Who of us hasnt been told to cherish those special moments? Most of us have not only heard something like that, weve given that exact advice. Why? Because unless we make a concerted effort, time will take from us significant memories and moments wed rather not forget. But how often do we hear anyone advise us to remember the troubling parts of our past? Those memories we like to cut loose, allowing them to drift on a sea of forgetfulness. But were about to see that there is a potential danger in that. Of course the Lord removes the sting and power of our past sins, but does He want us to fully forget them?
2 Peter 1:8-15
Increasing vs. lacking
Diligent & practicing
Know them & established
Remind & stir up
How did Peter remind those he was writing to?
What about Peters name?
Why are names important?
Peters encounter in Luke 22.
What about Pauls words in Philippians 3:13?
- Galatians 1:13
- 1 Corinthians 6:11; Colossians 3:7
Remembering our past purification:
Keeps us humble and recognizing our continuing need for the Lord
Keeps us patient with each other
Keeps us compassionate with unbelievers
Remembering also positions us to go where the Lord is calling us:
Builds our faith for the future
Protects us from pride & temptations
Protects us from the enemys tactics
1) Is your tendency to focus too much or too little on your past purification?
2) How often does the enemy try to shame you with your past sins? How do you respond?
3) How does the Lord remind you of your new identity? Are there specific scriptures He uses? Or are there other ways He encourages you?