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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Living in the Presence of Jesus"

Date published: 04/16/2011

Luke 24:32, 45 “They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?’ Then He opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.” (NIV)

These verses teach two important principles in developing intimacy with Christ.  Your most important quest is to grow in your intimacy with Christ.  It is only out of this intimacy with Him that your Christian growth and experience will happen.  Jesus said in John 17:3, “Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom You have sent.”  Verse 32 records Cleopas and his friend’s response after Jesus appeared and broke bread with them after His resurrection.  The apostles spent time with Jesus, but it was not until they broke bread that they realized they were with Jesus. Is this not how we often are when we pray and read the Bible? We are in the presence of the living God – fellowshipping, talking, studying, yet it is like He is not there.  Principle One: Next time you have a quiet time, pray, or read the Bible, do it knowing that you are in the presence of the living God Who not only loves you, but desires to talk, instruct, and have relationship with you.  Let your “heart burn within” as you receive from God Himself.  Principle Two: Do not hear, read, or study the Word without asking the Holy Spirit to “open your mind to understand the Scriptures.”  Allow the Holy Spirit to reveal meaning and to lead you in applying and implementing what He is impressing upon your life. Following these two principles will not only refresh and energize your walk with Christ, but also bless your life in Him!

Ephesians 3:16-19 “I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (NIV)