Why Should I Write My Testimony?
How many times have you been inspired by something you read or heard? There are many people dealing with emotional and physical issues that need some inspiration of their own.
You testimony can help them to understand
that the strength of your faith and belief in Jesus Christ has made your life much better.
As Christians, it is our scriptural duty to let everyone know how Jesus has changed our life through our testimony. You might be thinking, “Who is it going to help?”
The answer is; if it helps many great; but if it help just one isn’t that is a miracle?!
So, how do write your testimony? Below we have help to get you started on proclaiming your life in Jesus Christ.
How to Write Your Testimony Ideas
Testimonies are not only stories of God’s glorious deeds, but they are also the way we now live with our new identity in Jesus Christ through our actions and the choices we make everyday.
This is the time to mention how God has changed your life and how following Jesus Christ is making your life much better. Testimonies encourage others in their faith, and that is why it is God’s will for Christians to share their testimony, even if they are new believers.
Daniel 4:2 “It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me.”
Your experiences can help others facing the same obstacles, and inspire others who seek to discover the God that completely changed you. Every time we tell our testimony, we give honor and glory to God.
No matter how “spectacular” or “ordinary”, you think it is; it is ultimately about God’s character. It is your account of how God rescued you and changed your life as a result.
Don’t be afraid to fully explain the tough/bad details in your testimony; because there are others going through the same thing.
And your testimony may lead others to a relationship with God. Of course, that is the reason we write testimonies. To help others find God and Jesus in their lives.
Psalm 66:16 “Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me.”
Steps to Writing Your Personal Testimony
These steps are designed to help you write your Christian testimony and help you realize that your testimony has power.
Some Bible verses for inspiration:
Matthew 10:32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.”
Study Other Testimonies.
Read the testimony of Apostle Paul in Acts 26 where he describes in detail his miraculous encounter with Jesus and his calling to serve Christ as an apostle. You can also read the testimonies of others, and they might give you some ideas and motivation to write yours.
Spend Time in Preparation and Prayer.
Pray and ask God to help you share what he wants you to write.
Additional Ideas and Thoughts:
Use related Bible verses that fit your situation. You can find them by doing a search at: www.biblegateway.com. Here you can search words specific to your story and find a related Bible verse. Quick, easy, and free to use. Just type in a word in your story into the search
bar; then related Bible verse will be listed. Read them and pick the ones that work with your testimony.
Be ready to personally share your testimony. We never know if someone might ask us how coming to Jesus Christ has changed your life. Sometimes the timing to share is very short. Some say it is time it takes for a match to go out. If you want to practice, light a match then tell your story; once the match goes out you should be finished.
This is why preparation and practice will be so important. Keep in mind you are telling the story of God in your life, so it should be momentous to any listener. Share how God has impacted your life to everyone…everywhere!
A Quick Overview
- Pray before you write out and share your story.
- Write the way you speak.
- Don’t be overly negative or positive. Be honest.
- Don’t criticize or name any church, denomination, person, organization, etc.
- Avoid overly-religious terms.
- Keep it short and tell your story in a lighted match time.
- Write a short and long version to publish.
- Practice telling your story until it becomes natural.
Remember, we all need to testify to how our lives have been changed to encourage others to come to or return to Jesus. And it is needed now at this time when everyone is divided.
Sharing Your Testimony
From Hurtful to Compassionate
FROM HURTFUL TO COMPASSIONATE
I am a witness to all I have seen, done and heard.
This is My Very Condensed Testimony.
I grew up in New Jersey as a child and went to church on Sunday with my family (two brothers and two sisters) in a humble but poor home. I was a street corner teen influenced by peer pressure with fighting and getting into trouble at school. Suspended from school multiple times for what I saw as crazy pranks, but it showed that I was out-of-control.
Many of my friends ended up in jail, on drugs, or went to Vietnam and died in the war, including my best friend who actually told me he would be returning in a pine box (and he did) and that stayed with me throughout my life. Not sure how it affected me accept for anger at the war and the loss of my best friend.
I was influenced by TV and movies to be like the characters portrayed and soon realized it was just an act of desperation and not who I really am. My attitude was hard, tough, uncaring, judgemental, short-fused and, thinking I was better than most. Oh yeah, and I was definitely a sinner who creates more unexpected problems in my life.
1 John 3:4 “Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.”
Divorced and crappy as a Father of a beautiful Daughter, a lousy work ethic, and someone who was truly lost walking around not knowing why or even what was next in life. I had no direction and no one to guide me. My siblings were younger, and my parents were dealing with many of their own problems. My Dad, unknown to us, was suffering from PTSD after WWII and really didn’t say much about how to deal with life.
My first unknown-to-me sign of Divine intervention came as I was driving on a highway approaching an elevated curve. I was doing the speed limit when I heard a voice yell out my name. “JOHN!” I instantly realized I must have dozed off. If I had kept going without waking I would have driven off the curve to plunge at least 50 feet to the highway below. I got back into control of the car and continued on my journey not to think about the incident again for many years.
Moving On And More Interventions?
I was attending a public speaking course for an ad agency I worked for to improve my client meeting talks. Towards the end of the class, we all had to do a talk in front of everyone to see what we really learned. At the end of my talk several attendees commented out loud, “You should have been a preacher.” I thought about the comments for a few minutes and then they left my mind. A second unknown-to-me sign of Divine intervention?
As you can tell I had no idea of what Divine intervention was, when, or if it happened.
John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”
A Serious Intervention.
As they say. The third time is the charm or is it?
Being a graphic designer, I was working on a few non-profit projects when an idea to design 2 scriptural posters came into my mind. Not sure why scriptural. I didn’t have any clients for that type of work. Usually, the designs are quick to complete, but these were complicated designs that took a lot of time. Then many months later 4 more scriptural designs. Boy was I confused. Why was I doing these? Religion and scripture were not in my thinking to any known degree.
I was with Jean who was a believer and faithful to the Bible. She had attempted several times to get me on the same track, but I was a little resistant.
After a terrible car accident and months of recuperation for Jean and me, I got back into doing some more non-profit design work. Of course, I will definitely accept that God was watching over us in this accident because it could have been much worse.
Almost 6 months later the scriptural designs started again. This time the ideas came in groups. It happened when I was watching TV, doing yard or design work, getting ready for bed and even a few times when I was sleeping. I kept a pad near my bed to write the ideas down when they happened because I would forget them. Unfortunately, many never got to the pad and were forgotten. There were so many ideas that I started sketching them on a pad to get back to them later.
How was I doing this? Even as a graphic designer I knew it was extremely difficult to come up with at least one design a day every day for 2 years straight.
My Very Unexpected Surprise.
I asked Jean what she thought about what was happening with the ideas. She said it was probably “the Holy Spirit” and that really surprised me. Why me? I wasn’t a Bible reader much less a true believer or person of faith.
Matthew 10:20 “For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.”
I truly believe the verse in Matthew 10:20 because I have experienced it first hand and once you accept the Holy Spirit you will too. It is hard to believe that we are not doing what we think, and that goes for both good and evil. God works one way and the Devil works another. I am now following God because my life is much better.
Now I started to receive many more ideas/designs and realized that perhaps she was right. That was the moment I started to accept Jesus and the Holy Spirit into my life. At that point Jean started helping me understand more about the bible, praying, and growing my faith. A few years and over 700 designs later and counting I was a different person.
But This is Not About the Designs!
My past had fallen away, my attitude was different, my anger was gone and I was much more relaxed and much less stressed. I learned through the Holy Spirit how to listen more intently with people and that gave me much more insight into their feelings when having conversations. At times I can even feel the emotions of the person I am talking with and that gives me the feeling of really listening.
I am by no means a perfect person. I still occasionally get angry and ask for forgiveness but I am more aware of what I am doing and how I am around family and friends. I no longer want to judge others because I feel it is God’s place to do that…not mine.
My Final Thoughts.
I was a really bad person. Angry, judgemental, tough acting, uncaring, cold and mean spirited, quick to anger, and stressed out for a lot of years of my life. I mentally hurt a lot of people and it didn’t matter with Jean being at the top of the list since she was closet to me.
Now I feel that since I accepted Jesus and the Holy Spirit into my life I am less stressed, calm, caring, giving to others, and helping those who need it as well as those who ask for help. I quickly apologize when I am wrong and ask for forgiveness from the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:17 “ Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
Jesus has completely changed my life and in a very short time from an evil person to a good one. I had no idea it was starting many years ago but took my mind time to catch up. Jesus does work miracles especially if He can change me.
My Comment to You
Allow Jesus and the Holy Spirit to come into your life and see how much of a good change can occur. Of course, you still need to have faith and belief. Mine has grown considerably in the last few years.