Powerful personal testimony!
Scripture reading for November 14th: Acts 21-23
Have you had a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ? The word of God tells us that we overcome the accuser, Satan, by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony! (Revelation 12:11) Sharing your testimony is a powerful thing. It does something in you and something to overcome the enemy of our souls in others who hear. Many have been won to the Lord through the power of a testimony!
Paul had gone to Jerusalem for the feast of Pentecost and had taken Trophimus the Ephesian with him. He went through the temple purification rites for seven days and went to the temple to verify the appropriate offerings had been made. Some Jews from the province of Asia saw Paul and Trophimus and began to stir up a riot. They aroused the city and men seized Paul, drug him out of the temple, and began to beat him intending to kill him! They felt Paul had violated their religious rules.
The Roman guards heard the commotion and stopped the beating, putting Paul in chains. The commotion of the crowd was so great that they had to literally carry Paul back to the barracks. The crowd was shouting, “Away with him!” (Acts 21:33-36) Paul asked the commander of the guard for permission to speak to the crowd. He gave him permission and Paul addressed the crowd in Aramaic, their Jewish native language.
Paul simply shared his testimony. These were his people and quite likely some of the same people who had earlier demanded the death of Jesus Christ. Paul told this hostile crowd of his own anger against Christ and His followers. (Acts 22:3-5) He told them of his encounter with Jesus on the Damascus road and how he was struck blind. He told them of his healing and how he was called by Jesus to go to the Gentiles. At this point, the crowd turned on him again and demanded his death!
Paul, himself, was touched by Stephen’s testimony on the day he was martyred! (Acts 22:20) We see that our testimony helps others to relate to us and us to them. It offers us a way to share a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Share your testimony with someone today as the Holy Spirit directs!