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Memory is a Powerful Tool

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  1. Memory is a Powerful Tool • In our hearts we are able to store the information learned in this life.

  2. Memory is a Powerful Tool • In our hearts we are able to store the information learned in this life. • The best thing we can remember is God's word. (2 Pt 1:12-15)

  3. Memory is a Powerful Tool • (2 Peter 1:12-15 NKJV) “For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth. {13} Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you, {14} knowing that shortly I must put off my tent, just as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me.

  4. Memory is a Powerful Tool • {15} Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease.”

  5. Memory is a Powerful Tool • We must work to remember! (Ps 119:11)

  6. Memory is a Powerful Tool • (Psalms 119:11 NKJV) “Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You!”

  7. Memory is a Powerful Tool • How many time have we said with a red face "I forgot?“

  8. Memory is a Powerful Tool • Many times it is funny. (Ex. Bleated birthday cards)

  9. Memory is a Powerful Tool • Many times it is funny. (Ex. Bleated birthday cards) • Sometimes it is tragic. (Ex. Delta Flight forgot to set up flaps)

  10. Memory is a Powerful Tool • Many times it is funny. (Ex. Bleated birthday cards) • Sometimes it is tragic. (Ex. Delta Flight forgot to set up flaps) • Israel forgot God. (Psa 78:33-35)

  11. Memory is a Powerful Tool • (Psalms 78:33-35 NKJV) “Therefore their days He consumed in futility, And their years in fear. {34} When He slew them, then they sought Him; And they returned and sought earnestly for God. {35} Then they remembered that God was their rock, And the Most High God their Redeemer.”

  12. Memory is a Powerful Tool • There is a great strength in remembering the words and examples of a beloved one.

  13. Memory is a Powerful Tool • How many have their parents voices and example within their hearts?

  14. Memory is a Powerful Tool • How many have their parents voices and example within their hearts? • Here is where men and nations can be moved to great accomplishments. (Ex. Remember - "the Alamo", "Pearl Harbor.")

  15. Memory is a Powerful Tool • How many have their parents voices and example within their hearts? • Here is where men and nations can be moved to great accomplishments. (Ex. Remember - "the Alamo", "Pearl Harbor.") • If Jesus is beloved to you, consider what the memory of His life can do!

  16. The Potential of a Beloved Memory • A memory can renew our love. (1 Jn 4:19)

  17. The Potential of a Beloved Memory • (1 John 4:19 NKJV) “We love Him because He first loved us.”

  18. The Potential of a Beloved Memory • Why do couples take time to remember anniversaries?

  19. The Potential of a Beloved Memory • Why do couples take time to remember anniversaries? • God knows that His love can transform our lives. (2 Cor 5:14-15)

  20. The Potential of a Beloved Memory • (2 Corinthians 5:14-15 NKJV) “For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; {15} and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.”

  21. The Potential of a Beloved Memory • We must however choose to remember! This is a major element of our worship.

  22. The Potential of a Beloved Memory • We must however choose to remember! This is a major element of our worship. • A memory can teach by example. (1 Cor 11:1)

  23. The Potential of a Beloved Memory • (1 Corinthians 11:1 NKJV) “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.”

  24. The Potential of a Beloved Memory • Seeing the word applied gives wisdom to those seeking to serve God.

  25. The Potential of a Beloved Memory • Seeing the word applied gives wisdom to those seeking to serve God. • How many things do you do and say because of what your parents did?

  26. The Potential of a Beloved Memory • Seeing the word applied gives wisdom to those seeking to serve God. • How many things do you do and say because of what your parents did? • A memory can mold character. (Phil 1:12-14)

  27. The Potential of a Beloved Memory • (Philippians 1:12-14 NKJV) “But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, {13} so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; {14} and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.”

  28. The Potential of a Beloved Memory • Some of my fondest memories of my parents are those of hardship!

  29. The Potential of a Beloved Memory • Some of my fondest memories of my parents are those of hardship! • Knowing that others have endured helps me to stand with courage. (Heb 12:1-2)

  30. The Potential of a Beloved Memory • (Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV) “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

  31. The Potential of a Beloved Memory • {2} looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

  32. The Power of the Memory of Jesus Christ • Jesus wants us to remember him.

  33. The Power of the Memory of Jesus Christ • Jesus wants us to remember him. • He sent the Holy Spirit for this purpose. (John 14:26)

  34. The Power of the Memory of Jesus Christ • (John 14:26 NKJV) “”But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”

  35. The Power of the Memory of Jesus Christ • Jesus specified how we are to remember him. (Lk 22:19)

  36. The Power of the Memory of Jesus Christ • (Luke 22:19 NKJV) “And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.””

  37. The Power of the Memory of Jesus Christ • These memories are powerful if we love and trust Him.

  38. The Power of the Memory of Jesus Christ • These memories are powerful if we love and trust Him. • We need to remember Jesus during temptation.

  39. The Power of the Memory of Jesus Christ • We can know we are not alone. (Heb 4:14-16)

  40. The Power of the Memory of Jesus Christ • (Hebrews 4:14-16 NKJV) “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. {15} For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

  41. The Power of the Memory of Jesus Christ • {16} Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

  42. The Power of the Memory of Jesus Christ • If only we could see the cross every time we thought of quitting, striking back, compromising or becoming indifferent!

  43. The Power of the Memory of Jesus Christ • If only we could see the cross every time we thought of quitting, striking back, compromising or becoming indifferent! • Remembering Jesus will shut down our "pity party." (Jn 15:20-21; Heb 12:3)

  44. The Power of the Memory of Jesus Christ • (John 15:20-21 NKJV) “”Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. {21} “But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.”

  45. The Power of the Memory of Jesus Christ • (Hebrews 12:3 NKJV) “For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.”

  46. The Power of the Memory of Jesus Christ • We need to remember Jesus to find repentance. (2 Cor 7:10)

  47. The Power of the Memory of Jesus Christ • (2 Corinthians 7:10 NKJV) “For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.”

  48. The Power of the Memory of Jesus Christ • What did Peter both see and remember? (Mk 14:72; Lk 22:61-62)

  49. The Power of the Memory of Jesus Christ • (Mark 14:72 NKJV) “A second time the rooster crowed. Then Peter called to mind the word that Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” And when he thought about it, he wept.”

  50. The Power of the Memory of Jesus Christ • (Luke 22:61-62 NKJV) “And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” {62} So Peter went out and wept bitterly.”