In the program of events for a regular Pentecostal service, there usually is a segment for testimonies. This is when people sing and dance (some go as far as rolling on the floor) to share the goodness of God. This can range from seemingly little things as waking up safely to bigger ones like healing from terminal diseases.
For the longest time, I – like many regular churchgoers – thought this was just a routine that has been passed down generations but I have come to realize that there is more to it.
Testimonies are a reminder that you are not alone
Times may come in your walk where it seems like you are alone. Testimonies serve as a means of reminding us that we are never truly alone. There is a ‘great cloud’ of witnesses ahead and many more coming behind you. The experiences of those ahead help your walk just as yours equip those coming behind.
I believe human beings are connected in more ways than meets the eye. So, with over 6 billion people walking this earth and the billions that have lived, there will be at least one person who overcame what seems like your biggest struggle. Hearing their stories can boost your faith and give you strategy on how to fight your battles.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who by faith have testified to the truth of God’s absolute faithfulness], stripping off every unnecessary weight and the sin which so easily and cleverly entangles us, let us run with endurance and active persistence the race that is set before us,
Hebrews 12:1 (AMP)
Remember, these testimonies cut across all walks of life and ages. Some may have passed on to glory or are miles across the globe. The bearers may not be within your reach but their stories or rather ‘testimonies’ are tangible. Search for them and be reminded that we are all in this together.
Testimonies serve as a guide
When I read or hear about people going through similar challenges and how they got their victories, I have a hint on how to go about my current situation. I am hinted on whether I should change my posture in the place of prayer or my outlook to thanksgiving
A couple of weeks ago when I was going through a rough patch, a friend of mine shared how God miraculously showed Himself and brought an immediate turnaround. That was the only push I needed to get back to the place of hope and belief and carry on.
In my opinion, the Bible is actually a book of testimonies. It shows the results of a walk with God – or the lack of one. Hence, you are furnished with enough facts to choosing what path you want.
God admonished the Israelites to tell their children (who did not experience captivity) what it was like to be bound by the Egyptians. This and stories of the grandiose way God brought plagues on their captors until they had no option but to let them go. After freedom, Pharoah still pursued them and their escape was through the Red Sea that God miraculously divided in half.
If God can divide a body of water as a way of escape then what hurdle can He not remove from your way? So, if ever I experience great grief and sudden loss, I can read about the life of Job. I see how he passed through difficult times but in the end, everything lost was restored unto him. I can now go through my sorrowful bouts knowing that restoration awaits me on the other side of grief.
When I am struggling with waiting for the person God wants for me I read about the story of Ruth and am encouraged. I can see that she lost everything and had no hope of remarriage but God gave her provision and eventually connected her to her husband Boaz.
What about times when I struggle with studying and understanding? I read about Daniel and the 3 Hebrew children and how they were even 10 times better than their teachers. I can connect to that and pray for divine comprehension.
Testimonies serve as an encouragement
Someone may be reading this and wonder that the Bible does not specifically give the day to day life of its characters (since it is very summarized). This is where our testimonies come into play because our lives are more relatable.
When you experience day to day victories and share them you have done your part in witnessing and encouraging someone else. Many people just want to know that they will be fine. They need to be reassured that God is still in the business of doing good.
We easily share our bad times and hide the good for fear that they might be taken away. This fear has given the devil more power than he actually has. There is still so much good in the world. In fact, in the most chaotic situation lies a miracle. When you share the miracle you encourage not just others but yourself.
This generation may not see the importance of sharing testimonies in church and among ourselves, hence I am here to publicly appeal to revive the trend. Whenever you experience the hand of God in your life do well to share. Whisper it in the ears of some people as led. You may never know the ripple joy it brings but trust me, it does.
If you feel uncomfortable sharing in a public space for security or personal reasons, do so on a private or anonymous basis. Let us remind ourselves that God still performs miracles and the devil is not winning.
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