Memorizing 272 Words

He scribbled 272 words on a piece of paper. He was sick and very tired due to unbelievable work pressure and smallpox. His voice was weak.

The dedication of a soldier’s cemetery featured the main speaker who spoke 13,607 words over two hours. Then it was his turn.

Looking haggard, he only spoke for two minutes. His voice barely fluttered out to the large crowd. But history reveals they are some of the most powerful words ever spoken in the history of the United States.

I vividly remember memorizing those 272 words in the seventh grade. Everyone in Mr. Dillard’s history class had to not only memorize the speech, but recite it to the class before the semester ended.

Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address on November 19, 1863 continues to echo through history.

I’m sure school children will memorize none of my sermons nor have to recite them.

But one thing I am sure! I am sure that the words I spoke as a teenager on my knees, my Father in heaven will remember! The God of the universe who created me will recall them. He will remember them forever!  He will remember them on that great judgment day and welcome me as His child!

I declared in a simple sinner’s prayer that Jesus is the Son of God and asked Him to save me.

Now I know that regardless of what happens in the future, I have spoken the most powerful words in the world.

God’s Holy Spirit now lives in me as proof that I live in Him and He lives in me!

I have the testimony of the apostle John who was eyewitness to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus as well as eyewitness to God’s vision of heaven revealed in the book called Revelation.

Here’s the promise the Holy Spirit gave through John:

And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us. Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. All who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. 1 John 4:13-15

Our Father, thank-you that You allow us to know You and to know we are saved based on these powerful words. We continue to speak them in witness and celebration! Jesus, You are Lord!  Jesus, You are the Son of God! We commit to live today confident of Your presence with us.

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Pastor Denny

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