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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Praising God"

Date published: 07/04/2016
 
Matthew 21:14-16 “The blind and the lame came to Him at the temple, and He healed them.  But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things He did and the children shouting in the temple area, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David,’ they were indignant. ‘Do you hear what these children are saying?’ they asked Him. ‘Yes,’ replied Jesus, ‘have you never read, “From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise?”’" (NIV) 

   This Scripture refreshed my spirit and challenged me at the same time. Hardly a day goes by that I do not see the wonderful hand of God at work. That has not always been the case. God has done amazing things in my life as I have grown in intimacy with Him, given more of my life to Him, and allowed His Spirit to work in me. I have seen healings and miracles, but the more incredible work has been His sculpting of my heart.  

   What particularly grabbed my heart in this Scripture was the last sentence, “From the lips of children and infants You have ordained praise.” I praise God, but I do not think my praise to God is significantly noticeable to those inside or outside of the church. John 1:12 declares all Christians as children of God, “But to all who received Him, who believed in His name, He gave power to become children of God.” (RSV)  

   As a child of God, my praise should be evident to others. John 1:12 challenges me to grow in three areas:

     1) I need to allow Christ to live in me, so that God has room to touch my life. Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (RSV)  

     2) 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 shows the importance of my daily engaging God in prayer, praise, and thanksgiving, “Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (RSV)

     3) I must walk with Christ boldly praising His work. Never be a Christian whose praise from men is more important than praise from God. John 12:43 says, “For they loved praise from men more than praise from God.” (NIV) Let Christ in you overwhelm you with praises for His life and work! 

Psalm 44:8 “In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise Your name forever.” (NIV) 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “Deeper with God” and “Transformation – Part 1.” 

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