We need to be reminded! 7-31-11

posted Jul 28, 2011, 1:03 PM by Dale Barnes   [ updated Jul 28, 2011, 1:15 PM ]
Jesus told his disciples that the Holy Spirit “will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (Jn.14:26 NIV)  Peter emphasized this: “So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.”(2 Pet.1:12 NIV)  He mentions this four times in this letter. The psalmist tells us that ancient Israel had this problem; “They forgot what he had done, the wonders he had shown them.” (Ps.78:11 NIV)  The tremendous miracles God had done to deliver the Israelites from Egypt and bring them into his promised land had been forgotten. It is so easy to forget the things of God! Jesus talks about the “cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things.”  They choke out (cause us forget) the word, and we are unfruitful.

However, God has given the Holy Spirit to every true believer to remind us; to bring again to our attention, things that we have learned.  He is a faithful helper!  Also the apostle Peter says he has written things down to remind us.  God has given us his written word to faithfully teach and remind us of God’s work for us, and his will and promises to us.  It’s all in “the Book.”

David tells us in Psalm1, that a person is blessed and will be fruitful who delights in the law (word) of God and who meditates in it continually. I think it is so important for Christians to practice this. Give time, consistently, to read and meditate on the Word of God; the Bible.
You may have read it all the way through, been to Bible classes, even taught Bible classes, but going back again and again to the scriptures can and will be a source of continuing strength.  Doing this will remind us again and again of what is important with God.          

Don’t be deceived, there are many things about us that would lead us away from God and his ways.  Stay in prayer, and the scriptures daily (regularly). It will prove a foundation to a fruitful life in Christ.  The Holy Spirit will make it real!