And they overcame him (the accuser) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. (Revelation 12:11 NKJV)
Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. (2 Timothy 4:2 NLT)
“Many a person has developed a wonderful testimony, only to dash it to pieces with carelessness. Only those who guard it to fruition, will have it immortalized at the finish line.”
Some Christians have become so lost in their freedom in Christ, that even though they may sin and be forgiven afterwards, they forget about something very important to their Christian walk. They concentrate on the fact that they will be forgiven rather than this much more important factor. This much more important factor is their testimony. If they concentrated on their testimony, rather than sin, I believe their lives would be truly transformed and much more dynamic for the Kingdom of God.
If you concentrate on your testimony as the primary issue, you will naturally avoid sin as a secondary issue. Whereas, if you forget about the fact you have a testimony to uphold, the battlefield in your mind will play out scenarios of how you may sin without being caught. This becomes a dangerous game. You must see that sin is a negative issue that brings death. You must not only avoid sin, but you must hate it. At the other end of the spectrum is your testimony which is a positive issue. Always work on higher ground. Great battles are won by those who have the higher ground. This proved deadly for the South at the battle of Gettysburg. The North turned the tide of the Civil War by being on the higher ground.
Let me illustrate. If you are a guard in a high crime area, it is sure nice to work behind bulletproof glass even though you have a Kevlar vest on. If you only have an armored vest on, a single bullet can still ruin your day. Whereas a barrage of bullets cannot make its way through bulletproof glass.
Allow your testimony to be your bulletproof glass that surrounds you. Don’t just wear your Kevlar vest. When the enemy unloads his 9mm at your chest, and you take the full brunt of it, you may get up from the ground still alive, but you will definitely have a few cracked ribs. Whereas, if you stand behind the bulletproof shield of your testimony, you will escape the powers of sin unscathed.
As I close, I want to leave you with a tremendous testimony I had the pleasure of hearing first hand at the Pastor’s Banquet at the Gideon’s International Convention in Philadelphia on Friday evening July 25, 2014 by Dr Ronaldo Archer. Here it is in PDF format: