A Comment Worth Remembering

Something Jeff Hogan said years ago has stuck with me. The sermon that day was on some specific sin. Jeff commented that if we don’t preach on things like that, the members will think it’s OK to do them. He was right!

Reminded

From time to time we need to be reminded of what we already know (Philippians 3:1; 2 Peter 1:12). Perhaps since the last time we heard a sermon on the sin of greed, for example, we have become enmeshed in material pursuits (Matthew 13:22; 1 John 2:15-17). A pointed sermon can serve as a needed wake-up call.

Informed

Or perhaps we might not have even realized that a certain activity is sinful. If so, what we need is not a reminder—since we never knew it was wrong in the first place. Instead we need to be informed.

Convicted

Even more, we need to be deeply convicted so we can repent and do better. For example, if we have never been taught it is wrong to use pornography or have sex before marriage or have an abortion or use illicit drugs or cheat on tests or use profanity, etc., then a timely lesson on the subject can educate us in a hurry! That is, if we want the truth.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Just two verses later Paul says, “. . . preach the word…reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction . . .” (2 Timothy 4:2).

Jeff’s comment was right on target. If we are to learn how God’s wants us to live, and if we are to receive the periodic reminders we need, then true-to-the-Bible preaching must always be a vital part of our lives.

That’s how God designed it.

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Now Don’t Forget!

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Misplacing the car keys is a nuisance. Forgetting an appointment can be costly.

But what can compare with forgetting God?

Peril

It happens when we receive blessing upon blessing, but forget to thank Him.

“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits . . . who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; who satisfies your years with good things . . .” (Psalm 103:2-5).

It happens when we worry ourselves sick and forget to pray.

It happens when we get our priorities turned upside down—devoting our energies to what cannot last.

Prevention

How we need reminders! Reading Scripture helps bring great truths back to the forefront where they belong.

“Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God . . .” (Deuteronomy 8:11).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Reminders

Occasionally, a dead bird on the ground calls to mind what Jesus said about how God sees when a sparrow falls, yet He values us far more than many sparrows (Matthew 10:29-31).

Isn’t it fascinating that God uses something small like a dead bird to remind us of His great love?

God uses big things too. Not long ago a faint but beautiful rainbow arched across the eastern sky–reminding us of God’s promise never again to destroy the world by flood (Genesis 9:11-17).

God uses reminders to bring His truths to the surface, renewing our faith. How we need these—and often!

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