Come And Go: Part Three

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Are you sitting on the fence?

Scared to give a personal testimony of Christ in your life?

Or maybe you just cannot find any testimony in your life?

sitting on the fence
sitting on the fence

“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,” (Eph 1:17-18)

Is it your desire to be able to give your personal testimony of who Jesus is; and what Jesus means to you personally?

Scripture has a lot to say on this subject, and so this week, we will go into greater details about the power of a winning, personal testimony:

“And they overcame him by the blood of The Lamb, and by The Word of their testimony.” (Rev 12:11).

Two things are specifically mentioned in this text as the Christian’s source of power:

1/ The Blood of The Lamb: that is, the blood of Jesus Christ, our Savior, who purchased our salvation on Calvary’s tree; and without Whom we would be hopelessly lost.

2/ The other source of power mentioned is hardly ever recognized, experienced, or even just discussed among Christians, is “By The Word of their testimony.” (Rev 12:11)

It is very important that this word of our testimony; from our own personal experience IN Christ, be in perfect harmony with The Word of God just as we have personally experienced in our own lives. The verse does say: “By The Word of their testimony.” All those things that we affirm, that we put into words, will react very powerfully on our own experience too:

Nothing tends more to promote health of body and of soul than does a spirit of gratitude and praise. It is a positive duty to resist melancholy, discontented thoughts and feelings–as much a duty as it is to pray. If we are heaven-bound, how can we go as a band of mourners, groaning and complaining all along the way to our Father’s house? {MH 251.1}

Rom 10:9  That 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. Rom 10:10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

All who receive the gospel message into the heart will long to proclaim it. The heaven-born love of Christ must find expression. Those who have put on Christ will relate their experience, tracing step by step the leadings of the Holy Spirit–their hungering and thirsting for the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ whom He has sent, the results of their searching of the Scriptures, their prayers, their soul agony, and the words of Christ to them, “Thy sins be forgiven thee.” It is unnatural for any to keep these things secret, and those who are filled with the love of Christ will not do so.

In proportion as the Lord has made them the depositaries of sacred truth will be their desire that others shall receive the same blessing. And as they make known the rich treasures of God’s grace, more and still more of the grace of Christ will be imparted to them. They will have the heart of a little child in its simplicity and unreserved obedience. Their souls will pant after holiness, and more and more of the treasures of truth and grace will be revealed to them to be given to the world. {COL 125.1}

The great storehouse of truth is the word of God– the written word, the book of nature, and the book of experience in God’s dealing with human life. Here are the treasures from which Christ’s workers are to draw. In the search after truth they are to depend upon God, not upon human intelligence, the great men whose wisdom is foolishness with God. Through His own appointed channels the Lord will impart a knowledge of Himself to every seeker. {COL 125.2}

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A Winning Personal Testimony According To Scripture

Every Christian ought to have ready a vital, personal testimony, of personal experience of Christ. The word “testimony” seems to frighten a lot of us; yet, it is the way we over come the devil: “the word of our testimony.” (Rev 12:11). This testimony should be stamped with our own, individual personality. To the word “witness” must be added, the actual life of the witness; before souls can ever be won to Christ.

Love cannot live without action, and every act increases, strengthens, and extends it. Love will gain the victory when argument and authority are powerless. Love works not for profit nor reward; yet God has ordained that great gain shall be the certain result of every labour of love. It is diffusive in its nature, and quiet in its operation, yet strong, mighty, to overcome great evils. It is melting and transforming in its influence, and will take hold of the lives of the sinful and affect their hearts when every other means has proved unsuccessful.

Wherever the power of intellect, of authority, or of force is employed, and love is not manifestly present, the affections and will of those whom we seek to reach assume a defensive, repelling position, and their strength of resistance is increased. Jesus was the Prince of Peace. He came into the world to bring resistance and authority into subjection to himself. Wisdom and strength he could command, but the means he employed with which to overcome evil were the wisdom and strength of love. {GW92 312.1}

Our confession of His faithfulness is Heaven’s chosen agency for revealing Christ to the world. We are to acknowledge His grace as made known through the holy men of old; but that which will be most effectual is the testimony of our own experience. We are witnesses for God as we reveal in ourselves the working of a power that is divine. Every individual has a life distinct from all others, and an experience differing essentially from theirs. God desires that our praise shall ascend to Him, marked by our own individuality. These precious acknowledgment to the praise of the glory of His grace, when supported by a Christ-like life, have an irresistible power, that works for the salvation of souls. (The Desire of Ages,pg 347).

We should be able to talk about Jesus just as naturally as we talk about any member of our family, here on earth. If we are afraid to speak of our Lord in the presence of non-believers; could that be because we are afraid about what people might say or think of us, or about Christ? Think about it. When the world is bold in using The Lord’s name in vain; we, as professing Christians, should not be ashamed to use the name of our Lord Jesus in praise, or in personal testimony:

“Mar 8:36  For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 
Mar 8:37  Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 
Mar 8:38  Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

Sharing your own personal testimony is the perfect way to naturally build rapport with other people who may be searching. Try to share your experience, in such a way that the person you are speaking to will be able to relate to it, and sense that whatever helped you, might also help them. Remember, the purpose of your testimony should just be to create a desire in the hearts of other people, not for you but for Christ; so that they can have their own, personal experience with Jesus.

2 Cor 1:3  Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 2 Cor 1:4  Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

It is only natural that any person just newly released from the enemy’s grip should desire to simply remain in the company of their Lord, but as Jesus said to the demoniacs he had healed: “Go home to thy people and report to them what great things The Lord has done for you.” (Mark 5:19)

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Jesus knew that this man’s personal testimony could very well also mean salvation to others, as well as the demoniac’s faith would be strengthened and encouraged:

” Our confession of His faithfulness is Heaven’s chosen agency for revealing Christ to the world. We are to acknowledge His grace as made known through the holy men of old; but that which will be most effectual is the testimony of our own experience. We are witnesses for God as we reveal in ourselves the working of a power that is divine. Every individual has a life distinct from all others, and an experience differing essentially from theirs. God desires that our praise shall ascend to Him, marked by our own individuality. Such precious acknowledgment to the praise of the glory of His grace, when supported by a Christlike life, have an irresistible power, that works for the salvation of souls. (The Desire of Ages,pg 347).

God cannot display the knowledge of His will and the wonders of His grace among the unbelieving world, unless He has witnesses scattered all over the earth. It is His plan that those who are partakers of this great salvation through Jesus Christ, should be His missionaries, bodies of light throughout the world, to be as signs to the people, living epistles, known and read of all people, their faith and works testifying to the near approach of the coming Saviour, and showing that they have not received the grace of God in vain. The people must be warned to prepare for the coming judgment.

Your personal testimony is simply the personal accounting of whatever you, yourself, have experienced of the wonder-working power of Christ – The Person of Jesus Christ; and what Jesus has done in your life. (1 John 1:1). How has Jesus helped you? How has Jesus guided you? What promise did you test out on Jesus? Even if you were brought up in a Christian home, there still has to be some point at which you made a decision to fully to give your heart and your life over to Jesus. Your testimony might revolve around some special answer to prayer, or a certain victory that just made Jesus seem more real to you:

“Arouse every spiritual energy to action. Tell those whom you visit that the end of all things is at hand. The Lord Jesus Christ will open the door of their hearts, and will make upon their minds lasting impressions. Strive to arouse men and women from their spiritual insensibility. Tell them how you found Jesus, and how blessed you have been since you gained an experience in His service. Tell them what blessing comes to you as you sit at the feet of Jesus, and learn precious lessons from His Word. Tell them of the gladness and joy there is in the Christian life. Your warm, fervent words will convince them that you have found the pearl of great price. Let your cheerful, encouraging words show that you have certainly found the higher way. This is genuine missionary work, and as it is done, many will awake as from a dream.
In Review: You should formulate your testimony under the three, general headings:

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1/ My life before I became a Christian
2/ How I became a Christian
3/ What Jesus now means in my life

Be aware of the danger that we all face at times, in dwelling too much on the first part. Always remember that people are not usually interested in an autobiography. Our purpose in giving our testimony must always be to glorify Jesus, and not ourselves:

“Rom 3:26  To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of anyone who believeth in Jesus.”

Therefore, try to emphasize more the second and third parts of your testimony. If there is a verse of scripture, perhaps a Bible promise, or some providential leading that has been especially meaningful to you in your own conversion experience, you would do well to include this in your testimony. Because there is wonder-working power in The Word of our Lord:

“Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

As you build around the facts of your conversion, your personal experience, you will find that you are in fact creating a tool that will serve to make you an effective witness for Jesus. Its a lot harder for people to argue with, or reason away something that we have experienced, personally. Take a look at the Personal Testimony Work Sheet. Polish your own story with the help of others who have already tried it. Weed out anything that might have potential to hinder your testimony’s effectiveness. Commit it to memory. Practice it until you are ready to try sharing it with a friend; until it becomes second nature to you. having done this, we will then find that it is easy, automatic, to adjust our testimony, as we identify with the people, we adapt our words and our story, to stress those points by which common ground can be found.

Ask God to take your testimony, and to make it living! Ask Jesus to speak through you in a natural and pleasing way to people that you know, to people whom God puts in your path of daily living. Do your part in careful preparation and prayer; and ask god to personally take over your testimony as you present it. He would certainly be most willing. We should be able to naturally talk about Jesus just as we do when talking about the evening news or the weather report:

“As witnesses for Christ, we are to tell what we know, what we ourselves have seen and heard and felt. If we have been following Jesus step by step, we shall have something right to the point to tell concerning the way in which He has led us. We can tell how we have tested His promise, and found the promise true. We can bear witness to what we have known of the grace of Christ. This is the witness for which our Lord calls, and for want of which the world is perishing.  (The Desire of Ages,pg 340).”

Next Week: We have a presentation to send out called “Eleven Keys To A Powerful Personal Testimony”

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