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SUNDAY TONIC: THE POWER OF TESTIMONIES

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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) GRATITUDE When one of them saw that…

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