LIVING SPRINGS FELLOWSHIP

The Making of a Testimony

THE MAKING OF A TESTIMONY

Life is filled with opportunities to do good or to do evil, to serve God or to serve ourselves.

Each and every day we are going to be tested as to how we will respond to something that someone else says or does. We must continue to be faithful to our high calling and always take responsibility for our personal responses and consider HOW WE ACT AND REACT to others. As followers of Christ, we must never let someone else be the cause of our disobedience to God.

It helps for us to know that nothing happens in our lives without first going through the hands of our loving Father. He is allowing all things in our lives to further sanctify us and to accomplish His greater purpose that He might build A STRONGER TESTIMONY OF GRACE in our lives.

In fact, many times God tests us to show us where we really are spiritually in terms of our walk with the Lord and whether we will be loyal to Him or not. When the children of Israel were wandering in the wilderness, God said, "And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not" (Deut. 8:2).

When Paul went into Jerusalem, he was warned of the dangers to come and the troubles that awaited him there but he was resolved to serve and please the Lord no matter the cost. He knew that God had prepared his heart and now it was his time to testify openly to all that God had been doing in and through his life.

Paul had been saved by grace, and had overcome various tests and trials by God's grace, and so nothing was going to stop him from testifying to the grace of God.

A testimony refers to our witness to the truth. When we faithfully represent God and speak about the great things He has done, others will glorify God in us, just as the brethren in Jerusalem did when Paul "told in detail those things which God had done" (Acts 21:19).

For every testimony that we share, there is almost always a test that we had to bear.

In fact, it could be said, a Testimony is a TEST where I

Made much of Jesus
Overcame certain obstacles
Narrated the truth of the Gospel
Yielded to God’s will by His Spirit


We all must get in the habit of boasting in the Lord and helping people see the great things that He has done in us, for us, and through us. Psalm 66:16 says, "Come and hear, all you who fear God, And I will declare what He has done for my soul."

It will often be the case that as we testify others might react to us sharply and even speak falsely about us seeking to turn people against us. But we must never hesitate to the speak the truth of God in love toward others and help all to see the good things God has done. Even Jesus was falsely accused of things but remained willing to move forward against all the hostility that was against him and to endure suffering for the glory that was to come.

A testimony will often be the result of God's truth overcoming the enemy's lies, where light breaks in and replaces the darkness, giving us hope where there formerly was none.

When Paul entered Jerusalem, everything proved to be hard and difficult:
  • The city was disturbed.
  • The Jews seized him.
  • The Jews dragged him.
  • They sought to kill him.
  • There was an uproar.
  • They beat Paul
  • They bound him with two chains.
…But all of this was an OPPORTUNITY FOR TESTIMONY!

"Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began" (2 Tim. 1:8-9)

What about you? Are you being tested by the pressures of life and the hostility of others?

Are you being tested to see whether you will stay true to your commitment to follow Christ and to do His will even when others are making it hard for you?

Do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord but be willing to go forward in obedience and to trust Him every step of the way. He is worthy dear saint! to receive all the honor and the glory! The Lord is with you always and He stands with you right now! And the Lord will honor those who honor him and when He comes, He will bring His reward with Him and receive you unto Himself! Hallelujah and praise the Lord!

ACTS IN ACTION CHALLENGE POINTS
  • Embrace your test and trial as being from God
  • Face your opposition with the truth of God’s Word
  • Testify to others what God did in, for, and through you

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