“Every time you share a testimony with someone, you usher the mercy seat of God into their lives.” -Bill Johnson
Post by: Tina Carlson
Everybody has a past. The experiences of our past fall on a spectrum from really amazing to really bad and everywhere in-between.
There is no way to map a person’s life; it is way too complex with too many variables, with free will being the greatest of those variables. A really great way to understand another person’s journey is by hearing their testimony. Testimony and the act of sharing it is powerful. It appears in the Bible 67 times (more or less depending on the translation) so I think it’s fair to say that a person’s testimony was pretty significant throughout the old and new testament.
Even in present day, a Christian’s testimony is a powerful weapon in spiritual warfare. I once heard a song that said “We will overcome, by the blood of the lamb and the words of our testimony.” I love these lyrics because they equate what has happened in a person’s life with the same power as the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross. This isn’t just a great worship song, it says in scripture, Revelation 12:11, “They triumphed over him [our enemy] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…”
It’s really hard to wrap my mind around the correlation between my troubled past and eventual salvation with JESUS!! As a newer believer, I am often asked about testimony and what brought me to the Lord. My path to the Lord took me down many paths and traps and pits and muck; I have endured pain and have been left with wounds that I was not able to heal on my own so I patched them up. I was like a kid that got pushed off the jungle gym at the playground and put a band-aide on my wound but whenever someone walked by, I would peel off the band-aide to show them my owie.
I was letting my brokenness and pain become my identity.
When I was saved, I wanted so badly to be healed, but instead, I was so stuck on showing a whole church full of people all of my battle scars from the hard life I had lived. I wanted to use my testimony to establish my identity as the rebel chick who now loves Jesus. Still, I have a hard time separating who I am with my story, but now I have found myself meditating and singing another song that I heard, “I’m not what I have done, I’m what I’ve overcome.” Notice, in both songs…overcome! Now, instead of peeling off the band-aide and showing off my wounds that were filled with shame, regret and guilt, I show my scars that have been healed by Jesus Christ.
I feel like a warrior back from battle that says, “Yes, I was wounded in war but look at how I’m healed!”
As a Christian woman who is maturing in faith every day, I will use my testimony to show how our God saves, not as a fascinating story about how sick our enemy can be. I don’t want to be my testimony because I know that my identity in Christ is one of an overcomer and a victor.