And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. 12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. 13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony. 14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: 15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. 16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. 17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake. 18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish. 19 In your patience possess ye your souls.
What is it that has been contending with you? For so many recently, it has been literal, physical earthquakes. For others of us, there could be a spiritual shaking taking place that has dislodged mindsets, religious ways and wrecked our hiding places, exposing some things that need dealt with.
Maybe there is a famine being revealed where some things are greatly lacking in our character, virtue and integrity. It could be that physically we are lacking the health we need or the finances to pay the bills and fill our cupboards. Famine is a broad subject.
Perhaps it’s the pestilences. The Psalms speak of the noisome pestilence and the snare of the fowler. These are the annoyances and offenses that come in everyday life. Many times they ride on the air, through words and become avenues of strife, jealousy, envy and even hatreds that are contagious and can infect us as well as others if we don’t have the right defenses. Psalm 9:3 says that surely He will deliver us from such things.
Could it be that you’ve seen terrible things…fearful sights? Who has laid their hands on you and taken you for judgment?
As much as it hurts, you may be the one who has been betrayed by your family or your dearest friend. Are you feeling hated today? I pray not but there is good news.
IT SHALL TURN TO YOU FOR A TESTIMONY!
What shall? All of the above. All of these things are assignments from the enemy demanding a testimony!
Seems impossible. How can I be a testimony?
Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
God says, don’t even think about it! Just get it in your heart now that you won’t answer based on what you think, how you feel or according to your willingness. You see, the adversary comes with specific weapons. The adversary binds. He comes with chains and fetters to isolate us and to restrict our movement.
But if we, In your patience possess ye your souls…look out! We have in our arsenal a weapon that he cannot oppose. If we use the mouth and the wisdom God has given us, allowing His word to give testimony to His lordship through us, we are free. Free from the guilt of having said the wrong thing.
IT SHALL TURN TO YOU FOR A TESTIMONY!
These circumstances are just begging for evidence of God! These interrogations of the enemy are an opportunity to acknowledge God all the more! That’s what a testimony is!
Lord, the world is turning to us for a testimony. Thank you for trusting us with the earthquakes, the famines, pestilences, the fearful sights and the betrayals. For putting us in a position of testimony of You in this earth. In light of this, I am so aware of how I have failed in this but my prayer is, make me a testimony again. Let there be opportunity to testify of how You are altogether good! Thank you for the patience to possess my soul! I love you Lord! In Jesus name, Amen!