“And they have defeated him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony.” – Revelation 12:11a
A couple weeks ago, I was asked to write out my personal testimony for my Evangelism class at Liberty University. It’s a short read for the sole purpose of the need, at times, to be brief with your testimony.
A personal testimony is very important for the believer, because not only can it help other believers, but it can defeat the enemy, Satan. When we share what our lives were like and what God is doing in our lives, and when we confess our past sins to others unabashedly, we break Satan’s hold on our lives and we give God more space.
So, I wanted to post my personal testimony here, so you all have a better view of my life before Jesus and since Jesus. Enjoy.
My life before I came to Christ.
Before I came to Christ, I was someone who was searching. I had a knowledge deep down inside of me that there was something greater than me in the world, but I could never find it. I would always be in nature when I was able, taking walks, trying to hear the world. Even in the ocean, I would try to commune with it and enjoy union with the world. I was eager to know this something greater.
How I came to a cognitive knowledge of Who Jesus is and what He did for me.
It all changed around the time I was twelve, when my parents started taking the whole family to church. It wasn’t really anything exciting for me, but I attended Sunday school and youth group and I learned about the Creator God and His Son, Jesus. Our pastor and youth pastors made it clear to me that any type of union with the Creator God was only possible through accepting the sacrifice of Jesus and following Him.
Circumstances surrounding your conversion.
My conversion experience was not something that was anything dramatic or emotional. I remember it being a simple prayer, a confession of my sins of ignorance and doubt and disobeying my parents, and surrendering everything to Jesus.
How would you describe your spiritual growth from the time you accepted Christ to today?
From the moment I accepted Christ until today, it has been an ongoing battle. I have heard so many people talk about freedom and peace once they accepted Jesus into their lives, but for me it was, and still is, different. I have struggled with addiction, hatred, anger management, sexual immorality, and a few other struggles of which I am not proud. Satan has been attacking me and my life and personality continually since the day I accepted Christ. I even spent a short period of time in jail for my crimes. However, by the grace of God, I have been working to overcome those sins and addictions. I will not say my life has been perfect. It has been far from it. I can, however, honestly say that my life has been a testimony of God’s grace and mercy as He teaches me to trust Him more and more with my entire life. He has birthed in me a confidence in Him and His word and a thirst for life that I have never experienced before I accepted Christ into my life.