You Are My Witnesses

By on May 1, 2012

By Amy Layne Litzelman –

“You are My witnesses, says the Lord, and My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know Me, believe Me and remain steadfast to Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after Me.” – (Isaiah 43:10 AMP)

There is a big difference between a witness and a second-hand source. Getting information from someone who talked to someone who knows someone who heard something – well, that’s a bit like the telephone game we played as children. By the time the story gets around the circle, the facts have changed several times, barely resembling the original account. A witness, however, tells of something they know firsthand. They saw, they heard, they touched and experienced what they are relaying; details remain intact and have a tangible, underlying power.

In Isaiah 43:10, our God calls His people “witnesses…that you may know Me, believe Me and remain steadfast to Me…” This is no small matter, to be a witness of God – to relay truth of the One Who creates and upholds and reigns sovereign. But to witness, we must see and hear, know and experience Him. We must live with Him and tell of this friendship firsthand.

There is no greater joy or fulfillment of our purpose than being a friend of God. Being a witness is not always an easy thing, however. Those who saw God’s grace and provision during the Holocaust also experienced unimaginable loss and grief. Many Christians who have been imprisoned for their faith tell of the inexpressible joy they experienced even in the midst of torture as their captors came to salvation in Jesus. To experience the heights of glory often requires walking through the depths of suffering and sorrow.

Think of the disciples: They witnessed both the life and the death of Jesus, and in this combination understood more than anyone the power of Christ’s resurrection.

Today, many in the Body of Christ are living through wars – physical and spiritual. Many are in furnaces too hot to survive, save grace.  Many are in trials beyond understanding. Yet in all these, Christ is alive and full. In all these, our Savior is still saving all who would look to Him. And in this, we come to know more than is possible any other way just who He is.  We see mountains move and seeds grow. We see love crush lies and rebuild hope. We see incredible beauty rise from ashes and we come to know, truly, our God’s heart.

“You are My witnesses, says the Lord, and My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know Me…” Our God wants to be known, and if we persevere, we will witness things beyond all our imagination.

Believe Him. Remain steadfast. He is our only Rock – our only Fortress. The world may crumble, but He will remain – and we will witness it.

About Amy Layne Litzelman

As a passionate worshiper, Amy Layne Litzelman writes, sings, and teaches biblical truths from a clean, simple, yet profound perspective. Her unyielding focus is to know her Creator intimately - His voice, His movements, His character - and to help others do the same. She has traveled across the United States and to the Philippines and China to lead worship and share the unrivaled Treasure she has found. Amy released her first book, This Beloved Road: A Journey of Revelation and Worship, in 2011 and has composed over 70 songs and recorded four CDs. She and her husband, Matt, have two adult sons and live in Jackson Hole, WY." Her website: http://www.AmyLayneLitzelman.com.

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You Are My Witnesses