Thursday, December 13, 2012

Your Testimony will set you free and others

Yesterday it was brought to my attention how powerful testimony is.  It's amazing because you could have been struggling with something your whole life and all you need is a word from the Lord.  God can speak one word and set you completely free of a stronghold in your life.  I'm reminded of a story from the bible.

Matthew 8:5
5 Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, 6 saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”

7 And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”

8 The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.

10 When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! 11 And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.

You cannot break strongholds in the lives of other by merely quoting scripture.  You have to have a personal relationship with God's word whereas it has changed your life.  The bible says that "knowledge puffs up, but love edifies".  People need to be edified, built up, set free, healed.  You have to have an aresenal of testimonies in your life.

Exodus 25:16-22

16 And you shall put into the ark the Testimony which I will give you.
17 “You shall make a mercy seat of pure gold; two and a half cubits shall be its length and a cubit and a half its width. 18 And you shall make two cherubim of gold; of hammered work you shall make them at the two ends of the mercy seat. 19 Make one cherub at one end, and the other cherub at the other end; you shall make the cherubim at the two ends of it of one piece with the mercy seat. 20 And the cherubim shall stretch out their wings above, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and they shall face one another; the faces of the cherubim shall be toward the mercy seat. 21 You shall put the mercy seat on top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the Testimony that I will give you. 22 And there I will meet with you, and I will speak with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are on the ark of the Testimony, about everything which I will give you in commandment to the children of Israel.   

These passages show me how important our testimony is.  It is the power of God in our lives to set us free and to set others free.  Trust me, the person who might know a little scripture; but they have testimony from the little bit of scripture that has set them free, will win more people to Christ than someone who knows the whole bible but has never been set free from anything.  I will be posting more later on how God builds testimony in my life.


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