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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 6, 2021

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TUESDAY, April 6                    Tuesday in Easter Week

Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”

The Bible is filled with great sermons, and Peter’s in the second chapter of Acts is one of the best. At the end of a very persuasive talk, the crowd is convicted. “What should we do?”

I have been there. Maybe it was a great sermon, an article I read, or a conversation with a wise friend. Like those Israelites, I say to myself, “What should I do?” And then, usually, inertia wins out, and I do nothing. The moment of conviction passes by, and I convince myself the status quo is fine.

What’s different for this crowd in Acts? Throughout the whole book, the Holy Spirit is the center of the show. The crowd listens to and is guided by the power of the Holy Spirit. Too often, we claim the Holy Spirit’s involvement in making us feel better about what we might have done anyway. But when the Spirit’s wind blows, it’s toward something that we could only have done by God’s grace.

MOVING FORWARD: What has the Holy Spirit laid on your heart? Pray for the courage to act on your conviction.

PRAY for the Diocese of Bendigo (Australia)

Ps 33:18-22 or 118:19-24 | Acts 2:36-41 | John 20:11-18

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