If this plan or action should be of men, it will be overthrown; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else, you may even be found fighting against God.

Acts 5: 38b, 39

 

Even the voice of the enemy understands the underlying, ultimate truth of Christ’s victory. Here is a situation where the rulers of the Temple in Jerusalem were attempting to crush the followers of Jesus after His death, but a chief rabbi spoke these wise thoughts, and the followers were released. In like manner, the Spirit of God is our defender in all of the confrontation, trial, and hardship that comes our way due to our faith in Christ. The words that are spoken in our defense come from the heart of God, and the courage that we need to stand bravely in the face of the accusations is provided by the faith and trust in God that we hold personally and that our spiritual family surrounds us with.

 

Still, the release of Jesus’ followers was conditioned upon their staying quiet about their beliefs, and they couldn’t do that. “And every day, in the Temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.” (Acts 5: 42) They were relying on the promise that God had spoken that assured them of the victory that Christ has already won over the forces of evil in this world and in the heavens. They were also following the mandate that God has given to all of His followers that we must tell the world about the way to restoration, healing, and life that is found solely through His Son, Jesus, Christ. Telling the world isn’t optional, and the part that you and I have been given by God in that telling can’t be delegated to another and shouldn’t be put off until a better day.

 

There seems to be a simple yet true connection between the degree to which we have given ourselves over to being tellers of the truth of Christ and the opportunity that we will have to encounter opposition in our lives. It is also true that the more we suffer for Christ, the closer we come to Him, for He suffered totally for each of us. I pray that my thoughts, words, and actions today would be worthy of the name Child of the Living God, and that, when the day is done, the actions of my life will still be standing tall, for the Lord has deemed them worthy of His defense.