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Our Testimonies

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God,”  2 Tim 1:8.

What comes to mind when you think of someone’s testimony?  If you were to ask some people, they would say that it is their story on how they became a believer and follower of Christ.  And they would be correct, sort of.  That is a part of what a testimony is.  But our testimony is anything we have seen or experienced that proclaims the truth.  From a Christian context, it is a declaration of anything that God has done for us or made us aware of.

When the apostles went out to proclaim the truth to the known world, they told what they saw and  heard.  They did not always discuss theology, but they always shared their experiences.  How did Christ touch their lives?  What did He do throughout His ministry?  These were the things that touched the hearts of the people.  In Acts 2:23-37, Peter said the following:

Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.  God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.  For David says concerning him, “‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope.  For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption.  You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’ “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.  Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.   This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.   Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.  For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”‘   Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”  Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

Notice, the Holy Spirit convicted those who heard the testimony of the apostles.  They did not have to plead and beg them to get saved.  All they did was share what they experienced.  They also linked their testimony to what the people already knew regarding King David.  It was a powerful statement they were not able to refute.

So, I want to encourage you to tell your testimonies, both to the lost and the found.  Tell those who know Christ and those who do not.  We Christians need to hear your stories, for they will be an encouragement to us when we see what He has done for you, because we know He can do the same for us.  The lost also need to hear your stories because they will see a tangible example of the love of God by seeing how He has shown His love to you.  Do not think your testimony is not good enough.  If it is about God and is the truth, it is always good enough.  People want/need to hear your stories.  Who is to say that God did not allow you to experience things just for you to be blessed, but for your experience to bless others?

To close this out, I would like to share a story about how God protected me from my own stupidity prior to being saved.  I was lonely and depressed one evening.  Cannot remember exactly why, but I was probably as depressed as I had ever been.  So, I decided to go to a bar around 10:00 PM to get a drink.  Now, I wish to interject here that I never really drank much, did not like the taste of alcohol.  However, I stayed there till closing around 3:00 AM.  I was terribly drunk.  I left and went back to my car.  I got in, and from that moment, I remember only four specific things about the trip home.

  1. Driving on a lonely country road, swerving badly from side to side.  (Quick note, this was around two miles from the bar.)
  2. Stopping at a six lane highway at a red light.
  3. Pulling into the apartment complex I was staying at.
  4. Walking up the stairs to the apartment.  (I do not remember walking into the apartment)

Several things about this event were troublesome when I woke up.

  1. I could have killed someone, or seriously injured them.
  2. I could of ended up in jail charged with any number of crimes
  3. I could have been dis-honorably discharged, since I was still in the Air Force
  4. I could have ruined my entire future, and may never have found Christ as Lord and Savior.

But God was gracious.  I believe that an angel took control of that vehicle, drove me home, and put me to bed.  I have no other explanation for what happened.  I have hardly any recollection of that trip, and how I made it home without crashing, or being stopped by the police, I will never know.  God has a plan for my life, and after that night, I never drank again.  It changed my life for good, and I was saved not long after that.  It was a supernatural intervention by the God of the Universe who chose to protect me.  I am not proud of this, however, I am grateful for God and His amazing grace, and that is why I tell this story.  For it is the story of God intervening and negating a stupid act on my part.  We all do dumb things.  It is good to know that He is not powerless against them.

So, tell your stories.  You may never know how what you deem to be nothing, may very well be the catalyst for the salvation or re-dedication to God of someone who hears what God has done for you.

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