What memories do we concentrate on?
Memories and pictures carry with them emotions as fresh as the day they happened. So they can take us on an emotional journey regardless of the time they happened.
Joshua 4 (NIV)
When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, 2 “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, 3 and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from right where the priests are standing, and carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.”4 So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, 5 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.”8 So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, as the Lord had told Joshua; and they carried them over with them to their camp, where they put them down.
In the miraculous moment God tells them to take something from the middle of the miracle and carry it with them.
What miraculous event has God done in your life?
If you have asked Jesus to be your saviour then the miracle that has happened in your life is:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things have past away behold all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
What have you taken from this miracle to set you up today and to keep as a monument a reminder of the miracle?
Back to Joshua 4
20 And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. 21 He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 22 tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.”
Joshua built the monument himself….
God didn’t build it.
It is for us to take the memories of the miracle and to set them before us as a constant reminder of how great God is and what He can do in our lives.
God does the miracle but we need to make good choices about our memories.
We have a choice like the Israelites to remember defeat or victory either:
1. the 40 years in the wilderness, or
2. the crossing of the Jordan into the Promised land.
Any memory not built to glorify God and what He has done will only bring defeat.
We need to tear down the memories that don’t align with the Word of God and the miracles He has done in our lives.
2 Corinthians 10:5-6 The Message
“The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.”
These verses are very powerful for us to remind ourselves that we need to take authority over the past and it’s memories and to concentrate on what god ahs done, not the defeats or guilt.
What memories have we set as monuments?
Do we need to demolish them, clear the ground ready to rebuild our lives in Christ?
Romans 8:1-2 New International Reader’s Version
“1 Those who belong to Christ Jesus are no longer under God’s sentence. 2 I am now controlled by the law of the Holy Spirit. That law gives me life because of what Christ Jesus has done. It has set me free from the law of sin that brings death.”
God has given us His word that he will help us with our past:
Psalm 147:3 New International Reader’s Version (NIRV)
3 He heals those who have broken hearts. He takes care of their wounds.
Also He has given us the tools to live in it:
2 Corinthians 10:5 New International Version (NIV)
“5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. ”
Today we can make the decision that our past will not dictate our future. We can choose to set up new memories out of the miracles God has done in our lives to remember and to look upon instead of the defeats of the past. We can choose to live in the truth of the Word of God and not in the lies of the past.
Today it is our choice!
what are we allowing from our past to shape our future?