Power of Testimony
A testimony as defined by the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary is a spoken or written statement that something is true, especially those given in a court of law. We are called to go around sharing the testimony that God has given to us to the world. The testimony of what Jesus has done and continues to do for us.
Life is filled with ups and downs. Many people around us are faced with things we have never imagined people to ever survive. The world is covered in hopelessness and everywhere we turn we hear of cases of suicide. God by His nature is love and this breaks His heart. He, through His Son made provisions for us to be free from such bondages and to be without a care in the world.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (ESV)
God treats testimony as covenant. In His testimony is law and truth. A testimony cannot be a lie because it is an event that has happened in the presence of witnesses. The testimonies God gives to us are holy. They are holy because they are true, they are holy because they testify of the faithfulness of a God who cannot lie and His power. They describe God to first the witness and then the hearers.
A testimony from God should leave the hearer believing in the one true God. God is perfect. His ways cannot be tainted by anything. What He does always draws man to Him. His works points man to Him not the witness. We need to maintain this authenticity.
“God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” Numbers 23:19 (ESV)
Because testimonies point all of us to God they encourage salvations. You share a piece about your covenant with God with a hearer and this encourages them to agree to being bound up in love with God. This is the power of the testimonies we carry. We hold on to what has worked before with hopes that it will work again. This is our covenant with God that if we hold on to Him by faith He will deliver us from all our troubles – a salvation only attainable by grace. He is the only one we can confidently call faithful; not by one man’s testimony but by those of many others and by that of the ressurrection from death.
We cannot do anything for God but He daily lays His life down to serve us. It testifies that salvation is only attainable by grace. We cannot so anything to receive it, all this work has been done by God and this is what we all need.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,” Ephesians 2:8 (ESV)
All our testimonies should testify of the main testimony, the ressurrection of Christ and the salvation He offers. They should testify that every pain and evil we go through has been conquered by God and when we share in His victory we too become victorious. These are the stories that God desires us to share with the world, to tell those around us, to tell them of the salvation that we have received from God and that remains available for all them until He returns. God has called us to testify and testify we will.
“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’ “Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV)