Thursday, August 03, 2006

The testimony, Part 2

They overcame him [the accuser] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony... Revelation 12:10 (NIV)

The awesome thing about sharing what God is doing in your life is you never know the impact your story will have. I shared in my previous post about the healing Mike received on his hand. The story doesn't stop there.

The weekend after Mike's healing, our family went on a leadership retreat with our church. We shared the testimony of what had occurred, and a woman jumped up and said, "I have a ganglion cyst on my hand!" So, a few people laid hands on her and began praying. The cyst went down before our very eyes, and the eyes of 18 other witnesses in that room. The shrinking seemed to stop, so Pastor Kim told me to go and get Mike who had received the same healing on the same hand only a week previous.

Mike jumped out of the pool, grabbed a towl and ran to the room to lay hands on this woman. The cyst shrunk to the size of a mosquito bite.

So often we talk about overcoming the enemy - the devil - by the blood of Jesus. And we do. However, reading the next phrase of the verse is something of great importance in our overcoming as well - by the word of their testimony.

First Peter 3:15 says," But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Alsways be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect..."

This isn't just our testimony about how we came into a relationship with Jesus...although that is a very important story. But your story didn't end the day you came to Jesus - it just started! Therefore, we should have new stories all the time! If we don't - well that's another issue.

Jesus told stories. Jesus told those he healed, saved and delivered to tell others. There is POWER in the story! We never know how our testimony will effect others; it's not our responsibility to know. Just tell it!

1 Comments:

At 11:52 AM, Anonymous Andrea said...

I love reading testimonies. Thanks for sharing that story. That verse you quoted is one i have memorised recently. Thanks for telling it so beautifully
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