Mike’s drug addiction landed him on the streets for seven years. He was able to get a weekly shower thanks to a program through his local rescue mission. Often the volunteers from the mission, many themselves recovering addicts, offered to pray for him. He found himself going back to the mission not just for the handouts, but for the love and acceptance he received. His family had long lost hope in him. On the streets, there was no one who truly cared whether he lived or died.
After several years, through the leading of a mission volunteer, Mike prayed and asked Jesus to take control of his life. After going through a recovery program, Mike was back on the streets. But this time, he was leading others caught in addiction and difficult circumstances to hot meals, showers, and prayer.
Mike’s life now demonstrates a new mantra: to live is to give. Rather than hide his past, he humbly shares his story in order to help others. He doesn’t boast about where he’s been or what he’s done. He boasts only about how God saved him.
Revelation 12:11 says the enemy is overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony. The word “testimony” simply means to tell your personal experience of how you came to know Christ and ways He has changed your life.
Friends, there is absolutely nothing Satan can do about the blood of Jesus that covers our sin when we give our lives to Him.
- The blood of Jesus means our salvation is a done deal.
- The blood of Jesus reflects God’s mercy to humanity.
But don’t underestimate the many tactics the enemy will use to shut down the potential impact of your personal testimony. Why?
- Your testimony is YOUR story of God’s mercy.
- Your testimony conveys that God is personal.
- Your testimony says if He can save you, He can save anyone.
- When you share your testimony, you are partnering with Christ as an agent of mercy.
- Sharing your testimony propels spiritual growth by moving beyond yourself toward the goal of helping another.
- Your testimony has the same power that rose Jesus from the dead!
Can you see why the enemy wants to keep us silent?
You are an original. No one has the exact testimony as you. This means you will reach people that I could never reach. What happens if you are silent?
Like Mike, each of us has a testimony and should be ready to help another who is weaker, in need of compassion, or seeking answers.
How to Prepare to Share
- Write down your testimony.
- Update your testimony every few years (or more).
- Include Scriptures and key people, events, dates, songs etc.
- Ask God to bring people in your life that need to hear your testimony.
- Ask God for the courage to share and protection from the evil one.
Do you remember what Jesus said is the “greatest commandment?”
Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” Mark 12:28-31
To love God is to love others. To love others is to share what the Lord has done for you.
Don’t allow fear or shame or anything to keep you from sharing.
What can you do to prepare to share your testimony? Has the Lord brought someone to mind you can share with?
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“If someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.” 1Peter 3:15