Open up a 'testimony account'
'It is right to refresh your memory.' 2 Peter 1:13 NIV
Sometimes it may feel like our faith is being stretched to what seems like breaking point. It's in these the tougher times that our faith can actually be strengthened and grown. When we're facing those 'breaking point' times, it's not easy to focus on being strengthened. In fact, it can be tempting to give up, and believe that God isn't going to help us.
When we feel like that we need to refer back to our 'testimony account' of God's faithfulness to us in the past. Have a read of Psalm 77 - it's a great example of doing this. The psalmist was in deep distress and cried out to God. In verses 11 and 12 he said: 'I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.' And we need to do the same. We need to remember the times God has come through for us (and for others) - and fill our 'testimony account' with good news stories. This will help us have faith that he can come through for us now.
In fact, it is good to continually be updating our 'testimony accounts'. Peter wrote: 'I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth...It is right to refresh your memory' (2 Peter 1:12-13 NIV).
So what now? If you haven't already, open up a 'testimony account'. Spend time recalling your (and others') stories of God's faithfulness and 'bank' them.
Soulfood: Exo 39-40, Matt 9:14-26, Ps 91, Pro 3:3-4