The Power of Our Testimony


Peninsula Community Church 

The Power of Our Testimony 

December 31, 2017 

Revelation 12:10-11 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.

Today, we have heard from three of our members who have shared their testimonies about God’s grace and His intervention in their life. Thank you so much for sharing. As we consider these testimonies, I want to challenge us all to consider sharing more of your testimony. With that in mind let me remind you that a testimony is a formal written or spoken statement, especially one given in a court of law. It is also the evidence or proof provided by the existence or appearance of something. And it is a public recounting of a religious conversion or experience. In Psalms 22:22 David penned offers this insight. I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.

By sharing our testimonies, we are in fact giving evidence and bearing witness to what God has done and is doing in us. We are honoring God’s name and His work in our life. The fact is, every person has a testimony. We have all been touched by the power of Christ in some way. Sometimes because we do not have a glowing testimony of a life delivered from drugs or alcohol, we can be deceived into thinking that we do not have anything to share. But, the reality is we all have a story. At a minimum, we have all been kept by the power of Christ and His grace. He has provided us with protection and He has supplied our needs. He has brought healing to our bodies and salvation to our souls. We all have a testimony.

So why is it necessary to share our testimony. I would suggest it is necessary because of the following reasons. First, sharing our testimony builds our faith. When we share our testimony, we have an opportunity to build our personal faith. Sometimes we need to hear our own words proclaiming the goodness of God so that our heart responds to those words. We are not talking about a self-centered, self-motivated testimony but one that is focused on Jesus, the one who has aided us in our victory. If we are honest, we cannot share our testimony without acknowledging God in the process.

In the Old Testament, the Israelites were encouraged and challenged over and over to share the work that God had done. They were to retell the stories of God’s grace. They were to remind each other of what God had done. In so doing, their faith was built and their hope transcended their circumstances to see God in the midst of their daily life.

Secondly, sharing our testimony encourages others. Over and over the Scripture challenges us to encourage one another, especially as the days get darker. One way to do that is share what God is doing in you and through you. How has He blessed you? How has He met your need? Where has He led you? Where have you engaged with sharing the gospel. Where has He motivated you to change, so that you are more in alignment with His will and His purposes. What sin or wrong have you had to overcome that has lead you to a new found faith and hope.

It is also noteworthy that one of the benefits of sharing our testimony is that it binds us together in a stronger way. When we hear another’s story, we realize that we are not too far removed from them. We realize that we have a hope. We can then acknowledge that our issue or problem is not so big or so beyond the touch of God. So, rather than being distanced and isolated through our testimony we move closer together and we are encouraged.

Thirdly, sharing our testimony honors God. Giving our testimony, honors God in that it turns the focus away from ourselves to God. A simple definition of a testimony is it is simply honoring the Lord by bearing witness to others about His work in your own life. Paul in Romans 1:16 understood how important it was For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 2 Timothy 1:12 But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.

In the final analysis, our testimony puts flesh and blood on the Gospel. One of the things that people want to know today is does this thing called Christianity work? One of the complaints in the early church was that they had a form of godliness but no real power (2 Timothy 3:5).They were doing all of the religious stuff, but they were not witnessing much of the power of the Gospel. The problem is that too often people have witnessed the negative outcomes of legalism and pride, but have not experienced the spiritual freedom that comes from knowing Christ. They have seen the coldness that can comes from those who proclaim that God is a loving God, but they have not experienced the abundant life that flows from God. They have wondered if God is real, but too often those in the church are presenting a false, plastic God that seems powerless and weak.

The world wants truth and we are the truth to those who do not know Him. The one giving testimony is obeying the Lord by “telling his greatness in the midst of the congregation.” So, let us shout it from the roof top and let the world know that God is working, He is powerful and He is trustworthy.

So what will you share? What is your story?

Listen to the words of the great hymn Blessed Assurance. Fannie Crosby had been blinded at an early age from a medical mistake. Through her blindness, she saw more than anyone else could. She penned so many of our hymns today. Her story could have been one of defeat but instead she turned to victory. Her faith was built, people were encouraged, and God was honored. Listen to the words:

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine

O what a foretaste of glory divine

Heir of salvation, purchase of God

Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood

Perfect submission, all is at rest

I in my Savior am happy and blessed

Watching and waiting, looking above

Filled with His goodness, lost in His love

This is my story, this is my song

Praising my Savior all the day long

This is my story, this is my song

Praising my Savior all the day long

 

For an audio of this message go to http://pccministry.org/media.php?pageID=14

Copyright © 2017 All Rights Reserved Robert W. Odom

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