Testimonies

I love to read and hear testimonies of the way God calls people to Himself.  I marvel at the stories of those who are dramatically rescued from sins we recognize as such, and I have come to rejoice at the testimonies of those who are redeemed into the family of God through the witness and love of family members already part of God’s promise.  ALL testimonies must have this mercy of salvation in their details.

Over the five years that our women’s group has traveled to Cofradia to spend time with our friends and sisters there, I have been privileged to hear many testimonies.  One thing that has made an impression on my heart is the recurring theme of light and darkness that the local women use to relate their experience of life before and after their salvation.

Light is a essential theme of God’s story.  Have you ever noticed that He created light before there are lights in the heavens?  Our spiritual selves are also described as being in darkness or light – heart eyes blinded or seeing.  Praise be to God who is light, reveals the sickness of our blindness, shines forth in the newness of rescued lives, and shows His glory in Jesus.

The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.  Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. (Genesis 1:2-3)

The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them. (Isaiah 9:2)

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The LORD is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread? (Psalm 27:1)

The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.  (John 1:5)

“This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19)

So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and there was thick darkness in all the land of Egypt for three days.  They did not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days, but all the sons of Israel had light in their dwellings (Exodus 10:22-23)

When the sixth hour came, darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour.  At the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “My GOD, My GOD, why have You forsaken Me?” (Mark 15:33-34)

For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6)

In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.  (John 1:4)

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” (John 8:12)

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. (James 1:17)

Sharing testimonies in Cofradia - Ramona

“You are the light of the world, a city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)

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