Saturday, November 5, 2016

Jesus knew the power in a personal testimony.

Sunday 10-30-2016  Martinez, Province of Buenos Aires    
Today we read Job 21 and Mark 5 – 6

S.  Mark 5:18-20 When Jesus got back into the boat, the man who had been demon possessed begged to go, too. But Jesus said, "No, go home to your friends, and tell them what wonderful things the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been." So the man started off to visit the Ten Towns of that region and began to tell everyone about the great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed at what he told them.
John 1:14 So the Word became human and lived here on earth among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father.
1 John 1:1-2 The one who existed from the beginning is the one we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is Jesus Christ, the Word of life. NLT

O.  Jesus knew the power of personal testimony.  This man had been dominated by horrible demons.  His family knew him well.  His neighbors and the people of these ten cities had all heard of him.  His personal testimony was a powerful witness for Jesus.

A.  It could be said that a testimony is not preaching as such.  It does not necessarily have an introduction, three homiletic points and a summary, but it can carry much weight because the person speaking is indeed more than a speaker, he is the living witness of what he is saying, living proof of the power of Jesus to deliver from demons and evil addictions.

P.  Oh God.  You have chosen to send me out with a personal testimony these last days of my life.  I am witnessing the power that is inherent in this testimony… for my words become more powerful by my life.  May I always live worthy of my testimony so that Your name will be glorified!  Amen.


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