Remembrance- “Our Way Forward To Destiny”(Rev. 2:1-7)
I am sharing this, because this is a very powerful and emotional time of the year for me. During this time I am always drawn to deep reflection on sacrifice. I am truly grateful for those heroes who have given their lives in service on behalf of freedom (destiny) for the American people and humanity.
I also know that there has been no greater and higher sacrifice and offering of life than that of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Jn. 15:13; Rom. 5:10). My reflection for the next couple of days will be from my 2018 sermon series and notes concerning how we are to remember our first love, and our first encounters with our Lord, and from there allow God to launch us deeper and further into divine destiny with Him.
Pieces of 2018 Notes:
Memorial Day (Decoration Day)
“observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. … Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.”
Decoration Day “By proclamation of General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, the first major Memorial Day Observance is held to honor those who died “in defense of their country during the late rebellion.” Known to some as “Decoration Day,”• Roughly 620,000 Americans died in the Civil War (deadliest war in American History) versus 644,000 in all other conflicts • Red poppies are known as a symbol of “remembrance” and it’s tradition to wear them to honor those who died in war. • President Bill Clinton signed the National Moment of Remembrance Act on Dec. 28, 2000, designating 3 p.mlocal time on Memorial Day as a National Moment of Remembrance. (“A Unified Pause for 1 minute your local 3pm time) (USA Today)
I am grateful for all our military men & women whom have been willing to stand in the gap for our freedoms. I thank God for them. We also give thanks for those whom served, and are yet alive, and may be suffering in some emotional, mental, or physical way. We pray Father that you help them and heal them and their families. We also pray for those serving now that they may know you and your salvation, mercy, and protection.
“REMEMBRANCE” A Renewed Focus Going Forward
• The Remembrance, and the Object of our reflection and thoughts not only for this morning but always, must be Christ Jesus!!!! Some might think this (always) is too radical, because they think it’s not rational because of the busyness of life. I think opposite I’m finding more and more that I can’t function the way I need to unless He is on my mind!
• On the other hand saying the focus must be on Christ Jesus is too simple, because it should be the obvious.
• But it seems in what God has been intimately showing me, and through the scriptures that His people often have a memory lapse or a lack of knowledge concerning what His Son accomplished at Calvary. Our symbol is the Red Blood Stained Cross!!!
INTRO TEXT (2 Peter 1)
“1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: 2 grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3 according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: 11 for so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”
12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.
13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; 14 knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. 15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.
Jesus is the only one that died for more people that ever lived. He died for those in the past the present, and for those yet to be born. He gave His life for people of all races, color, and class. He shed His blood for all humanity. I believe in our mission, vision and callings, if we are going to lunge forward in our Kingdom work we need to start taking a daily pause of reflecting on the very foundation of our faith like never before.
I believe God is already doing a new thing. I believe He has a remnant in His kingdom that can sense it and are experiencing it right now. Praise and thanks be to God that He is trying to get the Body of Christ, His Universal Church in line and in unity with what the Holy Spirit is doing. Sometimes in order to get to that point we have to strip back down to the foundation and allow God to put us in “REMEMBRANCE”.
*ASSIGNMENT (COLOSSIANS 1-2 OVER AGAIN THIS WEEK—ASK GOD TO REVEAL JESUS TO YOU LIKE NEVER BEFORE)
*INTERACTION— “God is doing a new thing” through the same Jesus that does not change, and is the same, yesterday, today, and forever!
“8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace…” -Hebrews 13:8-9
Hebrews 13:20-21 (TPT)
Apostolic Blessing and Conclusion
“20 Now may the God who brought us peace by raising from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ so that he would be the Great Shepherd of his flock; and by the power of the blood of the eternal covenant 21 may he work perfection into every part of you giving you all that you need to fulfill your destiny. And may he express through you all that is excellent and pleasing[a] to him through your life-union with Jesus the Anointed One who is to receive all glory forever! Amen! Read full chapter”
We truly honor your prayers!!!!
Timothy S. Lewis
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