. . . for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that very hour what you ought to say . . . Luke 12:12

To be taught one must be a student willing to learn. Still that is not enough, one must be attentive to the teacher.  Every teacher knows that not every student wants to learn and even those who do want to learn are often distracted by the cares of the world around them, family life, lives of friends, work, extra-curricular activities, the next vacation or holiday coming up, the weather outside the window, the noise in the hallway, the aroma wafting down the hallway from the cafeteria . . .

This verse however is not about life in a classroom – this is a verse about life in this world.  It’s about how disciples of Jesus will defend their belief in Him no matter where they are especially in the wilderness times and places.   This is a verse about how Jesus will defend those who acknowledge not only Him, but those who will or will not also acknowledge the Holy Spirit before others.  And this is what strikes me about what Jesus says to his students . . . (pay attention to this)

Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man (Jesus) will be forgiven but whoever blasphemes (denies, speaks against) the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. (Luke 12:10)

If even the Son of Man (Jesus) knew he had to acknowledge the Holy Spirit within His life and within His relationship between God in Heaven and God’s family on earth.  How much more true must this be for us?

I can understand why our acknowledgment of the Holy Spirit is so important to Jesus.  It was the Holy Spirit who was with Him, in Him, speaking through Him when he was in the wilderness for those 40 days overcoming the temptations common to humanity, the temptation to forsake the Word of God and pursue the things of this world instead of righteousness.  He didn’t only overcome these temptations for 40 days – he overcame them every day of his life.

If you’ve read or heard the Gospel you’ll recall that John saw the Spirit descend and rest upon Jesus like a dove, Jesus certainly must have felt the Spirit settling upon Him and remaining upon him. As he spoke to his disciples prior to his death Jesus told them that ‘the Advocate, the Holy Spirit’ would be sent to them by God and teach them and remind them of the things Jesus had told them.

Do you believe in the Holy Spirit? Do you want the Holy Spirit to be your Advocate? Are you willing to learn? Are you willing to receive the Spirit?  Jesus ‘breathed on them’ and said ‘receive the spirit.’ (John 20:22)

If you have never acknowledged or received the Spirit you can now. As long as you have breath you can receive the spirit.  If you have forgotten or neglected the Spirit, you can receive the Spirit again.  The Apostle Paul encouraged the church to ‘go on being filled’ with the Spirit.  It’s hard to be the church devoid of the spirit; it’s hard to be a disciple running on empty.  Resting in the Spirit doesn’t always mean you are lying down – more often than not, I think it means we are working through the power of the Holy Spirit in and upon us.  This is just my humble opinion.

I truly believe the Holy Spirit wants to rest upon you.  I truly believe that God is seeking people in this generation who will receive Him.  (Acts 7:48-50)

Lord God, thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit.  Please pour your Holy Spirit upon us so that Your Will and Your Word may be accomplished through us, to the glory of your Name.  And Lord, please help us to remain attentive to your teachings in the midst of our busy lives so that we may resist the temptations in this world that draw us away from you. AMEN                                     – June G. Paul, January 22, 2011