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Acts 16:11-15
Psalm 149:1-6, 9
John 15:26—16:4

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"You must bear witness as well." —John 15:27

The Holy Spirit witnesses on Jesus' behalf (Jn 15:26), and we must do the same. The world is wrong about Jesus, and the Holy Spirit is calling us to the witness stand to prove this (Jn 16:8). Our testimony will convict the world on three counts — that it is wrong about sin, justice, and condemnation (Jn 16:8). Because the world is guilty and our witness will prove it, the world will pressure us not to witness to the truth. It will make sure that if we witness for Jesus, we will be persecuted, rejected even at church, and possibly put to death (Jn 16:2).

Nevertheless, we must witness, for we are the evidence that Jesus is innocent, and the world guilty. We are not going to let people continue to reject Jesus. We are not going to let a rebellious, sinful world get off because of a mistrial. We will give our witness with power so that they can have no doubt about the truth (see Acts 4:33). We must repent of our false witness due to compromising with the world. We have to back up our words with a life of total commitment to the Lord. We need power from the Holy Spirit; then we will be Jesus' witnesses (Acts 1:8). The world will then be proven wrong and challenged to repent and believe in Jesus.

Prayer:  Father, give me the opportunity to correct any false impressions I've given others about Jesus because of my lukewarmness and apathy.

Promise:  "She already reverenced God, and the Lord opened her heart to accept what Paul was saying." —Acts 16:14

Praise:  Timothy began a street mime evangelistic ministry and took the Gospel "to the streets."

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our leaflet The Truth Will Set You Free.)

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, XXX 11, 2011

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