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August 17, 2014 | Daily Devotionals | August 17

Changes inspire fear.  Changes create discomfort.  Changes require taking new risks.  Changes also take us to the next level.  Learning to rely on the Holy Spirit may be new to you.  But just get to know Him.  You’ll be more than fine.


The disciples became alarmed when Jesus told them about an imminent transition coming after His departure from the earth.  Jesus knew that His leaderless followers might decide to head for the hills after He was no longer physically with them.  That’s why He took special care in talking through the transition, even though He knew the disciples would only be able to absorb some of it intellectually and almost none of it emotionally.  He wouldn’t leave them dangling on the mountain without seasoned help.


And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Councelor to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth.  The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him.  But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.  I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. (JOHN 14:16-18 emphasis added)

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