Athlete, Be on Guard

Be on Guard

17-20  “Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. 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 10:17-20 (NIV)

I suppose you’re aware of the increasing incidences of terrorist attacks, school shootings and the like in our modern world. It’s all tough news. That’s the way it is sometimes. Scripture has a few things to say about a world like this. Let’s take a look:

  1. BE ON GUARD. Brace yourself. Let vigilance, awareness, mindfulness mark your life. Evil always lurks and seeks to raise its ugly head. Lay a good defensive foundation. Our world always needs protection.

  2. “ON MY ACCOUNT.” Operate as an uncompromised, unashamed witness. If you’re His child, God’s got your back. What happens to you is His business too. Athlete, you can trust Him, come what may. You are not alone.

  3. GIVEN WORDS. God supplies clutch play at crucial times. His Spirit gives people perfect thoughts, ideas, words. That’s because His name is at stake. So don’t worry. Just live like a mouthpiece.

Prayer to consider today: Lord, help my vigilance on Your behalf to be strong. The world needs guardians for good. Thrill me again and again with joy and confidence in knowing I operate as Your agent, on Your account. Thank you by faith for the ongoing flow of words I’ll need at crucial times.

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