I have heard many people ranging from leaders within the Body of Christ to lay people using the following scripture in the wrong context.
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.”
I attended a prayer breakfast in July which was attended by local church leaders and the speaker of the hour ( who also happened to be the host) stated her dismay at people who claim to be spiritual when they would say that they needed to pray about a matter before making a decision or to speak on certain matters. She alluded to the scripture above by saying that praying on stuff was not necessary because the Lord would tell us what to say at the time. For some reason that did not sit well with me at the time; however, I decided to let it go … and then…last week I had a taste for collard greens (cooked in ham hocks) and cornbread! I managed to drag myself to the local supermarket in search of hopefully frozen collard greens ( I knew there was little to no chance of me finding fresh collards) and ended up in the aisle where I (with the assistance of another customer ) was able to locate canned collards. So as I’m standing there trying to decide which brand to purchase ( Sylvia’s versus Glory’s) another customer walked up and I asked him for his opinion. So during our conversation, he simply suggested asking God ” because he will tell you what to say even as you’re praying”. I knew he meant well, and that he probably heard either the same church leader or someone else take this same scripture out of context, so I thanked him and kept it moving. However, that incident also bought the previous incident at the prayer breakfast into mind.
When Jesus was talking to His disciples at this particular point- He was giving them ” a heads up” to the various types of persecutions that they were going to face as he sent them out into the world as ” sheeps within the midst of wolves”. He was specifically instructing them in Matthew 10:19-20 to not worry about what to say at the time that they would be “delivered up” (taken into custody) before the councils (court systems at the time) as a result of being persecuted for being a His disciple.
During that same prayer breakfast after initially being troubled by that scripture being used out of context, I thought about the scripture found in Prov 3:4-5 that encourages us to actually indeed seek God’s wisdom in every situation; in doing so would He would then direct our paths. I sincerely believe that this was at the heart of the man at the supermarket as he was assisting me in making a very life altering decision involving my choice of collard greens!😜 I also believe that this is at the heart of many others who are correct in wanting to seek God’s ( aka ” heavenly wisdom James 3:13) wisdom in their everyday decisions.
Yes I do believe that God desires to be involved in every aspect of our lives – even including our choice of collards; however…
….herein lies yet another issue within the Body of Christ.. many believers are either being taught erroneously because their respective leaders may not be taking the time to rightly divide the Word of God (2Tim 2:15) and / or are not being taught at all. Not only is rightly dividing the Word of God crucial, however the motivating factors should always be love for God and love for thy neighbor as well. Having those three factors consistently in place should go a long way towards the healing process within the Body of Christ and our nation!
Be blessed and remember to ” get out the vote”
Please also continue to stand and pray with me concerning our nation.
2 Chronicles 7:14-15
if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.
Persucutions Are Coming
“Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
“A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household! Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.