Luke 21:13-15
“And so you will bear testimony to me. But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.” 
Defensiveness. We’ve all felt it, all experienced that same reaction as our heart rate goes up, and our mind starts scrambling to find the best words to use or the best actions to take, to defend ourselves and ‘spin’ the situation in our favor. Christ tells us to expect these moments, but reminds us that we serve a higher purpose–not to merely defend ourselves, but rather to bear testimony to the greatness of God. As we continue to bear testimony and point others to God, He will give us the words to say, and He will defend us. 
I get defensive. I don’t like being attacked, or accused, or judged. But God has not placed me where I am, merely to spend my time defending myself. He has placed me here to be a witness, and to bear testimony to His greatness. I can’t do that, if all my energy and focus is taken up by defending me. This week, I need to focus on lifting His name high, and let Him fight my battles. Battles come and go, but He remains worthy of my attention and my focus. 
God, thank you for your faithfulness! Thank you for defending me and fighting my battles. Help me to keep my focus on you, and just keep pointing others back to your goodness and your greatness. 

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