Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophesy. Revelations 19:10
Our family is on one of the biggest “faith” journeys of our lives! God has asked us to believe for, and move toward, things that literally fall into the category of “impossible” apart from Him! I love the impossible because I am not tempted to try to figure out how to make something happen; I get to simply enter into the amazing rest of trusting Him. The things that He has asked us to do are so big that it is difficult for my mind to even comprehend them.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21
There have been many times throughout my adult life that the Lord has asked me to participate in acts of faith that went far beyond my comprehension. One of those times was in 1987 when the Lord asked my husband and me to adopt our oldest daughter. After a number of years of dealing with infertility, we became aware of a baby girl who had been removed from her teenaged mother’s care and had been placed in foster care. Though we did not know the mother or the baby, the Lord spoke to me and said, “That is your daughter!”
This would not have been so hard to believe, except the baby was a ward of the State of
I was quickly transferred to a social worker, who proceeded to give me a long lesson on “how people adopt in the state of
But, Holy Spirit didn’t seem intimidated in the least by this social workers’ response. Instead he instructed me to have friends and relatives send letters of reference explaining “what wonderful parents Jeff and Kathi Pelton would be”! This correspondence was met with a very harsh phone call telling us to never contact them again. Once again the Holy Spirit was quick to give another instruction: “Call the judge who is handling the case.” Feeling chastened, I (somewhat timidly) researched and found the name of the judge overseeing this little girl’s case and made the phone call. That conversation was no more pleasant than the previous phone calls, and it ended with the judge pronouncing, “If you were the last people on the face of the earth we would not adopt this baby to you! You don’t have a prayer!” Then she hung up on me. (Although her forcefulness was disheartening, we realized the one thing we DID have was prayer).
This sort of activity went on for nine monthsÕwith many setbacks and miracles along the wayÕbefore the day arrived that we received a long-distance call from a social worker, asking us if we could come to their offices that weekend to pick up our baby daughterÕthe little girl we had fought so long for! The first day we were with her, she took her first step, and just to make the story even more wonderful, I was pregnant too!
I am sure that you are inspired by this quick testimony, but believe me, walking it out was not as “inspiring” as what you have read. The nine months of acts of “faith and obedience” were humbling and risky. My husband and I cried many tears, and the situation at times even caused us (and others) to question our sanity.
Now, 22 years later, the Lord keeps bringing back this testimony to my mind over and over saying, “Remember now what I did back then!”
The Spirit of Prophesy
For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophesy. Revelation 19:10b
As we began our most recent faith journey, the testimony of getting our oldest daughter has continued to be an encouragement to me, as well as many testimonies of God’s faithfulness throughout our lives. A couple of weeks ago, the pastor at the church we attend preached an anointed message how God wants us to recall and recount the testimonies of where God “invaded our lives” and worked miracles. He encouraged us that doing so would prophesy to our current circumstances and the future doors that need to be opened.
As he was preaching, I saw before me a two-sided key. I understood that it represented past doors that He has opened for us helping to unlock the doors that now stand before us needing to be unlocked. The testimony of His past faithfulness would unlock future testimonies that we will also pass along to our children.
I began, more than ever before, to understand the verse in Revelation 19:10! His faithful acts of the past are prophetic utterances of His future faithful acts. To recall or speak them was to prophesy into what He will do again! Even as I wrote the testimony about our daughter, I was prophesying into my future and into your future. Because we are family, we can even tell the testimonies of what God did for others we know. We can recall the testimonies that He did for men and women within the pages of our Bibles. Take my testimony and let it prophesy the release of His faithfulness into your life! Instead of a brief summary, I wish I had the space to tell you the entire story, because it would astonish you; and I wish that I could hear your stories so that they could prophesy into my life too.
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may perform these miraculous signs of mine among them 2 that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with the Egyptians and how I performed my signs among them, and that you may know that I am the LORD." Exodus 10: 1-2
So much of the Bible is the testimony of God’s faithfulness in the lives of mankind throughout the ages. They are stories that, as we read them, become prophesies over our lives. It is time to tell God-stories again. If we came together to worship and to tell the testimonies of “God invasions” in our lives, think of how encouraged we would be. Even praise is a form of testimony. When we praise Him for who He is we speak and sing of His attributes, character and acts. When we declare Him as King we also prophesy His authority released into and over our lives.
I encourage you to get together with friends, with your church family, with your children and begin to recount the stories of His goodness passing before you. Tell people you meet. Tell anyone who will listen!
…Give thanks to the Lord, for His love endures forever. 2 Chronicles 20:21b
That is an example of praise and testimony! “Give thanks to the Lord” is praise and “for His love endures forever” is testimony. Together it is prophecy.
Remember that a walk of faith without the stories (testimonies) of His faithfulness to past generations is like having cookies without milk; or more accurately, peanut butter without milk! Our faith needs a good gulp of spiritual milk so that it does not get stuck in our mouths. Here’s a new bumper sticker for your life: “Got Testimony?”
If you don’t have one, borrow oneÕbecause there are more than enough to go around.
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