Bible Verse: “Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit”. Mark 13:11 NIV
Scripture Reading: John 14:16-17
Following Jesus was not without its risk. Jesus didn’t say “if you are arrested,” but “whenever you are.” One of the names for the Holy Spirit is Counselor, and Jesus tells the disciples that He will send an excellent Counselor to defend you so you do not need to worry what you are to say when trouble comes.
The good news for us is the same Spirit that filled Jesus is the One that is available to us. When the Holy Spirit shows up and takes over, you need to just stand back and try not to get in the way. Jesus said, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever — the Spirit of truth.” (John 14:16 NIV)
The Holy Spirit is not a mysterious being who is going to possess you and take control of your tongue, but He will guide you. Jesus said, “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13 NIV). He is also known as the Helper. “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” (John 14:26 NKJV).
Have you ever been in an environment where you worried about what to say? Perhaps the Lord placed someone in your path, and you wanted to say something because you felt a prompting, but you couldn’t summon up the courage. There is an old saying, “Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the mastery of it.” With the help and counsel of the Holy Spirit, you can master your fears.
The question becomes: Why would you not want someone to help you, guide you, and counsel you on a daily basis? Jesus said, “How much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:13 NIV) Jesus also said, “Ask and it will be given to you” (Matthew 7:7 NIV).
Prayer: Lord, I need more of You today. Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Guide me in all truth. With You as my Counselor and Helper, I will fear no evil for Thou art with me! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
— Gary Hohweiler, author of Fear Not!