The Power Of
Your Testimony

Derek,
May 24th, 2022

On Sunday I shared about the power that is in our testimony.
 
Rev 12:10-11
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.
11They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.

 

Your story of How God has worked in your life through salvation, healing, provision, restoration, and many other areas,  is an indisputable account of the reality of Jesus. It tells people something of who Jesus is and what He is like. It gives a real life example of how the God of heaven and earth Loves and cares for people. People in this place, in this time and in our situations. Do not underestimate or undervalue the power of your personal story. It has the power to break strongholds of the Devil and open people's hearts to a revelation of Jesus.
 
I highlighted 3 levels of maturity in Testifying

  1. Invitation - Something happened to me – Come and see
    This is for those who feel that they are not ready to articulate their story yet. But you can still declare that you have found Jesus or something amazing happened to you and invite people to come and see for themselves.
    Examples of this can be found in John 1 and John 4 – Andrew brought Simon to Jesus and Phillip brought Nathaniel – both by saying they had found the Messiah, Come and see. And the powerful story of the Samaritan woman at the well, who invited the whole town to come and see the man who told her all that she had ever done and many believed because of her simple witness and invitation.

  1. Explain - What God has done for me
    This is the core of testifying to the work of the Lord.
    This is not a theological recital, but a simple and real explanation of what the Lord has done for you. In John 9 there is a great example of the after a blind man is healed by Jesus. He is asked many times what happened and he just said it plain and simple. Despite the resistance of the Pharisees to believe he says a powerful statement in John 9:25 “...One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”. No training required, just share your experience with Jesus. Acts 26 is also a great chapter to read where Paul simply and clearly gives his testimony to King Agrippa and his council.

  2. Actively Seeking Opportunity
    As we become more confident in sharing our testimony we can actively be looking for opportunities to share something the Lord has done for us, in us or through us. In Mark 5 there is the account of Jesus and the Demoniac. After being set free, He wanted to go with Jesus, but Jesus sent him to share his testimony. “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”

 
1 Peter 3:15 Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect
 
We should be prepared for situations when a divine opportunity or appointment

Derek