Sometimes when we approach the Word of God, we have a spirit of timidity because we fear the God of the universe won’t speak to us.  We see our past, we see our mistakes and we think why would He talk to me?

Or maybe your fear is different.  Maybe your fear is you won’t be able to hear Him or you won’t understand what you are reading.

Here is what I know:  God doesn’t speak “Fear.”

John 14: 26 The Holy Ghost…shall teach you, and bring to your remembrance

John 16:13 The Spirit…will guide you into all truth

Psalms 139 says, “O Lord, you have searched me and known me!”  The God of the universe knows the depths of you.  He knows your greatest fears, your greatest pain.  He knows the thing you are believing for, He knows your seemingly impossible dreams.  And God wants to meet you right there and speak to you.

Romans 8:11 says, “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”

The Holy Spirit dwells in us.

I love that word “quicken” because it literally means to come alive.  And as we read God’s Word, the Spirit guides us to all truth (John 16:13), and the Spirit revives us.  Mark Batterson says, “In much the same way, the Holy Spirit defibrillates our spirits with His Word so we experience a little resurrection every time we read God’s Word.”

Pray and give God your fears.  The moment we transfer our fear to our Father, it is so much smaller.  It may try its best to overwhelm, but knowing the Holy Spirit dwells in us means the God who created the universe is on our side and is going to overwhelm that fear.

So, as you read God’s word today, come expectant.  Allow the Holy Spirit will guide you in the Word.  He will teach you (John 14:26). He will revive you (Psalms 119:25).


Hannah Baldwin