In this context, we want to look at testimony as a spiritual report or witness, given by God, on behalf of mortal beings (Acts 14:3; Hebrews 2:4).
What is Faith?
Faith is seeing from God’s perspective. It’s a positive response/reaction to the Word of God. Faith is a process whereby God’s thoughts are replicated in you. The moment your thoughts are well synchronised with the thoughts of God, faith is released!
Faith comes by revelation. It’s not a mental exercise, it’s a spiritual endeavour.
Faith is not just believing God for the goodies of life, it also involves total obedience to the Word (and commandments) of God.
Faith allows one to have a right standing before God (Romans 4:3; Gen. 15:6).
Through faith we obtain a good testimony from God.
He was a shepherd by occupation.
The Bible revealed that he was a faithful man.
He was the first martyr in the Bible (killed for the sake of righteousness)
Jesus Christ referred to him as a righteous man (Matt. 23:35)
Many people erroneously believe that Abel’s sacrifice was preferred to Cain’s because of the size of what each of them brought. However, God was more interested in their hearts.
Brethren, we need to ask ourselves ‘What testimony is God giving about our lives, sacrifice and service unto Him?’
What is God saying about you?
How can I obtain a good testimony/report from God?
An altar is a platform on which offering/sacrifice is laid.
A broken down altar cannot command an acceptable offering in the sight of God.
The altar is a place of communion with God. It’s a place of prayer and the study of the Word of God.
While men look at the outward appearance, God looks at the heart. This involves giving the totality of your life to God to the extent that you no longer live for/by yourself (Galatians 2:20).
The Lord pays a detailed attention to not just the sacrifice, but also the servant who brings the sacrifice (or service) before Him. The sacrifice that will provoke a sweet smelling savour before the Master must be done by a broken spirit and a contrite heart (Psalm 51:17).