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God wants to give you victory. Trusting him and seeing his mighty hand revealed on your behalf will give you an incredible testimony. But just remember, the testimony is not just for you, it is to encourage others. And the best testimony is that which gets passed on to the people you love most—your children and their children. As Psalm 102:18 says, “Let this testimony be recorded for the generation yet unborn, that a people yet to be created shall praise the Lord.”

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Going Deep // Focus: Exodus 10:1-2

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may perform these signs of mine among them that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with the Egyptians and how I performed my signs among them, and that you may know that I am the Lord.”

In the journey of faith, God will give us incredible victories. We are the children of Almighty God—we should long for that, pray for that and expect that. God is for us, so who can stand against us! God’s people are a victorious people!

But I would suggest that as important, perhaps more important, than any visible victory is the journey itself. The Greek poet, Homer wrote, “the journey is the thing.” I agree! An old Chinese proverb rightly says, “the journey is the reward”. And the reward of our victories is not simply something that will be measured by our grand achievements. The reward will be what comes through our acts trust. Increased faith will be our victory.

And this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. (1 John 5:4)

Supernatural fueled victories expand our capacity for faith—something that will far outlast this the present moment. We come away from our conquest with an enlarged faith—something we have to have if we are going to walk in further blessing and be used of God like we desire.

But not only do victories become defining moments that increase our faith, that produce moments where God shows up and does the supernatural and where uncommon blessings are released to us, perhaps best of all, a legacy is left for those who follow our footsteps of faith in the generation to come.

Our children and grandchildren will stand on shoulders of our risky faith and ruthless trust in a given moment that led to our testimony of supernatural victory. What God does in the moment in response to our faith becomes a roadmap for them in the future as they embark on their own faith adventure.

Should Jesus not return in our time, what we do in this moment will determine what our children do in their moment 20 years from now. That’s why what God said to Moses is so captivating, and critical to a faith that will get reproduced in a future generation:

I will perform these signs that you may tell your children and grandchildren.

God wants to give you victory. Trusting him and seeing his mighty hand revealed on your behalf will give you an incredible testimony. But just remember, the testimony is not just for you, it is to encourage others. And the best testimony is that which gets passed on the people you love most—your children and their children. Psalm 102:18 says, “Let this testimony be recorded for the generation yet unborn, that a people yet to be created shall praise the Lord.”

Annette Simmons said, “If you wish to influence an individual or a group to embrace a particular value in their daily lives, tell them a compelling story.” Let what God does for you today get heralded by a generation yet unborn, that down the road, they will still be praising God for the victory he gave you.

Going Deeper With God: Ask God to give you such an amazing testimony of victory that they—whoever they are—will still be talking about it two or three generations down the road.