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Personal Testimonies Important

How important do you think a personal testimony is in any conversation? How important do you believe personal testimony is concerning witnessing? Do you delight in using your personal testament?

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The Holy Spirit used both the passages I ministered (the woman taken in adultery and the good samaritan) and my personal testimony to let that woman know that Father God was aware of who she was, where she was, and where she was going. It was pretty awesome.
---Linda on 7/16/08

Helen5378>>>What can I say. Jesus said only a few. I did not approach God He came to me. Please take it up with HIM.++
---catherine on 6/30/07

Personal testimony is extremely important to bring into a conversation about Salvation at the correct point. But, before personal testimony should be believed, the other person has to first know you for a while, in real life. Then, the conversation can be very "unreal" to the unsaved person, but they will still be willing to believe you, knowing that you do not lie, and their conversion is not just for your ego.
---harold on 6/30/07

The Bible says forsake not the assembling of yourselves together; and there is safety in a multitude of counsellors.
Your actions are different than God's Word, catherine.
God is also no respector of persons. He does not make exceptions just for you, prophet or not.
---Davis on 6/30/07

Catherine - You make it sound like you are the only born-again Christian in the world.
---Helen_5378 on 6/30/07

I have a testimony, God took me out of church. You want to know why? I will tell you anyways. Believers are not to be unequally yoked together with unbelievers in religious activites. ++
---catherine on 6/30/07

Toby - how well do you understand Elijah?

= to a modern day Bi polar - the prophets of God know Him, that know His heart, they are sensitive to His weeping for the world, the ones face down before Him in repentance, standing in the gap for a people who refuse to walk in His ways.

I personlly think you men have silenced women for far too long, and just because I speak my mind this is not evidence of a lack of a gentle and quiet spirit, it is courage and boldness knowing who we are Christ.
---Prodigal24 on 6/14/07

Frank: we are all His, we are all different, though my Lord, is Jesus Christ, perhaps I have MUCH to learn, maybe I 'sound' arrogant, I am not, I am passionately in love with the author of the Word, I am not 'learned' of men's opinions of me, the Holy Spirit counsels me.
---Prodigal24 on 6/14/07

I appreciate any correction: I have a very teachable spirit; I am only barely breathing after such a long journey to find out who I am in Christ, revealed in the desert years, and now back in His house only 18 mths - I am STILL learning - and He is STILL refining me, and all of us.
Its not about us, its about Him.
---Prodigal24 on 6/14/07

True mature christians will be patient with others; they will pray to the Father to reveal to those who are still on His potter's wheel, things that need refining. A shepherd of Christ, with the Saviour's love in their heart is one who leads with wisdom, peace, patience, kindness with hands of love, truth and correction to 'shepherd' others into new pastures - they are secure enough in Him to know it takes time for others to become polished pieces of porecelain for Him.
---Prodigal24 on 6/14/07

The gentle quiet spirit you speak of in women, that is pleasing to Him is one I pursue daily: and He knows it. There is no reason to justify to YOU or to seek your approval of me.
---Prodigal24 on 6/14/07

Pride is something the prophetic are to be aware of daily, as is every other christian, the flesh can speak when we are for one second forgetting that He is our Lord and we are submitted to Him, His counsel. By our fruits we are to be known, I wonder how well you move in mercy or compassion of those who arent reaching your idea of perfection?
---Prodigal24 on 6/14/07

Toby>> Is on the right track. Praise God.
---catherine on 6/14/07

Witchcraft in the Church. It exists.

Sins of temper.

Seditions - Rom 16:17
Heresies - 1 Cor. 11:19
Envyings - Matt 27:18, Rom 1:29
Murders - Matt 15:18, 1 John 3:15
---M.M.R. on 6/14/07

Root of Resentment results in spirit of Jealousy


Numbers 5:14
Gen 4:5-8
Gen 37:3-8
Prov 6:34
---M.M.R. on 6/14/07

Root of pride results in spirit of haughtiness

Exalted feelings
Self righteousness
Stiff necked
Self assertion

Isa 16:6; 2:11; 5:15
Jer 48:29
1 Pet 5:3-5
II Cor 12:7
Prov 3:32-34; 6:16-17, 16:18, 21:23-24; 29:1; 13:10
---M.M.R. on 6/14/07

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Lastly, Prodigal, I have met some female preachers and prophets that were used of God but they were humble and both obediant to, and in subjection to their husbands. They were adorned with a meek and quiet spirit and when they said "thus saith the Lord," it came to pass. They never mentioned being a prophet nor did they speak out against the word of God or the children of God. And they used the WHOLE word of God.
---Frank on 6/13/07

Prodigal, first, I did not say anything about women so you are out of line and that doesn't fare well with being a prophet. Two, why do you talk about male ego when nobody has said anything egotistical. I think you need to pray and ask forgiveness for your judgmental attitude sister. As for our jaw dropping, I have not read any grand revelations from you that would make me think you are a prophet. More like a sister that may be afraid of being a sister.
---Frank on 6/13/07

Don't you know it, Frank.
A prophet is subject to other prophets.
I agree. A true prophet would not have needed to give us the lowdown about all of their attributes. A true prophet would have inspired utterance, not cursing and blessing coming out of the same mouth.
---Toby on 6/13/07

A true prophet's words do not come from a humanistic approach, the Word of God backs up every word they speak.
Genuine prophecy comes from God.
Frank, as you know, this is how we judge prophecy.

Does it glorify Jesus? If it does, it's God.
---Toby on 6/13/07

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Does it line up with the Word?

Does it produce liberty or bondage?
---Toby on 6/13/07

When you first hear someone prophesy, listen carefully to the first words coming out of their mouth.
After all, God used Balaam's donkey to speak in the OT (Numbers 22:28). Listen to the person from your heart and ask, "God, is that You?"
That's how you receive prophecy. If it is from God, you'll be blessed.

If you're hearing curses, that's not God.
---Toby on 6/13/07

Culver/Frank - you need to ask Christ to give you both a revelation of freedom; and get your MALE egos submitted to the fact that His daughter's are too allowed to be BOLD and speak forth. As for the 'true prophets speak not of themselves' - let me remind you, THE TITLE ISNT IMPORTANT: He looks at the heart, and your either a dancer or your not, but the steps must be His.
---Prodigal24 on 6/13/07

For you two both also; dont mess with me, Ive been 'knocked down' as a baby christian many years ago .. and that put me into the desert, and He TAUGHT me the things you know: and when He is finished refining us, we may speak bluntly, but mark my words,
---Prodigal24 on 6/13/07

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For you two both also; dont mess with me, Ive been 'knocked down' as a baby christian many years ago .. and that put me into the desert, and He TAUGHT me the things you know: and when He is finished refining us, we may speak bluntly, but mark my words,
---Prodigal24 on 6/13/07

if finding victory in Christ from the - for even Satan knew the scriptures, so dont flatter yourselves into thinking we daughters must 'behave' the way 'you' expect us to: after all Isaiah and Jerimiah sure didnt measure up to 'society': nakedness and laying down on one's side!pharisees in the churches of past days, and overcoming Satan's speaking in others 'that try to Lord it over people' - you two are but a wisp of wind: realise that Christ has NO favourites - He only uses ones who have courage.
---Prodigal24 on 6/13/07

In this case, I am 'presuming' you both are not the 'weaker brother' amd that your testostrone male ego's can cope with truth, or is it flattery you'd rather?
Dont count on it from me: wisdom is one thing, rebuke is another. Perhaps Christ may be reminding you of your days as a 'budding prophet' when you spoke in a way that 'offended' others?
---Prodigal24 on 6/13/07

Have a read of Bill Weise's book, '23 minutes in Hell' and 'hear' the love that Christ has for us all, and if it was 'His example of love' I was counting on from those 'males' who try to 'lord it over His female servants that are fearless of man, only reverent fear of Him; then I too would 'run the other way' from you.
---Prodigal24 on 6/13/07

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Now guys, pick up your jaws: you are my brothers in Christ, and we all need more of His humility and character - its not about being 'right' or tearing one another down, its about becoming more like Him - and I have walked a very long desert to survive this far, and His mercy, His divine protection, His love that I did not deserve is something I am FIERCELY protective of - so forgive me if I do not measure up to 'you' I am Christ's and His alone.
---Prodigal24 on 6/13/07

A true prophet of God will speak the anointed word or prophesy of God without mentioning themselves. They will have had multiple witnesses to their being a prophet from other prophets before them. They will say thus saith the Lord and it will come to pass. If they sound a trumpet before themselves chances are they are a false prophet.
---Frank on 6/13/07

Why do 'prophets' that make a huge ordeal of what they are, and who they are, and what they are capable of, suffer from mental illness? Have you confused the gift of prophecy for a textbook case of narcissistic/bipolar disorder. Many that suffer with this disorder have highly elevated thoughts about themselves and being God's prophet.
---Toby on 6/13/07

Amos, do you have a problem with women being called in Christ? If you understand anything to do with prophetic people, when they speak forth 'bluntly' that is not cursing - its truth!

When 'offence' is taken, that usually comes from unsurrendered souls - still unyielded to Him in total surrender.

You do not know me;
---Prodigal24 on 6/13/07

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Word curses are far different to bluntness:
calling a spade a spade is far different to consciously 'insulting' someone.

I am prophetically and mercy motivated, I am kind, loyal, wise, discerning, generous, hospitality, servant hearted, a writer, a preacher, a wife, can invoke hostility from being black and white, and am HUMAN - not perfect, I am the righteousness of Christ, made in His image, a repentant and saved sinner and the apple of my Father's eye.

Whats your point?
---Prodigal24 on 6/13/07

Amos, re you 'discerning':

I am a someone who knows the freedom of Christ, who is not yellow bellied, who speaks her mind, who preaches Christ crucified, who is called and sent by Christ to preach His gospel, is secure in her Father's love, and is probably intimidating the heck out of you because you seem to have a problem with truth?

Or is it the tea and scone ladies in Christ that you prefer? The ones who cry over a broken nail rather than a lost sinner?
---Prodigal24 on 6/13/07

oh Amos I forgot something.

I am well loved, though at times 'unpopular' when truth is needed to be spoken, given the person, their faith level and the dynamics of the situation.

We either serve Christ, or man - we either revere Him, or fear man, we serve One master, not two.
---Prodigal24 on 6/13/07

Prodigal24, are you saying your interpretations are above the Bible, what you may be hearing through your eargate or some other gate? In other words, are you telling us that your prophetic interpretation supercedes Scripture?
If so, no thank you. You are exactly the type of prophet I would run from.
---Culver on 6/13/07

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First question.>Very important. Must wait on the Person of the Holy Spirit. Second question> Concerning witnessing, extremely important. Third question.>>I love it.
---catherine on 6/12/07

I am discerning something, and it's not mercy I am hearing.
So while you curse and bless simultaneously, I'll be watching.
---Amos on 6/12/07

Toby, your venacular of speech is far different to here in OZ. As for 'King James' - man's interpretation is imperfect, Christ's revelation is far above man.

Amos - and if you were a 'prophet' of any kind you would discern I have a mercy heart, and I rebuke 'harshness' when counsel is offerred to the weaker person.

Mercy and black/white: we are to be thankful for the balance.
---Prodigal24 on 6/12/07

Purpose of a personal testimony +


Include one or two Scripture reference that God used to change you heart and be able to quote them from memory
Be aware of cross cultural teaching issues when sharing your testimony in other cultures
---Culver on 6/12/07

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Avoid references to specific people, churches or denominations, especially in a negative or critical connotation (e.g "I used to belong to that church and it was a dead church and then God opened my eyes")
Avoid an argumentative spirit, your testimony is not designed to defeat people, it is not a debate you are trying to win, but a statement of what God is doing in your life
Avoid high pressure sales tactics
---Culver on 6/12/07

I am that I am (Hebrew: , pronounced Ehyeh asher ehyeh) is one English translation of the response God used in the Bible when Moses asked for his name (Exodus 3:14). Hayah means "existed" or "was" in Hebrew; "ehyeh" is the first person singular present/future form. Ehyeh asher ehyeh is generally interpreted to mean I am that I am (King James Bible), literally translated as "I-shall-be that I-shall-be."

Prodigal, I'll reserve such highness for God.
---Toby on 6/12/07

Evangelism Quiz

The Word of God should be used during evangelism because it touches the heart of a person.

The correct answer is True.

Hebrews 4:12 - For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

---Amos on 6/12/07

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Evangelists know that the truth is to be known, and that it will set all free.

The correct answer is True.

John 8:32 - And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

The Word of God sets people free.
Sharing elaborate experiences are exciting, but the word of our testimony should be about Jesus Christ, who He is and what He does.

---Amos on 6/12/07

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Evangelism Quiz

Evangelism should include the preaching of repentance and remission of sins.

The correct answer is True.

Luke 24:47 - And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

---Amos on 6/12/07

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Christians should be prepared to preach the Word at all times.

The correct answer is True.

2 Timothy 4:2 - Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

---Amos on 6/12/07

Evangelism Quiz
John the Baptist, an evangelist, preached to others telling them that "the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

The correct answer is True.

Matthew 3:1-2 - In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

---Amos on 6/12/07

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I have heard so many fleshy testimonies, working themselves up into an emotional frenzy, sharing embarrassing sins up front, going into lengthy details, watching others hang in their heads in embarrassment with them; praying they would hurry up and sit down.
God doesn't dig up our repented sin, and remind us every day. But for others, their idea of a testimony is sharing all the awful details with others, with delight.
---Amos on 6/12/07

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"Thanks so much HCA, your words were very appreciated -- just goes to show the Lord uses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise -- Im testimony to that, though in this case Elijah's running away from Jezebel just shows his precious humaness: thanks also for the book, I will order it!
---Prodigal24 on 6/7/07"

HCA = Amos. One minute you curse me and the next minute you're thanking me.
---Amos on 6/12/07

A prophet would have known what spirit I was of, not a pharisee.
---Amos on 6/12/07

I am who I am; I am not Catherine, and I live in Australia, not US!

Amos, if you don't like stern -- perhaps you would be better of hearing from a watered down word of God?

PAUL WAS ALL THINGS TO ALL PEOPLE; THOUGH HE NEVER COMPROMISED CHRIST! Testimonies are a 'tool' to show others Christ's redeeming love in their lives. Period!
---Prodigal24 on 6/12/07

Hmmmm....Paul gave his testimony several times over. Same story, every time. Nothing added, nothing removed. Now, Bruce Willis, he would be a hard one to top...well, except for maybe Paris Hilton.
---Linda on 6/12/07

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Amos - this is 2007! God's word never changes; though to reach a worn and torn battered and bruised people, we need to be all things to all people as Paul would say.

Testimonies are evidence of God's divine mercy and protection; and you are not the 'word' police to decide or judge their effectiveness. Its about the Christ in us that others will see, even those who are young in Christ!
---Prodigal24 on 6/11/07

The condition of a 'new christian', if that is the 'older brother syndrome' doesnt scare them away first, straight out of this chaotic world, 'some' of them will be barely breathing - from a mixture of divine mercy and His protection, in some cases, to survive the temptations/wiles of the god of this age (2 Cor 4.4).

All they will need is the Christ in us, and that includes the patience to 'listen' to the things that babes in Christ choose to testify of.
---Prodigal24 on 6/11/07

Prodigal24, you are catherine.
Prodigal is a tad more stern than catherine. I like catherine, better.
---Amos on 6/11/07

By the way, Linda a.k.a. Cynthia 1,
have you not been a witness to someone who gives a testimony, and every week the drama is ratcheted up about 10 notches. They're bigger, they're the most 'unreachable', or their life was devastatingly more intense than Bruce Willis.
---Amos on 6/11/07

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By the time you wear someone out with all of your exploits/how big and bad you once were; and now you're an angel - I do not believe all the focus on self is what God means about a testimony. The Greatness of Jesus Christ, how Magnificent, how Wonderful, how Excellent, and the unselfish sacrifice He did for us on the Cross. The testimony of Jesus Christ is our testimony.
---Amos on 6/11/07

Amos - get a life, pharisee!
---Prodigal24 on 6/11/07

If your testimony is not a reflection of Jesus Christ, check your motivation for giving it. Is it to draw attention to yourself? If your excitement is due to an opportunity to talk all about yourself, check yourself.
Personal experiences don't leave a lasting impression like the Word of God does. The real life is in the words of Jesus.
---Amos on 6/11/07

Amos, any testimony is going to have death and resurrection in it. Death is never pretty but His resurrection (how He brought you out) is a shining diamond against the backdrop of all that darkness. I don't see how man is getting "fleshly indulged" when Jesus is the one who did the work and is the end result of that work.
---Linda on 6/11/07

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Testimonies can become very fleshy and more grandiose, every time they're told. It should be all about Jesus Christ. This is one area people really use to reflect on themselves; and it becomes all about self. I believe it's error to talk all about your sins, how horrid you were, dig up every bit of dirt on yourself, stand there, blubber and bawl. Testimonies can veer off into self indulgence.
---Amos on 6/11/07

Yes as Linda & Rebecca mentioned, using our Personal Testimony of what a Personal Saviour has done in our lives, is giving the Holy Spirit, an opportunity to speak to the hearts of those who are hearing us, and
then, can we share the Gospel of Christ effectively. Brian.6933
---BRIAN._STAFFORD on 6/10/07

I do not believe that a personal testimony is relevant to just any conversation. I believe that a person should listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and when the door opens, share their personal testimony.

I have had many opportunities to do just that, and have been able to share my faith with people I work with, and friends, because they opened the door. I love sharing what God has done in my life.
---Madison1101 on 6/10/07

What you have went through with, may help someone else if they're going through the same thing. It is very important to testify. Because we are overcomers by our testomonies. It helps us grow in the Lord. I love testifing, to tell what God has done for me and for my family, and how good he is.
---Rebecca_D on 6/9/07

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Paul used his many times. I share mine if prompted by the Holy Spirit. A couple of weeks ago, I was ministering on a Wednesday evening and two new people were there. During worship, I had the direction I was going changed. I obeyed that leading and finished up with my personal testimony of deliverance from suicidal depression...and what caused it. After servcies, the woman told me that every word was meant for her, even the testimony. Our testimonies were so alike we could have been the same person.
---Linda on 6/9/07

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