2 Timothy 1:8 – Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
Your past testimonies can’t predict the future.
Only God knows the final outcome.
There is a dangerous mentality within the body of Christ and it is worse than being afflicted with an incurable disease.
And what is this alarming mentality that I speak of?
The mentality in predicting another’s outcome based on our own prior experiences (testimonies).
A friend called me the other day and our conversation was going well until a topic about a fellow-believer came up. This believer is dealing with some serious problems, yet, I have great faith in my heart that this person hasn’t given up on God.
Yet, my friend took it upon herself to speak about her past experiences in similar situations and compared them with what those outcomes were.
Her outcomes echoed darkness, despair and grief.
I was disappointed of course because my friend was speaking against hope and faith in Christ.
Testimonies for believers should be about encouraging and pointing to hope in God.
However, as we know, at times, even the strongest Christians among us, fall short at times and converts towards believing what the world tells us (eyes/ears) instead of listening to the Holy Spirit.
After the conversation, which weighed heavily upon my heart, I took time to think about my own behavior. Had I not also in the past discouraged with some of my personal testimony outcomes? The answer was a resounding. Yes!
What I learned from my friend is that our past testimonies can’t predict another’s future. Once we as believers stop comparing our past or current situations with another and just come alongside that person and pray with and for them, we won’t make the mistake of being a stumbling block to non-believers.
Your past testimonies can’t predict the future of another person.
If we truly believe in Jesus words, then we as Christians need to act on them and not cause someone to disbelieve that there is and will never be hope for a different and even better ending.
Only God knows the beginning, middle and ending.
Let’s trust Him for the truth and not use our testimonies to discourage or destroy another one’s faith.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
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