A Walk Down Memory Lane by Steve Wagers

A Walk Down Memory Lane
Steve Wagers
Isaiah 51:1

According to Karen Bolla, a Johns Hopkins researcher. These are the things people most often forget:

Names 83%
Where something is 60%
Telephone numbers 57%
Words. 53%
What was said 49%
Faces 42%

And if you can't remember what you just did, you join 38 percent of the population.

There ought to be one thing that you have no problem remembering, and that is the day God saved you by His marvelous grace.

F. E. Marsh described what the Christian can see when he looks back he can see:

The deliverances God has wrought.
The way God has led
The blessings God has bestowed
The victories God has won
The encouragements God has given.
The salvation God has accomplished.
I want us to take a walk down memory lane from Isaiah 51: 1.

1. The CONTEMPLATION that is DEMANDED!

The verse calls for:

A) INSPECTION

"Hearken unto me, ye that follow righteousness, ye that seek the Lord."

We are take personal inventory and inspect our lives. Are we:

RESPONSIVE to God
"Hearken"-Heb. Shama
"To listen, give attention to"

When God speaks:
Do we hear Him?
Do we heed Him?

RIGHTEOUS before God
"Follow:" Military term
The pursuit of an enemy to overtake and defeat.

The things of God should be the priority, the passion, and the pursuit of our lives.
We should be RUNNING AFTER GOD!

REACHING after God
"Seek:" Heb. Baqash
"To consult"

We are to consult God, seek God, and look for God.

B) RETROSPECTION

Look: Heb. Nabat
Idea is of looking back

[v. 2] "Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you."

1st—Look within
2nd—Look back

Looking back is both condemned and complimented in Bible.

[Phil. 3: 13]
"Forgetting those things which are behind, reaching forth unto those things which are before."

God, through Isaiah, wants us to look back in appreciation of what God has done for us.

We are to recall, remember and reflect upon where God ...


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