I accomplished nothing. Did I really think my flesh could help God get my point across? The answer is no. I had to learn everyone is not going to be 100 percent on board with my breakthrough. But for some reason I felt the need to explain myself.
I proceeded to talk about what God has brought me through, and that was great. It ended well. They understood my point after I “so called” explained it to them. So why did I feel so bad after the conversation? I felt my flesh rising to help in defense. It was kind of like, “God has brought me through and just you wait and see.”
Peter reminds us, But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. In our lifetime, we will find people who hurt our feelings or may not see or understand what God has for us. It is important that we represent Jesus properly when speaking about the hope we have in Him. There is no need for our flesh to help with what the Lord is doing in our lives. If you think the conversation is headed in that direction, just be still and let God take over. You can say I got the first part of this Scripture right, but the part about gentleness went out the window and the Holy Spirit stepped in to correct me.
When your faith is tried, does your flesh try to step in? If it hasn’t, it may in the future. Be prepared with 1 Peter 3:15. Be a step up on the enemy and always be prepared to represent God with gentleness and respect. In the end, people will see the faith and hope in you, and it will eventually come to a point where you won’t have to say a word.
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