Summary: A good memory can keep us from sin and close to the Lord.
1. REMEMBER THE PROPHETS Vs. 1-2
A. Keep Us From Sin - Psalms 119:11 (KJV)
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
B. Bring Joy to Our Hearts Jeremiah 15:16 (KJV)
Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.
C. Teach us How to Live Colossians 3:16 (KJV)
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
2. REMEMBER THE PEOPLE Vs. 3-7
1. People who teach false doctrine
a. Twist & turn to suit their fancy
b. More unbiblical teaching than ever beforfe
2. People who ridicule or belittle
a. New Generation of Preachers
no sin, no Savior & no Salvation
2 Timothy 4:3 (KJV)
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
B. Sensualists “walking after their own lusts”
1. Galatians 5:19-21 (KJV)
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft (drugs), hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions (divisions), heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
C. Self Deluded “willfully ignorant”
1. Heard the truth – know the truth – chosen to ignore
3. REMEMBER THE PERIL “the day of judgment”
A. Its Reality
1. Tower of Babel – Noah’s Flood – Egypt’s Plagues
Sodom’s Fire – Jesus’ Death on Calvary!!
2. Romans 8:19-22 (KJV)
For the earnest expectation of the creature waits for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now.
3. Cyclones Myanmar; Earthquakes in China; fires in Calif.
Tornadoes in Ok (8 touched down yesterday)
4. Gas $4; milk $4 – wonder has cost of beer gone up?
B. Its Reasonableness
1. God’s Holiness can’t ignore sin!!!
4. REMEMBER THE PURPOSE Vs. 8-9
A. Delay vs. 8
1. Time Is Irrelevant to God
a. Only purpose of time is to measure decay
2. Time is In God’s Control
a. nothing can nor does it happen w/o His knowledge
3. Rev. 10:6 – “there shall be time no longer
B. Deliverance vs. 9
1. Ezekiel 18:23 (MSG)
Do you think I take any pleasure in the death of wicked men and women? Isn’t it my pleasure that they turn around, no longer living wrong but living right—really living?
5. REMEMBER THE PROMISE v. 10
A. Personal Return
1. Jesus said John 14:3 (KJV)
I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there You may be also.
2. Angels said Acts 1:11 (KJV)
this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as You have seen him go into heaven.
3. Last Promise in the Bible Revelation 22:20 (KJV)
He which testifies these things says, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
B. Private Return
1. Only those who are His will see Him
2. Matthew 24:40-41 (KJV)
Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
1 Corinthians 15:51-52 (KJV)
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
C. Powerful Return
D. Perilous Return
6. REMBER YOUR PASSION v. 11-18
‘what manner of persons ought you to be?’
1. The Way We Live ought to point to Jesus
a. devotion – love 7 honor of God is 1st priority
b. doing – walk matches talk
c. duplication – plural word;
Matthew 5:13-16 (KJV)
You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on