Wednesday 13 November, 2019

Luke 12:4-12

4 “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. 6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. 7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. 8 “I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. 9 But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God. 10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. 11 “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”

This scripture speaks to me about being someone who defends the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We have seen recently many people who successfully defend the Gospel and others where the outcome maybe not have been what they intended.  Most of the disciples of Jesus were physically killed for their faith in Jesus Christ.  They defended it to their last breath.

Today we see believers defending our faith and our belief on television, Instagram, Facebook and other means of communication.

I love the fact that Jesus says to us “when they drag you into their meeting places, or into police courts and before judges, don’t worry about defending yourselves – what you’ll say or how you’ll say it.  The right words will be there.  The Holy Spirit will give you the right words when the time comes.”

But we do need to be people to STAND.  If we are being persecuted or vilified, we need to know WHO we believe in and why.  That is why having a real and active faith in Christ is so important.  Reading the word, listening to the Holy Spirit and receiving a word to our own hearts and minds each day is what helps us strengthen our faith in Christ.

Lord each day please speak to me afresh – like new water for my soul.  You know what I need to hear.  You know what I need to be challenged in.  Help me to live for you in all that I say and do.

Written by Ps. Sue Botta

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