I woke up this morning with these words on my heart: “Witness, testimony, and revelation are vital but neglected Christian concepts.”
Revelation is awakening to the awareness of God. Christ’s witnesses enthusiastically testify about what they have seen and heard Jesus do in their lives.
I believe those three concepts are God’s choreography of awakening that leads to contagious consecration and begins to produce and multiply a widely spreading move of God. We experience direct revelation from God, and then we can’t help but speak (witness and testify) about the things we have seen and heard.
(For those who have been influenced by the Wesleyan, Holiness, and Pentecostal movements: That’s what happened to John Wesley after his heart was strangely warmed. Let’s not just have his example as our heritage. Let’s cry out to God for direct revelation like Wesley did until we are gloriously witnessing and testifying about Jesus everywhere!)
No institution managed by people (including a church) is a rock. They’re all wobbly & subject to corruption. However, when human living stones allow Jesus to build their hearts together on the rock of personal revolution, the body of Christ comes into view and the gates of Hell tremble.
Direct personal revelation from God is the inner rock that amazingly aligns with Scripture and builds human lives on Christ’s solid foundation. Witness and testify about Jesus the solid Rock. If you’ve nothing to say you desperately need God’s revelation.
Repentance leads to revelation. Stop leaning on your own understanding and begin to focus on and obey the discernment of Christ in you and you will have much to witness and testify about.
God’s current day choreography will not contradict the cartography God revealed in the past to the writers of the Bible. Instead, it will beautifully align with it. Revelation that doesn’t align with the Bible isn’t from God but is a counterfeit.
Two widely known religious groups misuse and abuse the words witnesses and testimony. Both groups drastically depart from the Bible, yet they deceptively try to sound like biblical Christians. Both groups talk about Jesus, but they’re each referring to a completely different being than the Jesus of the Bible.
Many Christians today avoid using the words witnesses and testimony, so they won’t be confused with those two groups. However, we must never forget that Jesus said that when His followers are full of God’s Spirit, we will be His witnesses. The Bible also declares that the early Christ-followers overcame the devil by the word of their testimony.
Seek ongoing revelation and greater connection with and surrender to the risen Jesus. Make sure it aligns with the Bible. (If not it’s counterfeit.) Then boldly witness and testify about the things you have seen and heard the living Jesus say and do!