Delivered Up To Councils

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

But beware of men: 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.

But 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. – Matthew 10: 16-20

God is so good and perfect in all His ways! He looks out for those who humble themselves before Him, trust in Him, and seek Him with their whole hearts. He stands up for the meek, supports the side of the truth, reveals all deception, and gives strength to those who cannot defend themselves against the prowling wolves!

I’m just so beside myself tonight because I got to see the justice of the Lord done in the lives of people I love most in all this world. I got to experience the power of the Holy Spirit first hand while doing my small part to protect those I love.

I don’t want to divulge too much information, but this instance involved a long and messy trial, and things were not looking good for my loved ones. I knew the truth of the matter, and so did my loved ones, but the opposing side was full of very convincing deceit. So much so that the judge and my loved one’s attorney suggested taking a deal that favored the other side. We were nearing the end of this trial with only two testimonies left. Mine and my loved one’s. Tensions were very high and we felt without hope. We were at the total mercy of the Lord.

Anyone who knows me is aware of my total abhorrence of public speaking. I was afraid, to say the least. Not only did I have to speak publicly, this was a very important and life-changing matter. All I could do was pray, so that’s what I did while waiting in the witness room. I asked the Lord to guide me so that the opposing attorney would not trip me up with his questions, and that He would give me wisdom and peace. Boy, did He!

When I took the stand, my fear quickly melted away. The first part was easy. Mostly. I just answered the questions my loved one’s attorney asked. All I had to do was tell the truth. Although, within that things were revealed that I did not expect — deceptions from those who were supposed to be trustworthy, of which I was in a personal denial. That was not so easy.

Then came the opposing attorney, and I felt as if ready to do battle. Come at me! God is with me! I don’t know what kind of look I gave the man, but he looked afraid. That look on his face emboldened me further, then it began. I kid you not, the Holy Spirit was with me and guiding the whole thing.

The attorney stumbled over his words, and when he tried to trick me into saying something, the Lord revealed the wisdom of the matter to me and gave me the words to speak. The attorney was so flustered that he became belligerent and the judge had to demand he “stop badgering the witness.” After that, he just stood there silent for a few seconds. I had him and he knew it – and his client didn’t look too good either. He had no words to speak and the questioning stopped. The same was true for my loved one during her testimony. God was with us because we were on the side of the truth – and because we love Him, “the wicked fell into their own nets!”

I know this isn’t the same as being delivered up to councils for the Lord’s sake, but in the end, He was glorified in our eyes, and the truth of matters that have been plaguing my loved one and myself for many months were brought to light – and those who could not defend themselves in this matter were protected!

The judge ruled in my loved one’s favor because he believed her testimony and mine. We were “credible” while others were not. Previously, this judge did everything he could to make this trial a nightmare for my loved one and he made it very clear that he was not on her side. The Lord intervened in a big and powerful way, and the whole ordeal was a a huge faith-builder for us!

When things feel hopeless and when the enemy surrounds you, trust in the Lord, Jesus! This post does not do justice to the situation or the power of the Spirit I felt when on the witness stand, but I hope this testimony gives you some encouragement should you one day find yourself “delivered up to councils.”

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