The Whole Truth And Nothing But ...

John Tilton

"Be on your guard against men; they will hand you over to the local councils and flog you in their synagogues. On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you." (Matthew 10:17-20)
When reading the Word, it often seems far removed that we would find ourselves in these situations such as being brought before councils, being arrested and flogged. However, as Jesus stated, we as believers who have eyes to see and ears to hear are blessed to know the heart of Jesus as we read and find the metaphor in the Word. With this being said some of us will in fact find ourselves in situations where we will be required to come before some type of authority, or people that will accuse us of things that are not true, attack our faith, family and character, or put our faith and patience to the test. It is in those situations that we are reminded that we can call upon the power of Jesus Christ and be led by the Holy Spirit in our response. It is in those situations that will be prepared if we have prepared by doing our daily devotions, spending time with God and in prayer with Him. We need not fear! Can we be victorious? Yes, we can! Yes God can!
Coincidentally, for a non-ministry matter, I found my self in a legal deposition today being questioned by an attorney and having all of my words recorded by a court reporter. This was my first deposition that I've ever been involved in. I must say that it was intense and stressful. However, I went in confident, spoke with confidence and left confident that what I spoke was the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I know that if I have to remember what I said in the future, I will just go back to the truth of the matter. I did feel as though I was covered and prompted by the Holy Spirit in my answers and responses. The lesson here? As we draw close to Jesus in our devotions and relationship, we will have the power of the Holy Spirit to direct us in what we say and what we do, even when we are called before authorities. We just need to remember to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Lord, thank you for your guidance and covering today as I gave my deposition. I didn't have to study or memorize what I would say prior, because I felt confident that you would guide me through the Holy Spirit knowing also that I would tell the truth and nothing but the truth.

Devotions for November 22

Matthew 11,12,13

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