Out of Great Testing Come Great Testimonies
Throughout the history of the world, there have been wars, famines, plagues and trouble of every kind. Yet out of those seasons of difficulty, there have come amazing stories of perseverance, faith and the intervention of God. I believe that the current world crisis is no different, and those who put their trust in the Lord during this time, will have outstanding testimonies to share. They will be able to say with the psalmist, “…the Lord delivered me out of the pit...and set my feet on a rock.” (Psalm 40:2)
Testimonies of God’s intervention in the lives of His people, are powerful on several levels. They encourage the person hearing the testimony to believe for God’s intervention in his own life. (Revelation 19:10b) And secondly, they build up the faith of the teller as he recounts the goodness of the Lord that he has experienced. Thirdly, God’s Word tells us that giving testimony of what God has done in our lives is a spiritual weapon that causes us to overcome the devil. They overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony…(Revelation 12:11)
For the reasons mentioned above, I invited supporters of Hidden With Christ Ministries to submit testimonies of breakthrough they experienced over the past year. Here are several that I believe will encourage you to have faith that God will intervene for you during this difficult season.
2019 was truly a breakthrough year for my family. We had gone through job losses and financial losses when the recession hit some years ago. We kept our eyes on Him and trusted His promises and His ways of escape. It was emotionally challenging at times; however, we never stopped praying, believing, and sowing into ministries with whatever little we had. Our situation became a testimony to encourage others, reminding them and ourselves that our GOD is not a respecter of persons and He has good plans for us according to Jeremiah 29:11. And if He takes care of and provides for the birds, He will certainly take care of us. We understood that nothing happens in our lives without GOD’s permission. As the years went by, our tithes and offerings increased due to our obedience and trust in Him. December 2019 brought us to a new city, new jobs for my husband and myself, finances blessed, and a new home (which I’m so moved by because never did we imagine the community in which we now live). I do my best not to look in the rearview mirror…only when remembering how faithful GOD was and is to us, by remembering the testimonies and prophetic words He gave us through the process. We are still a work in progress, remembering every day that our GOD is a Big GOD and He loves us.
Jesus healed my lifelong friend who had been on the verge of death as a result of a botched surgery done years ago. Jesus provided a specialist who located the problem and repaired it after years of suffering and deteriorating health!
My mom had been tormented by hate-filled voices in her head for the past two years. Through a new doctor, the Lord revealed that it was due to a medication she was on. She was taken off the med and the voices went away!!! This condition had almost destroyed our family because my mom heard MY voice saying these horrible things to her, even though I live in a different state!
I just had to share these two breakthroughs with you.
One of my faith heroes was a British Evangelist named Smith Wigglesworth. He lived from 1859-1947. He was renowned for his faith to believe for God’s healing power. One of his famous quotes addressed this issue of great testimonies coming from a time of great testing:
The whole world has been plunged into a trial that was unexpected and unforeseen by most. How we respond to it will determine the outcome for each of us. If we respond in fear and seek to resolve the problems in our own strength, the results will not be pleasant. But if we choose to exercise faith in God and His Word during this season - we can experience triumphs in the midst of hardship that only God can bring forth.
God wants to give you a powerful testimony of victory like those you read above. Trust in His promise of protection and provision and you will see His intervention!
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers,
they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.