I want to share with you today the power of remembering the testimony of another. In the book of Deuteronomy, we see Israel walking through the desert and getting to the Promised Land. It’s Israel’s story of walking through that time of going through this trial of the desert and getting into the Promised Land. Now, what’s interesting is if you fast forward into the book of Matthew, you see that Jesus is thrust into the desert by the Holy Spirit after His baptism. It says the Holy Spirit sent Him into the desert for 40 days. He didn’t have food or water, and He was being tempted by Satan. If you know that story, you know that Satan tempts Him three times, and Satan actually tempts Him with scripture. And Jesus doesn’t respond with signs and wonders. He doesn’t respond with rebukes, really. He responds with the word of God. And if you look at it closely, you’ll notice that every time that Jesus responded with scripture, He responded out of the book of Deuteronomy. Remember that Jesus is in the desert and He’s responding with the testimony of Israel in the desert.
Now, that is either a coincidence or there’s a key here. I think it’s a key, and I think it’s this; is that when you’re in the middle of something, there’s a testimony of someone else in the middle of that something that you are meant to feast on. I think Jesus would’ve made it through the desert, but I think what He was showing us was that I’m in the middle of my desert, I’m going to remember Israel’s desert, and it’s going to get me out of the desert and into the Promised Land.
And so I want to encourage you today, if you are in the middle of a trial, if you’re believing for breakthrough, if you need a miracle, look around until you find that miracle hidden in someone else’s testimony and begin to thank God for it. Begin to let that testimony fight on your behalf.
And so, Lord, I thank you for the power of the testimony of those around us, of your scriptures, of revivals of the past. And Lord, like Jesus, would you help us to fight battles with the testimonies of others. In the name of Jesus. Amen.