Remind Me Again – Why Am I Doing This?

1775 map showing the area northwest of Alexandria

1775 map showing the area northwest of Alexandria (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Remind Me Again – Why Am I Doing This?

 We need reminders in our lives; such as alarm clocks, calendars, notices in the mail telling us that it is time to pay up, signs for safety, it is time to eat and our duty to God.

 If we are not reminded then it is easy to let our responsibilities go and allow our lives to be unproductive. 

 Joshua 18:2And there remained among the children of Israel seven tribes, which had not yet received their inheritance. 3And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, How long are ye slack to go to possess the land, which the LORD God of your fathers hath given you? kjv

 God has given us an abundant life, if we learn to live in the spiritual realm. However; because of  free will, we think we have a choice whether to live for God or not and get away with it. It it true that we have a choice – choice reveals the condition of our heart toward God. It does take a willing heart to see some good come from our obedience to God.

 The scripture tells us, if we are willing and obedient then we shall eat off the fat of the land. (Is 1:19) What God says is, if you are willing and obedient to God’s wishes then you will be blessed with the abundance of your surroundings and you will enjoy a purpose-filled life.  

 If we are not reminded of our responsibilities then we can let things go without noticing.

 Just think of your bills. If you do not get the reminder in the mail that it is due then you will over look it and not pay it until it is overwhelming. Many take on the attitude of “it is my life just leave me alone” or “don’t worry I will take care of that” not realizing that we need the reminders.

 God gave us a road map just like He did with Joshua and Israel. He told them to get rid of the things that would influence them and draw them away from God. They procrastinated and Joshua now an old man gathered them and reminded them of their responsibility. It was to have a good environment to raise their families and to be blessed as a people. Sometimes people just let things go like the Israelites did.

 Some people have no sense of time and have to be continually reminded about it. A person like this gets caught up in the moment then the rest of the day has no meaning. That can be especially challenging if you travel with such a person. There are schedules to meet and places to see before the day is out. These are all reminders.

 This week, I received a call from the dentist’s office reminding me that I had an appointment for cleaning. Why would they start such a policy?  

 Peter assures his audience that it is beneficial for him to remind them of the truths of God.

 2 Peter 3:1 Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. 2 I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.

 We tend to procrastinate on the things that can have the most benefit in our lives.

 This is why it is important to have a person that can keep you on track in your life.

 What methods do you have that enable you in your service to God?                                What reminders do you have that keep you pursuing an abundant life?                       Who are the people who encourage you the most and challenge you?

 Hebrews 10: 23Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

 Written by Lupe Diaz – Pastor 4/15/12 Grace Chapel Benson – Devotionals

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