What is a testimony???
A testimony is what we share as Christians when God has revealed himself to us in some way in our lives. It stems from the Latin word “testis” which is “to witness” or “to remind of,” so we are essentially bearing witness to God’s work in our lives and reminding ourselves and others that He is present and His power transcends our human circumstances. Testimony can also be seen as a story! One that is personal to you, which encourages and empowers those listening who are experiencing the same thing.
On Friday night, the young adult’s team at my church had a testimony night and it was EPIC. I mean we heard some really great breakthrough testimonies, covering the theme:
Faith over fear
Honesty over image
Love over entertainment
One couple spoke about the faith they had to show when applying for a mortgage and we all know how scary that process can be! Will I get it? Is my credit score ok? Can we afford it? But they chose to step out in faith and trust that God would be glorified in it. As a couple who wanted to start building a family, this as a big decision for them.
Another lady spoke about body image, as she formerly aspired to be a professional dancer until she got an injury however until that point her body image and appearance was EVERYTHING. It almost defined her, she thought she didn’t have anything else to offer and she was very strict with her diet as she thought “this is all I have to offer”. When she got married this mind-set didn’t change…marriage doesn’t cure brokenness but rather shines a light on it. It was her husband who called her out on her thinking, encouraged her to change her mind-set. Reminded her she is “fearfully and wonderfully made” and prayed for a release from that destructive mind-set.
Finally we had one lad who spoke about how he struggled with drug addiction and one-night stands when he was young. It was a vicious cycle he fell into until he followed a mate to a Christian conference and gave his life to Christ. He mentioned the desire didn’t leave immediately, as some nights he would dress up to go out “on the pull” but as he would get ready to leave his flat he’d remember his “watershed moment” and not do it. He also said that we are “not defined but we are designed” that despite our past experience, we do not need to remain in that captivity; but rather just declaring God’s truth over yourself and displacing the lies of the world.
Key messages from the night:
My story matters
My story doesn’t end with me
A story can always be repeated for someone else
On that note, I just want to mention that the Hebrew word ‘eduth” means “testimony, precept or warning.” It comes from a word that means “witness,” that is, someone who gives evidence. And that word comes from a primitive root (Ayin-Vav-Daleth) that means “to return, to repeat, to do again.”
Can YOUR story bring a breakthrough?