Your testimony in 10 minutes!

Testimonies are stories, and stories are a huge, huge part of healing up this broken world. Think about it: In the Revelation, John says that the saints overcome the enemy by both the blood of the Lamb (Jesus' work on the cross) and by the saints' own testimony. Get it? Jesus' work is done. Now all that's needed is to tell your story. So tell it. It's the easiest part of this battle we're in, and the easiest to despise. You might say, "My story is not so impressive". Don't believe the lie. There are parts of your story that make angels whoop. Don't forget! And let's celebrate that something so simple as our story of salvation is like heaping burning fire on the devil's head.

Here's a simple template for a testimony. Remember that you don't have to tell the WHOLE story every chance you get (get used to telling your story and you'll find you have plenty of opportunities). Think about your audience and what part of the story will be most powerful to them. And don't discount the simple victories! Remember the blessing of your first years in the faith, the first time you confessed it all, the first time you felt touched by God. Remember!

So keep it simple. As you look over the steps below, remember that you could answer these questions in a bunch of different ways. What story needs telling today?


1. In the beginning (how it all started) …
Quickly recount the course of events in your early life that tripped you up. Eg, "I first saw porn when I was 8, when I stumbled on my dad's stash."


2. Stuck in Egypt (What slavery was like for me) …
Quickly describe your time in slavery. Did you cry out? Did you despair? Did you turn your back on God? What it was like to be you?)


3. Liberation (What God did to set you free) …
This is the part to relish like a good steak: "The day I confessed all to a friend, I felt known for the first time, and forgiven … I'd never had that before"


4. Desert (longing for a return to the familiarity and security of Egypt?) …
Not in the promised land yet, though we experience God's provision and guidance. In the meantime, how's the journey? Do you wish you could return to slavery? How do you keep your eyes on the promised land? How does God provide?