“They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their tes-timony…” Revelation 12:11a
THE POWER OF YOUR TESTIMONY
When we experience something wonderful, our first response should be to treas-ure and be thankful for it. Our next response should be to share it with others. Your testimony has power over the work of the enemy. Here are a few reasons to share your story:
1. Your story gives God glory: our testimony shows that God is greater than my stories or experience. It is not about you; it is about God and His contin-ual work in and for you. When you share your testimony, you are sharing the story of God’s hope.
2. Your story is refreshed as God continues to work in you: As God works in you, you will gain more stories than your initial salvation story. God works in us every day and He is changing us to be more and more like Jesus, so your story does not end until you leave this world.
3. Telling our salvation story keeps it fresh in your mind: the more you tell your salvation story, the more you keep that first love burning strong. It is possible to do good work and still be missing that first love (Rev. 2)
4. Your story empowers others: stories of how God has worked in your life can encourage others who may be going through the something similar. You are able to help carry their burden because you already have gone through something similar. You can free them from their “prison.”
5. Your story creates transparency in the church: the more you are hon-est about our mistakes and failures in the past, the more people can relate to you. Sharing your story honestly can bring people closer into intimate and real conversations.
6. Your story cannot be disputed: unbelievers may argue about the Bible and the Christian faith. But they cannot argue with the experiences you had in your life. They either believe it or not, but they cannot argue with it.
7. Your story removes fear and encourages: when you tell your story, you are remembering God’s goodness in your past. When you do so, it gives you more faith and courage for life in the present.
8. Your story is valuable: we all love stories, both believers and unbeliev-ers. Stories teach us lessons, they broaden our point of view, they help us relate with others. In other words, they help us see beyond our little world.
9. Your story is your hope as a believer: God tells us to share our story. If someone asks about your hope as a believer, you should always be ready to share it. (1 Peter 3:15-16)
10. Your story is uniquely you and yours: it is specifically yours. It may be an extreme and radical one, or it may be a calm profession of true belief. In either case, it depicts God’s love and mercy to those who have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.