Power of Testimony

We know that testimonies can be powerful. Scripture tells us to declare how much God has done for us. Most of us have been deeply moved by testimonies, but have you ever listened to someone’s testimony and felt critical or jealous?

A critical heart would think, “I could present this in a better way” or “My story is more powerful than this”, while a jealous heart might think, “My testimony isn’t that powerful; I might as well never share it because it won’t measure up.”

Working for a Christian ministry, I have heard my fair share of incredible testimonies: A Gift of Forgiveness in Rwanda, Military Couple Moves Past the Past, The Power of a Transformed Heart. There are so many stories and it’s such a blessing to work in a place where I can see daily how God is moving. But sometimes, it can be hard to view my own testimony as powerful. I have never had to forgive someone for murdering a family member. I have never been hardened by war. I have never been close to death. How can my story have value?

I don’t know if you have ever felt the same way. I don’t know if you have ever held your tongue or stayed quiet because you didn’t know if your story was good enough. But if you have, then know that the idea that your testimony isn’t powerful enough is a lie from the enemy. The most powerful part of any Christian testimony is the part we all share. We were dead and raised to life again through the blood of Jesus Christ. 1 John 5:11 says, “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”

We were all dead in our sin until God stepped in. Just as Jesus rose from the dead, through the glory of the Father, we also received new life in Christ when we accepted Him as our savior. The entire meaning of a testimony is to give glory to the things God has done. In our flesh, we tend to think that the most powerful part of the testimony is when God healed us, or spoke to us, or protected us – and those are important mile markers in growing our faith – but the part that gives the most glory to God is the part where He sent his one and only Son to die for us.

Your salvation cost God everything. To deny the power of your testimony is to deny the power of His sacrifice, so never let the enemy convince you that your story isn’t worth telling.

13 thoughts on “Power of Testimony

  1. I appreciate your transparency. If I were to be honest, I think we have all found ourselves being either critical or jealous of someone else’s testimony. We have to constantly kill our flesh. Satan, and the world, would love nothing better than for a testimony of God’s greatness to be twisted and used for a negative purpose. But it’s exactly as you said – God sacrificed everything for us. Our testimony, no matter how small it may seem to us, is great in His eyes and that is what matters.

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  2. Aw, amen! Our testimony is not about ourselves, but about God’s work through Christ! When we share it we proclaim His grace and truth – and its amazing to think how God saved us in unique and pre-planned ways to bring about His glory perfectly. When we focus on that, every testimony matters and has a purpose.

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  3. thecaffeinatedelephantkv says:

    This is great. Since starting a blog I have really struggled with whether or not anything I have to say holds any value. I’m reminded of Moses who pleads with the Lord not to send him because of his stutter. God can use us no matter how we feel about our testimonies!

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  4. Wow! This paragraph “Your salvation cost God everything. To deny the power of your testimony is to deny the power of His sacrifice, so never let the enemy convince you that your story isn’t worth telling.” To deny the power of your testimony is to deny the power of His sacrifice. That’s powerful! It’s easy to get caught up in thinking that our testimony isn’t as powerful as someone else’s, but does it really matter? The point is that His love and His sacrifice saved us all. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  5. I HAVE felt that way. I was never addicted to drugs or porn. I never had some crazy miracle happen except the day I was born but I obviously don’t remember it. But I realized my testimony of learning to live for God in a selfish world is a powerful one.

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  6. Great points here. I often wonder if my testimony will be valuable compared to those I admire who are so inspiring. But I think the testimony of a gentle and obedient life to Christ can speak volumes, just as a tragic one might. It’s all in perspective and of course, who we’re talking to!

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  7. Kate says:

    Hi, Jordan! This is beautifully written. I truly believe that God is commanding us to speak His goodness among us. Testimony is one of the highest praises we can give to God. As can be read in Psalm 34:1-3
    I will extol the Lord at all times;
    his praise will always be on my lips.
    I will glory in the Lord;
    let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
    Glorify the Lord with me;
    let us exalt his name together.

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