TOPIC: SPEAK CONFIDENTLY TO CIVIL AUTHORITIES
TEXT: MARK 13:9-12
“Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.”Mark 13:11 NIV
Just before 86 year old Poly-carp was put to death, the Proconsul said, “I have wild animals here, I will throw you to them if you do not repent.” “Call them”, Poly carp replied. “It is unthinkable for me to repent from what is good to turn to what is evil. I will be glad though to be changed from evil to righteousness”.
“If you despise the animals, I will have you burned”. “You threaten me with fire which burns for an hour, and is then extinguished, but you know nothing of the fire of the coming judgment and eternal punishment, reserved for the ungodly. Why are you waiting? Bring on whatever you want”. What a courage!
Jesus knew that Christians would be persecuted for the sake of the Gospel. He therefore provided guidance on what should be their response towards trials. Worrying at such time would only lead to fear and giving control to the evil one. You should let the Holy Spirit take complete control through intense prayer and determination not to bow to the power of evil.
We have the duty of enforcing righteousness anywhere we are. Therefore, don’t be afraid to confront evil no matter who is involved. Remember, greater is He who lives in you. Stand for God in the face of challenges and He will back you up!
Insight: Every trouble comes with its opportunities that only eyes of faith can discover.
Prayer: In times of trials, LORD, give me sufficient faith to respond according to Your will.
RBT Passage: Psalm 119