I admit it. I love NASCAR racing! In fact, I’ve been a big fan for nearly thirty years. And one of the most common things you’ll see at the end of a race is the winner doing a burnout on the front stretch for the fans. It is part of the victory celebration after a hard-fought battle.
I was watching a race recently and saw the winning driving having fun doing a burnout while the fans cheered and applauded. I couldn’t help but think that this is what it must look like to the devil every time we stand and testify of every victory we gain over him and his kingdom.
After the burnout, the driver goes to Victory Lane where he is surrounded by his team members and the trophy is presented. And as the old saying goes, to the victor goes the spoils.
In a similar way, I believe it is important to have a victory celebration, a genuine time of praise and worship and thanksgiving to the Lord Jesus for every single victory that you and I win over the enemy. There needs to be a time of testifying of the goodness and faithfulness of the Lord, so that others can see and hear that when you put your faith in God and His Word, victory is assured.
But to be clear, I’m not talking about being arrogant or prideful or becoming a braggart as I have seen from time to time among some believers. I’m talking about a pure hearted time of rejoicing over every breakthrough, every healing, every financial need met, and so on.
“But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory [making us conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57 AMP
Have you been sharing your testimonies with others? People need to see and hear that you have won victories through Christ Jesus and that you are a thankful, grateful person for every victory you have experienced.
You need to realize that when you share your testimonies out of a pure heart, and while giving all of the glory to the Lord, that it brings great encouragement and inspiration to other believers. Because many times the people around us are right in the middle of the battle, and they are running their race and are disparately needing to experience victory. So, your story not only brings glory to God, it will cause others to become courageous enough to keep pressing forward in faith to defeat the enemies of their life, just like you did.
When you are giving your victory report, keep in mind that it is also important for people to know that you didn’t just slide into victory lane with no effort whatsoever. With every victory there is a God-ward side to it and a man-ward side. And other believers need to know what you did to obtain victory.
For example, while you were in the battle you had to have been pulling away to be with the Lord, right? So, tell that part of it too.
“3 O magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together. 4 I sought the Lord, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:3-4 NASU
When you share your testimony, it is important that other believers understand that you were not just sitting idly by and twiddling your thumbs but were actively engaged in prayer and seeking God for His wisdom and direction in your situation. And let other believers know that this was a vital key to overcoming the fear that tries to cripple everyone in the heat of the battle.
“This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.” Joshua 1:8 NASU
And don’t forget to tell them about your diligence in the Word of God in order to build your faith and keep yourself strong in the Lord. And also, part of your testimony should be how you maintained a confession of faith without wavering (see Hebrews 10:23), and how you determined to walk in love and forgiveness, too (see Ephesians 4:32; Ephesians 5:1-2).
You should also add to your testimony that at no time during your warfare were you skipping church or robbing God of tithes and offerings either (see Hebrews 10:25 and Malachi 3:8-11).
The reason it is vitally important that you add these things in with your testimony is because no one ever experiences biblical breakthrough when they leave these things out. In a similar way, it’s like the racecar driver thanking his sponsors after he does a burnout, because he knows he wouldn’t be in Victory Lane otherwise.
So, it’s critical that you tell people about the love walk, faithfulness to church, your time spent in prayer, and all the rest when you testify about your victory.
It’s okay to do your burnout, just tell the whole story when you testify and make sure that the Lord Jesus Christ gets all the glory.