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Friday, March 11, 2016

God Is My Defender

In review of Matthew 10:19-20 it says, “When you are arrested, don’t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time. For it is not you who will be speaking it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.”

Bottom Line:
In times of persecution, God will give you the words to say.

What this means to me:
I do not need to worry about what I will say if I am persecuted for sharing about Him.  He promises that if this happens, he will give me the words I need; his spirit will speak through me.

Today's verse comes from instructions Jesus gave his disciples when he sent them out to announce to the towns in Israel (God's lost sheep) that the Kingdom of Heaven is near. He forewarns them that they will not always be accepted. In fact they may be abused, beaten and thrown into jail.  He assures them if this happens they do not need to worry about what they will say at the time. God will give them the words to speak. The spirit of the father will speak through you.

It’s hard when I’m being misrepresented by others, especially by close friends or family members.  My natural reaction is to want to defend myself and my actions.

One very interesting thing I’ve noticed over the last few days is that the Bible says that Jesus did not defend Himself even though He easily could have stood up to all of His enemies. He could have proven Himself, but He chose not to. Why is this?

I think the answer is that God is our ultimate defender, and Jesus knew that! It may not be easy, and help may not come as quickly as I would like, but I too should allow God to be my defender!

I need to keep this in mind and lay down my need to prove myself right. Instead I should follow Jesus lead and let God defend me!

This morning God, I thank You for caring so much for me that You defend me. Help me to forgive those who have hurt me and to trust you alone to fight my battles for me! I pray this in Jesus’ name.