January 12, 2018: SOAP #2962:  Genesis 29-30; Luke 12 Scripture:  Luke (NIV) 12:11 “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” Observation:   Jesus was speaking [...]

January 12, 2018: SOAP #2962:  Genesis 29-30; Luke 12

Scripture:  Luke (NIV) 12:11 “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”

Observation:   Jesus was speaking to his disciples.   He had some bad news:   they would be brought before religious and civil leaders to answer for preaching about Jesus.   It would be an experience that could cause them to worry.  They might try to figure out their defense ahead of time.

Jesus also had some good news.   They would not need to worry about how to defend themselves.   Someone would be present and would teach them what to say: The Holy Spirit!   He would reveal truth to them in the moment it was needed!

Application:    There is bad news for me:   I will experience trials and troubles.   There is also good news:   I can count on the presence of the Holy Spirit.   I can trust His directions.   Success depends on understanding what the Holy Spirit is saying, and following His directions.

Prayer:     Holy Spirit, I am so thankful I can count on your constant presence.   You perfectly understand the difficulties I face and even the thoughts of those who would stand against me.  I trust your direction.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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