The Power of Testimony

As I mentioned in the post titled “Identity”, I will attempt to update you as to what we are learning and what we are experiencing.

The first culture is the culture of family.

Every month LDP has assignments to complete.  One of the assignments is to read the book “Releasing the Power of Jesus” by Bill Johnson.  As I have said before, I am so grateful and thankful to be in a season of such hunger and thirst for more of the Lord.  That however can cause me to rush.  This was the case with this book – I sped through the first half of the book and began to get a check in my spirit that I have missed something.  So, I re-read the first two chapters of the book and a it hits me.

Now, before I tell you what it was that hit me I want you to know that I have included below my notes from those first two chapters.  You would be advised to read the book, but know that these notes are the cliff notes version.

Oh, I will NOT make you read them first – rather… I will share the testimony and you can read them if led.

Larry and Susan Fannon are our Spiritual Parents. Last Friday, my wife Christine shares with me a story that Susan had “apparently” gone to an allergy doctor who informed her that she is not allergic to bees.  Now, you should know that we have know the Fannons for at least 10 years and have always known her to be allergic to them.  I could sense the fear when camping with them whenever a bee came into our view.  Susan would get up and leave the area.  Anyway, this doctor apparently told her she was NOT allergic to bees just last week.  Now, it is my understanding (I did hear this second hand) that she went home and told Larry what the doctor said.  Then, she said “well, if I have been healed of that allergy, than I will proclaim that I am healed of the Chocolate allergy too”.  With that, she must have ate chocolate and experienced non of the usual side affects of her allergy. When Christine told me that, I looked at her and said “If she has been healed of bees and chocolate, than I proclaim that I am healed of the Peanut allergy”. I have had a reaction to peanuts in that I break out in cold sores within 12 hours – Have had this all my life.  So, I made toast and covered it with peanut butter – ate and… the next morning – Nothing!!!  So, that next morning I had four pieces of toast with peanut butter and woke up with still no cold sores.
(Please know that you should not do anything that may threaten your life without working this out with your medical professionals)
I have been healed!

So, others need to be healed and this may be all we need to do – TELL THEM!!!

Here are some notes that may give you some confidence.  Be blessed.

Here is a copy of the notes that I took as I re-read the first two chapters:

Purpose:  “The Purpose of this book is to try to examine some of the weightiness and power [our inherence] and display it for what it is, namely releasing miracle power (page 35).

Chapter 1 – Truth Empowers

Sometimes when the Lord speaks to us, we get what He is telling us through our spirit much faster than we get it in our mind.

Revelation 19:10 10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said, “No, don’t worship me. I am a servant of God, just like you and your brothers and sisters[a] who testify about their faith in Jesus. Worship only God. For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus.[b]

Definition of “Essence” is the basic, real, and invariable nature of a thing or its significant individual feature or features.”

Definition of “Prophecy” is “the foretelling or prediction of what is to come.”

Bill asked God what this meant – a few hours later a man walked through the door of his office and shared his testimony of how God had powerfully restored his marriage.

Testimony

The testimony causes or accelerates the change of atmosphere in the present, making room for a supernatural release.

Declaring the Testimony

We can use other people’s testimony and declare it over them.  This action (Declaring Testimony) is the vehicle by which this promise would be transmitted to others in need.

This supported in the scriptures Hebrews 13:8 “God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”   Acts 10:34 “…God shows no favoritism.”

Testimonies prophesy God’s intent and nature to all who will hear.  They ignite faith!  Faith is released through the power of the testimony (story).  When people hear the testimony of what God has done for others, the anointing on the testimony opens the realm of possibility that they will experience the same thing.  The atmosphere becomes pregnant with the opportunity for the miracle that had been described in the testimony to be duplicated.  Here is the key – when you engage your faith and step into the opportunity in the slightest measure, the possibility becomes reality.

We need to pay attention to “Unusual Coincidences” as they are often the language of the Spirit and are usually a divine set-up.  The Miracle usually occurs during an act of obedience to an unusual command.  So, give Faith an Activity!  I.e. broken foot healed?  Run to the back of the room!

How do you remember?  Our ability to fulfill this calling and commission (the great commission) depends largely on one vital thing – Remembering.  We must have our resources in order to accomplish all we are called to become and to do.

Chapter 2 – Spending our Inheritance

One of Bill’s primary jobs is to teach Christians how to discover and spend their inheritance.

This basically means that we learn to use the unlimited promises given to us by God to bring about a manifestation of His dominion for the sake of humanity.

Question for you – is Heaven only a future reality to you?  With this type of thinking, so many Christians have left the riches of Heaven sitting in the bank thinking that we only get them when we die and go there.  They have reduced far too many of God’s declarations in Scripture about the believer’s identity and calling to “positional” truths that are acknowledged but never experienced.  It is time for that to change.

Understanding our inheritance begins with discovering the deeper purpose for our salvation.   God’s highest purpose for the Cross was not merely to forgive us of sin.  It was so that, by forgiving us on the basis of Christ’s blood, He could invite us back into an intimate relationship with Him, our heavenly Father.  John 1: 12 says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”

This legal standing of relationship to God as His sons and daughters is precisely what gives us an inheritance.  John 1:12 reveals our right but it also reveals the next two words …to become.  This is a process of becoming, of transformation.  In Jesus Christ we have our model of who we’re becoming as the children of God.  We must pursue this “becoming” our entire lives.

Are you led by the Spirit of God?

If so, then you are a son/daughter of God.

Romans 8:14-17 says, 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children[a] of God.15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children.[b] Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”[c] 16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. 17 And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.

If you are led by the Spirit of God, you are indeed a son/daughter – then you have received His inheritance and will therefore be producing evidence through good works.

What are these good works?

Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

Works cannot save us, but without the fruit of good works in our lives, we lack the evidence that identifies us as new creations in Christ.

It’s too easy to reduce Jesus’ teaching to what is humanly possible.  While we love to feed the poor, clothe the naked, and visit those in need (such acts of kindness are essential expressions of the Christian life), we refuse to let them satisfy that internal drive for effective service.  He specifically used the term “good works” to describe the miracles, signs, and wonders He performed.

John 14:8-12 says, 8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”

9 Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. 11 Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do.

12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.

It can’t be stated more plainly – those who believe in Him will demonstrate signs and wonders.

But even more so, His declaration implies that those who believe will walk in the same kind of relationship with the Father and possess the same anointing of the Spirit as He did.  That is, we are called to minister as Jesus ministered because, through His death and resurrection, we have access to everything He had available to Him to do good works.

Commissioned to Do the Impossible

When Jesus commissioned the 12 disciples to go into the world and make disciples of the nations, He was commanding them to do the impossible.  Many Christians mistakenly believe that some of Christ’s commands, like the command to love your neighbor as yourself, are possible to observe, while others, like the one to raise the dead, are impossible.  The truth is that all of Christ’s commands are impossible to fulfill apart from His grace and supernatural power through the Holy Spirit.

Our heart to obey whatever He says puts us in the place of living from the promise, “All things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23).

Our faith gives us access to all the resources of Heaven.  This is why Christ commissioned us to do the impossible!

What is our destiny?

To reveal our Father to the world by bearing His likeness.

(Heb. 5:8).  But He was trained in His relationship with God by at least three things:

Heb. 10:5-7 describes how Jesus discovered God’s will and His destiny in the scriptures.

Jesus was raised under the influence of the testimony of His parents, particularly Mary who had treasured every word, dream, and event that had been spoken of occurred concerning Jesus’ conception and birth.  Luke 2:19 says she, “pondered them in her heart”.

Jesus had the testimony of the Holy Spirit, who facilitated Jesus’ communication with the Father.  John 16:13 says, “[the Spirit] will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak.”

These three resources are all testimonies.  Testimonies are the things that train us to walk in a relationship with the Father and fulfill our purpose as His sons and daughters.

The Psalmist said, “I have inherited Your testimonies forever, for they are the joy of my heart” (Psalm 119:111).  The testimonies of the Lord are our inheritance.

And what is a testimony?  A testimony is the written or spoken record of anything God has done in history. 

The Purpose of this book is to try to examine some of the weightiness and power of that inherence and display it for what it is, namely releasing miracle power.

THE TESTIMONY REVEALS GOD

We are His witnesses only to the degree that we have encountered His power and the Holy Spirit has come upon us.  Acts 1:8 points out, it is after we receive power and the Holy Spirit comes upon us that we are witnesses.  A witness means “someone with a story”; it is the very word Jesus used to describe His true disciples.

In every testimony there is a revelation of what God has done which also reveals His nature.  When we hear testimony and are invited to experience it as well.  We are then transformed and transformed people transform people.

Jesus explained the power source of His ministry when He said, “…Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.  For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does…” (John 5:19-20).

Experiencing God through what He has done in the past correctly positions us to experience God in what He is doing in the present.

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