actually, physically, and spiritually – one of the most important things in your entire life! Revelation 12:11 – And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony… Your testimony is key – to overcoming the enemy! It’s important! And it’s not just good, the first time! It's good every time. It’s not designed to use only once. Your testimony was created to Re-Gift! Every time you give it – you overcome! Every time you give it – it seals your victory over the enemy. Every time you give it – it makes you stronger, and the devil’s affect on your life – weaker. It glorifies God! and it encourages you and others! Testimony – actually means witness. You testify about something you saw, or experienced first-hand. This is what God says – is the way you overcome the enemy. One of the most important skills in your life… Get Good at your Testimony. And you can give it again and again with the same effect. (It’s almost like being able to give that same extra toaster – at every wedding you will ever have to attend for the rest of your life – think about it – that’s a bunch of weddings!) There are a couple more things about testimonies and giving them, that are mission critical for your success. #1 Testimony’s are generated by obedience. Obey more, you will get more. Without faith it is impossible to please God, but He responds to faith – like nothing else. James makes it clear – your actions prove your faith. So Faith is proven by obedience – the more you obey – the greater the testimony – and if you give it, and give it again – the more and more you overcome! Testimony is like fuel to both you and others And you can re-gift it – #2 Testimonies were made to re-gift. Praying that you are faithful in PIVAT before dinner – without fail. PiVAT produces Obedience in you – and Obedience is a testimony machine. PiVAT before dinner produces testimony after testimony because it focuses your full attention each day on Obedience – which God always blesses - the specific plans that He has for you to do- for today. it’s how you present your body a living sacrifice – fully acceptable unto God which is your reasonable act of worship - Romans 12:1. Praying that PRISM throughout the day – becomes an addiction for you. Because God says it’s how you test and prove His will for you – to obey. Romans 12:2 How many times has PRISM become the testimony! What God said you needed most – last night before dinner – for today, or what He told you to do. He confirms specifically in His Word, or how to do it, the very next morning in your PRISM time with him! Sometimes the WORD is the testimony! Praying that you will never miss your Daily Call! It is the venue God designed for your testimony to flourish. Hebrews 3:13 – exhorting one another daily! Where you overcome by your testimony the first thing every morning – so you are already fluent in it – ready to give it again and again throughout the day! Your Daily Call is the “built-in” – "adversary overcoming" – exhort one another daily - that God has commanded you!
There’s one more thing that’s important to know. God created testimony – to be re-gifted - given again and again. But not only yours! You can re-gift others’ also! It’s the will of God. Testimony is what you witnessed yourself, but in the Kingdom of God, Testimony is not just what you witnessed or experienced, it’s what you give! You can give the testimony of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses, When God parted the Red Sea, and the Jordan River, when He gave Manna and Water in the desert. You can give the testimony of Joshua, Sampson, Samuel, and David; Solomon, Elijah, Jehoshophat, Hezekiah, and Joash; Mary, John the Baptist, The apostles, Paul, and Timothy, and most of all - Jesus. God told the children of Israel to tell their children and their children’s children the Mighty Wonders that God did! To never forget them but teach them to their children. Every feast and festival of Israel, the Passover – was established forever – to re-gift the testimony of the LORD, His awesome power and faithfulness. If He was faithful then, He is faithful now. If He did it for them, He will do it for you! There is no shame in re-gifting when it comes to testimony. It is God ordained. You overcome with it. You encourage others with it. God gets the glory from it! And it generates more and more testimony.
Praying that you will re-gift testimony always. That you will understand the power of the testimony, that PiVAT before dinner, PRISM throughout the day, and your Daily Call – will have you completely focused on obedience that generates testimony - for victory, success and significance in your life. And one more thing. I pray that you will start and always be in - every weekend - a PiVAT Small Group. This is testimony on steroids. It’s cements Daily Calls – daily overcoming - in the lives of others. It cross-pollinates the joy of obedience, and generates exponential testimony that God has designed for people to overcome! You can’t have a Daily Call with everybody. But you can increase the impact of your testimony, and experience for yourself – the testimony that daily obedience is creating in others. There’s nothing like it - a small group of obeyers - testifying what God did and what God revealed. It's life changing, life overcoming! Praying that you will always Re-Gift the testimony of what God is doing in your life - and what He has done in the lives of others. His love for you is more than you can imagine – Testimony reminds you of it, and reminds others of just how deep, and wide, and long, and high – is the love of Jesus – for them.
Love you all,
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