Sowing Seeds of Faith

When I first receive a breakthrough in a certain area, for instance physical healing, this testimony is meant to be shared with others around me, so that they too can receive breakthrough.

A specific testimony of God’s goodness is like a seed. Keep it to yourself and you still have the seed, but if you sow it, that one seed can and will grow and multiply!

A testimony is like a seed of faith – it gives whoever hears it a chance to see and believe for something they couldn’t see or believe for just a moment before.

I also need to actively remind myself of the testimony I have in a certain area. For instance, several years ago I was asked to pray for a lady with a toothache, and her pain went away when I prayed for her. Naturally, this was very encouraging to both of us. Ever since then, it’s been really easy for me to pray for teeth, and to expect to see healing in that area. Often, I will tell the person I’m praying for about what I have seen before, so that they too will be encouraged, and have expectation of God’s goodness to manifest in their bodies.

Since I have seen the goodness of God manifesting itself once, I can expect God to manifest in the same manner again – and again and again.

I only need to remember this and expect Him to show up. If I don’t recall my testimonies, I might encounter a situation I’ve been in before, without seeing a solution for it.

If I for instance meet someone today with a toothache and do not recall what I have seen in the past, it will probably be more challenging for me to ask to pray for that person and believe for their healing.

Or, if I didn’t know God heals today, what are the chances I would even consider praying for someone’s healing?!?

But because I have received testimony from others that He does indeed heal today, I know that “He can do it again”!

Do It Again!

Feast on the testimonies of God’s goodness daily!

When a testimony isn’t ‘mine’, I’ll make it mine; I’ll claim it, because testimony means: “God can do it again!

In my life! In yours!

The Hebrew word for ‘testimony’ comes from a word that means ‘witness’; someone who gives evidence. This word again derives from a primitive root, meaning ‘to return, to repeat, to do again.’

A testimony isn’t supposed to stay by itself as ‘that one time’. A testimony is to be repeated, to grow, to multiply!!

When I hear a testimony of something good God has done to someone somewhere, it is an invitation extended to me to see this repeated in and around me.

Testimony of Someone

Another story from a ministry trip:

About a year ago, I had had a lot on my plate for a while, and felt physically and emotionally drained.

Someone on the team I was with advised me to take a day off, and I took their advice. Sometimes you need help from others to make that decision.
So I wake up the next morning and expect everyone else to be out doing ministry of some sort. Well, they all are. But not everyone are doing what I’m expecting. 

Someone comes and serves me breakfast and keeps me company while I eat.

What do you need today? Someone says.

I don’t know, I say. What I’m thinking is that Someone shouldn’t stay with me. Someone is the kind of person who could lead 5 people to the Lord before lunch. I won’t stand in the way of that!

No, really. What would be good for you right now? Someone says.

I’ll be ok, I say. And I mean it.

But Someone is persistent.

Honestly, to go out, get some fresh air and a coffee, I eventually say.

Let’s go, Someone says.

 

I’m about to decline, but feel God’s love and healing on this moment.

Don’t let go of such a precious moment. Receive it!

It’s true. It took me about 10 years in ministry, before someone chose me over a potentially great testimony or ministry opportunity (That I know of).
Someone didn’t get a great testimony to share with everyone from that day. Instead, I’m testifying of Someone, who was willing to give up the great and exalted seat and go low. For me.

I don’t know whether or not this was a tough decision for Someone. Whether it was or not, Someone knew how to stop for the one. Right in front of them. 

On a sidenote:

I’ve heard a lot about letting family come before your career or ministry, which I totally agree with. Usually, the issue is a husband putting his career or ministry first, and his family second.
I’ve never been married, so consequentially I’ve never had a husband choosing his career or ministry over me. But it’s not all about some husbands!

It’s about all of us. It’s so easy to miss the ministry opportunity in front of us, look past it and go after the “real ministry”.
For all of us who are not married (yet), we also need others to choose us over some ministry opportunity.

Stop for the one. You probably won’t have to go very far. 

Thank you Someone.

 

Cake For Everybody! Part 2

Part of being in community with people is seeing how others you know are being celebrated, favored, and straight out blessed. Right in front of you.

Time for a moment of truth:

I haven’t always found it easy to instantly go into celebration mode whenever someone else have had their socks blessed off.

Even when I know I should be leaping with joy, do cartwheels around the block, and shout until my voice is gone, it doesn’t mean I feel like doing so.

Something in me reasons that when someone else are celebrated, favored and blessed, there’s less left for me. There’s not enough to go around. Someone else received what I also needed and wanted, and therefore, I can’t have it, or as much of it as I desired. A spirit of poverty, rejection and comparison takes root in my heart (if I let it).

The truth is, there is enough to go around; more than enough.

There’s cake for everybody!

Instead of feeling that I miss out on anything, I am reminded that because I choose to go and celebrate someone else, I also get a reward (the party and what it has to offer).

The celebration of someone else is also a testimony that good things do indeed happen. I’ll wait a bit longer, and those good things will surely come my way.