Memory stones - which ones are you setting up in your life?
Joshua 4:5-7 NIV
and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, (6) to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ (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 to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.”
A.What to do with bad memories
1.Bring to Jesus (This is why I’m still a believer after 41yrs)
1 Peter 5:7 NIV
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
2.Think deeply and decide "They don’t define us. We define them!"
3.Make the right decisions to forgive and bless
B.Keep the good memories alive
1.Think on these things
Philippians 4:8 NIV
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
2.Be thankful, stay thankful
1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 NIV
Pray continually, (18) give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
3.Build your life and witness on them (Others are watching)
Psalm 78:5-7 NIV
He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children, (6) so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. (7) Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.
John 19:25-27 NIV
Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. (26) When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” (27) and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
John 20:3-8 NIV
So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. (4) Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. (5) He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. (6) Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, (7) as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. (8) Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed.