John 18:11 Take What God Gives

Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” John 18:11

No one likes to be improperly abused or have anything done wrong against them. As soon as abuse or wrong is done, most people rise up to fight back the one who did the wrong.

This fight is often with words, but can also be physically fighting back. The fight is for their rights and to get back at the person to try and stop the wrong. Very few will just sit back and take what comes.

Jesus was in the garden with the disciples being arrested. Peter strikes one of the arrestors with a sword. He is told to put the sword away. Jesus is willing to take what has been give to Him.

Believers are often quick to say that they will follow God, but are also quick to fight back against what He sends their way or allows. Everything that occurs in the life of a believer is for a purpose. It can be to build the believer or to build others.

Jesus had to be arrested in order to fulfill His mission on this earth. Along with the arrest would also come the crucifixion. It was all in God’s plan for Him.

Most believers love the idea of following God, but will fight back against giving their lives for Him or others. They want a rosy, easy path to heaven, not willing to accept God’s plan for their lives. They will pull out a sword to stop God’s plan in order to save their own lives.

Every believer needs to be filled with God’s Holy Spirit and in tune with what God is doing. God is in control and will allow ‘bad’ things to happen in one’s life to accomplish the greater goal–salvation of souls.

As you go through life, God will allow the enemy to attack you at times. These attacks may be to move you to somewhere else, build you, use you to be a witness or to stop you. Regardless of the reason, you must trust God’s allowance.

Seek God to find out what you must do in every situation. Do not be like the world and automatically fight back. Be will to accept what God has for you.

Allow God to use the negative situation to bring about a positive.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will reveal what He has for you; that God will give you strength and wisdom in every situation; and that you will allow God to use you to build His kingdom.

Matthew 10:19-20 What to Expect

“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 10:19-20

As Jesus sends out the disciples to be His witness He tells them something that is a bit disturbing. He tells them that they will be arrested. It is not “if you are arrested”, but “when you are arrested”.

In America, and many other countries in the world, a believer in Jesus has the freedom to be His witness publicly. But, just like many other countries, that freedom is slowly being taken away.

Throughout the Bible it talks about how closer to the end most people will work against God. Satan will do more and more to stop all believers from being His witness. Hatred against Christians will rise more and more. The time will come when you will be arrested for being His witness.

Already in America people can get in trouble with the law for speaking out against various sinful practices that God and the Bible condemn. In public schools, teachers cannot talk to a student about their belief in Jesus, unless the student starts the conversation first. More and more examples of this is occurring in America and the rest of the world.

When you are arrested, Jesus states not to worry about what to say. You are to be led by His Holy Spirit in what to say. If you try to argue for your rights in your own words, you will fail. The world does not care about your rights, because you are offending them with the message of Jesus.

You are to lean on the Holy Spirit to guide you and give you the words to speak. As you speak, you will continue to be His witness in places that you could not witness, unless you were arrested. Maybe, like Joseph, you need to be in prison to touch someone’s life there.

Do not be surprised at the trouble that is coming against Christians. Allow God to use you to be His witness. Do not be afraid, but trust God. Jesus has been there and done that, He knows what to say and do in every situation.

I pray that God will give you strength to be His witness; that God will give you His peace that He is in control; that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit; that God will give you the words to speak; and that God will use you to build His kingdom daily.