Welcome to the month of Testimony
Psalm 34:1-8, 1 John 1:1-4
This month your testimony of God’s goodness shall be outstanding in the name of Jesus.
Testimony is evidence or proof that God is real. The word ‘testimony’ is for you to give your personal account to what you witnessed or experienced – the forgiveness of sin you received and tell others how to receive such a gift by trusting Christ alone.
Your testimony also should include how God through Jesus takes you through difficult times in life. A time that everything you’ve done failed until Jesus by The Holy Spirit came to help and deliver you.
Psalm 18:6 “In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry came before Him, even to His ears.” Oh there are distress times in life. Jesus also told us in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” It is obvious that the world is filled with all sorts of problems and challenges. There are many distressing situations that go beyond humanity. It’s only God through Jesus that gives us victory when we call on His name.
The word ‘distress’ means extreme sorrow, agony, discomfort, torment, heartbreaks, affliction, a painful situation.
It is obvious that in life one way or the other we have experienced or going through distress right now. All you can do is cry out to God in Jesus name He will help you. The name of the Lord is a strong tower. The righteous run into it and are saved. He will save you.
Often we forget that testimony is powerful especially when it is supported by the scriptures. All the promises of God are Yea and Amen. Please do not let your testimony be one that talked about the devil’s work with some form of excitement as some have done. If you have indeed encountered the Holy Spirit there should be some form of sober humility to the confession. Confession is not a time of excitement and public show.
A powerful testimony is liberating and it has no shame about it because you are telling others what WAS and what IS by the power of God. Apostle Paul wrote in his message to the Galatians that, “For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it and I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers. But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.” Galatians 1:13-17
The ruling against a nurse who testified about her faith is all about, “believe what you want but never talk about it”; BUT Romans 10:14-17 stated the importance of telling others of our faith. Our testimony of the Lord is relevant to our Christianity:
- No one will suddenly believe,
- Unless they hear,
- They cannot hear without a preacher, and
- They cannot preach unless they are sent to preach the good news.
We have all been sent to testify that the Lord is good and that His mercy endures forever. We are all in the priesthood of believers sent out to tell others about the saving grace of Christ which we have experienced ourselves. Matthew 28:18-20
In conclusion, there are three areas to look into:
1: Spiritual Testimony
This includes how God through His Son saved you from the power of sin and death. Have you experienced forgiveness? Have you received the peace of God, is joy filling your heart? Can you testify that since you have accepted Jesus you find it easy to forgive others or you are still a man or woman being driven by what happened to you? Are you are a person with an entitlement mentality? You feel entitled to some things and when you don’t get it from folks, then forgiving them becomes an issue to you. I believe that this month is your month to be delivered from such demonic manipulation. 1 Corinthians 15:57 states, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Beloved, once you accept Jesus as Saviour and Lord you have victory over sin and death. Hallelujah!
2: Deliverance of the Mind
The Testimony about how God delivered you from oppressive negative thoughts. We are in a season that mental health is being discussed everywhere. We are hearing why believers are killing themselves.
Why should a person who claimed to have received Jesus as his or her Saviour and Lord commit suicide? I am not saying life is rosy. Oh distressful moments are real and we don’t need to look too far, as one way or another we have all encountered terrible moments in life and if you haven’t you sure will, but you will overcome them all as you were born to overcome through the word of God that is living and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrew 4:12
So if the word of God is LIVING and POWERFUL, suicidal thoughts must not sit in our mind but rather things that are true, noble, just and pure according to Philippians 4:8.
I have found out that we have problems with declarative memory, which is in two parts:
1: Episodic memory is what happened to you in the past, from parental upbringing to school days and each episode has left a mark in you. You remember what happened to you on the 22nd day of January 1976 at 2.00am vividly and we are in 2019; not because they were a lovely experience but maybe someone spilt a drink on you during your birthday and it stained your beautiful dress. That episode is still causing you distress. You remember the episode vividly and other episodes are all active in your mind causing you not to have an effective relationship with people. You struggle with trusting people. Of course, we are to trust only God but we have God’s people around us. You cannot succeed in life without trusting someone. Disappointments, betrayal, even abuse by those who do not know our worth will come for sure but through the word of God, we overcome them all.
2: Semantic memory is you don’t actually remember about the person you offended.
The key to deliverance from both these types of memory is to humble, accept that offence was committed and forgive. Oh please forgive! Why should someone be a landlord in your mind through what was done and why should someone become restless and suffer due to what you did to them? So, humble enough to ask for forgiveness and give forgiveness.
This month, may God deliver you from oppression. In the name of Jesus, I stand as God’s chosen and sent to minister deliverance to you to declare freedom from oppression in the name of Jesus. I also hold captive every thought to the obedience of Jesus right now.
Let go of every form of bitterness so you too can testify that the Lord is indeed good to you.
3: Testimony of Material Blessings
This is where many of us concentrated on. Promotion, finances, etc… There is nothing wrong with this, but remember that there was a very rich man called Nabal, “…but the man was harsh and evil in his doings and was of the house of Caleb.” 1 Samuel 25:2-3
Not all rich people are wicked as money rides on the personality of the ones who possess it. Having money cannot make you a saint if you are wicked.
One of the things I learnt is that riches without brokenness are destructive to your walk with the Lord. God wants us to be rich and wealthy, Deuteronomy 8:18-19 says, “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. Then it shall be, if you by any means FORGET the Lord your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall perish.”
Often we confuse prosperity for the true life of believers and use our wealth as a means to prove that we are serving God! (Matthew 6:19)
Testify that God gives you the power to get wealth but show how much of your resources spent to feed the poor. I met a couple who use their money to help the poor in this city and they are Nigerians.
They have a hostel that caters for those on the street. Pick them up, give them accommodation, help retrain them and today their testimony is that some of those people are back in university, etc.
What will your testimony be this month…
- That you become a forgiving soul?
- That you no longer hold onto bad memories about others?
- That money no longer rule you?