@ThrivePodcast – Make sure your testimony is grounded in the word!
@krachunis – And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death Rev 12:11
@HMSFoster2 – I was a sinner saved by grace. I am now maintained by grace. Struggle against sin-pursue God!
Intro: Rev. 12:10-11 …”And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 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”
Accuser is cast down/overcome by
Loving Jesus more than life itself
Job 2:4-6 …”And Satan answered the Lord, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.”
Examples of Testimony(s)
Acts 2:12 & 37 (12) ..” And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?” (37)…” Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?” (PETER)
Acts 7:54 & 60 …(54)…” When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.” …(60) …”And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.” (STEPHEN)
Acts 14: 19-20 …”And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead. Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe” (PAUL)
What constitutes a testimony?
Must glorify the Lord
Must relate some experience w/Jesus
John 9:24-25 …”Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner. He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see” (THE BLIND BOY SEES)
Mark 5:15 & 20 … (15)…” And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.” (20) …”And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.” (THE DEMONIAC)
Acts 3:7-9 …”And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God:” (THE GATE BEAUTIFUL HEALING)
Various Types of Testimony
Romans 10:9 …”That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (LONG, MEDIUM OR SHORT)
II Timothy 1:7-8 …”For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 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.”
HolySpirit testimonies (epiphany testimonies)
John 14:26 …”But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
Close: Rev. 12:10-11 …”And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 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”