We can contend for the faith without defending ourselves. Too often we may think that what is going on is about "us" and not about "Him." If we are moving forward in Jesus, then attacks must come. There will always be critics, detractors, and competitors. If you are on assignment and sent by God, then we can relax knowing that the Lord is the Captain of Hosts.
If we become overwhelmed by people and circumstances, we can be derailed from the course if we spend time focusing on our enemies (we wrestle not against flesh and blood). When it seems that an attack is upon us, then we must proclaim the victory that He has already won. We must stop and remember Who this is all about. If we remain on our watchposts, then we will be prepared and ready.
Some of these contentions will come from those who we thought would be the most supportive. When the enemy cannot penetrate from the outside, he will try to launch an assault from the inside. His schemes are not new. When we set our hope towards our Great and Mighty God, we can step aside and watch Him do what we cannot in our own strength.
If God gave you a dance and "they" criticize it: Stand still.
If "they" think that your garments are too extravagant: Stand still.
If "they" will not allow you to dance because it "ungodly": Stand still.
If you do not have ten years of dance experience and "they" say that you are unqualified: Get up and dance!
2 Chronicles 20:17 (NKJV)
You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, Who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you.”
Isaiah 30:32 (NKJV)
And in every place where the staff of punishment passes, which the LORD lays on him, it will be with tambourines and harps; and in battles of brandishing He will fight with it.
Psalm 5:11 (NKJV)
But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name be joyful in You.
1 Corinthians 15:57 (NKJV)
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.