Your testimony is an important part of Pentecostal spirituality. In general, it’s an important part of Christian spirituality. Our African brothers and sisters uphold it. The Scriptures affirm it, and no more vivid a picture is painted than the one given in Revelation 12, when Satan is hurled to the earth. Heaven’s declaration in 12:10-11 is powerful:
Now have come the salvation and the power
and the kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Messiah.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
who accuses them before our God day and night,
has been hurled down.
They triumphed over him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much
as to shrink from death.
Jesus’ birth, life, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension seal Satan’s fate, and the “word of testimony” that Jesus’ people bring in all creation is where that defeat plays out. In every testimony given, the victory of Jesus is declared and Satan is again reminded that he has been cast down. So it’s important we tell our testimonies. And those who have gone before us. The victory of Jesus is accomplished. Satan’s defeat is in progress. So let’s talk about it.