It’s no secret that testimonies are hard to come by. Our churches teach. But when is the last time you can remember hearing testimonies of healing at our traditional churches? Remember when there used to be Sunday evening services where people shared their testimonies? These services were designed to build up the faith of the church members. But they are rare these days.
When we hear a testimony, faith is released in the hearer’s heart. Faith is a real substance. Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
So faith is a substance, and a gift from God. What do we do with gifts? Recipients “take” gifts, and start to use them. When Jesus offered communion, He said to “Take and eat” my body. Jeremiah also spoke of words as edible in Jeremiah 15:16. So when we hear a testimony, we can “take” what is offered as a shared story of someone’s experience and receive it.
Like receiving a gift, we say “Thank you” as we “take” the story and ingest it. When we hear a testimony, it becomes part of our shared experience base. Our “body of experiences”, or our collection of faith data points, become the foundation that our faith is based in. When we listen, receive and “take” the testimonies that we hear, we are building up our faith foundation. We pray out of our faith foundation. Testimonies nurture and grow our faith confidence factor.
When we hear the “testimony” of Jesus’ healing someone, it becomes part of our faith base out of which we gain the confidence to pray for other people’s healing.
Revelation 19:10 “For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
See also, The Power of our Testimony