As my cell phone buzzes I glance over to see what it has to say–and a smile comes to my face. A note I’ve written to myself flashes on the display. You see, I’m trying to establish a new habit in my life, and I’ve programmed my phone to get my attention at the same time every day.
I want to remember my commitment because I’m eager to see the results this daily action will produce. But without the reminder I may get too busy with my regular routines and miss out on what I really want to do.
In 2 Peter 1:12-15 the Apostle Peter talked about the importance of reminders for our spiritual life. He had been teaching his readers about the rich and wonderful promises of God and how these promises allow us to participate in God’s divine nature.
The Bible is full of promises for Christians! Here are just a few of them:
- God promises to love us unconditionally–forever.
- He promises to forgive our sin and clothe us with the righteousness of Jesus.
- He promises to be with us and hold us up when we stumble.
- He promises to work in the circumstances around us for our good–to mold us into the image of His Son.
- He promises the Holy Spirit will come to live right inside us when we accept Christ as Savior.
- He promises to bring us safely to Heaven to live with Him forever.
In 2 Peter 1:3 Peter makes a sweeping promise, stating it as a fact:
“As we know Jesus better, His divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life.” NLT
That pretty much covers it, right!? Everything we need!
Further on in the same chapter (after a lesson about the necessity for continued growth) Peter shares his intention to keep reminding the Christians of these things, even though it wasn’t new information to them.
“I plan to keep on reminding you of these things–even though you already know them and are standing firm in the truth. Yes, I believe I should keep on reminding you of these things as long as I live.” 2 Peter 1:12-13 (NLT)
It’s like my cell phone reminder and the new habit I’m working on. Unless we make an intentional effort to remember, we tend to get distracted with the busyness of life and forget to walk in the wonderful promises God holds out to us.
If we don’t bring them to mind on a regular basis it doesn’t take long before life begins to wear us down.
What promises do you need to be reminded of today? What are you doing to bring them to your attention today? And tomorrow? And next week?
We all need an ongoing plan for renewal and refreshment and remembering.
LIFT Events can be an important part of such a plan. Like Peter, the LIFT Team (along with guest speakers and presenters) will continue to talk about God’s rich and wonderful promises and also give us tools for growth and leadership.
At every LIFT meeting there will be reminders of truths we already know. Sometimes they will be familiar and comforting. And other times they may be presented in a new way–or from a different perspective that challenges us to continued growth and inspires us to increased faith.
Although each event is different, some things are present every time. You’ll find sweet fellowship, kindred spirits, wisdom shared, and vision renewed. God will be honored, hearts will be lifted, and courage restored.
Our next LIFT event will be Friday, September 11. Between now and then we’ll all be busy with summer plans, vacations, family, church responsibilities, and the many other things that make up our lives. We’ll have times when we’re overloaded and uncomfortable in the heat. And times to count our blessings and rejoice.
By the time September rolls around we’ll be ready for a reminder. I hope you’ll mark your calendar now and decide to join us on September 11. (We’ll have more information for you as the time comes closer.)
In the meantime we will be praying for you, thinking about you, and listening for God’s direction in how best to encourage you and remind you of the sweet and precious promises He holds out to each one of us.
My cell phone is buzzing again–it’s time to pull out my gratitude journal and continue my new habit of focusing on and recording the list of blessings God pours out upon me each day. Today’s first entry will be the wonderful relationships I’ve found in our LIFT family.
Many blessings for an amazing Arizona summer,