Have you Shared Your Testimony Lately?


 

January 27, 2011

3 Then Moses said to the people, ‘Commemorate this day, the day you came out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery, because the LORD brought you out of it with a mighty hand…” (Exodus 13:3)

 

            We should never get to a point where we feel so mature in the things of God that we forget the testimony and the day of our salvation. Moses, speaking on behalf of the Lord, told the people to commemorate the day that God brought them out of Egypt.

The children of Israel coming out of Egypt is a symbolic representation of our own salvation. We were not able to see with our natural eyes the spiritual warfare that took place before we gave our lives to Christ. God brought us out of our own Egypt with a mighty hand. The word “commemorate” speaks of honoring and remembering.

“This day,” for me was April 26, 1997 at around 6:00 PM in the Family room of the home I used to own. For the first time in my life, I was excited about reading anything spiritual. A good friend of mine, Doug Berrenguer, gave me a few tracks and among these tracks was “The Four Spiritual Laws” by Bill Bright. As I was reading this particular track aloud to my now deceased wife, Ileana; I received the conviction of the Holy Spirit and read the Sinner’s Prayer out loud. I forgot all about my wife; it was as if I was talking to God, directly. After I finished praying that prayer, I felt warmth and a fire that, up to that point, I had never experience before. It was beautiful! I remember that I stood up and told my wife, who was sitting in the Dining Room listening; but really not listening to me, “Baby, from now on, I am living for God.” My wife looked at me like I was crazy; I never spoke about God before, did not go to church, did not read the Bible and out of nowhere, I am now passionate about Jesus? That same day, we went to visit my in-laws: I said to myself: “Well, they will surely know;” but as I made my statement in the family room of my mother-in-law’s house, no one seemed to care about what I was saying.

It was not until I returned to work and shared with my friend Doug, who seemed to be waiting for me anxiously, that I was able to understand exactly what happened to me in the Living Room of my house. I was saved that night! Beloved, since then, it has being an amazing journey with hills, mountains, valleys and much desert…but I will forever remember that day.

Can you tell me about your day? Can you tell me about the day you got saved? Do you have a few paragraphs to share? If you don’t; perhaps, this is a good day to start practicing.

If you don’t have a clue what I am talking about, write me at angelcasiano@aol.com

2 thoughts on “Have you Shared Your Testimony Lately?

  1. I vividly remember the day I was saved, Angel. I was delivered from a life of rebellion expressed in self reliance. In an instant my empty life was filled! I was sitting alone on a park bench at the campus of Scarritt College in Nashville. I was there because some of my friends had asked me to go one an Emmaus Walk. The first speaker said I would know what my priorities were by answering three questions: “What do I think about?” “How do I spend my time?” “What do I spend my money on?” As I thought about those questions I realized that most of my time was spent thinking about work. God wasn’t even on my radar screen, let alone my family. Because of my hard work, I thought I had secured my life and was resting complacently. I was a fool – I tried living without taking God in account. I had settled for comfort without commitment.

    As the speakers shared how Jesus had became a curse for us. And how “He himself bore our sins in his body on a tree” (1 Pet 2:24). I began to understand the gravity of my sin and suddenly began grieving over the sin that had separated me from God, my family, and my self. This repentance was a response to God’s initiative and grace. I was overwhelmed by a sense of gratitude for God’s pardoning grace and the proof of it in Christ’s resurrection. Christ went to the cross to die, giving his righteous life for me, I in turn came to the cross to die, surrendering my old sinful life for him. Thereafter Christ lived in me (Gal 2:20). I became a joyful, grace-gifted Christ follower with the same anointing as Jesus (see Luke 4:17-19; 1 John 2:20, 27; 2 Cor 1:21-22).  Prophetic words of wisdom gave me direction and guidance for my life.  There were healings for my damaged emotions, memories, and relationships.  A new language of praise and prayer intensified my sense of God’s power in my life.  Then, gifts began to flow through me to bless others.

    I am so grateful to have the privilege of walking daily with Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit.  And I live with an expectancy that God will “add daily those who are being saved” (Acts 2:47), and that he will use us as His instruments to lead them into a joyful, grace-gifted experience of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ.

    The apostle Paul is clear when he addresses the church and says, “…be filled with the Spirit.  Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.  Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph 5:18-20).

    The work is too great and the time is too short to attempt the work of the kingdom in the weakness of our own flesh… we need to be filled, and filled, and filled, and filled to overflowing, with the Spirit of the living God!  We need to become joyful, grace-gifted people — to the praise of His glory!

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