Freedom Conference Presenter Highlight – Jeanette Howard

JeanetteWhere Truth Begins

A believer’s story is a never ending story based on the truth that God is good and his love endures forever. Our personal story will only ever be authentic if that is the bedrock on which we stand and build.

To fully embrace the goodness of God as being an unchangeable truth means that we operate from a base of thanksgiving irrespective of the difficulties we face and the uninvited troubles that invade our earthly lives. In 2 Chronicles chapter 20 King Jehoshaphat’s response to the prospect of war illustrates the point:

“[Jehoshaphat prayed] Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (vv. 12, 13)

“Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the LORD.” (v. 18)

“After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendour of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: ‘Give thanks to the LORD, for his love endures forever.’ As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.” (vv. 21, 22)

Our True Story begins with admitting our helplessness and placing God in His rightful position, acknowledging that every good and perfect gift comes from above. From a place of thanksgiving we can accept God’s jurisdiction over our lives, even if we don’t understand why He prohibits certain behaviours.

Thanksgiving re-affirms in me that God knows best and intercepts and destroys any accusation that seeks to undermine Gods position and role in my life. Thanksgiving ensures that the enemy doesn’t have a foothold (Greek: landing place) from which he can dig in and create a stronghold. Thanksgiving is the key that opens the gate to the courts of praise before we enter the holy place of worship and the most holy place of true intimacy.

Our True Story begins with, gives testimony to, and basks forever in the goodness of God.

*Jeanette will be the general session presenter on Friday morning of the Freedom Conference.

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