Day 17 Devo - The Words to Speak

"Oh no! What will I say? How do I begin? I don't know how to witness! I don't know what to say!" Guess what - neither did the apostles! They had no clue how to be effective in witnessing. But they had Jesus' promise that the Holy Spirit would give them everything they needed to do the job! The Lord not only promised them boldness to stand in the midst of persecution, but He promised that the Spirit would give them the words to say also!

"On My account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. 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 10:18-20)

But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. (Luke 21:14-15)

Point to Ponder:

This promise is also for us today! We may not be arrested and on trial before kings, but we are still His witnesses! Jesus is not telling us there's anything wrong with being ready to give a response to those who question us. He is telling us not to worry about it. We don't trust in our ability to defend Christ's Gospel, as if He needed us to. We must trust that the Spirit in us will give us the wisdom and the words He knows we need in each situation we encounter. The Spirit often brings to memory what we have learned in God's Word, and gives us His wisdom to apply it in our witnessing! Let Him lead your witnessing!