Sundown Devotional: Thriving on Testimonies

Updated on November 1, 2019
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MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

Welcome to Sundown Devotional. At the end of the workweek, away from the stress of the workplace, from the hustle and bustle in the streets, we relax, reminisce, reflect and share inspiration from our meditation on a short Scripture passage.Today, we focus on testimonies. Christian or not, we will all be encouraged.

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The Devotional

They triumphed . . . by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. Revelations 12:11 (NIV)

My friend responded to my tale of misery. “See how much God loves you? He put me in your path, after He brought me through the same predicament.”

She changed my despair to hope, not by telling me how brave she was, nor by suggesting how brave I needed to be, but by presenting the winning two-ply ingredient: God’s intervention (by the blood of the Lamb), and the evidence (her testimony).

The testimony is personal. It doesn’t begin with “Some people . . .” or “We have to . . .” It is a simple declaration of faith which encourages both the speaker and the listener to thrive. David’s was: “The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.” (Psalm 23:1 NLT). Paul’s was: “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13 NLT). These testimonies still inspire triumphs today.

There are many opportunities during the week, to encourage others with our testimonies. Seeming coincidences that we realized God brought together, answered prayers, weaknesses which He turned into strengths are empowering references for our conversations. The purpose of our testimony is to brag about God, to declare the enriching difference He makes in our lives, to introduce Him as the solution to life’s problems. What more important thing is there to talk about?

So, what’s your testimony right now? What do you personally know about God that you think will help someone else thrive? Seize the opportunity to boost your faith, and the faith of others. Say it. Write it. (I challenge the believers to share one line of testimony right now, in the comments).

Prayer: Gracious God, please grant us the wisdom to understand Your goodness to us, and the boldness to share our faith through our testimonies, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Shared Testimonies

The following quotes from the New Living Translation are extracted from personal testimonies of Bible characters, based on their specific encounters with God. The expressions are all faith-defining.

  1. Sarah
    God has brought me laughter. All who hear about this will laugh with me. (Genesis 21:6)
  2. Joseph
    He [God] brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. (Genesis 50:20)
  3. Hannah
    My heart rejoices in the Lord! The Lord has made me strong. (1 Samuel 1: 1, 2)
  4. Job
    I know that my Redeemer lives . . . And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! (Job 19: 25, 26)
  5. David
    Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread. (Psalm 37:25)
  6. Daniel
    My God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me. (Daniel 6:22)
  7. Peter
    It’s really true! . . . The Lord has sent his angel and saved me from Herod and from what the Jewish leaders had planned to do to me! (Acts 12:11)
  8. Festus
    King Agrippa . . . in my opinion he [Jesus] has done nothing deserving death. (Acts 25: 24,25)
  9. Paul
    For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace. (1 Corinthians 15:10)
  10. John
    I was exiled to the island of Patmos for preaching the word of God and for my testimony about Jesus. (Revelation 1:9)

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Personal Testimony Poll

My testimony right now is this: God gives me more inspiration to share when I focus on His intervention in my life. What's yours?

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Questions & Answers

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      • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

        Dora Weithers 

        8 days ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Devika. Your comment is very kind. We all thrive when someone share the reason for his or her joy or progress.

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        Devika Primic 

        8 days ago

        Interesting insight here and I enjoyed this hub for the brave and encouraging words spread to us readers from you our kind and wonderful person.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Denise, thank you for sharing your testimony. David's was so impressive. He spoke for many of us.

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        Denise W Anderson 

        3 weeks ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

        My voice echoes that of David in Psalm 23:4: "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me."

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Marlene. I appreciate your encouragement. I'd like to giving for as long as God makes it possible.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Golda. I like to repeat parts of my readers' comments for emphasis. Your testimony is worth repeating. "Even in our disobedience, He still provides because He was providing for me before I came to know Him and He continues to provide for me now." Beautiful and empowering!

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        Marlene Bertrand 

        3 weeks ago from USA

        Your Sundown Devotionals are a testament to your service to the Lord and His people. Thank you for taking time to write them. They are quite valuable and I truly enjoy them.

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        Golda Dunrod 

        3 weeks ago

        I agree with this devotional completely. I believe God gives us testimonies to share with others to encourage them. Our testimonies are to God's glory, to show others that he is still in the miracle working business and that there is nothing too difficult for Him. The most compact version of my testimony is simply to say that God provides. He comes through each and every time. Even in our disobedience, He still provides because He was providing for me before I came to know Him and He continues to provide for me now. 'Oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.' Let us just ask in prayer and trust Him to do what is best according to his divine will and purpose for us.

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        Dora Weithers 

        4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, James, for reading and sharing your testimony. Your church has a habit that I like, even covet. We cannot go wrong singing and testifying.

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        James C Moore 

        4 weeks ago from The Great Midwest

        I'm not satisfied with all of my circumstances, but David says my testimony best in Psalm 37:25 which is listed in this hub. We at my church devote a time of service to telling and singing testimonies to our Lord.

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        Dora Weithers 

        4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Antonio, I'm happy that you like the devotional. Thanks for sharing.

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        Antonio50S 

        4 weeks ago

        This is a great Devotional MsDora. Testimonies for some people i feel is much harder to put into words.

        Thinking of my past associations i would like to quote one of their favourites. ( Psalms 146:3 ) "Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, WHO CANNOT SAVE"

        Talk about misdirection. You would think any institution that keeps quoting that verse would have the Truth, but what they really meant was put faith in OUR ORGANISATION. In fact that took precedence over the sacrifice of Jesus himself. They even excommunicated, Disfellowshipped one of their own Governing Body Members "Raymond Victor Franz" one of the nicest humblest persons you could ever meet. And for what ? Because he wanted people to trust in "God and Christ" alone instead of following MEN who forever keep wavering and changing their views and opinions, While claiming to be God's Reps at "the same time"

        The first Century Governing Body or "Jerusalem Council" of ( ACTS 15 ) never wavered in their opinions. They knew exactly what it was all about in verse 11 "No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord JESUS that we are saved, just as they are."

        I guess my Testimony is, they think they gave me the truth, but the truth i found was through my OWN personal searchings, as with many others.

        Credit goes to GOD & JESUS alone who took the first steps. NOT fallible people which ( Psalms 146:3 ) warns about.

        Great Devotional.

      • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

        Dora Weithers 

        4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Sure, Bill. That sharing is the testimony. We need it, the listener needs it and it glorifies God. Thanks for your contribution.

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        Dora Weithers 

        4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Sean. I love your testimony and I'm sure you say it many times on some days. You also give us several testimony lines in your articles. Blessings, going forward.

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        William Kovacic 

        4 weeks ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

        I'm thinking, part of why God intervenes is not just because of His love and goodness to us, but that we might share His love and goodness with others. Great thoughts, Dora. thanks for allowing us to be a part.

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        Ioannis Arvanitis 

        4 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

        My students often ask me "how come you never get angry with all the wrong things we do?" My answer is "Because no matter what you have done, you still are living personifies of my beloved Father, so I can only Love you!" This, I believe, is my testimony, and I have seen it change enough young lives. Thank you, my dear Sister, for one more beautiful Sundown! I am leaving you now because I have to go to John's porch... Ha! Ha!

        Be an imitate of Crist, and you won't miss happiness!

        Sean

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        Dora Weithers 

        4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Cynthia, Happy Sabbath, Happy Weekend, Happy Everything! Thanks for your kind response.

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        Dora Weithers 

        4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Tim, thanks for sharing your beautiful, touching testimony. You encourage us to keep the faith too, no matter what. I needed to hear that.

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        Cynthia 

        4 weeks ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

        Dora,

        Thank you for bringing this back to my attention. Have a great weekend!

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        Tim Truzy 

        5 weeks ago from U.S.A.

        Ms. Dora, I have seen the face of evil reveal itself in the actions and thoughts of those who would denounce my God, even in the numerous tragedies humankind bring upon itself, but He allows me to keep my faith and hope alive, within the darkest hours, when I help a child, an older person, or the weak; innocence is reborn within my heart, touched by His healing Power. It is written: Heaven and Earth will pass away, but Jesus never fails. That's my testimony.

        Enlightening article, Ms. Dora. Beautiful and encouraging. Respect to you with the deepest admiration, my sister.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Well said, Flourish. Thanks for your continual contribution of very practical insights.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        5 weeks ago from USA

        We are all connected, often in ways we don’t realize. One person’s act of kindness or bravery can bring great change and motivation into the lives of others. Never underestimate your potential impact. That’s my testimony. For years I worked door to door with people on the edge of homelessness spaying and neutering their pets. They touched me in many ways.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks for your kind comment. Happy to present something that's pleasing to you.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Pam, thank you for sharing. Many will be encouraged by your testimony of healing and answered prayer.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Bill, that's a great testimony. God gets the credit. And what a credit you have been in the lives of the rest of us!

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Eric, testimonies are boasts about God. Make sure that He gets the credit for your healing, while you express gratitude to the doctors also. It's His goodness, not yours; His planning (not yours or the doctors') that causes everything in your life to work together for your good. You have the evidence (your testimony), talk about it all you want.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Manatita, thank you very much for the beautiful, uplifting response to this devotional. You've encourage me to stay on the God-path. I appreciate you.

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        Layne Holmes 

        5 weeks ago from Bend, Oregon

        I love the idea of the Sundown Devotional. I was happy to find your article about Rainbows in the Clouds as well.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        5 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        Recently I had some very difficult problems as I couldn't walk for about 2 weeks. My knees would give out and I fell 3 times during that period of time. I kept thinking of the 23rd Psalms.

        Particularly, "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." I believed that the problem would resolve and I am walking again so my prayers were answered. I thought the problem was an injection I received, and it did resolve, thank goodness. It was a prayer that was answered. God bless you Ms Dora.

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        Bill Holland 

        5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        I was lost but now I'm saved pretty much sums up my adult life. If it can happen to me it can happen to anyone.

        Blessings on this Friday, my friend!

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        Eric Dierker 

        5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        Great here! I am constantly reminder of 2 Cor. 12. It is so hard for me to give testimony that is not "boasting". I boast of what God has given to me. "Look at me God has provided all I have and it cannot be more wonderful". This is truth. But I worry I puff myself and family up. Vainglory is often hard to avoid.

        I say all this in earnest. For how grand my life is. I can help so many and have riches beyond what I want. Yet "my" work is total failure. My worries are mine made not of those of God.

        Two nasty cancer bouts and he kept me so I can do some good today. I do small good like blankets and water. I must boast. I am so good that God saves me and looks after and gives me the joy to give.

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        manatita44 

        5 weeks ago from london

        I am pleased to see the devotional nature of your work and especially the chosen quotes. Ours is the Path of Love, Devotion and Surrender, as was Sri Ramakrishna … as was or indeed is the Christ's. Devotion is quick, sure, pure and full of sweetness.

        We stay one-pointed and steadfast in the blood of the lamb … in the Spirit of Christ Jesus. You and I, let us share with our brothers and sisters in the Light. Let us continue to give thanks and praise. So much beauty in your work!

        "Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name.' This is the first step. 'May Thy Will be done in and through me.' This is the last step. Devotion is in between.

        When we truly love our parents, we want to listen, to obey. In the same way, David shows us how to Love, obey and Surrender: "Yea, though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death …" Need I say more?

        You, me and God are like the life-tree and its branches. Others too naturally. The life-tree needs us and we, the branches, also need the life-tree, which is God. Let us continue … let us continue. God speed!

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