by ezekiel olukolajo
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They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet. But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight. And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see? His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind: But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself. These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him. Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner. He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see. John 9:17-25;
One of the major ways to be an effective witness of God and of the gospelís power is to share testimonies of what God has done in your life. Today, there are many people who are still looking for signs and proofs of Godís existence and efficacy of His power; sharing testimonies of what God has done in your life and situations will go a long way to help them out of unbelief and doubts which have crowded their unrenewed minds. Testimonies are like documentary evidences presented in a court of law by an eye witness. Just as eye witnessesí authentic reports, where available, are part of those things which give merits to the case of a man, testimonies of what God has done in your life is part of the key evidences which are capable of giving weight to the gospel and its power among men. When you share personal experiences of what God has done in your life, youíre not only spreading the gospel, youíre equally demonstrating that Godís power is alive!
It is very difficult for anyone to contest or deny the reports of someone elseís personal experiences, especially when there are visible evidences or proofs. There were so many controversies among the Jews and the Pharisees about the person and ministry of Jesus Christ; in fact on several occasions the Jews had made frantic attempts to stop the spread of Christís gospel, but the harder they tried, the more they failed! One of the reasons they could not succeed was because the proofs of Christís ministry were just too numerous and uncontestable! The case of the blind man from birth that received his sight by miracle through Christ provides us an interesting account of how effective sharing testimonies of oneís personal encounter with Godís power can be as a means of witnessing. As much as the Pharisees tried to deny the fact that a miracle had taken place in the blind manís life through Jesus Christ whom they refused to accept as their Messiah, the man who received his sight kept on saying to everyone who cared to listen Ďthis one thing I know, once I was blind, but now I seeí! That the man received his sight was a fact nobody could contest! It was impossible for anyone to silence this manís voice that came as a strong witness of Christís power and ministry. Although the man didnít know so much of the torah (books of the Law of Moses) to confront the learned Pharisees and the Jews about the person of Christ, but one thing no one could stop him from proclaiming was that Jesus Christ healed him of blindness, this nobody could disprove!
Testifying of Godís goodness and miracles in your life has a way of giving God a voice among men. If thereís anything you can do to delight God, it is testifying of His goodness in the hearing of others. The Psalmist in Psalm 40:9-10; says ĎI have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest. I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregationí. God is always pleased when His children talk to others about Him and the great things He has done in their lives. If your father is truly great, thereís no way you wonít boast of him one way or the other! Unfortunately many people do not have the culture of testifying to others what God has done in their lives and situations, but they are good at complaining. If you must be a talkative, talk about Godís goodness and wonderful works in your life, you canít talk too much about what God has done for you! If you must be a gossip, spread the Ďrumoursí of wonderful things God has done, and not of things which are capable of sowing doubts or strife in peopleís hearts.
Itís dangerous when you refuse to testify to others of what God has done in your life. When you fail to broadcast what God has done in your life to the hearing of other people, you are like someone who is trying to destroy the evidences which give credibility to the gospel and power of God; you are a subtraction, not an addition to Godís kingdom! Just as the law of men considers as criminal, anyone who makes attempt to destroy evidences which can sufficiently guide a law court in determination of a particular case before it, heaven also considers as criminal, anyone who attempts to destroy evidences of what God can do, by concealing all that He has done in his or her own life!
Many people do not realize that they are doing Godís kingdom a great damage when they fail to share testimonies of what God has done in their lives. By concealing or keeping what God has done in your life to yourself, youíre robbing God a great opportunity of making Himself known to others. In fact, anyone who fails to testify is passively joining hands with the devil to hinder the propagation of gospel of Godís goodness and power. Donít be surprised that there are many people out there who are desperately in need of just one witness to believe in God and in efficacy of His word; sharing your own personal experiences or encounters with God by way of testimonies, might just be that one witness they need to dismiss their unbelief and doubts about God and what He can do. Honestly sharing personal testimonies of what God has done in your life is capable of doing what 10 sermons cannot do!
There are many blessings which go with sharing of testimonies. Apart from the fact that it affords you the opportunity of expressing your appreciation to the Almighty God for what He has done in your life, testifying has a way of putting a seal upon your miracle. In the book of Luke 17:11-19; ten lepers were healed on the way following Christís instructions that they show themselves to the priests, however, it was only one of them that returned to Christ to give thanks and testify of what God had done. Itís not surprising that it was the only one that returned to testify that was made whole by Christ, while the rest nine lepers which never returned to testify were only healed! Of course there are great gaps and differences between being healed and being made whole, Iím sure if you have to choose between the two, youíd rather choose to be made whole! Those who are healed of one diseases or sickness can still contract the same diseases and sickness or other ones, but those who are made whole, are made whole completely!
You can turn your life around by continually testifying of Godís goodness in your life before other people. God is still looking for faithful witness that will stand for Him even today. If you make sharing of testimonies a culture, youíve made yourself a witness for God. Remember, when you broadcast the wonderful works of God, God is winning, but if you keep your mouth shut, the devil is winning in a way! Continue to witness for God, share your testimonies! TESTIFY!
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