By Pastor Aderemi Adelugba,
Text: 1 Samuel 17:20-37
Testimony is the language God expects you to use to communicate with Him at all time. He expects you to speak and talk about the tests you undertook, and passed. I pray that your language will be understood by God in Jesus name. Brethren, in this month of Wonderful Testimony, I have come to encourage you that God would do good unto you, and you will live to tell the stories in Jesus name.
Testimony is the spoken or written evidence of something that has happened. It is usually shared to corroborate and support events. When you share your testimony, you are actually taking the opportunity to count your blessings. You are taking the opportunity to tell how the Lord has helped you to conquer. You are also displaying the ability of God in resolving those puzzles that seem impossible in your life.
Most times God works in a mysterious ways, which nobody, would ever be able to imagine what the outcome would be. Such occasion was the story of a man who went to a crusade with one leg, and before the end of the seven day crusade, the Lord gave the man a big testimony. His amputated leg miraculously grew back.
Testimony is a declaration of how God has shown mercy unto you. It is the only way to “show and tell” of God’s goodness. It is the key to your breakthrough. It is your key to victory. When was the last time you testified? God wants you to go out there and declare the things that have not even happened, as if they had come to pass.
Testimony is the success and wonderful outcome of your test: Psalm 126:1-6, says “When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing; then said they among the heathen, the Lord hath done great things for them. So for you to have a testimony, it simply means you have undergone a test, and God has made you to succeed. The work of the enemy is to set a test of disgrace, shame and sickness, but the good news is, the Lord will replace it with victory. You will not be ridiculed in Jesus name. I pray your testimony shall be one of an amazing wonders in Jesus name. To count your blessings is to show appreciation. To emphasise God’s love. To tell of His victory. To tell of the favour of God. In Genesis 21:1-6, the Lord visited Sarah as He promised, and, suddenly, the womb that was shut for ninety years was opened, and the outcome of this opening was the wonderful testimony that followed in Genesis 21:6 – “And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.” The laughter here is a testament to the wonderful thing that the Lord has done.
Testimony means to see God in action: The Apostles declared in Acts 4:20 “For we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard. When certain thing happens to you, you will become dumbfounded, and you will wonder how it is possible that it is you that the Lord has chosen to favour and, perform wonder in his life. The Apostles saw, and witnessed lot of miracles that was done in the hand of the Lord Jesus Christ during their training under Him. To the extent that when they were arrested, they had to quickly make declaration that we have witnessed and seen power and testimonies, and because of that, no amount of threats would prevent us from declaring it.
Testimony is the power in the words spoken: In Mark 4:35-41, following the parable about the kingdom of God. Jesus and His disciples were crossing over to an uncharted area, they left the Galilean territory to proceed to the area of the Gadarenes, and suddenly, during the trip, there was a great storm in the area where they were travelling. And Jesus was well asleep, Lo and behold, the boys began to panic. But the Lord had to speak only one phrase “Peace be still”, and the whole storm calmed down. Jesus did not need to re-train people on how to tell others about this event. They went about saying what sort of man is this; even the wind and the sea obey Him. There is power in the spoken words backed up by anointing.
Testimony does lead to promotion: 1 Samuel 17:25-31, the secret of those who are strong in life is the service to the Lord and, the power of their testimony. Brethren, in the book of 1 Samuel 17, David was the youngest child of Jesse. He was ruddy, had no special ability of his own. He was the one that was always asked to undertake menial errands. He was rebuffed many times, but the testimony of God upon his life made him to become a mighty man of valour. The testimony in his life led him to being decorated. The testimony he constantly shared through his music and harp and celebration, showcased him as the perfect man in place of wayward Saul.
Testimony is your confidence: 1 Samuel 17:29-31, Eliab, David’s elder brother thought that David was only bragging, he rebuked him and talked about how naughty he was. Testimony is your deliverance: 1 Samuel 17:35-37. Testimony does bring deliverance. It does not matter how many times someone has been defeated, the minute you start to share your testimony about a particular situation, the Lord will grant you victory and so shall it be in Jesus name.
Text of a sermon delivered by Pastor Aderemi Adelugba on June 8th 2014.