Sundown Devotional: Thriving on Testimonies
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.
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.
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.
God has brought me laughter. All who hear about this will laugh with me. (Genesis 21:6)
He [God] brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. (Genesis 50:20)
My heart rejoices in the Lord! The Lord has made me strong. (1 Samuel 1: 1, 2)
I know that my Redeemer lives . . . And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! (Job 19: 25, 26)
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)
My God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me. (Daniel 6:22)
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)
King Agrippa . . . in my opinion he [Jesus] has done nothing deserving death. (Acts 25: 24,25)
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)
I was exiled to the island of Patmos for preaching the word of God and for my testimony about Jesus. (Revelation 1:9)
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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