Spiritually Speaking: A Fresh Testimony

Recently, I was listening to a sermon titled "Be Not Afraid," preached in 1963 by William Branham, when these words from paragraph 81 (though 82 is worth your attention too) made me stop and think:

"I like a good testimony meeting when you got something to testify about. Now, if you haven't got nothing, just stand up and say the same thing you said the night before and last year, that gets wearisome. But when you got a real fresh testimony that you just can't hold it back any longer, the Lord has done something for you, and you just have to break it out, I like that."

This stirred me and made me self-evaluate: Is my testimony still a fresh fragrance, or has it become a tasteless meal made up of overly-nuked leftovers?

I still relish in the way God set every thing in place for me seven years ago to move from Oregon, where I had no true church, to Phoenix, to sit under a solid ministry. Though I had an idea at the time, I would never have imagined how much of an impact being in constant fellowship with believers of like-precious faith would have on my life.

I reflect on that series of events often, and I never want to stop thanking Him for ironing out every detail.

Monument Valley, Utah
But the important part is that He has only continued to build upon that foundation of faith ever since.

Like the manna God sent to the Israelites every new dawn, our testimonies should be a reflection of what He is doing now in our lives, not a collection of last year's stale, recycled thoughts.

The Lord is always doing wonderful things for us--that is never the problem. But what is very possible is we can start to grow unresponsive and ignorant to His works and blessings.

These types of testimonies could be small and simple. For instance, after a blessed weekend spent up at a youth camp last month, I returned to my cubicle at work, pressed the power button on my desktop computer, and to my utter surprise and despair, heard a literal pop and witnessed a tiny spark inside the tower.

No matter what I tried after that, nothing would revive it. In short, my computer combusted, fried, gave up the ghost...it, and everything that had ever been saved onto it in the last six years, was toast.

It's OK, you can laugh. I did too. The fact that technology hates me this much truly is hysterical (ask anyone who knows me).

But as much of an inconvenience this situation was (I had to work on a tiny, outdated laptop for a good three hours while IT assessed the damage), it really turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

I mean, who could complain about a brand new computer? For quite some time I've been dealing with system lag and sluggishness, thinking it was normal, while now I am reaping the benefits of working on a faster device.

Yes, it's a small testimony of how God works in unusual ways. Nevertheless, He was looking out for me. He likes to hear us acknowledge His small gifts too, I think.
I like a good testimony meeting when you got something to testify about. Now, if you haven't got nothing, just stand up and say the same thing you said the night before and last year, that gets wearisome. But when you got a real fresh testimony that you just can't hold it back any longer, the Lord has done something for you, and you just have to break it out, I like that.
   63-0607 - Be Not Afraid
   Rev. William Marrion Branham
   http://table.branham.org
I like a good testimony meeting when you got something to testify about. Now, if you haven't got nothing, just stand up and say the same thing you said the night before and last year, that gets wearisome. But when you got a real fresh testimony that you just can't hold it back any longer, the Lord has done something for you, and you just have to break it out, I like that.
   63-0607 - Be Not Afraid
   Rev. William Marrion Branham
   http://table.branham.org

Then, from time to time, we encounter giant experiences that result in giant testimonies--the ones that clearly broadcast "Only God could have made this possible."

I never dreamed or even really desired that I would be buying my first home at the age of 25. And yet, the Lord knew what I needed, so He caused everything to fall into place without hardly any effort on my part.

Although it has only been a month, I still walk into my house and shake my head in wonder. So, I thought, why hold such a story to myself when God is just longing for me to express my gratitude for His goodness?

(For more on that miracle, you can read the details and fine print here from my last post.)

All too often, we as Christians might feel silly sharing a testimony that seems trivial or personal, because we think no one will really care.

Or, we might shy away from telling an amazing testimony for fear that we come across conceited and super-spiritual, especially if others around us aren't in the same boat of blessing as we are.

That is nothing but the enemy trying to hinder not only the spiritual growth in those around us who might need the encouragement, but it can even stumble our faith as well. By letting our mouths openly testify so that our own ears can hear the claim, our faith is reconfirmed in what the Lord truly has done.

“Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” (Mark 5:19 ESV)

What I took from this quote is that we should keep our eyes open for the next opportunity to share what God is doing for us. Chances are, there will always be someone who will be blessed to hear about our experience.

Whether it seems insignificant or tremendous to us or not, a fresh testimony is better than an outdated one, or even none at all.

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