PERSECUTION . . . Speaking to others, whether they will listen or not

I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Be on your guard against men; they will hand you over to the local councils and flog you in their 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.”  (Reference: Matthew 10:16-20 [Emphasis mine)

At the risk of telling you something beloved that you already know, the historic Anabaptists found that God gave them the words to stay to their accusers, oppressors and persecutors. Many confessions of faith were spoken or written out while in prison, and awaiting trial and execution. The editors of Reading the Anabaptist Bible speak of Paul Glock who wrote about the truth of this passage during his fifth year of prison. More surprising was that he spent nineteen years in prison! And of course during that time had ample opportunity to speak of his faith again and again! There is not much that can be said that would add to that example. But if I may add a small note, I am entering my eighth year of contributing to/writing blog. And I can testify to not wondering what one should say; I don’t consider this persecution or being “brought before” any one. But I do know that if you desire to speak about God to another, the Spirit will provide the words if you ask.

May you beloved ask the Spirit of God to give you the words to speak about your faith. Selah!