YOUR Testimony!

7/9/1999

“Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Christ! The accuser of our brothers has been thrown down. The followers of Jesus OVERCAME satan... by the Blood of the Lamb, by the word of their TESTIMONY, and they did not love their lives so much as to shrink back, even from death itself” (Rev. 12:10-11). I was just pondering this afternoon the WEAPON for the destruction of the enemy mentioned here: “the word of their testimony.” What does that mean? What does that have to do with you and me? Bunches, for sure. But not if we don’t understand it, and function in it, right? We can talk about the “understand” part here, and you can then do the “function” part, okay? : ) “The word of their testimony...” The world even understands this! What is the first thing they do when they get a “hot stock tip?” They go, excitedly, and tell someone. If they’ve been failing badly in a golf swing, and learn something that radically changes their performance, what do they do? They are excited to tell someone. If someone in the world just had a grandchild, or got a promotion, or are taking some new vitamins that make them feel super great, or discovered that magnets taped to their hands makes their painful arthritis go away... THEY HAVE TO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT IT. A “testimony” can only happen when we experience wonderful change and benefit, compared to what we experienced previously, and would have continued to experience. “SOMETHING WONDERFUL HAPPENED and now it will never be the same! Yahoo! I didn’t want ANY MORE of the old!”

Could I make a suggestion that will help us all to experience God more deeply, be more useful to Him in this present age, and THROW DOWN THE ENEMY?? Here it is: Rehearse to yourself what exactly God has done for you! Rehearse to yourself (TAKE THE TIME!) what He has saved you from! Where would you BE without Him??!! Don’t FORGET! Don’t take it for granted! REMEMBER. REHEARSE to yourself your GREAT gratitude to the MESSIAH, the DELIVERER, the SAVIOR AND BUILDER OF A LIFE AND A HOPE AND A FUTURE! And pass it on, as surely as any unbeliever would pass on some trivial good thing that has happened to them. Remember, ponder, proclaim! ... the marvels of WHO HE IS, and what He’s done for you you you!!! “The weapons of our warfare are not of this world” (2Cor. 10:4). “By the Blood of the Lamb, the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives, even to the point of death!” (Rev. 12:11). “The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy!” (Rev. 19:10).

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