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Memorial Stones
Anonymous - March 27, 2015
Devotional

Memorial Stones Joshua 4:7 "And these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel forever." Music has been said to be an art form that speaks directly to the soul. Music talks to us in a way that triggers emotions we didn't even know we had. The other day there was a song on the radio that brought tears to my eyes. The lyrics spoke of a time in the artist's life that he was not proud of, but it was a tribute to Who helped him in this period of time. The artist sang, "I’ve opened more bottles than I have my Bible" followed by, "I’m lost somewhere between Jack Daniels and Jesus." The tears in my eyes became overwhelming because they were a glimpse into what God has done in my life and what Jesus has saved me from. This became a great time of rejoicing as I saw the blessings that came from following Jesus Christ and living for Him. There are some in the church body that feel this is a bad practice. I have been told many times that focusing on my past is like driving while continuously looking in the rearview mirror; unsafe. That makes sense and it is not healthy to dwell on the past or on what we used to be a prisoner to. The school of thought that makes more sense to me is when we glance back simply to remind ourselves of what God has done in our hearts and how amazing He is! Although this is how I feel, that does not mean we are to dwell for long periods of time on our old sins. Just like Joshua and the Israelites we need to set those stones as a memorial to God's grace and sufficiency. As a mere warning we should not reside where those stones are as it could result in drowning us in the river that this memorial was placed in. Take a quick glimpse into what Jesus has done in your life and lift up your praises to Him! Remind yourself of everything you have and everything you are because of how He helped you escape from the impossible and saved you from yourself! Want to find out more about what it means to have a personal relationship with God? You can read more about God’s Plan of Redemption or contact the ministry team with any questions.