By Series - Memorial Day 2016

Memorial Day 2016

Friday

June 3, 2016

Time to Roll

Read

“On the tenth day of the first month the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho. And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan.” Joshua 4:19-20  

Think

Every memorial stands as a reminder of something powerful that has happened. In today’s Scripture, Joshua built a reminder of what God had done for the Israelites. But there’s more to this memorial than that. The word “Gilgal” means “to roll away old defeat.” In other words, this is a reminder of the victory God had given. That word picture brings to mind the ultimate memorials—the cross and the empty tomb. God has rolled away your old defeat and given you ultimate victory in Jesus Christ. And now, God says, ‘It’s time to roll into the future!’  

Pray

Thank God for the work He did in constructing the ultimate memorial. Thank Him for rolling away your defeats and giving you victory through Christ!  

Act

Read about the ultimate victory that you have been given in 1 Corinthians 15:54-58.  

 

Thursday

June 2, 2016

Tangible Reminders

Read

“These stones are a permanent memorial for the People of Israel.'" Joshua 4:7

Think

When something significant happens in in our lives, we have a desire to remember it. It’s the reason we take vacation photos or write letters to loved ones. We want to have something tangible that ties us to our past. Why? Because we want to appreciate what has happened. That desire to appreciate our past is given to us by God. He wants us to be thankful and thoughtful about what has happened in our lives, because it’s helps us in sharing our story. What do you have today that reminds you of the past and helps you communicate to others in the future?

Pray

Take this time to thank God for one thing that He has done in your life. Let Him know that you appreciate the fact that He has blessed you.

Act

To fully understand the memorial mentioned in today’s Scripture and the significance it had for future generations, read Joshua 3-4.

Wednesday

June 1, 2016

Helping Others Remember

Read

“He said to the Israelites, ‘In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them … the Lord your God did to the Jordan just what He had done to the Red Sea when He dried it up before us until we had crossed over.” Joshua 4:21-23

Think

Every memorial we have triggers our memory. But that’s not the only purpose of memorials in our lives. Another purpose is to give us something to point others to. When God does something in our lives, He wants us to tell others about it. We can’t keep it to ourselves.

Pray

Ask God to help you build memorials in your life and for the opportunities to share what those memorials mean.

Act

Whether you draw it, write it, paint it, sing it; however you can do it, construct a memorial that reminds you of when you met Jesus. Then, post it to your Facebook wall and pray for it to open a conversation with someone about what it means.

 

Tuesday

May 31, 2016

Remember to Move Forward

Read

“From right here, the middle of the Jordan where the feet of the priests are standing firm, take twelve stones. Carry them across with you and set them down in the place where you camp tonight.” Joshua 4:2-3

Think

Memorials are important. Some are widely known, while others are more personal. No matter what the memorials are, they serve as reminders that point us to important events, places, and even people in our lives.

When we build memorials, we gain perspective on what has happened in the past. Not only that, we also establish a great foundation for the future. What memorials have you built in your life to help you remember the past? How do they help propel you into tomorrow?

Pray

Focus on what God has brought you through and what He has done in your past. Pray for wisdom and discernment so those memories can help propel you into the future.

Act

One way to build a memorial is to write down in a journal what God has done for you each day. Over time, you’ll see a strong foundation of God’s hand that helps you get the most out of every day ahead!

Monday

May 30, 2016

Memorial Day

Read

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

Think

REMEMBER

Memorial Day is a time to remember those men and women who have sacrificed on our behalf. And it’s a time to reflect on the gift of freedom that their sacrifice has provided. But theirs isn’t the only sacrifice made for us.

The greatest sacrifice ever made on your behalf was made by Jesus Christ. He gave himself up willingly so that each of us could experience the ultimate freedom—forgiveness of our past and future sin, as well as eternal life with Him in Heaven. Have you accepted the gift that sacrifice provided? Have you shared that gift with others?

Pray

Read John 3:16. Thank God for the ultimate freedom you have through Jesus Christ. And ask God to bless those men and women who have sacrificed for our freedom here in America.

Act

Take your gratitude for the military one step further. Look for ways to get involved in helping the families and loved ones of soldiers.