by Sal Huckel
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For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty (2 Peter 1:16).
What a powerful testimony this is! We know now, of course, that it stands the test of time – and truly, if it was an elaborate ‘cleverly devised story’, it would not be speaking to our hearts and lives today. When we read the Bible, we have the benefit of eyewitness accounts coupled, of course, with the Holy Spirit, speaking to our hearts and giving us the wisdom to understand and believe!
Testimony is an interesting thing, isn’t it? If you have ever heard what you know to be a falsified account, there can often be some clues and indicators we will recognise that the truth has been altered. Sometimes the harder ones to spot contain an element of truth that has been twisted. This, of course, we see in the Garden of Eden. It’s been going on since the dawn of time and human nature – and the fall means it will continue.
The still, small voice of the Holy Spirit is with us for discernment of all sorts of accounts. Pray for him to inspire you today as you read God’s word, which speaks truth to your heart, and help you discern from cleverly devised stories when they come your way.
Lord, thank you for your Holy Spirit, the reliable accounts in the Bible we have from eyewitnesses, and the access we freely have to your eternal truth. Give me the wisdom to discern and follow the truth and recognise false witnesses. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Sal is married to Pastor Matthew Huckel, and they have six wonderful children – now an entire worship band as they serve together in ministry. Sal wears many other hats: she loves writing, speaking, and working as a wellness coach for Weight Watchers.