The Power of a Testimony

by Joanna Pierce on April 20, 2017

A Testimony by Any Other Name…

Testify means to declare publicly, to make known, to state of affirm, validate, bear witness to, or provide evidence for. True testimonies are powerful and can affect us personally and those around us. A testimony is not just a story—there is a true spiritual impact with a testimony.

Testimonies declare the glory of God, speak of His grace and mercy, and show others that God will do what He said He would do. We provide evidence to others about God. There’s a reason why God wants our testimony to be public—we need to provide more than just an example of what God’s grace has done for us (Psalms 91:2).

Why Testimonies are Powerful

Testimonies build faith for the people around us. We cannot doubt that God exists and what He’s capable of doing when we hear what He’s done for someone else. Testimonies also encourage: we can’t feel depressed or rejected knowing God’s performed the miraculous! We can know if God did it for someone else, He can do it for us. Testimonies also glorify God. While we can praise the Lord during church services, this is not the only way God wants to receive praise and worship from us.

Ark of the Testimony

When Israel was in the wilderness, God provided Moses with instructions to build a tabernacle—a place where His presence could dwell. Of all the furniture in the tabernacle, God’s presence would rest on the mercy seat—the lid/covering to the Ark of the testimony (covenant) (Exodus 25:21).

The Ark stored 3 items: manna, Aaron’s rod, and the 10 commandments (Hebrews 9:4). The tables of stone were to represent the law and the Word of God. The rod was to represent God’s correction/authority. And, the manna represented God’s provision and ability to work miracles. Based on all the experiences of the people of Israel, God had formed a symbol of their testimony.

A New Testimony

The Ark of the Testimony in the Old Testament was a foreshadow to the New Testament believer. We are now the tabernacle in which God’s presence dwells in. We all are to share that testimony with others and to use it to overcome our enemy (Revelation 12:11). We are to take every opportunity to declare God’s glory in our lives to the people around us (Psalms 34:1).

Not Staying Silent

We cannot stay silent about what God has done for us. We need to get an “attitude of faith” to speak out what God has done (II Corinthians 4:13). The faith that has helped us build our walk with God needs to be vocalized to others. If we share what God has done, others will hear and be glad (Psalms 34:2).

Our “good” testimonies are not the only ones that will help others. Our “bad” experiences—ones where we’ve messed up or God has had to correct us—are helpful testimonies as well. King David wrote Psalms 51 after he committed adultery. He wanted others to know not to make the same mistake he made, but also to illuminate God’s grace and mercy toward him when he repented.

Who Do We Share Our Testimony With?

We need to share our testimony with our church family—this needs to be very common! We are to comfort one another with what God has done (I Thessalonians 5:11) and use our testimony to minister (Ephesians 4:29).

We also need to testify to our own family. The next generation coming up needs to know who God is and what He can do for them! Some of what we go through today may just be a testimony needed for the next generation (II Timothy 1:5).

Lastly, we need to testify to our unbelieving friends. God will give us power through the Holy Ghost to become a witness of Him to all people and all parts of the world (Acts 1:8).

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on April 19, 2017 with Pastor Nave