How often do you walk away from a time of hearing someone's testimony excited about what God can do?
If you're like me, this happens every time someone shares their testimony with you. It doesn't have to be in a formal setting either. It could be part of it over coffee. But anytime someone shares their testimony with us it excites us.
It reminds us that God is still working. Still changing hearts and lives. And, in the midst of our broken and dark world, we that reminder often to sustain us.
A testimony is simply a story of what God has done and is doing in your life. Sometimes it's your entire journey with Christ. Other times, it's just a small part of it that shows how God has been at work in you at a specific time.
But, these simple stories we share, these testimonies, have incredible power. Revelation 12:10-11 says, "For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony."
The accuser in these verses is Satan. The testimonies we share are our victories over Satan in our lives. They are that powerful.
But, because of their power, Satan doesn't want us to share them. I read something on Lysa TerKeurst's blog recently that said it better than I could.
"Satan doesn't want you to know how powerful your testimony is. He doesn't want you to know that your expressions of God-honoring, Jesus-empowering truths subdue and overcome him and his accusations." (You can read Lysa's entire post here)
Satan knows the power our testimonies have and he will do everything he can to stop us from sharing them. The last thing he wants is for us to share them.
I don't know what your testimony is. I don't know whether it's full of dramatic choices and turns, or if it's pretty straightforward. But, this I do know, you have a testimony.
God has been at work in your life and no matter how insignificant things may seem to you, it is powerful because it's your story of God at work in you. And God doesn't think that's insignificant.
So, let's refuse to listen to the accuser. Let's not allow Satan to keep us from sharing our testimonies.