What Jesus Did! 'The Holy Spirit Will Help' — Luke 12:11-12

Friday, August 14, 2015

"When men bring you into the synagogues before the leaders and other important men, don't worry about what you will say. At that time the Holy Spirit will teach you what you must say."
— Luke 12:11-12 NLT
Illustration of Luke 12:11-12 NLT — "When men bring you into the synagogues before the leaders and other important men, don't worry about what you will say. At that time the Holy Spirit will teach you what you must say."

Key Thought

In the previous verse, Jesus had warned against blaspheming the Holy Spirit. While it is not altogether clear what he meant in this context, in another reference to this subject, Jesus is referring to those who attributed his miracles to demons rather than the Spirit of God. Nevertheless, one thing is clear: the Holy Spirit lives in and works through Jesus' disciples. This is especially true when they are facing great opposition, especially political rulers. The Holy Spirit will be with them to help them know what to say. They will not be alone no matter how it may feel to them. Their words will have power because of the Spirit speaking through them. To ignore their words is to ignore the very Spirit of God speaking through them.

Today's Prayer

Father, speak through me and use me by the power of your Holy Spirit, to your glory. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Acts 1:8
  • Acts 4:29-31
  • Acts 6:8-10

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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