KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 22:22 (KJV). “When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.”
The Lord cautioned His disciples in Matt 10:16 that He is sending them as sheep in the midst of wolves, and that they should be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves. The serpent has a great surviving instinct. We need such wisdom to stay in a world highly controlled by the wicked forces of darkness and administered by evil men as well. How can one have such wisdom to prevail? Considering our Lord Jesus, He lived in the midst of sinners or evil men, yet they never got Him into the evil net they cast to ensnare Him. They always wondered at the level of wisdom He exhibited. The secret of His excellent answers was by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Lord depended fully on the Holy Ghost. A consistent prayer life is the prime way to fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Fellowshipping with the Spirit, gives Him the ability to direct and influence our lives. The are occasions when the Spirit is able to move one to either wait before taking an action or going a step before time, to avoid calamity. When one has learnt to relate with the Spirit, he or she would not respond to issues out of his own emotions or intellect, but trust the Holy Spirit to speak and answer through Him. The Lord assured His disciples including us, in Luke 21:14 & 15, that, when our opposers would be demanding answers from us over all kinds of wrong accusations, we would not worry about what to say, but rather, He would give us answers that would amaze them.
We are able to receive such counsel from the Spirit of God, by first refusing to be afraid or agitated at what we hear. Fear would make you deaf to the voice of the Spirit. We must rather be confident that the Lord would take over and answer our accusers through us. One way to do this, is to operate with the principle of James 1:19 “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:” — James 1:19 (KJV)
The verse above could be expressed as follows
1.Be swift to hear. Listen very well
2.Be slow to speaking back.
3.Be slow to getting angry. Control yourself, by trusting the Holy Spirit to give you the right answers
AS WE live this way, we would avoid a lot of traps and problems planned to ensnare us. Always say the truth, but in love. Don’t comment on things and people you have no knowledge about. You would stay out of trouble, if you hold to these principles.
THOUGHT: THE HOLY SPIRIT NEVER ERRS. TRUST IN HIM ALWAYS.
Matthew 10:16 (KJV). “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”
Luke 21:15 (KJV). “For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.”