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THE POWER OF A TESTIMONY

October 1, 2016

The dictionary gives the following definition for the word testimony. A testimony is a statement or declaration given under oath in a court of law or the sharing of information about a religious experience.

When I was younger a consistent part of our religious service was given over to the congregation to share their testimonies. I must admit quite a few testimonies were little sermonettes, while others were what I call religious rhetoric and then there were a few that gave what I now believe was a true testimony that expressed their traumatic reality and their victorious outcome. This last kind of testimony is what Revelation 12:11 states believers used to overcome the enemy.

Often the enemy attempts to intimidate and shame us with our horrible life experiences. He attempts to isolate people and make them think they are the only one with their problem. He makes us embarrassed to share what has happen in our lives with others but all of us have had experiences that someone needs to hear. Someone is waiting on your words, someone will be encouraged to know what they are going thru is not a new occurrence but others have been thru the same kind of event and survived.

There are many stories in the bible that demonstrates the power of a testimony and on today I picked out a few to share with you.

The first is found in John 4 where Jesus is having a dialogue with a Samaritan woman at a well. At first He tells her about her need for the water that will save her and then He tells her about her life. The women is so impressed with Him that she runs home and tells her townsmen, “Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did; is not this the Christ?” In response the towns people sought out Jesus, invited Him to stay in Samaria for a few days, received his teachings and many believed in Him.

The second story found in 2 Kings 5 is about a young servant girl who was taken into the home of Naaman who was a leper and the captain of the host of the king of Syria. This child shared with her mistress her knowledge of the healing power of Elisha the prophet and this information was shared with Naaman who then went to Elisha in Samaria and after reluctantly following his directions was healed and converted.

The final story is found in 2 Kings 7. The city of Samaria had been besieged by King Benhadad of Syria until God frightened off the army with the noise of chariots, horses and a great host. The Syrian army in their haste to escape left all their goods (tents asses, horses, silver, gold, clothing, food) in the camp which was found by four lepers who reported their findings to the porters in Samaria, and the city and its inhabitants was saved from starvation by this report.

In these three stories of a shared testimony the end result was salvation, healing, restoration and revitalization. The lepers whose lives were clocked in humiliation due to their disease moved beyond their plight and said something that saved their countrymen. The Samaritan women did not allow her infidelity to hinder her from sharing her encounter with Jesus with others and the young servant girl did not use her forced labor to prevent her from sharing her knowledge of healing.

True testimonies still have that effect today. What experience do you have that will help someone? If you have yet to share it, I encourage you to do so today because there is power in a testimony.

 

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