To Feel Sharp, Testify Each Day
John 3: 21; 1 John 3:16-24
The Christian life is the life of unmasking. We are transformed initially when the Holy Spirit makes our spirit alive. Then it is a life of continuous transformation as the masks are removed exposing the life of Christ within.
We can only testify to what is true in our experience with God, to go beyond it is to misrepresent God and ourselves (Romans 12:3). The devil, sitting on the throne of sin delights in reminding us of how sinful we are, he even points out our sins to God (Revelation 12:10). We are hindered from speaking about the transforming power of God when we buy into the lie: dwelling on past sins, fretting about confessed sins in the present, and paralyzed by fear of future sins. It is hollow evidence. So we tell ourselves the truth: “God in Christ has forgiven me” (Ephesians 4:32). Say it over and over. “Praise God! In Christ I am forgiven.”
To testify is to tell the truth. It is not only the evidence of our words but also the evidence of our actions as we live out our lives. The alignment of our soul and spirit with God’s Word under the direction of the Holy Spirit allows our body to take action which is in harmony with our soul and spirit. This harmony gives a true representation of the life of Christ within us as it flows outward toward others revealing the love of Christ.
Before we testify, we need to prepare. We prepare by prayer for ourselves and others; we read the Word of God; we confess those sins the Holy Spirit brings to mind; we compare our life with the Word of God and determine a plan to obey it with the Holy Spirit’s help. We are then ready to testify (be a witness, Acts1:8), to be an imitator of God (Ephesians 5:1, 2) to a watching world.
We are ready to enter the activities of life. We are alert; we see others needs. We breathe prayers for guidance; our life is an ongoing conversation with The Living God. Our life becomes an act of worship. Will you join me today?
Today’s affirmation: I’ll feel sharp, I’ll speak the truth about myself and live the truth by God’s Spirit. – Pastor Bob Wood is committed to discipling and mentoring and has a heart for prayer. You can email him at DGTBOB@aol.com
Think About This: Legalism lacks the supreme sense of worship. It obeys but it does not adore. —Geerhardus Vos
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let God be exalted, The Rock of my salvation! 2 Samuel 22:47