When You Speak – Luke 12:11-12
“Now when they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” (Luke 12:11-12)
The perspective that many Christians have about the Holy Spirit is that it’s an ambient power that “helps us live godly.”
But according to what Jesus is telling us, the Holy Spirit is much more! In this passage, Jesus lays out a hypothetical scenario where a person is in sudden need of a response. A situation where their life may depend on the right words being spoken. Jesus is saying that in that moment the Holy Spirit of God will intercede and literally give us the words to speak.
The word ‘answer’ in Luke 12:11 is the Greek word apologeomai, translated “apology.” It means to make a defense or give an adequate answer.
Friends, we’re often put in situations were we need the right thing to say – and I don’t mean standing before a judge!
Perhaps it’s a friend struggling with sin, or their marriage is in trouble, or they’re dealing with a prodigal child. When that friend comes to you, the words you speak to that person can have a huge impact. The last thing that person needs is your or my opinion. They need a word from the Lord that will speak life into that situation, and that’s exactly when the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit is available to you and I. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit will “teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”
And that is a clear indication that the Holy Spirit is not some ambivalent ‘power’ that gives an ‘assist.’ He is a person who has direct connection with God the Father, who has access to search out the deep wisdom of the Lord, and who will speak through you into that situation.
So next time you’re in a situation where you don’t know what to say, take a moment to pray, and ask the Holy Spirit to show you what to say. And don’t be surprised when He does!