2 Peter 1:8, NIV
“We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eye-witnesses of his majesty.”
False religions depend on people being deceived into thinking that something false is true. Cleverly invented stories or deceptive spiritual experiences convince people into thinking that they are following the truth when in fact they are swallowing a lie. All such lies have their origin in Satan, the father of lies, who delights to deceive people into trusting him instead of trusting in the Lord.
Peter had no need to make anything up. He and the other disciples had witnessed so many amazing and wonderfully true things that all they needed to do was ‘tell it as it was’. For example, Peter was present on the mountain top with Jesus when “the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased”. We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.” (2 Peter 1:17-18). Peter saw with his own eyes and heard with his own ears. He didn’t need to make up anything.
There is nothing like a personal eye-witness account to add credibility to the facts. In the same way Jesus gave his own eye-witness account of when Satan was expelled from heaven’s glory when he said, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” And then there was the blind man who didn’t need to make anything up. He said, “One thing I do know. I was blind, but now I see!” (John 9:25).
The facts of the Kingdom of God speak for themselves. We don’t need to exaggerate them. All we need to do is tell the truth and let the truth speak for itself. That’s why a healing church will always be an evangelising church! For when God touches a person’s life, the facts of what God has done will speak for themselves and those with eyes to see and ears to hear will begin to ask the right questions. And when we give the truth as an answer then God gives them an opportunity to respond to His love and turn to follow Him.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that Scripture records many of the amazing things that You did when You walked this earth. And thank You, Lord, that you are still working miracles in people’s lives today. Help me to share the true things that you tell us about in Scripture, and which you do in each one of our lives, with those who don’t know you, so that they may have the opportunity to get to know You for themselves. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.