One of the habits that I have formed along with many preachers, teachers and pastors, is time spent in preparation. This is good and valuable, as long as we allow the Holy Spirit and the presence of Christ to be our teacher in preparation. We may not always have this opportunity.
“Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer, for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict” (Luke 21:14–15). How does this work?
You may have noticed, if you have read these blogs for very long, that we emphasize one vital ingredient in every part of the Christians life – a close walk with the Lord all the time! When we get into sudden situations of persecution and stand before authorities or prosecutors, we cannot expect sudden wisdom to flow into us if we have not made a habit of a close walk with the Lord. If our walk with Him has been consistently close, we can also expect that when there is no time for preparation, He “will give you a mouth and wisdom” and there will be no lack of words or wisdom.
The Apostles experienced this over and over in the Book of Acts. One of those moments was Acts 4:1-32. Though authorities demanded they stop preaching in Jesus’ name, they pointed to the ultimate authority over them – GOD! In this confrontation, they asked in prayer for more boldness. They could do this because “they had been with Jesus” (4:13). Where do you get boldness from?
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