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"When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. Then Pilate asked him, 'Donít you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?' But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single chargeóto the great amazement of the governor."

(Matthew 27:12-14, NIV)



One time, a reporter asked me what I thought about two men he named, but I hadnít ever heard of them. I just replied, ďIím sorry. I donít know them.Ē He began to laugh and thought that was so funny. I asked, ďWell, who are they?Ē

He said, ďJoel, they are your two most outspoken critics. Theyíre always talking about you.Ē

He couldnít believe that I hadnít ever heard of them. Iíve learned that you canít waste your time engaging in conflicts that donít matter. There will always be critics. There will always be naysayers, but we have to follow the example of Jesus. When He was falsely accused, He didnít try to defend Himself. He gave no reply to the charges against Him.

Remember, the critics cannot keep you from your destiny. They donít define who you are. They donít determine your worth and value. You are a child of the Most High God. The Creator of the universe breathed life into you. As a believer in Jesus, you are crowned with favor. Turn away from accusing voices so you can focus on the destiny God has prepared for you!


"Father, today I cling to You because You are my defender! I choose to turn away from accusing voices. I choose to turn away from petty conflicts. I look to You knowing that You are leading and guiding me in paths of victory in Jesusí name. Amen."

By: Joel and Victoria Osteen