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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Where's the Rooster in Your Life"

Date published: 01/23/2012
 
Luke 22:60-62 “Peter replied, ‘Man, I don't know what you're talking about!’ Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed.  The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter.  Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: ‘Before the rooster crows today, you will disown Me three times.’ And he went outside and wept bitterly.”  (NIV)  
 
Would Peter have ever recognized his sin if Jesus had not forewarned him of his impending sin of denial?  You probably have not vocally denied Jesus as Peter did, but how often do you deny Him by the actions of your life?  How often do you allow others who do not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior leave you without testifying to the Good News of the Gospel?  How often do you get impatient with an employee, someone with whom you do business, or someone serving your needs, such as a waiter?  Have you ever shared something juicy about someone else?  Most faithful Christians could quickly be convicted of sins such as these.  Does the impact of sin in your life grieve your heart?  The impact on Peter of his sin of denying Jesus three times was devastating to him.  Unfortunately Christians live each day assimilating a fabric of sin into their lives that has little impact on them.  This constant process of not repenting to sin in your life leads to a hardening of the heart that makes it difficult for you to hear God.  You may not have Jesus to forewarn you or the crow of a rooster to announce your sin, but you have something much better - the Holy Spirit!  John 14:26 says, “The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” The Holy Spirit can be vibrantly alive in your spirit, or He can be muted by your constant suppression of not hearing and responding to His leading.  Your best action is to not even wait for the Holy Spirit’s promptings, but to prayerfully seek His input at the beginning of each day while asking God to make His Scriptures alive in your heart and spirit.  Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”  Live the Christian life by constantly adjusting to the Holy Spirit’s promptings.  Seek and follow the Holy Spirit’s advice so that you can increasingly be sensitive to Him.  The funny thing about this lifestyle is that sin will seem more prevalent in your life.  This will not be because of an increase in sin, but because your spirit is becoming increasingly sensitive to the Holy Spirit in your life.    
 
Leviticus 20:26 “You are to be holy to Me because I, the Lord, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be My own.”  (NIV)