But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how to defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. Everyone will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will perish. Stand firm, and you will win life. (Luke 21:14-19)
In 2 Kings 6, the king of Aram (Syria) wanted to invade Israel through a series of border raids. God sent prophet Elisha to the king of Israel to tell him the king of Aram’s plans, so the Israelites would remain safe. God knows the enemy’s plans and if we ask, he’ll provide words and wisdom to protect us.
Jesus warns the apostles to beware of family and friends that will turn against them because they love Jesus. Even though they may die physically, they will gain eternal life. They won’t have to worry that one hair of their spiritual bodies will ever perish.
Jesus didn’t die on the cross for us to be anxious. A recurring theme in the Bible is we can either worry or trust God. Both aren’t possible. He promises to give us words and wisdom to fight enemies within us and around us when we ask. Rest assured He’ll protect you, not harm you.
The eleventh step to leaving a bad habit or trait at the cross is to pray, “Give me words and wisdom the enemy won’t be able to resist or contradict so I can defend his attacks.”
Dearest Heavenly Father, Holy is Your name. Thank you for protection. Give me words and wisdom the enemy won’t be able to resist or contradict so I can defend his attacks when I leave _____________ at the cross. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen