THE POWER OF TESTIMONY
May 26, 2019 | Steve Pixler
You have a story to tell!
And your story has the power to reshape YOUR future and the future of OTHERS around you. Never underestimate the power of your TESTIMONY!
Here’s the BIG IDEA: A testimony carries within it the power to reproduce the miracle.
Matthew 9:20–22 (ESV): And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, 21 for she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.” 22 Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well.
Mark 5:24–34 (ESV): And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.
30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’ ” 32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
That’s an amazing story! But here’s the most incredible part: the woman’s story released the power to reproduce the miracle by inspiring others to imitate her faith.
Matthew 14:34–36 (ESV): And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that place recognized him, they sent around to all that region and brought to him all who were sick 36 and implored him that they might only touch the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well.
WHY DO WE TESTIFY?
To REMEMBER for ourselves what God has done and to relive the moment.
To REMIND others what God has done and encourage them to expect the same.
To RELEASE the power of the testimony so that the miracle may be reproduced.
KEY PASSAGES ON THE POWER OF TESTIMONY
Revelation 12:11 (ESV): 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.
Testimony is spiritual warfare. You conquer your spiritual enemy by declaring the good things God has done. Satan’s lies can not withstand the truth of your testimony!
Revelation 19:10 (ESV): “Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
Testimony is prophecy. Prophecy foretells what is to come, and when it happens, it becomes a testimony. But then the testimony becomes a prophecy, for it carries in itself the power to repeat the promise.
Testimony transforms the world. It is no exaggeration to say that world history has been shaped by the power of Christian testimony.
Jesus told the disciples that he would build his church upon the rock and the gates of hell would not prevail. And he commissioned them to fulfill this promise by telling the world his story and the story of believers. Jesus’ strategy for building his church is simple: tell your story!
Your story has the power to change the world. You need to know the power that your words release when you simply tell your story.
John 4:28–30 (ESV): So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” 30 They went out of the town and were coming to him.
John 4:39 (ESV): Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.”
Acts 4:33 (ESV): And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.
The early church only had ONE thing to create growth—testimony. The had NO marketing. Not print, digital or any other form. None. The only thing that made the gospel spread throughout the ancient world was testimony. That’s it.
And that’s exactly what still works today.
When you were born again, you became a “born storyteller.” Your testimony is IN you:
1 John 5:10–11 (ESV): Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself... 11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
While there is great value in modern media/marketing advertising the church, there is nothing that can create attraction and growth in the kingdom of God like YOU sharing your testimony.
Suggestion: Thus week, use technology—social media, emails and texting—to share your story. Post memes. Use YouVersion Bible to share scripture images. Send prophetic texts. Discover the power of “text-imony”!
How will you share your story this week?