Rehearsing the Word

SCRIPTURE:  “….I have tried to stimulate your wholesome thinking and refresh your memory.” 2 Peter 3:1 (NLT)
     It  is an indispensable and divine privilege to daily rehearse in our heart what we know to be true of our Lord.  Its necessity is driven home by the Scriptures’ frequent use of the word “remember” or “remembrance.” Have you noticed, however,  that we often remember what we should  forget and forget what we ought to remember? It’s kind of similar to the Apostle Paul’s dilemma in Romans 7:15—I do what I don’t want to do, and what I ought to do, that I don’t do!

     Our Lord would have us to remember those things which edify rather than tear us down, (or that tear others down).  Notice the calls to remember in Scripture and consider their divine purpose.  Paul’s  reminder to Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:6 is self-evident: he urged him to “kindle afresh” the gift of God in him wherefore he’d laid hands on him.  God is pleased when we obediently use our gifts to benefit others in the body.  In Titus 3:1 Christ followers are reminded to “be subject to rulers, to authorities…to be ready for every good deed.”  We see in Second Peter 1:12 where the apostle affirms his ever-readiness to remind his readers of all that they possess in Christ—everything pertinent to life and godliness through the TRUE knowledge of Him, His precious promises!  Peter shares with us in 2 Peter 1:5-7 the DYNAMIC nature attached to being a Christ follower, and that there are specific qualities that we MUST add to our faith in order to GROW in it!  Yes, the Spirit reminds us through Peter to stir up the pursuit of godliness!

     Beloved brothers and sisters, we don’t want to be deemed useless or unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord and Savior, do we?  He says we shall all stand before Him on an appointed day to give an account for what we’ve done while in these temporal bodies!  Let’s fully  embrace that day, confident in Jesus that we ran a good race!  We want to hear His ’Well done, you good and faithful servant!’  Let’s recommit to remembering as much as we can of all He has said to us through daily “rehearsals” in our quiet times.

 PRAYER:  Dear Father, thank You for giving us so many reminders in Your Word of what our purposes are in this world—a world so desperately in need of what Christ gave Himself to provide—"strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.”  Amen.
By Denise Diggs

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