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What Does The Bible Say Concerning Testimony Of Faith?

The common usage of the word “testimony” is when an individual is brought into a courtroom and then placed under oath to give witness or attest to his or her personal experience or knowledge regarding the case that is being heard. But if we link the words “testimony” and “faith,” we are narrowing down the focus of the testimony to what the believer has experienced before and after he or she received Jesus Christ and asked for forgiveness. Testimony of faith is telling a story about or relating an experience of how Jesus saved you and how He has changed your life. 

Christians love listening to testimonies of faith. This is because all of us can relate to the experience or the story. Regardless of whether the testimony is simple or dramatic, all of us were born into sin prior to receiving Jesus Christ as our Lord and savior. Psalm 51:5 states “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin, my mother conceived me.” Knowing God changes our lives. The Holy Spirit gives us new hearts, and our sinful nature has become a thing of the past. Being “born again” is a miracle, and such a miracle is worth sharing. 

How to Share Your Testimony of Faith

Your testimony of faith should not end with how you were converted, but it should include the ways in which the Lord Jesus has worked in your life. You should also be able to tell people how the Holy Spirit is renewing your mind every day. Share how you have seen the word of God work in your life and bring about the transformation and alignment in you with the image of Christ. Share how God is making you holy and how He sets you apart for His service. It is so common to hear a testimony of faith that includes how God brought the person through a difficult or hard time in life and how He built the faith of that person. Yet it is all the more important to testify about the continual work of the Holy Spirit in your life. Testify how the Lord has been good to you and how He led, guided, shaped, molded, and sanctified you for His glory. Include a Bible verse such as one that shows how the Lord has become your rock, fortress, deliverer; shield, stronghold, and salvation (Psalm 18:2). 

However, we don’t just share our testimony on how God drew us to his presence and came to know him, but we also need to make sure that we share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Sharing the good news with other people is a necessity when giving your testimony of faith. As we share our testimony of faith with others, it is essential that we focus on the person and works of Jesus Christ instead of just our stories or experiences. This is because our testimonies don’t save people. Yes, your stories or experiences don’t provide salvation; they instead tend to put the focus back on you, which is not the point of testifying to the Faith. 

Always Include Christ

Don’t get us wrong, sharing your testimony of faith with others has many benefits and advantages. However, without Christ in your testimony, it is nothing but a simple and powerless life story. Remember that your testimony of faith is not about what you gave up for Jesus but, instead, it’s about what He gave up for your sake. It is not good to share what you have done for Christ—share what He has done for you. Testimony of faith is also not about boasting. Remind yourself of Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

Some Christians have dramatic testimonies of faith where they tell of being delivered from a life of crime, addiction, sexual immorality, and other sordid deeds. The truth is that not all Christians have testimonies that are very dramatic or compelling. However, take note that all testimonies are just as significant. Don’t be ashamed or disappointed when your testimony is not as gripping and intense as that of others. In fact, testimonies of faith can be shared only to the extent that they wouldn’t create a conducive environment for people to compare their testimonies. As you can see, that simply puts the focus on us. If you observe that people are sharing testimonies that seem more intense, you need to establish a connection with the Holy Spirit and let Him know how grateful you are for Jesus and that He shows more of Jesus to you. Lift Jesus up and let His every act, move, and plan be glorified alone. Focus your attention solely on how only His story matters because that has had the power and ability to change yours. Truly, Jesus is worthy of all praise and honor for making all things new. Isn’t He?

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