"... the testimony of Jesus Christ is the spirit of prophecy!" (Rev. 19:10b).
Testimonies are one of our most potent weapons and are now beginning to explode the powers of darkness—out of whole nations!
I sense that this is a kairos moment, when the Father is putting a demand upon the earth this hour for anyone down here who has ever been touched by His great love and power, to stand up and testify and shout it from the rooftops of what the Lord has done in their lives.
The reason God wants you to testify is because what you think is a simple, small testimony has contagious power to spread around the world and set it on fire! Your testimony's DNA has the spirit of prophecy in it, since it's not really your testimony, but Jesus' own testimony of Himself, testifying to the world of His outrageous and contagious acts of grace and mercy—through you.
Your Testimony Contains the Spirit of Prophecy
A testimony is a public declaration of what God has done in your life.
The word testimony has its foundation in the root word meaning "to do again." The contagious power of a testimony is that what God does once He can do again for you and the whole world.
When you are testifying what God has done in your life, you are actually prophesying what He will continue to do for you. For instance, when you testify about the Lord healing you in a certain area, you are actually prophesying that He will continue to heal the rest of you—spirit, soul, mind and body. What He begins. He completes.
Prophesying for Future Victories
"And David said, 'The Lord who delivered me out of the paw of the lion and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine" (1 Sam. 17:37a).
As David was testifying, the spirit of prophecy kicked in, and he prophesied Goliath's defeat and also the "ten thousand" and every other enemy who would be slain by him in his near future.
They Overcame by the Blood of the Lamb
Sixteen years ago, when I had an attack against my heart, the Lord showed me that I would be healed gradually, little by little. From that day forward, everywhere I go, I testify that I am being attacked by healing!
I carried healing on the inside of me like a pregnant woman for 16 long years. To be honest, my heart didn't always feel healed at times, but the truth was "healing runs in my family."
Every cholesterol and blood test for the last 16 years has gradually improved. For the last 12 years, I have no longer needed medicine for my cholesterol or heart.
Whenever you experience even a small improvement in your health, shout it from the rooftops with thanksgiving, and you will enter into His gates where healing abounds—and keep thanking Him until the healer gets inside you. Even when your healing or miracle isn't here yet, you can testify of its coming and prophesy that it's on its way.
Tragically, Many Have Stopped Testifying
If your testimony is not fresh, go back to where God has done something in your life and rehearse it, and you will find the Holy Spirit will be activated to move again in your life in the now!
I know a pastor who, when nothing seemed to be happening in his congregation, would hear testimonies from other places where God was moving, and he would share these miracles and healings with his congregation.
Soon the people's faith began to rise, and they began to testify of their own experiences of God moving in their everyday lives. I visit this church at times, and when the pastor asks, "Does anyone have a testimony?" they almost run forward and share the most unusual, powerful testimonies I have ever heard of God doing for people. Strangers, at times, now testify of their bodies being healed and miracles happening as they walk into that church.
During my recent heart checkup. the nurse asked me what medicines I take. I said, "Just a baby aspirin at night." She looked surprised, as though she were waiting for a long list of other medications.
My heart specialist checked me over well and said, "Your blood pressure is perfect, and so is your EKG. Whatever you are doing, keep it up. I hope all of my patients are like you today." I said to him, "I pray a lot about my heart. I trust you, and I trust the Lord." He smiled.
So I will continue to eat oatmeal for breakfast, exercise and deny myself of greasy foods that I would love to eat. I will keep standing on God's Word that He spoke to me when I was in the emergency room 16 years ago with a blood clot in the artery of my heart: "I will restore health to you, and I will heal all your wounds" (Jer. 30:17a). And. of course I keep proclaiming that "healing runs in my family!"
A few days ago, I had an appointment with my family doctor. After examining me, he looked over my recent full blood work that included everything. He looked at me and said, "You have the health of a 40-year-old man!" I am now 70.
I believe my healing Scripture is for many others today. "I will restore health to you, and I will heal all your wounds" (Jer. 30:17a).
"For we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard" (Acts 4:20).
It's time to testify!
Bill Yount has been a member of Bridge of Life Church in Hagerstown, Maryland, for the past 40 years and is in leadership. He faithfully served in prison ministry at Mount Hope Inc. for 23 years and now travels full time, ministering in churches and Aglow circles. He is currently an adviser at large for Aglow International. Bill has authored several prophetic books. His latest book is Handfuls of Purpose. Subscribe to his prophetic emails at: billyountweekly.com/billyount. Visit Bill's website at billyount.com or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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