GOD'S STORY YOUR STORY
When His Becomes Yours
By Max Lucado
When I open my heart to God He will rewrite the story of my life. Everyone wants to know where they came from and that is why God gave us His story - the Bible. The key message to the entire Bible is found in John 3:16 - God loved and He gave to the world, He loved and gave to us, His Son so that we could experience Him. He gave us a way out the sinful life if we choose to make His story ours.
Jesus was born into our everyday world so that we would be able to relate to Him. The Bible is His story but Satan wants to keep us from reading it. The devil is a divider and he divided humanity from God with the temptation in Eden. But God in His love planned a way to bridge this divide - His Son Jesus Christ.
When we face times of trial and testing by Satan we are being strengthened and purified for our life with God. Satan attacks our weaknesses so we must take them before God for strengthening. He has given us His Word - the Bible to strengthen and protect us in our battle against Satan.
Everyone longs for home, but our home is not earthly it is heavenly and our life is our journey home to our Father. But often times we try to change the route that God has given us to get there. We sin and try to make up for it by creating a "work system". The cross and forgiveness are the way, but instead we take the detour of work over God and His story of redemption. Jesus took our sins on Himself so we have no need to look for detours of works, we just need to believe and accept what God has given us - redemption, forgiveness, and His righteousness.
What the world views as our final chapter - death is but the introduction to our life when we've made God's story our story! Jesus' victory over death is our victory and our path to everlasting life.
When we believe God shares His power with us, but there are times when we don't draw on His Spirit. When we are drawing on His Spirit we are filled with the Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23. We must wait for the Spirit's leading when we go blindly on our own way we run into blocked paths and closed doors. God is telling us, "No!" and when He says no it is for our good protecting us from something we can't see or so that we may do something greater.
Through every difficulty or challenge we face God is working it to our betterment. We must remember that when we reach our home - Heaven sin will be no more, pain and sickness will be a forgotten memory as we are made new!
Book includes a discussion guide which will help the reader to delve deeper into the topic discussed in God's Story Your Story.
Advanced Reader Copy provided in Digital Format by the publisher for reviewing purposes.