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Making a Remembrance

And command them: Take 12 stones from this place in the middle of the Jordan where the priests are standing, carry them with you, and set them down at the place where you spend the night.
-Joshua 4:3 (HCSB)

I believe that we need to remember how God delivered us.  I believe we need to take the memory of when God saved us, when God did what looked impossible, and hold it, tell it, and remember it.

God wants us to remember what he does in our lives.  

What this text says is that, when God takes you through what seemed impossible, stop in the middle and pick up a stone.  Pick it up and carry it over to where you will stop to rest, on the other side.

When God does something for you, take note, take the memory of it, and bring it with you to your new resting place.  That is what this verse teaches us.

Why 12 stones?  There were 12 tribes of Israel and one guy from each tribe took a stone.  12 signifies perfection and government or governmental perfection.  12 has to do with rule or ruling.

What or who governs you or rules you?  Disciples are under Christ's rule or government.  People who walk with God have the fruit fruit of the Spirit, which includes self-control, which is the ability to govern themselves, in God.

Heathens, pagans, and those outside of Christ are either a law unto themselves (Rom. 2:14) or slaves (Rom. 6:20, Gal. 4:8).  God sets us free from slavery and teaches us to live as children (1 Jn. 3).

We, in the kingdom, need to be living in God's government.  Again the question is, "does God rule you?"  Taking up the stone or memory, when God does something monumental in your life, crossing you over and into a new life, reminds you of God's rule.

The way in is the way on.  What and who got you saved, Christ, keeps you saved and brings you into your destiny and inheritance.  The cross is where he paid for your salvation.  He brings you and me out of sin and into life.

When God brings us through the impossible or through the seemingly insurmountable. we need to receive his rule and take up and walk with a memory and then put that rule and that memory in our place of rest, to always remember who rules.

Some of us who are older and have been ruled by God already have these memorials in our lives that we need to remember and share as testimonies of God's acts in our lives that demonstrate his rule.

The same author who wrote the, "God has a plan for your life", verse (Jer. 29:11) also wrote a whole book of depressed poetry called Lamentations.  When he was at another low point of despair, he said, "yet, I call this to mind and therefore I hope - because of the Lord's faithful love we do not perish, for his mercies never end.  They are new every morning.  Great is Your faithfulness.  I say: the Lord is my portion.  Therefore I put my hope in him." (Lam. 3:21-24).

Jeremiah had the stones of memorial in his life that reminded him of God's rule.  He was very depressed, yet believed.  Read all of Lamentations 3.  Depression, sadness, and disappointment are not sin.  You can have those, YET turn your heart to remembering God and his faithfulness.


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