Your testimony is powerful, it is important and it needs to be shared!
Your experiences and lessons are valuable and unique, because they are part of your very own story. Whether you think your testimony is good or bad, negative or positive; it is something that needs to be shared to all ages and often. Quite honestly, you never know who is going through the same thing in their own life and may need to hear what you have to say. Because you were able to overcome whatever it was, you now hold the power to help other people overcome their struggles or hurdles in life. Be blessed, as not everyone has the power that you hold with your own story.
As you continue to press forward in your Christian walk, it is good to have your testimony ready for delivery. You never know who God is going to put in your life that may need to hear that testimony and the power it may hold for his or her life. Your story of redemption and overcoming could cause radical change in that person’s life. From there, God takes that life and changes another and another. The ripple effect caused by you telling one person is going to be powerful!
Here are a few ways or ideas that can help you in speaking or writing about your testimony.
1) Share your entire story, pick a particular part of the story, or just share an experience.
There are certainly different places for different parts of your testimony. For example, if you are in a Church congregation setting, you may choose to tell a somewhat brief timeline of your testimony. There may be another time when a friend brings up a particular issue and part of your own testimony can relate. And there will also be times when you could be in your men’s group or friends group setting and you may want to just share a specific part of the story. Trust God in these times to provide a sense and direction on what to share and say.
2) Share the struggles, the fears or the doubt.
Once you have chosen the area or areas of your testimony to share, get into the struggles and fears. You must aim to be as open and honest as possible. People hearing your story need to know how bad things got, how far down you actually fell and how scared or angry you felt inside. This will give some great depth to the story and allow the person listening to feel more comfortable knowing that their own issues are not so bad.
3) Share how you overcame your issues or found restoration.
Once you have shared the dark and dirty, or dry and mundane; get into the redemption or restoration part of the story. Take your listener from down in the depths to high into the clouds. Try to make them feel the difference in the behaviors and the emotions. Help them understand that there is hope and a way to get out of their own situation. Again, be honest during this part and express some really positive emotion.
4) Share how Jesus was involved.
Now that they are riding on the high of your story, teach them about Jesus and how He played a critical role in your restoration. It is necessary for you to tell them that they can’t fix things on their own and that Jesus is the answer. Have your Bible handy and share some verses that they can relate with and show them the relevancy of Jesus. Again, stay up beat and positive through this section.
5) Share how you now maintain your current walk.
With the intense parts now over and the really great parts in the near mind, share how you are able to maintain your positive walk with Christ. What is your “Battle Plan“, what are five things you can suggest moving forward? Talk about the power of friendships, Church family and small groups. Be honest and tell them how many months or years you have maintained this walk and get excited about their future walk.
And finally, allow the other person to engage in the conversation and ask questions. Some part of your testimony may have unlocked or opened up a part of their hearts that still had issues. When going through this discussion, become a very good listener and strive to understand how you can help the person you’re talking to. When the time is right, resort back to your redemption moment or Jesus and encourage the same kind of actions in their own life.
Encourage. Encourage. Encourage.
Why do you think it is essential to share your personal testimony? What experience have you had in sharing your testimony? I’d love for you to build on this post by adding a comment below.