Fresh Hope – 4th April 2018

In the court of law, a testimony is a written or spoken statement providing evidence of something. In the kingdom of God, a testimony is a statement providing evidence to the work and nature of God. It is when you declare how God healed, gave hope, provided finances, made a way, broke down barriers, imparted wisdom, and restored!

When we hear someone testify of the goodness of God in their life it creates an awareness and expectation in our own hearts for God to work in the same way in our circumstance.
Unlike a legal testimony in a courtroom, a testimony in the kingdom of God has prophetic POWER. That means it has the power to create or repeat that which is being spoken! The Hebrew root word for “testimony” means, “to do again”. That means that when we hear what God has done in someone else’s life, we are hearing what He can do again, in OUR life!

Testimonies also connect generations. In many cultures it is through the telling of stories that identity and history is passed on to the next generation. Likewise, as our children hear of the goodness of God in our lives, and read of the goodness of God in the generations before them, they then understand and experience God for themselves and pass that message onto those after them!

Testimonies are tools for us. As we hear of how God has come through for someone else, we can take hold of that testimony for ourselves and allow it to bring us hope.

Keep on speaking about what God is doing in your life! Listen to and celebrate the stories of God in other people’s lives for they are yours also! When we hear a testimony spoken by those around us, or read it in the word of God – don’t ask ‘why them and not me? Or, ‘that’s for them and not me’. God will repeat the story in you. Why? Because His good nature is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

Psalm 78: 5-7 “He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.”

Emma Burchell

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