“Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice O heavens, and you who dwell in them!” (Rev 12:10-12)
Testimony’ –definition- a true solemn statement or a firsthand confirmation of a fact, made under oath (in a court)
The word ‘testimony’ in Greek is ‘marturia’ and it is translated as witness, giving an honest report, someone who correctly records an event, evidence given in the Temple (in the presence of God). The word is also translated ‘a martyr’; someone who voluntarily suffers torture, pain or even death as a penalty for witnessing for God and for refusing to give up his religion.
A true testimony is one of the most powerful weapons in spiritual warfare. The devil hates it and will try to corrupt its meaning so that we may be deceived.
The weapon called ‘the word of our testimony’ is the Word of God that has produced fruits and manifestations in our lives. Jesus is ‘the Word made flesh’. In the same way, the Word of God must replace ‘our flesh’. The flesh dies and it is replaced with the mind of Christ, the testimony of Jesus in us. The gift of the Cross is this wonderful weapon called ‘the word of our testimony’. Praise the Lord!
When a believer gives a testimony, he speaks in the fear and presence of God, giving Him all the glory. The testifier also intends to disgrace the defeated devil, proving how he tried to stop the testimony but failed to do so. Because the testimony is a banner of victory to the Crucified, it is also an encouragement, a challenge and an inspiration to all the brethren. A testimony proves that Jesus is the center of your life and changes it for good. Each testimony is a miracle that gives glory to the Lamb of God. Genuine testimony is always a firsthand evidence of God’s grace in your own life. When testifying, you relate facts about your own life, not about other people or about things you read in the books. It has to be a personal account of the Living God’s intervention in your life.
This is the commission of Paul by Jesus Himself to be a witness and a living testimony to Him. He shall testify only about the things Jesus has done in his life and he has seen with his eyes!
“So I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you” (Ac 26:15, 16)
According to the Bible, any speech, no matter how ‘spiritual’, that cannot fulfill these holy conditions, is not a testimony! Any speech that is not inspired by the Holy Spirit is not a testimony. Any ‘story’ influenced by an evil spirit, bringing doubt in the power of God, or fear of the future is not a testimony! It is a false testimony or a false prophecy. It is intended to bring division, doubt, fear or confusion in the midst of the church. It should be completely rejected and the speaker restrained. Selah!
In Christ I declare:
This is my testimony:
I am born again!
I am Spirit filled!
I am sure of my salvation!
Jesus is Lord!
In Jesus name