Thursday, March 20, 2014

Stones of Remembrance

“A powerful motivation for believing God in our present is intentionally remembering how He’s worked in our past.”  Beth Moore

Throughout God’s Word we are able to see a demonstration of God’s faithfulness.  If we take the time to examine our lives, we will see God’s faithfulness and His fingerprints all over our lives.  Take the times today to reflect over your life and how Almighty God has been faithful to you.  Memory is an important part of the faith building process, so take the time to remember and reflect upon God’s faithfulness.  Never forget to thank God for His faithfulness which He has demonstrated to you. 

In Joshua 4 we see that the Israelites had crossed the Jordan River.  The LORD instructed Joshua to choose twelve men, one from each tribe, to pick up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan River.  These twelve stones were to be a sign, a memorial, to the people of God’s faithfulness.  Joshua 4:7 – tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD.  When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.  These stones are be a memorial to the people of Israel forever. 

The Israelites went up from the Jordan River and set up camp at Gilgal.  It is here where Joshua set up the twelve memorial stones taken from the Jordan River.  These stones of remembrance were to be a reminder to the Israelites and their children that they crossed the Jordan on dry ground.  The children would see the stones and hear the stories of God’s faithfulness and power that allowed them to cross the Jordan River on dry ground.  Joshua 4:20-24 – And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan.  He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’  tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’  For the LORD your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over.  The LORD your God did to the Jordan what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over.  He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful and so that you might always fear the LORD your God. 

I encourage you to reflect upon your stones of remembrance and share with your children and others how God has demonstrated His faithfulness to you during your life.  We must intentionally strive to keep memoires of God’s faithfulness alive in our families.  Psalm 77:11-12 – I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.  I will consider all your works and mediate on all your mighty deeds.  Memories of God’s faithfulness are able to sustain us during difficult seasons and will strengthen our faith. 

We serve a mighty God, a God who is faithful and powerful.  Share this with others.  Speak out.  Give glory, honor, and praise to our Savior and LORD for His faithfulness.  The faithfulness of our LORD is never ending.  Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.  For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations – Psalm 100:4-5. 

There are times in life where we seem faithless but we can be confident in knowing that our Savior and LORD is always faithful.  Our LORD is always faithful to his promises.  Do you know the promises of God?  Read His Holy Word and allow the Holy Spirit to reveal the faithful promises of Jesus.  If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself – 2 Timothy 2:13. 

Our God never changes.  He has been faithful to us in the past and will continue to remain faithful.  I the LORD do not change.  So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed – Malachi 3:6.  Continue to gather your stones of remembrance to share with other.  To God be the glory. 

Dear Heavenly Father, help us to never forget your faithfulness.  I pray we will continue to give you all honor, glory, and praise.  Strengthen our faith in you, Almighty God.  In Jesus Name I Pray……Amen.




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