The Power of a Shared Testimony, Part 3
I hope you can hear the music of this drama getting more exciting. Part 3 of Esther Hawkins’ guest post, The Power of a Shared Testimony is here and I’m trying not to BOLD every sentence of the post. If you missed the first installments, click here to read from the beginning.
Luke 1:36, “And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age: and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month. For nothing will be impossible with God”
It’s a simple story really. He just tells her what she probably already knows. Her cousin who was old is pregnant. It may not have even occurred to Mary before that there was anything particularly astounding about it. However, all of a sudden there is a ‘Heaven invades Earth’ moment and the reality of the Kingdom of God profoundly impacts Mary. There is the realization that God who has blessed Elizabeth is now going to bless her. And God who has done the impossible in Elizabeth’s life, will now do the impossible in hers.
In that one simple, life-changing moment, everything turns around for Mary. Let’s look at her response now.
Luke 1:38, “Behold the bondslave of the Lord: may it be done to me according to your word.”
Incredible! Suddenly Mary’s insecurity is gone, her identity (as a bondslave) becomes clear to her, and all doubt evaporates as she confidently believes and accepts what she had been told.
Just a few verses later, she sings a song filled with such declaration, hope, joy, confidence and strength that you would wonder how this could be the same woman from earlier in the chapter.
Many of us need and are hoping for breakthrough in our lives. It’s easy to think that the next prophetic word will do the job, or that a glorious encounter will turn things around. These are both wonderful and vital in our Christian lives, and yet we so underestimate the power of testimony.
Revelation 12:11 says that we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony.
It is so important that we have a clear understanding of the reality of what Jesus did for us on the cross. Not only did he die for our sins, He purchased our complete freedom from sin, sickness, poverty, insecurity, doubt and chaos, and established our right to become adopted sons and daughters of the King of kings securing our identity as children of God.
But we must also have our own story, a testimony of God’s goodness to us personally. If you don’t have a testimony to get you through whatever you’re facing, then find someone who does. Their story of breakthrough and overcoming will be powerful in your circumstances. As your own breakthrough unfolds, take a hold of your own story and stand firmly on what God has done for you so that the next time you need a breakthrough you can look back and say “see what my God has done for me! For nothing will be impossible with God.”
Thanks to Esther for reminding me and you of the power of a shared testimony. You might be Elizabeth for Mary today. And tomorrow you might be Mary needing to hear how God did what seemed impossible with Elizabeth. Be brave and share what God has done for you. Be bold and ask God to bring you the news of what he has done in the life of your Elizabeth.
About Jennifer O. White
I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.