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Acts 17:15, 22—18:1
Psalm 148
John 16:12-15

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"When He comes, however, being the Spirit of truth He will guide you to all truth." —John 16:13

For many, this Easter season has been fantastic. Others have been discouraged. They may feel like Paul after his failure at Athens. When Paul started speaking to the Athenians about Jesus' resurrection, some interrupted and sneered at him. Others brushed him off, telling him to come back some other time (Acts 17:32). Although a few did become believers, this was the worst response in the Bible to Paul's preaching of the gospel.

You may also feel like a failure. You may feel like quitting and going back into the fishing business with Peter (Jn 21:3) or tentmaking with Paul (Acts 18:3). The Lord is not calling you to quit His ministry but quit your discouragement (2 Cor 4:1).

"For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God bestowed when my hands were laid on you. The Spirit God has given us is no cowardly Spirit, but rather One that makes us strong, loving, and wise" (2 Tm 1:6-7). The Holy Spirit is our Paraclete, Helper, Advocate, the One at our side. We need not focus on circumstances around us but on the Spirit within us. We don't need to change churches, ministries, or spouses. We need the Holy Spirit.

Prayer:  Father, thank You for turning even my failures to Your honor and glory.

Promise:  "I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now." —Jn 16:12

Praise:  Juan repented and went to Confession for the first time in over fifteen years. Now he leads a Bible Study at his workplace.

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 27, 2005

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