A Heart of Testimony (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

We Christians have the wonderful opportunity to express our personal testimony about God’s personal intervention in our lives that only we can express as we become personally involved with our own tangible proofs of God’s loving care and concern for us. The Heart of Testimony is speaking up with your true story about what God has done for you personally. This is the greatest way to witness! The Heart of Testimony is a story of how God has touched our life in some way, and as we learn to recognize how much God has been enlightening, blessing, and encouraging us individually, we can begin to release our own true stories of deliverance that I like to call the Heart of Testimony. The Heart of Testimony inspires us to become more involved in our communities, Churches, or fellowship groups to help our families, our friends, and our neighbors see the greatness of God’s healing Word on a really personal level.

Spiritually, physically and mentally we can at times receive so much truth and understanding from God’s Word that a release becomes almost necessary, and the Heart of Testimony is a wonderful way to release and begin receiving more from God. Having an inlet and an outlet will prevent the Christian believer’s life from becoming stagnant, for it replenishes our ability to give and to receive.

In the Gospel of Mark, we have the story of Jesus delivering a man who had a “legion” of spiritual problems. This man became so blessed that he wanted to travel with Jesus, but Jesus told him to go home and share his own testimony with his family, neighbors, and friends.

Mark 5:19-20:
-19: Howbeit Jesus suffered him not {did not allow him to go with him}, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.
-20: And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.

The word Decapolis was not the word for a single city, but for an entire region, Decapolis means ten cities. This man whom Jesus healed in so many ways began spreading his own heartfelt testimony, his own experience that he had with Jesus throughout Decapolis, so much so that when Jesus himself passed through Decapolis it was easier for him to teach and heal (Mark 7:31-37).

When people express their own testimonies, even if it is only to their families, the wonderful healing Word of God becomes living and real to those who hear of them. In the Old Testament we read: And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: (Exodus 17:14). God wanted Moses to rehearse over and again the testimony of Joshua’s victories about his personal battle that would continue to inspire him. Knowing ourselves that we are more than conquerors with God in Christ (Romans 8:37), and knowing that we can be victorious in our endeavors is something that God desires for His children to know and understand, for the Heart of Testimony can continue to build us up as individuals as well as those with whom we share them.

To see countless examples of the Heart of Testimony, see the book of Psalms and Hebrews 11.  The Book of Acts is also filled with wonderful testimonies that the believers shared with one another. In Acts 14:27 we read that the believers: “rehearsed all that God had done with them.” In Acts 12:17 Peter: “declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison.” In Acts 11:4 after delivering the Gospel to the Gentiles, Peter and his company: “rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded it by order unto them.” These are all hearts of testimony that always bring glory to God, excitement into our families and acquaintances, and joy into our lives.

The Gospel of Peace (The Shorter Version)

“Many people in our communities live without giving God a thought, and sin and error are all around us, but still, we are responsible only for our own personal fellowship with God. This is a tough lesson for some Christians to learn, as some have been schooled to bear all the sins and pressures of the world on their shoulders. Many do not realize, accept, or believe that Jesus already carried the sin and burden of the world on his shoulders so that they, as well as we, may walk without those burdens, see Matthew 11:28-30. Paul said that in order to escape all the errors and sins of this world one would need to go out of the world– I Corinthians 5:10, which is practically an impossibility (unless perhaps you are a lone astronaut). Jesus prayed: I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil- John 17:15. Every moment that Jesus’ prayer is fulfilled in our lives, we should be so humbly thankful, and simply being helpful and loving at every opportunity is paramount to becoming more Christ-like in today’s world and this will allow God to open more doors so we can walk through and speak the Word. Any witnessing that does not bring joy, comfort, and hope into someone’s life and home ― is not true witnessing (or it is not the right time and place); because witnessing will always deliver the Gospel of Peace into receptive hearts and homes.” ~LMJ~

A Burden-Reliever

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you– I Peter 5:7. Our loving heavenly Father is always able to deliver us; all we need to do is give over to Him whatever is a burden to us. Thankfully, God will never give them back to us, yet sometimes we may become impatient and take them back ourselves, and some people actually blame God for not working on their timetables. Recall God’s promise to us that we shall reap if we faint not (Galatians 6:9). God will never allow the righteous (you and me) to be moved from our convictions when we give God the blessed opportunity to care for us.” ~LMJ~