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Summary: This is a practical message about growth and maturity in Christ, and how to begin to grow in God.

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Stand & Read - 1 Peter 2:1-3

“Therefore, putting aside all malice and all guile and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, [2] like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, [3] if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.”

“It’s Time To G.R.O.W. Up!”

Prayer…

We have heard it said to us once or twice before…

“Grow Up!”

-It hurt, but yet, we knew that it was true…

You were younger…doing what children or teens do…and some misunderstanding or “out-of-touch” adult would snarl those hurtful words at you…”GROW UP!”

-Most likely, we acted as though they didn’t apply to us…or it didn’t matter…

-Maybe we knew it was true, but yet…it is too fun to act young and foolish…

-Sometimes, when we knew that those words applied to us, we would ponder them in the quietness of our bedroom that evening…

In any event, we have been faced with this truth…that we needed to “GROW UP!”

We know that it is necessary…

We know that we must, but yet, we do our best to avoid it…the inevitable…growing up…

-It almost strikes fear into us because we know that with maturity comes responsibility and then comes the demand for results, or fruit from our lives saying that we are indeed, GROWN UP!

Well…here we are today, hearing those words again…”GROW UP”!

All coming from the Written Word of God in I Peter 2

Yet this time it is very different than before…

Why is that?

-Because rather than an old aunt who growls that phrase at you; or a crotchety, old and angry man saying it…this time, it is GOD!!!

-These words are from the lips of the one who knows you inside and out…

-The source of these words is the Almighty and All-Powerful, LIVING God who holds the world in His hands…

And we know that when they come from His lips…they are just and true…

Job 34:21

"For His eyes are upon the ways of a man, And He sees all his steps.”

You see…what God sees is the truth…

He sees through the façades and the pretences that we put up for others to see…

And while everyone may believe that we are GROWN UP, God sees that there is a LACK of maturity…

Hebrews 4:12

“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

The Word also tells us that it does see deep within us…to our core.

It is active in our lives and is a piercing tool, which CAN divide and discern the masqueraded actions of men…

It “judges” us, as it says in Hebrews…therefore, we must take heed to what it may say today to us this morning…

I believe we need to hear this because we do something with information that we do not want to hear…we do not want to listen to…or even put into action in our lives…

What do we do with that information and those cutting words???

-We disregard them…

-We discredit them…

-We make reason for “short comings” and failures…playing the blame game…

-We out-right, ignore and turn a deaf ear to the advice…

While that may be just fine when it is a mad old man yelling at you, or that irritating aunt…it is NOT good advice to take when it is God speaking to you today!


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