Paul has been charged with crimes against the Temple and the Jewish religion. But, confidently and boldly answers: “I have committed no offense against the Jewish law or against the temple or against Caesar.” [Acts 25:8] Being perceptive, Paul knew what the Jewish leaders were conspiring to do, so he again responded to the Gentile ruler, Felix: “I have done nothing wrong to the Jews, as you also know very well.” [Acts 25:10]
How do we respond or react when we must defend ourselves? Are we like Paul, who knew if he answered wrongly, his head was on the chopping block, yet he trusted Messiah to be there for him? Again we hear Paul say, “This is the reason I do my best to always have a clear conscience toward God and people.” [Acts 24:16] Is our conscience clear?
Peter reminded his readers: “always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess.” [1Pet 3:15] Each day, we are put into positions where we must respond with grace and truth. Peter reminds us to be ready because “the devil like a roaring lion, is on the prowl looking for someone to devour, so resist him, strong in the faith.” [1Pet 5:8, 9]
Are you facing the devil’s schemes? Be strong believer! Be courageous believer! God is before you, behind you, and before you.