In reading the life of Jesus in the scripture, I never see a place in which He felt the need to be right. The words from His mouth were powerful and either they were accepted or denied, but He never stopped His flow of Love that represented His Father. He only spoke the truth. He had no insecurities and never felt it necessary to defend His actions, who He was, or where He came from. He knew He was right and was never threatened by another. He knew who He was, knew who His Father was, and knew His position of authority and purpose. Can I say “confident”?!
There are times when we find ourselves, as followers of Jesus, shaken by our surroundings, moved by our circumstances, and burdened by things in this world that in many instances we have no control over. That feeling of needing to be right, wanting to point out another being wrong, and trying to defend our faith, only reveals that our faith is weaker than whatever is coming against it at that moment. The best defense of our faith is to remain in it and not be moved out of the assurance of our hope. When these feelings come and we have the insight to recognize them, it should reveal to us that our position in Him is being challenged. Who is greater, He within, or …. ? At that moment, it is time to stand and believe that we are one in Christ with the All Powerful, Most High God, and nothing will ever change that. We must remain in our faith in order to remain in power over the enemy. This is the testimony of Jesus within us! We must represent who we say we believe in! This is done by allowing Him to be who He is within – never threatened by man, never moved by circumstances, never weakened by insecurities, always speaking the Truth in Love and standing firm in who we are in Him, because we know who He is! Challenge, yes, but only in the areas we do not yet know that He is who He says He is. It is an opportunity each time to mature in Him!
I say all that to say… When it comes to our faith and we see the times of persecution rising, we should be comforted in Whom we believe. It is obvious to see and hear when other religions that serve other gods are threatened by Jesus and His power. So much so that the very mention of His name causes them to get defensive, to the point of crucifying (literally) those who believe in Him or speak His word. That alone reveals to me, Jesus is the Way and the Truth! The authority a Christian stands in should reveal the ultimate power within. His power is never threatened!
I am humbled and yet confident in knowing the Most High God, the One and Only True God, and I do not need to feel threatened, I only need to remain and walk in He, who is Truth! He is my confidence!! Heb 3:14 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end –
May we all stand firm in grace, confidently!!