Acts 1:8 NIV
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Do you know the extent of the power of your testimony, sharing how God’s changed your life? It’s huge. And so often we don’t tell others, but just keep it to ourselves.
Revelation 12:10 says, “They overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” Therefore, sharing your story can defeat Satan!! Now, that’s true power! Not only is it powerful, but it offers hope to others going through the same affliction as you.
The most powerful testimony is not physical miracles, as wonderful as they are, but the way God has redeemed your soul – brought you out of the hand of the devil for Himself. The Bible says in Psalm 107:2, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy”. If God has redeemed you, then you should say so – publicly.
To be a witness to Jesus is to speak and communicate the things that you have seen and heard in your life that happened because of Jesus. It is the Holy Spirit who makes Jesus real to us and makes Jesus real through us.
Whether spoken or by righteous actions, essentially, we are recommending Jesus as the only solution to life’s challenges and his teachings as the single way to happiness and salvation. We recommend Jesus to others as we would a dear and trusted friend. Because of our own experience, we can commend him because we know who He is and what He will do. We know that He is consistent, loving, a being of infinite knowledge and power, and someone who has the disposition to help.
Testimonies of words spoken or the emulation of the Savior, Jesus Christ, have at least four significant benefits for the testifier:
Increase: A testimony grows with the bearing. The burden of testimony lies in the fact that it must be borne or it will diminish.
Recorded in heaven: As testimonies in a court of law are documented, so our testimonies are recorded in heaven. They are formally entered as a growing body of evidence. When we bear testimonies, they are registered as a standing witness of the truth.
Forgiveness: Bearing testimony is a part of the repentance process, and it helps us retain a remission of our sins.
The Lord recommends us: As we commend Jesus to others, he reciprocates and commends us to the hosts of heaven. By our testimonies, we are known and loved in the heavenly realm!
But the greatest power in the history of Christianity is still testimony. Mass evangelistic efforts are important, but the fact remains that most people are led to faith in Jesus Christ through a one-on-one encounter with a believer who shares his or her own testimony. All the theology and scholarship notwithstanding, the greatest evidence to the truth of Christianity is the testimony of millions of lives transformed, often overnight, through faith in Jesus Christ.
The best sermons ever given, even by the most gifted preachers, are those based on personal testimony. When one tells one’s own story of his or her encounter with Jesus, the hearers pay special attention and most often respond at a deep, heartfelt level. This beats all the theological explanations the wisest of scholars can muster.
And so it will be, until Jesus returns. Our faith will triumph in the end not because we have smarter teachers, better preachers, more money or bigger churches. Our faith will triumph in the way it always has – through the personal testimony of real people who have had real encounters with the risen Christ.
Next time you face a trial or test, or receive a miracle, testify! You can change someone’s life by bringing them to Christ. Timothy 1:8 says, So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. Amen.
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Scripture of the day: It has seemed good to me to show the signs and wonders that the Most High God has done for me. ~ Daniel 4:2 ESV
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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