The devil’s plan is to trap and enslave people. “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4) But Jesus promises to physically and spiritually deliver us and to train us: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28, 29)
“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
Paul was just a man called to be a witness for Christ. He never went to the seminary or a Bible, missionary, or witnessing class. He only knew the Lord.
Constantly confronted by envy, superstition, and legalism, Paul defended his faith, his principles, and the obedience that built his character. In doing so, he was actually defending the gospel. His life’s work recorded in the scriptures became a textbook for future generations.
Christ calls all believers to be His witnesses. When we stand up for the gospel, we will face the same trials of public opinion Paul faced. We need to remember that God is sovereign. He knows everything, all the time, everywhere. We, like Paul, can rely on the Holy Spirit for the words to defend our personal testimony and thereby glorify Christ.
Pastor Odom’s message can be heard each Sunday on Radio KAML, AM 990, at 8:30 a.m. Choate Baptist Church meets for Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Worship at 11 a.m., and Sunday and Wednesday Evening Services at 7 p.m., and all are welcome to attend.