“You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere.” (1st Thessalonians 1:6-8 – Evangelism, Through Testimony)
The Thessalonians had a wonderful testimony of Christ. It rang out far and wide because they had spoken from their hearts of their personal experiences. This was what Paul had taught the people. Our experience of coming to Christ will be different because of how each of us experiences the encounter, because God calls us to witness as an example to others even in suffering. Our words are guided by the Holy Spirit, and when we follow this example, it ring true to those listening.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You have called us to witness to others about experience of coming to You through Christ Jesus, your Son and our Savior. Let our words be used to lead others to you in a way that is true and honors all of the blessings we have received from you. We love You and worship You for guiding our paths to others who need o hear of our experiences, that they too, might also answer Your call to serve. Today we continue to pray troops serving in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, that a peaceful solution might be found and let the fighting be silenced. We also pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Jesus will calm the storm—-or calm you in the storm!”
“They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that hi time is short.” (Revelation 12:11-12 – Evangelism, Through Testimony)
Our testimony for Christ not only strengthens others and wins people to our Lord, it even defeats Satan, ‘the accuser of our brothers’ (v 10). In the power of Christ’s death on the cross, Satan was disarmed. Now we can defeat him through Christ’s victory and by the word of our testimony if we will totally give our to our Lord, even unto death. The reference to heavenly rejoicing is because Satan’s time is short. Heaven is a place of joy in prayer!
“At this I fell at feet to worship him. But he said to me. ‘Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus, is the spirit of prophecy.’” (Revelation 19:10 – Evangelism, Through Testimony)
Beloved we are mere human beings, deserving no reverence. Nor do angels themselves deserve such. We worship and revere God alone and bear testimony to Him and His holy glory and redemptive grace. Yet that testimony of Jesus and His power to save glorifies God and out to a needy world as the real spirit of proclamation. Share it for God’s glory and the salvation of others.
2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe.” (John 19:35 – Evangelism, Through Testimony)
Eyewitness testimony to Christ’s death and resurrection is the primary basis of evangelism. John’s Gospel, as well as the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, is based on such testimony. Testimony to Christ is given so people will commit their lives to Him and experience salvation.
This text underscores the intense evangelistic intention of the 4th Gospel. John wanted people to believe in Jesus as the only source of eternal life. Do you accept his testimony? Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? I pray that you have.