“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Revelation 12:11 KJV
There is power in our testimony. In fact the above bible verse links testimony with victory. Note how it doesn’t say they testified because they overcame. When we hear testimony, an event comes to mind and we open our ears to hear the victory that came out of it. But do you know that you don’t always need to wait to see the done deal before you testify? It’s called faith! Testimony is what seals the deal. We should to testify and do it more often.
We need to have a heart check when we testify. The devil always wants to exhort himself in anything we do including testimonies. He achieves this by making us focus so much on what we did more than what God did. To explain this point, read the below testimony which I made up.
“I have been looking for job for 5 years. I graduated with 1st class from one of the best universities. In school, I was loved by every lecturer because of my intelligence. I represented England in international competitions and I equally excelled in non academics. I met world leaders to discuss international issues and I was celebrated by everyone. Whilst looking for a job, I always fasted and prayed endlessly. I help the poor and feed the hungry. I am always on fire for God. So this year God gave me a job. Praise God.”
After reading the above, what have you taken away? How do you see the speaker?
The above makes me remember the speaker more than God. I see more of ‘what i did’ than what God did. To me, the above talks about self more than it talks about the power of God.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t share our journey with others. But we need to ensure that when people hear our stories or read our blogs, that they see the power of God and not the power of flesh or us. People should not leave thinking about our self righteousness. But they should leave thinking about the grace and redeeming power of Christ.
When we speak, write, preach, testify, are our words drawing people to Christ or are they drawing them to us? God doesn’t like to share His glory. We are vessels used for His glory and the goal is for men to be drawn to Him and not us.