This Sunday, June 19th, 2016, Pastor Duane White unpacked part two of our series, REtell: The Power of a Testimony, at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.
REtell: The Power of a Testimony
God used testimony in the Old Testament to help the children of Israel remember. A few weeks ago Pastor Duane talked about how the Hebrew word for remember is “zakar,” which has a connotation of “to always or constantly keep on your mind.”
Whenever the children of Israel got into trouble, and basically fell back into sin, it was because they forgot the miraculous power of God and what He had done. When you stop talking about the miraculous, what happens? Your expectation goes down, and when your expectation goes down, your faith wains and a downward spiral begins.
Testimony is how God reminds us that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
“You shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.” (Deuteronomy 5:33, NKJV)
The “land which you shall possess” is the promised land, Canaan, the land that flows with milk and honey. God is giving them a formula to have success, now that they have left Egypt and slavery, when they come into this promised land.
This pattern is outlined in Deuteronomy 6…
“That you may fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged.” (Deuteronomy 6:2, NKJV)
There that phrase is again: “that your days may be prolonged.” Passing the testimonies, or stories, from you to your son and your grandson was, and is, the pattern to prolong your days of living in the promised land.
In Deuteronomy 6, God the Father was promising to give the people cities that they did not need to build, and filled it with stuff they did not need to buy to make produce that they did not plant or prepare for, and wells that they did not gig.
We don’t want our sons to forget what God did to get them there. So tell the testimony.
“When your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What is the meaning of the testimonies, the statutes, and the judgments which the Lord our God has commanded you?’ then you shall say to your son: ‘We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, and the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand; and the Lord showed signs and wonders before our eyes, great and severe, against Egypt, Pharaoh, and all his household. Then He brought us out from there, that He might bring us in, to give us the land of which He swore to our fathers. And the Lord commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is this day.” (Deuteronomy 6:20-24, NKJV)
God knew the human propensity to forget the good and remember the bad. He also knew that they might or forget that God did it and think it was somehow their doing. When we pass our stories from one generation to the next, we are leaving behind stones as a memorial to what God has done.
“And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever,”(Joshua 4:7, NKJV).
These stones are a memorial. Forever!
Our job is to build a memorial and tell about it! Miracles are signs that point to the way to go. They are not the way, they point to the way. We don’t walk through a sign, we walk through the way that the sign points to. Jesus is the way, and our testimonies just point to the way.
You see, testimonies create rallying points to rejoice around what God did, so we can all believe that He can do it again. One of your greatest treasures in the Lord is your experiences with Him, and they are worth recording – building memorials to remind you and others about what all God has done.
Every believer has a story. You have a story. Tell it! We owe it to the next generation to tell the stories!
We are only ever one generation from extinction.
Tell your story!
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