Equipping The Saints For The Work Of The Ministry
Proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ Around the World Through Your Precious Testimony!
By: Jim Barbarossa
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GOD WANTS TO USE YOUR TESTIMONY!
Revelations 12: 11, "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death."
The "him" is Satan. The blood of the Lamb is what Jesus did when He died on the cross and arose from the dead to defeat Satan. By the word of their testimony, that's YOUR part.
Psalm 107:1 & 2, "0 give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy."
Redeem means, to deliver from sin, to pay off, to purchase, to exchange, to take one's place. Who is the Redeemer? The One that paid the price for the redeemed. What was that price?
HIS LIFE! HIS BLOOD! HIS RESURRECTION!
Who is the Redeemer?
Jesus died for the sins of all people. Who are the redeemed? Those that have received forgiveness of sin by accepting Jesus Christ and the work that He did when He shed His blood on the cross for them.
Psalm 107:2, "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom lie hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy."
Say so? What's that mean?
To say so is to brag, boast, certify, declare, publish, tell, speak or announce publicly. So what does it mean for the
REDEEMED OF THE LORD to SAY SO?
Let the Redeemed (those delivered from sin, bought with the price of Jesus blood, Christians) say so, let them (brag, boast, certify, declare, publish, tell, speak, or announce publicly) how Jesus has set them free from the hand of Satan. The Redeemed (Christians) are to share the WORD OF THEIR TESTIMONY with those that are lost, so they, too, will have the chance of being redeemed.
When is the last time you shared your testimony with a lost person? When was the last time you bragged or boasted to a lost person about Jesus and what He has done for you?
So what does it mean, let the redeemed of the Lord say so? I like to say it this way! It means, to shout from the roof tops this is my Jesus, this is what Jesus has done for me and this is what Jesus will do for you. Come and meet Jesus.
How often should we share testimony to God's Glory?
Isaiah 62:6. "I have set watchmen upon thy walls, 0 Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence."
Unceasingly All The Time
How often should we be ready to share testimony to God's Glory?
I Peter 3:15, "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear."
Always Be Ready. Always Be Constantly Ready
Are you ready to share the hope that is in you with the people God brings into your life today?
Should we share testimony about the Blessings God has given us?
Isaiah 63:7, "I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the Lord, and the praises of the Lord, according to all the Lord hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which He hath bestowed on them according to His mercies, and according to the multitude of His lovingkindnesses."
Yes! We should always take every opportunity to brag on what God
has done and will do.
Should My Testimony Be Irrepressible?
Acts 4:20, "For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard."
Yes! Your Testimony Should Be Irrepressible!
The world should not be able to stop it. You should not be able to contain it. You should not be able to hold it in. It should come forth like a flood! It should come forth like a river of life and touch all that are around you. God did not save you just for you. You have been saved to help others get saved. Your testimony of Jesus should flow freely from your lips. You should be infectious. You should be using your testimony to infect others with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Should I share my Testimony to God's Glory?
Psalms 96:3, "Declare His glory among the heathen, His wonders among all people."
Yes! You should share a testimony to His glory among the lost
and His miracles among all people.
Did Jesus ever say to Share A Testimony?
Mark 5: 18 & 19, "And when He was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with Him. Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee."
Jesus said Go tell your family and friends the testimony of how I set you free. Do you think Jesus is still telling those that He has set free to go home and tell their family & friends? ABSOLUTELY. His message has not changed. "Go Tell". Have you been set free? Has Jesus delivered you from the hand of Satan? Have you told anybody? Have you used your testimony to reach a lost person?
Are you embarrassed to share your testimony?
II Tim.1:8, "Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God."
Be Not Ashamed!
What did David say about Giving Testimonies?
Psalms 26:7, "That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works."
David was saying that he would give testimony, that he would tell people about all the great works, that he has
seen God do.
Psalms 145:10‑12, "All thy works shall praise thee, 0 Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee. They shall speak of the Glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of His kingdom.
Saints are to testify, to speak, to talk of God's glory and power to the sons of men, (the lost).
Isaiah 12:3 & 4, "Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation, And in that day shall ye say,
Praise the Lord, call upon his name. declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted."
When you are saved you should joyfully testify of your salvation and declare all of God's doing, among people.
Are you joyfully sharing your testimony of Jesus with people?
Does God work through testimonies today?
YES! Let me share a testimony with you.
One day a friend of ours met a man at his business. He had hired him to haul some material away. They talked a little and our friend told him he had this cassette tape called the Healing testimony and he wanted to give him a copy of it, but he had forgotten it and left it at home. He said since he had forgotten the tape, could he just tell this other man about what was on it? The other man said OK. Our friend told him how he had gotten saved. How Jesus changed his life. How Jesus healed him of what the doctors called an incurable blood disease. After he had shared that with him, the other man asked if our friend would still give him a copy of the tape. Our friend said yes and the other man followed him home. The tape was given to him and he said, "I must go now." As he said that our friend put my hand on his shoulder and said, "Can I pray for you?" He said "Yes." So he prayed for him and the other man cried. Our friend asked him if he was ready to receive Jesus? He said, "I CAN'T do it!" The Holy Spirit led our friend to look him straight in the eyes and say, "In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I command that tongue to be set free now in Jesus' name."
Again, our friend asked him, "Are you ready to receive Jesus?" He said, "YES I AM!" He then prayed and asked Jesus to come into his heart and change his life. This happened on a Friday. On Monday this man's wife called and she said, "I don't know what you did to my husband but this is the first weekend in 13 years that my husband has not been drunk." Praise God! He is still saving and setting the captives free!
YES! God does work through testimonies today!
Will you allow God to use your testimony?
John 12:32, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me."
Jesus knew that He would be lifted up on the cross. The IF was not for then, it was for the future. The IF was for you and me. The IF was for all Christians. And I, if I be lifted up. I believe Jesus was saying if those that believe
in Me will continue to lift up My name, continue to share testimony to My glory, then I will draw all men unto Me.
The man we just told you about was saved because Jesus was lifted up in the sharing of a testimony.
John 12:32, "And I if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me."
The word "draw" in the Greek means to drag. When Jesus was lifted up and that man made the choice to receive Jesus. Jesus dragged him out of the hand of the enemy, saved his soul, broke a 13-year alcohol addiction, restored a husband to his wife, and a father to his children.
Will You Allow Jesus to Use your Testimony?
Precious Testimonies Ministry Vision:
· To introduce the lost to Jesus.
· To teach EVERY Christian to lead the lost to Jesus as part of their EVERYDAY lifestyle.
· To be a catalyst in bringing unity in the body of Christ.
· To help other ministries by investing our talents in them and working with them.
"Freely you have received, freely give"
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