Can God count on you to defend Him in the presence of scoffers? Do you stand in silence when He is being mocked? Is status—power, money, and fame more important than defending the Lord? Do you ignore the Holy Spirit when He prompts you to say something in His defense? Do you appease your denial with: “God understands—He knows my heart”?
But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven (Matthew 10:33). (Also, Luke 9:26; 2 Timothy 2:12).
There are times when it’s inappropriate to speak out. However, we all know the difference (God certainly does) between when our silence is proper, and when our low profile is because of what it will cost us. Persecuted Christians who are tortured in order to spread God’s Word, might find it a little hard to swallow—for us to put self above coming to the Savior’s defense.
God will put us in situations so we can know the scope of our dedication to Him. Are there certain circumstances He can’t depend on us? Many times, we won’t know what we’ll do until we are confronted like Peter was the night Jesus was taken into captivity.
Peter told Jesus he would never deny Him; he would die with Him. But, when that night’s drama unfolded, Peter ended up denying that he knew Jesus three times in order to save his own neck. (See Matthew 26:31-35.)
35 But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same. (NIV)
I’ll admit there were times when I didn’t speak up; missed golden opportunities to plant seeds of salvation as the Holy Spirit instructed. I allowed the spirit of pride to override my duties as one of His representatives. My focus was centered on me: How I would look if I said the right thing—the wrong way.
The Spirit anoints His people to speak up on His behalf. He certainly wasn’t counting on my words, but rather the words He would put into my mouth.
- When Moses told God he couldn’t speak for Him because he was slow of speech, God told him, “Who made man’s mouth”? (See Exodus 4:10,11)
- When Jeremiah gave God excuses why he couldn’t speak on His behalf, the Lord put forth His hand and touched Jeremiah’s mouth and said, “I have put my words in thy mouth.” (See Jeremiah 1:9)
Do you have the faith God will speak through you?
I believe those opportunities I chose to remain silent would have not only blessed the listeners, but would have helped me with my spiritual growth.
Whenever we are placed in predicaments where God is being disrespected, or need us to speak up for Him, we should use our faith and ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. Those sticky-awkward moments could very well be the times when He wants us to represent Him as lights in a dark world. If God can’t depend on His own people to defend Him, then who else is there—rocks?
Can God count on you to defend Him?
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