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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Open Your Eyes and Ears"

Date published: 04/23/2011

Luke 24:12 “Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb.  Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.”  (NIV)

Peter was one of three of Jesus’ closest confidants.  Jesus poured His life into Peter often sharing about His impending death.  On one occasion, Peter was so adamant against the thought of Jesus dying that he rebuked Jesus for the thought (Matthew 16:22).  Jesus responded back with a harsh rebuke for Peter not believing His words (Matthew 16:23).  Peter was still questioning Jesus’ disappearance when the women reported His body missing.  Even after Peter visually saw the empty tomb, he left “wondering what had happened.”  God manifested Himself to mankind as man so His life, death, and resurrection would not only pay the price for our sins, but also provide convincing proof of God’s love and existence for mankind.  Yet Peter was blind to truth. How often does God manifest Himself to you and you are blind to His work?  I am convinced that God’s hand is integrally involved in the life of every follower of Christ, yet we miss so much of His handiwork.  Your salvation in Christ resulted in the Holy Spirit taking up residence in you.  Romans 8:9 says, “You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.  And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.”  This Easter, celebrate to not only recognize, thank, and praise God for the risen Christ Who brought you salvation, but also celebrate the Holy Spirit that manifests His life in every detail of your life.  Psalm 5:3 says, “In the morning, O Lord, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait in expectation.”  Take time to sit back and see God’s work in your life each day…then thank and praise Him for His wonderful works!  Psalm 101:1 says, “I will sing of Your love and justice; to You, O Lord, I will sing praise.”  Do not be blind to Jesus’ love and work for you, but allow Him to magnify His life through you.

Philippians 2:6-11 “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross!  Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (NIV)