DO YOU HAVE A TESTIMONY? Andy Hollifield 11-16-17
Joshua 4:20-22 And those twelve stones, which they took out of Jordan, did Joshua pitch in Gilgal. (21) And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones?
I heard a lady make a comment Sunday morning in church while she was testifying that ignited some thoughts for me. Her statement was after telling how God had saved her, “It’s my testimony and not anyone else’s. And no one can have it or take it away from me.” Her testimony pertained to God’s dealings with her. First, we need to look at exactly what a testimony is.
Testimony— 1) evidence in support of a fact or statement; proof. 2) The statement or declaration of a witness under oath or affirmation, usually in court. 3) open declaration or profession, as of faith. I like the first definition really well, the statement or declaration of a witness.
witness : 1) to see, hear, or know by personal presence and perception; eyewitness 2) to be present at (an occurrence) as a formal witness, spectator, bystander, etc… 3) to bear witness to; testify to; give or afford evidence of. That narrows down a great deal who can be a witness. Evidence and proof. The two things that, without either, a case or accusation is only circumstantial.
Getting back to a testimony. The one thing that may supersede proof or evidence is an eyewitness. Here on the banks of the Jordan river, stood a middle-aged patriarch that had just watched the Jordan crossing on dry ground just as he was witness to the Red Sea crossing nearly forty years earlier. Only Joshua and Caleb and the Israelites that were under 20 at the time had witnessed both crossings. They could testify as eyewitnesses but their children would need a testimony from someone who was there. Can you imagine going through the horrors of war only to be forgotten about? That is why God had Joshua to have the priest pick up rocks out of the middle of the river where their feet had stood while Israel passed through the midst of the river on dry ground. God knew that these stones, their testimony to his presence, would make their children as well as others curious about their meaning.
With all of that settled and explained, now comes the question; what kind of testimony do you have? Is there anything in your life that would make folks question you? What miracles has God worked in your life that you are hiding for whatever reason? Before you say “I don’t have any miracles,” we all have something. If nothing else, the day that God saved us. To take a black-hearted sinner and forgive him and put him in the family of God is a pretty good feat. To have gone from where you were then to where you are now spiritually should be a great testimony. I was saved when I was only eight years old and although I don’t have a lot of worldly things , I have that peace that passes all understanding. The evidence and proof of what I experienced that night in the altar, should have resulted in a changed life. If you can’t testify of a time when the Lord forgave your sins when you prayed and asked him to save you; you are still lost and don’t have a testimony of your own. That testimony there on the banks of that river was just a blessing from God for those that had lived it. They were the only ones that could give an eyewitness testimony of the situation.
In your life, what will your testimony today be? Is there enough evidence in your life and soul that you have been born again to convict you of being a Christian? Do you have a testimony? Do you conduct your business like a lot of people or do you conduct business in a way that guards your testimony and is fair to others? While this may not be real encouraging, it should help us to realize just how important our walk in front of a lost and dying world is. It should also make us look back with a thankful heart at all of those times in our lives when God dried the path for us and made a way where there wasn’t one. I will ask one more time; do you have a testimony for the Lord? If you don’t, you can get one of your own that all of the forces of hell can’t steal out of your heart. Is there enough evidence of Christ in your life to make anyone question you?Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!