9 “You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. 10 And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. 11 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.
What does Standing up for your faith look like? What does speaking up sound like in your circle? Who would distance themselves from you? Who would affirm you?
Standing up for my faith is simply speaking the Truth. Sticking to the Word of God and not wavering. Living the Word… it’s much different than just speaking it. Lead by example! I lead prayer with my kids so they know how to pray and effectively. (side note there is a strategy to prayer) The ones who don’t understand are the ones who would distance themselves from me. I think close family members, and friends would pull away. Understanding is only given by the Holy Spirit. You have to ask for it, and receive it with an open heart. God’s ways are higher than our ways, His thoughts Higher than our thoughts. There will be a slew of “christian’s” that lack in faith that will say, ” God wouldn’t want this.” “Don’t embarrass yourself” “you can’t win” Etc…… DO NOT ever stand up for your faith and belief in Jesus and allow these partial christian’s to sway you from what God is telling you, the Jesus you love and stand for, the Truth and the Word of God. After all, we are to not worry about what to say when standing before those prosecuting us. The Holy Spirit will give you the words. I can only pray that when I do come under fire, I’ve instilled so much in them about Jesus that they hold onto the hope, the Truth, and trust in Him the way I try to show by example.