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Here is my take: Oh man, this hits home with me. I think a lot. I am a thinker. So, I think about what I am going to say. I rehearse things in my mind. Maybe this goes back to my acting and speaking training. So yes … I worry about how or what I am going to say.

God’s goal: I need to trust that my heavenly Father will give me what I need to say. His Spirit speaks in me. So, if it is His Spirit speaking in me, why would I worry?

Here are the key ideas:

    • God is in charge and will give us the words to say.
    • Our job is to trust in God.
    • God is good. God loves us and will take care of us.

When they deliver you over, do not be anxious about how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you at that hour. For it is not you who speaks, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

English Standard Version. (2016). (Matthew 10:19–20). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

The disciples’ future mission will bring them “before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.” Acts records times in which early church leaders were first called before Jewish officials of the national council, later before the ruling authorities in Israel, and finally before the rulers of the Roman world. At the time of their trials, the mission-disciples will witness to these ruling figures of the truthfulness of the gospel message brought by Jesus.

In their future mission, the disciples are to depend on the Holy Spirit to speak through them in the moment of their most difficult opposition. The Spirit is the creative, empowering, guiding force in Jesus’ own life. Through this same Spirit his disciples will find their own empowering and guidance to give their witness.