‘… that which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim to you… to make your joy complete.’ (1 John 1:1-4 NIV)
When I say the ‘Word works’ it probably sounds like a cliché…. You know, like another Christian way of speaking. Like saying, ‘it is well’ or something similar.
But it isn’t… It’s more like me saying in the words of that beautiful song by Kurt Carr ‘I’ve seen Him do it’
It is me testifying of what I have seen with my eyes, looked at and touched with my hands…
Today I ask you a major question: ‘what is your testimony?’
For me, I testify that I am alive today, kept by His Word and His grace. I testify that in Christ Jesus I am the righteousness of God, not because of how good I have been or anything else I’ve done all week but because of what Christ did.
I testify that God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. You can’t ever out give Him, I guarantee you that no minute, and no resource you give Him is ever wasted. He just takes it and multiplies it.
I testify that the Lord is my helper, I refuse to fear anything. I testify that the Word of God word burns like fire and is like a mighty hammer that smashes all rocks in pieces. His Word has always worked for me, no matter how daunting the opposition.
I testify that many years ago, when I was sated with being physically sick I cried out to God asking Him to show me if it was possible to stay free from sickness, I testify that God showed me through His word that it was possible. I testify that the Word works in my body and I know it is possible for anyone to stay healthy once they apply the Word to their physical bodies;
I remember when some of my acquaintances teased me no end about my almost non-existent ‘dating’ life; they felt it weird that Friday nights I’d rather go home than hang out with the wrong company. They felt I was odd for not seeing their way of fun as the way to go; I testify that when the time was right God brought the man He had kept for me my way;
I testify that those same people came to me later to ask me how to get out of the messes their very vibrant dating lives got them into. I testify that they acknowledged eventually that the Word way was the way to go. Things were evidently different when you partnered with the Word.
I testify that sowing into God’s house pays off. I remember days when I looked foolish, I remember hearing about the first fruits offering early in my career life and making up my mind to abide by it no matter what other contrary popular opinion I heard. I testify that God has kept his part of the contract. God indeed is a rewarder.
I remember sponsoring others to go for camp meetings to bless their spirits as an intern (youth corper) in my home country. I remember doing it with joy, choosing to be a blessing to lives with my ‘meagre’ earnings. I testify that even when men forgot, God didn’t. He has blessed me beyond anything money can buy!
I testify that I have gone through hard spots, tough places but through them all I have learnt to trust in Jesus. God has come through for me every time, every single time. Sometimes at just the last minute when I thought I would surely drown He came in and showed He was there all along, making my faith muscles grow stronger.
I remember doctors reports He made mockery of, I remember him picking me out from among many others and giving me jobs when everyone said it was impossible, I remember nights I thought I had reached the end of my rope, my pillow soaked with tears, my mouth dry with no words left to say, and I remember the sweetness of His presence enveloping me in the way no one else can, I remember Him telling me, ‘don’t be afraid’
Precious moments…I testify with all my heart that God is good, I testify that truly a just man may fall 7 times but God will always, always, always lift him up.
How I remember those times, soiled by sin, broken, sure he would never forgive me. He didn’t just forgive me, He called me friend, and He called me royalty.
With tears in my eyes I remember when it looked like it was the end for me, when it looked like I had blown my last chance, what did He do? He stepped in, He made those foolish mistakes work out in my favour, things that swallowed others up He used to lift me higher.
How can anyone then say to me that it’s just a cliché? How can anyone then say to me that the Bible is just a storybook? How can anyone then say to me that I am taking this thing too seriously and I should go easy on saying, ‘the Word works’?
How can you say you don’t need to go the Word way to have any of the things I mentioned and more? Don’t you know that what He gives is beyond money? Don’t you know that this peace He gives, this priceless Presence in a crooked and perverse generation can’t be paid for with the money in all the bank reserves in the world?
Don’t you know that no matter what hard place you are in right now, no matter the ridicule you have faced, no matter how messed up your world looks right now you WILL rise again because ‘the Word works’
I have touched it, I have seen it with my eyes, this Word… this living Word…
I have seen Him do it.
I have seen the barren woman give birth to child; I have seen the broke and disgusted man lend to nations; I have seen the widow woman raise mighty seed; I have seen orphans kept and protected by God to become super stars in their generation… I have seen with my eyes, the one called the black sheep of his family rising to become the sought after one… I have seen what the Word can do… The word works. It really does.
So today I ask you, ‘What is your testimony?’ Take out time to write it down, write down things He has done for you, shout them from the roof top, remind yourself of them. And then LAUGH… Laugh because like Tye Tribett sang, ♫’if He did it before, He will do it again…’♫
Just because you are in a hard place, don’t forget. Don’t forget who you are and Whose you are… be patient, because as surely as you can see these prints before you THE WORD WORKS and You WILL testify… Yay!!!!