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Summary: 6 of 11. Joshua had twelve stones removed from the Jordan River as a memorial to the crossing. Memorials or Spiritual Reminders hold a great deal of significance to God’s people. But what is significant about them? Mere Stones can transport us to...

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MERE STONES/Reminders-VI—Joshua 4:1-24

Reminder/Recall/Memorial/Symbol/Post-it notes/String on finger

Attention:

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On Valentine’s Day there is a beating heart &/or cupids to remind watchers that Valentine’s Day is approaching. We are reminded to pay special attention to those we love the most.

Seemingly insignificant Reminders can make all the difference in a person’s life!

And those reminders can make all the difference & bring about grand things in your Christian life too!

Joshua had twelve stones removed from the Jordan River as a memorial to the crossing.

Memorials or Spiritual Reminders hold a great deal of significance to God’s people.

What are some things that are significant about spiritual reminders?

The potential of spiritual reminders.

We’ve found previously that Mere Stones/Reminders can transport us to a Position of...

1. UNIQUE ACCOMPLISHMENT(:1-3a, 5b)

2. BLESSING(:3)

3. IMMINENT DANGER(:4-5)

4. RESPONSIBILITY(:5)

5. INFLUENCE(:6)

6. REFLECTION(:7-9)

7. COMPLETION/End(:10-11)

8—Mere Stones/Reminders can transport us To a Position of...

OPPORTUNITY(:10b)

Explanation:(:10b)Trust

:10b—“And the people hurried & crossed;...”

God’s people, Israel, had open opportunity to be His people in the land He had promised & is now giving them.

The people “hurried” to cross the Jordan. Were they afraid of being the last ones in the path of the returning water? They may have been anxious to enter the next phase of their journey with God.

Whether they were eager to serve God or themselves is not stated. My suspicion is that it was a little of both, given that at the end of the Conquest(24:14-15), Joshua called the people to choose whom they would serve—either gods(foreign/empty/powerless) or YHWH(known/overflowing/powerful).

Christians are Positive Opportunists...To share as they are given opportunity.

Anxiety can come with Completion(:10-11) of any task. It means that another anticipated but sometimes unanticipated phase is about to be entered. And that next phase requires change! It requires your looking at that change as an Opportunity.

We must go where & when God wants us...courageously & gladly....Bearing the Good News in Jesus both in the church & to every place on the planet.

We have to trust the One holding the water back. Yet NOT trust that He will ‘hold the water back’ specifically FOR US(our desire—that we might want it held back for our agenda)!

Ps. 31:15—“My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies, And from those who persecute me.”

Rev. 19:4-5—“And the twenty-four elders & the four living creatures fell down & worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, “Amen! Alleluia!” Then a voice came from the throne, saying, “Praise our God, all you His servants & those who fear Him, both small & great!”

Revelation details the 7-yr. period of man’s final rule.

We can follow the crowd who is trusting...

...the crowd ‘can’ be an example of ‘rightly placed’ trust, BUT they can also be examples of ‘misplaced’ trust. Therefore ‘following the crowd’ is always secondary to personal trust.


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