Reminders and Influences

Prepared for Caleb’s Kin at Beacon Baptist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina on April 11, 2013


The challenge for today, with a group which can be identified with high regard, is about who we Remind each other of and the Influences we have on other people. Those two words are the focus (1) Reminders – those who have impacted, changed, enhanced us and (2) Influences – the flowing from us into others as God the Holy Spirit has allowed the waters of His Holiness within each of us as Christians. The realization that is desired to be conveyed today is that no matter where you are in your Christian walk, having NO consideration of your age or any apparent difficulty experienced, we have the ability and responsibility to share Jesus Christ the Saviour with all whom we have the opportunity.

“In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” John 7:37-38 | King James Version

This verse shows us that once we have Believed on Jesus Christ as our Saviour, as the Scripture has said (God’s Word), then everything that we do should flow out of us as unto the Lord.

“For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.” Romans 14:8 | King James Version

Many places in the Word of God there are marked items referring to “unto the Lord/LORD” including:

  • giving thanks (Ezra 3:11)
  • speaking (Genesis 18:27)
  • return (Exodus 5:22)
  • offered (Leviticus 2:1)
  • consecrate (Numbers 6:12)
  • prayed (Deuteronomy 9:26)
  • cleave (Joshua 23:8)
  • sing (Judges 5:3)
  • remember and turn (Psalm 22:27)
  • commit (Proverbs 16:3)

Each of these areas occurred at various stages in the peoples lives throughout the Bible, from the very young to the more Senior Saints, either individually, as a family or as a group of people.

Where We Each Are In Life

Probably the most identifiable recount from the Scriptures for the group in which I find myself speaking in front of, would have to be II Timothy 1:1-18 | KJV, zeroing in on verse five (5). This letter was written by Paul the Apostle to Timothy with a recount of the Faith which was being spoken of having a heritage or lineage from his Grandmother Lois and Mother Eunice. Paul was persuaded of this as he had God’s knowledge of being a great Joy to him personally. Think about it – Ms. Lois and Ms. Eunice have their names written down for all Eternity because of the Influence they had been to and for their Young Timothy.

“When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.” II Timothy 1:5 | King James Version

In this Passage of Scripture we have some other identifying remarks as well (refer to Scripture II Timothy 1:1-18 below)…

  • Paul could not get around as easily as he used to be able.
  • Paul was writing to him, not going to see him himself.
  • Others had to come see Paul on their time.
  • Paul was having to rely on Memory of a time gone by.
  • Paul recalled tough times for Timothy.
  • Paul Encouraged Timothy with Recounts of Successes.

Each one of YOU have an incredible ability to influence those of us that have come behind you – there are younger couples that need to see you, talk to you, be around you. There are teens and even younger kids that need to have the influence of those that have traveled a far piece down the road than they have. YOU are NOT done yet. Philippians 1:7 | KJV

“Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.” Philippians 1:7 | King James Version

Each of you have accounts that we will never have the influence of, but by and through what you share with us. Hebrews 10:31-39 | KJV

Recall | What It Looks Like

Melissa and I have an odd collection of things, of which one includes an “eclectic” set of crystal vases. It started with a simple crystal vase to hold the wedding bouquet of my sweethearts. We keep it in the kitchen cupboard so any fresh flowers can be easily found a home in bringing them in and displayed. They range from fairly simple to very ornate, depending on who they have been gotten for – let me explain. — do keep in mind these have been collected over 19 years of getting them as wedding gifts for others.

Each Vase Has A Story

We started out doing this when we got married, with the following premise:

“Every Good Woman Deserves To Have A Good Piece of Crystal”

Most times, with a couple of exceptions, we have been fortunate enough to purchase two vases – one for the Bride-to-Be and one for Melissa. Let me tell you about a couple of them…

In Closing

Each one of you are by FAR worth more than any “fine china” or “Waterford Crystal” that man’s hands could make, the very Creator of EVER’THING has made you!  Jude 1:1-6 | KJV


Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

Remembrance | REMEM’BRANCE, n.

1. The retaining or having in mind an idea which had been present before, or an idea which had been previously received from an object when present, and which recurs to the mind afterwards without the presence of its object. Technically, remembrance differs from reminiscence and recollection, as the former implies that an idea occurs to the mind spontaneously, or without much mental exertion. The latter imply the power or the act of recalling ideas which do not spontaneously recur to the mind.

The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. Psa 112. | Remembrance is when the same idea recurs, without the operation of the like object on the external sensory.

2. Transmission of a fact from one to another.
3. Account preserved; something to assist the memory.
4. Memorial.
5. A token by which one is kept in the memory.
6. Notice of something absent.
7. Power of remembering; limit of time within which a fact can be remembered; as when we say, an event took place before our remembrance, or since our remembrance.
8. Honorable memory. [Not in use.]
9. Admonition.
10. Memorandum; a note to help the memory.

Grandmother | Once (1) in II Timothy 1:5 | King James Version | “…put thee in remembrance…”

Influence | IN’FLUENCE, n. (to flow)

God hath his influence into the very essence of all things. | It is not followed by on or with.

1. In a general sense, influence denotes power whose operation is invisible and known only by its effects, or a power whose cause and operation are unseen.
2. The power which celestial bodies are supposed to exert on terrestrial; as the influence of the planets on the birth and fortunes of men; an exploded doctrine of astrology.
3. Moral power; power of truth operating on the mind, rational faculties or will, in persuading or dissuading, as the influence of motives, of arguments,or of prayer.
4. Physical power; power that affects natural bodies by unseen operation; as, the rays of the sun have an influence in whitening cloth, and in giving a green color to vegetables.
5. Power acting on sensibility; as the influence of love or pity in sympathy.
6. Spiritual power, or the immediate power of God on the mind; as divine influence; the influences of the Holy Spirit.

Scripture References | Entire Passages

Remembrance | Philippians 1:1-7 | King James Version

“Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you (3), Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.” Philippians 1:1-7 | King James Version

Remembrance | II Timothy 1:1-18 | King James Version

“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day; Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy; When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel: Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us. This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes. The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain: But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me. The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.” II Timothy 1:1-18 | King James Version

Remembrance | Hebrews 10:31-39 | King James Version

It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; (32) Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.  Hebrews 10:31-39 | King James Version

Remembrance | Jude 1:1-6 | King James Version

Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied. Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. (5) And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Jude 1:1-6 | King James Version

Remembrance | Psalm 112:1-10 | King James Version

“Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever. Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion. Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. (5-6) He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies. He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour. The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.” Psalms 112:1-10 | King James Version


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