By The Word Of Our Testimony

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the Word of their testimony.” Revelation 12:11

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What makes Jesus real to others? Is it what we say? What we do? How do the unsaved come to believe Jesus is real?

Revelation 12:11 says, it is by our testimony.

When I think about my testimony, I cringe.

Do I really want to tell others what I have done and been through?

Truth be told, I never share my testimony. I may share bits and pieces of it, here and there, but I never get around to actually telling people what God has delivered me from.

I remember when a close friend of mine who is a missionary introduced me to other missionaries. She began telling them a little bit about my testimony and I was mortified. She saw the expression on my face and pulled me aside to apologize. I told her I wasn’t comfortable sharing my story with others, whether they are Christians or not.

I am not comfortable sharing my past, which is why I don’t share my testimony.

Recently, I listened to a message where a pastor said, “God did not deliver you for yourself. He did not deliver you, so that you could live a comfortable life, sitting on your sofa, eating popcorn. He delivered you so that you can go tell others about what Jesus has done for you, so that others may believe.”

Boy, did I feel convicted.

All these years, I have been sitting on my testimony because I don’t want to be judged and criticized by others.

Yes, God has delivered me of much, but yet, I want to tuck it away somewhere, go on with my life and forget about it.

We can continue to use prescriptions and formulas to bring others to Christ. We can also act like we have it figured out and attempt to do everything with our own reasoning.

However, as you can see from the above verse, it isn’t by our logical antidotes or persuasive words that brings others to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

It is by the Holy Spirit, the blood of the Lamb, and the word of our testimony.

This is God’s prescription.

The real question is, will we continue to follow our own way or do it His way?

Do you also find it hard to share you testimony?

  • http://ayearinthespirituallife.blogspot.com/ Dayna Renee Hackett Bickham

    This is why I emphasis living a life “out loud”! I want everyone to know that a life of sin – adultery, partying, and abuse – can be fully forgiven, recovered from, and redeemed into something beautiful. Press in my friend. What waits on the other side is a freedom to be who God is calling you to and just quite possibly your purpose! Love this post. Keep showing us your vulnerability. It makes us love you more.

    • http://www.ordinaryservant.com/ Pilar Arsenec

      Thank you, Dayna. I admire your courage and appreciate your encouragement too. Love you.

  • http://www.eileenknowles.com Eileen

    Great topic. I feel called to share my testimony any chance I get. For me, I used to live in hiding behind a mask of shame. Today, I am free. Why wouldn’t I want everyone to know who was responsible for that? It’s a reason to celebrate every day!!

    • http://www.ordinaryservant.com/ Pilar Arsenec

      Sweet Eileen, nice to see you here. I hope I get to meet you in person one day. Thank you for sharing. I hope I arrive at a place where the shackles of shame are erased and I can share my testimony without hesitation. God bless you.

  • Bernard

    Wow! This is simple while powerful. I see room for improvement on my testimonial activity. Thanks for sharing your heart on this matter.

    • http://www.ordinaryservant.com/ Pilar Arsenec

      Thank you, brother B. I appreciate your taking the time to read and comment. God bless you. :)

  • Jan

    Pilar, after I formed my personal relationship with the Lord in 1990, I was asked to give my testimony and I felt so much the same a you. I was fairly well known in my town…considered a successful business woman….was on numerous boards,…blah, blah, blah. Why would I want people to see my warts, know my weaknesses, and realize that I had broken all of God’s commandments? I did give it though (through many tears) and have since given it numerous times with some actually committing their life to Christ after. Now I appreciate the opportunity – even on airplanes to just give the elevator version of how my life has changed since forgiveness and submission. Thanks for posting this. Jan

    • http://www.ordinaryservant.com/ Pilar Arsenec

      Wow, that is awesome! Thanks for sharing this with me. Very encouraging.