Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #173
TEXT: Matthew 10:17-20
The week before last, we began getting into the practical instructions that Jesus gave to his disciples as He sent them out on their first missionary journey. Jesus Christ warned them that they would face opposition from those who hated the Gospel. In Matthew chapter 10, we are looking at all the ways in which Jesus told them to handle the conflicts that they would face because we can make use of Jesus’ commands as we face conflicts in this day and age.
The first point that we covered was “Christ’s command to ‘beware of men.’” Jesus wants us to be wise in our dealings with the people of this world. He does not want us to go into battle thinking that we are just playing a game. He wants us to be aware that we will run into people who do not like us, who do not like the Gospel, and who do not like Jesus Christ. Some people will hate and oppose the Gospel because the preaching of the Gospel infringes on their lifestyle, convicts their hearts, or hinders their source of income. However, it is not only the Gospel that offends the world, but it is the fact that the Gospel changes people’s lives and minds about sin in the world, and they can be influenced by the devil to try to hinder us as we try to preach the Gospel and live our lives according to the Bible. So, we must beware of men.
2. We must keep the cause in mind. Jesus Christ says, “for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.” Jesus tells His disciples that they will have to answer for their faith before the government and religious rulers of their day. Not surprisingly, Christians today are being called upon to do the same.
3. We must trust God for solutions. Jesus says, “When they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.” When we face conflict as Christians, we are not to rely on ourselves and trust our own ingenuity for what to say or do. Rather, we are to trust and rely on the power of the Holy Spirit who lives inside of us. God knows the hearts of all men, and He alone can give us the right thing to say in every situation.
Perhaps the greatest thing about this promise is knowing that God will be with us during the difficult conflicts that we will face. He will never leave us or forsake us. He will not only give us the words to say, but He will comfort us and provide reassurance that we are His children, that our salvation is secure, and that He will see us through to the end of every trial.
MUSICAL SELECTION: “The Blood of Jesus” by Smokie Norful and “Great is Thy Faithfulness” by Vickie Winans