My testimony is not about me, it’s about Jesus; because I am the same as you~ thinking I am good enough and yet knowing I need to be better, ingrained to my very fiber of being in self-sufficiency, self-confidence, and self-preservation, living unto death. I live in a world that proclaims: death and taxes, and you are what you make of yourself.
My testimony is in the Man Jesus. Who loved me with an everlasting love before I even knew Him, Who loved me even while I rejected His authority. Who rescued me from this world of death and its demands and gave me freedom and eternal life. Who paid the penalty for my guilt of blasphemy, persecution, and idolatry and reckoned my delinquent and overdrawn sin accounts that I may be pure and blameless before my Father in heaven. Who called me into His family, to belong and be secure and be supplied.
It is for the glory of His name that He called me. It is because He is worthy of all worship, honor and praise. There is nothing on all the earth, in the hearts or minds of men that is worthy of such exultation; not Buddha, not Allah, not spirits, angels, man, money or fame. They are not worthy. He alone is worthy.
God alone is the Creator of the universe and all that is in it, limitless in love and mercy, unchanging, eternal, all wise; Who completely forgives the repentant heart willing to return the stolen heart-throne to its rightful Owner; Who doesn’t leave us to our own self to work out our salvation, but seats us with Him, fills us with His Spirit, and transforms us into His image of truth, goodness and love. He enables us to walk in the darkness and shadows of this world in light and gladness and joy and honor speaking His words of truth and peace to us and through us.
And so I trust in the promises of the Living Word, knowing that all the promises of Scripture find their Yes in Jesus. And I cling to His faithfulness in order to not be outwitted by Satan, who is battling for my soul, but I am not ignorant to his designs. He would have me believe that my faith is a crutch and the trials I experience show the weakness and apathy of my God.
Yet I know that my faith is not a crutch, nor is it blind. I have learned from the Holy Spirit and the faithful that have walked before me that contrary to the lies Satan would have me believe I walk by faith and not by sight “not because I am blind, but because faith gives me courage to face my fears and puts those fears in a context that makes them less frightful. I walk by faith and not by sight because there are places to go that cannot be seen and the scope of my vision is too small for my strides. Faith is not the denial of facts- it is the broadening of focus.”___Rich Mullins.
And I know that the trials I experience are for the purpose of testing the genuineness of my faith and will result in His praise, glory, and honor; the revelation of Jesus Christ. For if I didn’t experience danger, I wouldn’t know the depths of His protection; if I didn’t experience pain, I wouldn’t know the completeness of His healing; if I didn’t experience grief, I wouldn’t know the abundance of His faithfulness. But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads me in triumphal procession, and through me spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere.
This is my testimony: For what I proclaim is not myself, but Jesus Christ as Lord. I am a grateful servant, daily in the process of dying to self-sufficiency, self-confidence, and self-preservation. I am His adopted child over whom God has said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” and Who has shone into my heart to give the light of knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ; to whom be all praise and honor, glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
1Tim 2:5-6; 2Cor 3:17; Jn 3:16; 1Tim 1:13; Phil 2:15; Ps 100:3; Rom 1:5; Phil 2:9-10; Rom 1:20; 1Tim 1:17; 1Jn 1:8-9; Phil 2:12-13; 2Cor 3:18; Ps 23:4; Esther 8:16, 9:30; 2Cor 1:20; 2Cor 1:11; 1Pet 1:7; 2Cor 2:14; 2Cor 4:5; 2Cor 4:6; Rev 1:6