Our testimonies of God mean so much and when done in the right context; many can be brought to salvation. The problem is usually that we are either not confident in our testimonies or we forget Who our testimonies are about; unless we testify in light of God, our testimonies will only satisfy us but end up being of no good to others. In the previous post I talked about our walk as a testimony and this time I will spin it in a different way-a life of surrender to God as a testimony. Life is God’s gift to me, how I live is my gift to Him.
Surrender is not as dreary as it may sound, it involves two simple things:
- REFLECTING THE PRAISE
Unless we are very careful, we can miss out on the opportunity to praise God in our testimonies. We live in a busy society where we try to get everything done in certain ways and at defined times. In such an environment, it is very easy to accredit accomplishments solely to our hard work and tenacity. Unfortunately the world encourages us to take pride in our achievements so much that we are constantly in that cycle of achieving and working and hardly do we take time to reflect on what really matters.
On one hand we say prayers in secret and ask for God’s help but hardly do we mention Him when things go as planned. He is kind of back-up plan to fix things and never the main event.
Alternatively, we get so engrossed in doing it ourselves that our achievements are a one man show. God was never invited in any decision and so praising Him for it does not come from the heart rather sheer formality.
The world calls us to put our best foot forward and work with all tenacity to meet our goals; however, God’s way involves waiting on Him. I am not advocating for laziness but how different will our testimonies be if we do everything from the world’s perspective. As I let God do great things in my life, I can honestly accredit all my achievements to Him. When people see these things done by Him and not by myself, they believe me when I praise Him.
Jesus always insisted that all He did was to reflect Him and glorify Him. The less we are of ourselves and our ambitions, the more He becomes…I become less so that He becomes more.
With God less is more; the less I do the more He is praised through me.
John 8-50-51 “And I do not seek My own glory; there is One who seeks and judges. Most assuredly I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.”
- CONFIDENCE IN THE LORD
Our boast is in the Lord, in all things, we know He works for our good. Sometimes our faith is put to test when opposition seems to have an upper hand and nothing seems to be working. The reason why many keep their faith a secret is that they are not sure whether things will fan out as they anticipated, so we end up not confessing who we are in Christ lest we fail. We have turned to working out our salvation and believing in ourselves to run the race, disregarding God’s power and grace which He promised.
When we put our confidence in ourselves and not in God and turn to our own works, our testimonies become about us and not Him. We may say we trust in the Lord, but if we do things according to our own strength, that is what the world sees-our own strength. We become liars in our testimonies when we confess one thing and do the other, if my aim is to show people that the God I trust in is Almighty, I need to show it in my own life by trusting Him.
We always have ways of sorting issues without involving God, yet are quick to tell people going through similar circumstances to trust in God. We hardly take our own prescriptions. Confidence in the Lord grows as we invite Him in the small situations and see Him come through for us. My trust in the Lord is a testimony in itself as the world is looking for a place of refuge. Everyone is going through something to bring them peace and what better way to show them this than by my own trust in the Lord.
Jesus always tried to show us that by saying our God is able to deliver us is not enough unless we get to the point where we let Him do that. He called the Jews liars because they said one thing yet they really did not know God, always going back to human wisdom and never putting the Word into action.
The world will not be attracted to something we are not confident in.
John 8:54-55 Jesus answered, “If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing. It is My Father who honors Me, of whom you say that He is your God. Yet you have not known Him, but I know Him. And if I say, ‘I do not know Him,’ I shall be a liar like you; but I do know Him and keep His word.
All in all, I do believe that our testimonies emanate from our core being, they show where our hearts are and where we place God in our lives. Testimonies are more about who we are and not what we say we are. When we begin to change from within, it will become clear to people that, it is God working and not ourselves. The testimony is about God working in you; allow Him to do so.
- In the Time of Trouble (prayerworkscafe.org)
Ecclesiastes 1:16-18 I communed with my heart saying, “Look I have attained greatness and have gained more wisdom than all who were before me in Jerusalem. My heart has understood great wisdom and knowledge.” And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceive that this also is grasping for the wind. For in much wisdom is much grief, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.
It would not be fair to leave you with this information and let you try to change by your own wisdom and strength-it is like chasing the wind. Only in Jesus Christ does all this make sense and by the guidance of the Holy Spirit will we know the way to go. Say this prayer and receive a new life..
Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. Your Word says, “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). I am calling on You. I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life, according to Romans 10:9-10—”If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” I do that now. I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead.
I am now reborn! I am a Christian—a child of Almighty God! I am saved! You also said in Your Word, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13). I am also asking You to fill me with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, rise up within me as I praise God. I fully expect to speak with other tongues as You give me utterance (Acts 2:4).
The prayer was obtained from the Kenneth Copeland Ministries.