Saturday, March 26, 2011
Good Evening to All!
This lesson is a bit different. While the subject of this testimony is MOST IMPORTANT, I also want to address another type of Testimony. Our testimony of What God Has Done FOR US.
Yes, we should testify that we are Christians and actually Be A TESTIMONY for Christ, BUT...
We also need to testify what God has done for us, how he has delivered us from bondage, be it drugs, alcohol, pornography, whatever the case my be. Other people need to know this. It will definitely help them in their walk with Christ, especially if they are New or "baby Christians.
God delivered me from alcohol in 1986, and smoking in 2005. I haven't wanted any since. He has saved my life more than once, and has delivered me from many other personal things which I won't go into on the Web. I feel that personal testimonies of examples of "HOW GOD HAS HELPED YOU will mean more to people than just saying You are a Christian. Instead of telling someone your a Christian, actions speak louder than words. but God also wants to be acknowledged for what He has done in our lives, and the best way to do that is to tell others so they will come to Him also. Now, on with the lesson....
Today's Seed: Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And He said to them, Ye say that I am. (71) And they said, What need we any further witness? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth. Luke 22:70-71
According to the NIV version: "They all ask,ed, 'Are you then the Son of God?' He replied, 'You are right in saying I am.' Then they said, 'Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his own lips.'"
What if your were on trial for being a Christian? Imagine the courtroom scene. Picture the jury, the judge, the attorneys, the witnesses, the bailiff, the onlookers, and yourself. Witness after witness is grilled by the attorneys--all in an effort to prove your "guilt." Are you a Christian? would the things you do and say condemn you or set you free?
Jesus was put on trial for claiming to be who he was. The religious leaders asked. He answered. What else could he say? He said he was God because that's who he was, and he was condemned to die.
If we live the Christian life as the Bible instructs, we too run the risk of persecution and condemnation. If fact, if if we are so bold as to live out our faith in public, the Bible actually promises us trouble. (Matthew 5:10-12, 25)
Frankly, we are on trial every day. Once people know we are Christians, the "jig" is up. They are checking us out to see if there's enough evidence to convict us. Has the jury reached a verdict in your case?
Dig Deeper: The Greek word for "testimony" means a declaration that both informs and corroborates the testimony of a witness. Your testimony certifies that you say you are a Christian and corroborates the testimony borne out in the word of God.
Background Bulb: The fact that Jesus was convicted on his own testimony at his Jewish trial is only one of the many illegal things that were done to condemn Him. The testimonies of two or three witnesses had to agree against a criminal, the trial must take place on the daytime, a quorum of twenty three judges was necessary, and a guilty verdict could not be rendered until the following day., At Jesus' trial, the witnesses couldn't agree, it was night, there was no quorum, and the guilty verdict was rendered on the spot because of Jesus' own words.
Weed & Water: It is always good to be mindful of whether or not what we do and say lines up with God's standards. Make it a point this week to evaluate at least one response you make to someone each day. Make sure that response is a testimony of who you are as God's child.
Think about it: What have you done or said recently that would have caused a non-Christian to doubt your testimony?
What have you done or said recently that caused others to know you were a Christian?
Prayer Pot: Lord, let others see your love in my life as I . . . .(Insert your own thoughts)
Take-Away Idea: If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?
I cannot figure out for the life of me why, but it seems like I have done this post before. If I have, then in my heart God must want to express this need again, or I'm just plain forgetful. (Hopefully, the first reason, LOL!)
Good Night to All and May God Bless!