I know the importance of giving testimonies in the parlance of Christianity. It could be equated with giving thanks to God for what He has done, or what He is doing. Giving testimonies is highly desirable because it causes the Lord, the Omniscient to do another bidding of the testifier. It also causes others to be encouraged to believe God for their own miracles that might be considered slow in coming; and also increase the faith of people in the ability of God to do JUST ANYTHING; including the seemingly impossible.
Jesus Christ encouraged giving testimonies (Mark 5:19), Apostle Paul, who wrote two-thirds of the New Testament and excelled more than other Apostles in spite of coming late on the scene loved testimonies. Paul is recorded as giving testimonies no fewer than seven times in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles and in his Epistles. By giving testimonies, people are encouraged to put their trust in the Lord; what He is able to do for those who trust Him, and above all, what He has done for us. (Acts 8:4) The case of the woman by the well is apposite here. She came to know the Lord and then went out to tell others what He had done for her. She did not preach to them, she simply told her story, with the result that there were scores of conversions.
JESUS HEALS THE TEN LEPPERS
The woman under reference was a Gentile, who was immoral, lost, helpless and hopeless, but the Lord loved her, and He revealed to her who He was, with the result that she was deeply convicted of her sin and came to know Him as her personal Saviour, her Friend and her Lord. In giving testimonies, we must be humble and invite attention to only GOD, that makes things work out. (John 3:30) One of the most popular stories of testimonies is told in (Luke 17:11-19) in which it is recorded that Jesus healed the Ten Lepers. Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. He travelled between Samaria and Galilee. As Jesus was going, He met the ten leprous men who moved close and shouted: Jesus! Master! Have pity on us! The Compassionate Master – Jesus saw them and said, Go. Show yourselves to the priests. While they were on the way, they were healed. (Luke 17:11-14)
When one of them saw that he was healed, he came back. He praised God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus feet and thanked Him. The man was a Samaritan. When Jesus saw the Samaritan, He immediately wondered about the other nine men who had also been healed. Jesus asked, Werent all ten healed? Where are the other nine? Didnt anyone else return and give praise to God except this outsider? Then Jesus said to him, Get up and go. Your faith has healed you. (Luke 17:15-19)
On April 10, 2018, God enabled me to present publicly two new books that He gave me wisdom to write on Corporate/Political Governance and the contemporary issue of foreign travels, illegal migration, human trafficking and related social and criminal ills. Weeks before the event, I went on my knees, fasted and cried unto the Lord for His support and favour. We all know the critical situation and how hard it is to get people to attend such functions. Five days to the event, my letter of invitation was still withheld in a prominent office of government, whose occupant was invited to play a critical role at the ceremony. For 35 days, there was no confirmation or rejection. I made conscious attempts to get an answer. No response. And my dilemma was that I couldnt just use the name of the top functionary without permission. I couldnt also unilaterally substitute the name of the name of the functionary, because that would be disrespectful. As a result, I couldnt publicize the event. It was not about money alone; but also, the usefulness of the publications on contemporary issues to the society. Indeed, the books are public relations materials for government; and public enlightenment resources. I was hurt; but what could an ordinary citizen do? I felt all things being equal, there should be no concrete reason for denial because I was sure of the quality and usefulness of my books.
HOW GOD PROVED HIMSELF TO BE THE ALMIGHTY
I was worried about a possible failure. Some of my friends said I might have been so treated because I belonged to another political party. All along, some identified me as a member of the All Progressives Congress. Others yet said I am a member of the Peoples Democratic Party. Then another set said I belonged to Baba Obasanjos Coalition. But I am not created a principality by the Lord. I told all of them I belong to Jesus Christ Who can do all things. I held on to the Lord. I participated in the April edition of the Holy Ghost Service and kept in touch with an elderly mentor and professor. We prayed together that God would move at the Holy Ghost Service. Then, the God of Suddenly. The Word came from the Throne of Grace through Baba Enoch Adeboye: You are disturbed that they want to put you to shame; but God says He will be your Helper. So, dont bother yourself. Lo and behold, the following day, Sunday April 08, 2018; I got a telephone call from the Office of the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Her Excellency, Hajia Aisha Buhari, indicating that she had created interest in my book presentation as a result of the usefulness of one of the books titled: ‘USEFUL GUIDES ON FOREIGN TRAVELS, BORDER POSTS & IMMIGRATION MATTERS. That was a characteristic case of DIVINE INTERVENTION; and how God moved to save me from an imminent embarrassment orchestrated by human beings. God moved and compelled brilliant minds to attend and honour me. Among them, erudite scholar of Political Science, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, who is one of my mentors; and Mr. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, who was represented. Nobody from the political blocs I was suspected of belonging to attended or sent any representative! But the presence of the Holy Spirit was palpable. I say thank you to Jesus Christ.
THE LESSONS – EMBRACE GOD.
No one is qualified to testify for the Lord until he knows Him for himself. Indeed, no one has a testimony at all until he or she really knows Christ as Saviour and Lord. Therefore, you need to belong to Christ to be able to enjoy unqualified mercies and grace. If God does an act of benevolence to an unbeliever, it is only because He wants to do so to prove a point, as an obligation and not as of right. As a child of God who has been saved, you have the right to approach the Throne of Grace and ask your Heavenly Father for whatever you need. It is like a biological child going sure-footedly to meet his or her parents to ask for some things as of right. What next? You need to be saved. Just like those notable priests of God ask the Lord to do things for them; you also have the right to ask God to move on your behalf and meet your seemingly incredible need. But first, you must give your life to Christ. Jesus is calling you today, knocking the doors of your hearts waiting for you to answer and come to him.
There is nobody that cannot be saved. God saved Moses who killed an Egyptian. He saved Saul and turned him to Paul. What about Rahab the harlot? The Lord saved Pastor Enoch Adeboye and Pastor WF Kumuyi. God saved and empowered Archbishop Peter Jasper Akinola and Revd (Dr) Mike Oye who has impacted millions of lives through these vessels. He gives grace to be humble. Do not listen to that voice or your friends making jest about you making moves to submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor was once in a similar situation before God pulled him out of the danger zone, preparing to go to hell. Look at the message and not the messenger because even Jesus Christ was not respected in his native place of birth. The God who saved me is still available to also save you today. I enjoin you to locate the nearest Bible-believing church to you IMMEDIATELY and give your life to Jesus Christ as your Lord and Personal Saviour. Jesus is coming soon. Remember, Heaven is real and hell is real. Are you willing to spend your eternity with Christ or with the devil in the lake of fire in hell? You cannot afford to waste any time. God bless you as you take that step of faith immediately.