“These men began to argue with Stephen, but they could not stand up against his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke.” Acts 6:10

If you haven’t experienced opposition to the truth of the gospel yet, you most likely will soon. Maybe it’s in your science class or in philosophy. Maybe it’s within your friend group. Maybe it’s from your own family. As a professor, I encounter opposition to Jesus nearly every day. I hear scholars questioning whether Jesus is really the Lord.

I believe in Jesus Christ as the one true God. I know the truth that “salvation is found in no one else, and there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12) There’s no other name! In fact, sooner or later, “At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11).

I have learned to trust that the Holy Spirit will give me wisdom as I take a stand against lies. When Stephen was arguing with Jewish scholars in Acts, we’re told that even in all their intelligence, “they could not stand up against his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke” (Acts 6:10).

God may be calling you to take a stand today about the truth of our loving Savior. It might be scary, and people might make fun of you. You might feel unintelligent against the reasoning skills of others.

Just remember that the Holy Spirit is speaking through you. Jesus tells his disciples that when they have to stand trial that they should not worry about what to say. Jesus says in Luke 13 that the Holy Spirit will tell them what to say.

Do you have opportunities to take a stand for Jesus today?

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