Testimony and Prayer
God has established principals which the Kingdom operates from. There are Kingdom laws which have natural parallels and Kingdom laws which don’t have natural parallels.
1 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”
4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You[c] must be born again.’
8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
9 “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.
10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.
12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.[e] 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,[f] 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”
John 3: 1-13
Jesus highlights a Kingdom principal that has a natural parallel: Just like you have to come into this world by being born by water – you have to come into the Kingdom by being born again.
One Kingdom principal that doesn’t have a natural parallel has to do with the prophetic nature of testimonies. Revelation 19:10 says, “The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
Prophecy will either foretell a future (point to the future and describes what is coming) or it will forth-tell (change an immediate event). Testimony is prophetic in nature because forth-tells something into existence.
In fact the word translated ‘testimony’ in Hebrew means ‘precept or warning.’ It is derived from a root word meaning “witness,” as in, ‘one who gives evidence’.
The word “Witness” that forms the word “testimony”, also has a root meaning which is “to return, to repeat, to do again.”
That’s what a witness is supposed to do – to tell the truth.
How does this apply to testimonies? Testimonies are meant to set a precedent. They lay tracks for the miracle to be repeated, to happen again.
In other words God’s acts are not just historical in nature, they are prophetic.
On July 17, 1859, Charles Spurgeon spoke a message entitled, “The Story of God’s Mighty Acts.” In it he said that “Whatever God has done once is a prophecy of what he intends to do again… Whatever God has done,,, is to be looked upon as a precedent.”
What’s this got to do with prayer?
Every time we share a testimony, it comes with it the impetus for the miracle to be repeated. In prayer we apprehend this reality.
Other Sermons In This Series
June 13, 2018
May 29, 2018
May 29, 2018