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How Bible-based reminders can strengthen your relationship with God

I've realized over time that, if we wanna get closer to God, we need to be reminded of Him every day. His teachings, His promises, His power, His grace, His love - all of it. That's why I think Bible-based reminders in the forms of art prints, hoodies, sweatshirts, t-shirts, etc., can be a great way to help you build that relationship. 

 God is intent on us remembering.

It turns out, the Bible mentions the word "remember" 210 times in the King James version. Obviously, it was important, but why? God wants us to remember His goodness, His love, His promises, etc., and to remain faithful to Him. He is aware that His creation(us) cannot become what He wants us to become if we have to wing it. That is why he gave us the bible it is also why He gave us the Holy Spirit we do not have to do this on our own. It is not enough to read an occasional verse or to think of the bible as just something to memorize, it is to come alive and feed your walk with God.  Joshua 1:8 puts it very clearly in the Easy to read version " Always remember what is written in that book of law. Speak about that book and study it day and night. Then you can be sure to obey what is written there. If you do this, you will be wise and successful in everything you do."  

Joshua 1:8 art print by Olive Grove Life
There are multiple feasts/festivals mentioned in the Bible and the function of them was to help God's people remember what He has done for them. Take Esther 9:28: “And that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city; and that these days of Purim should not fail from among the Jews, nor the memorial of them perish from their seed.”

God is love sweatshirt by Olive Grove Life
Since God is our creator, He knows us well and He knows how easily we will forget blessings and favor, His character and promises, His new identity that is within each of us Christians, His everlasting life giving love and the fact that we must train to become better (it doesn't happen instantly). That's why God reminds us in Deuteronomy 6:6-9 to not forget the deeds he's done for us and the commandments he's given us. He says to remember his words and keep them close to our hearts. He reminds us that we are to live by the word of God. As Dr Tony Evans states in his commentary

Notice how regularly Israel was told to speak of the things of God, When you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. That purposeful approach to spiritual training that effort to welcome the Lord to be part of all aspects of life is how parents can transfer to their children a biblical worldview so that God is their point of reference as they navigate choices… This is the kind of teaching that children need today from Christian parents. We must remind them of God’s miraculous acts of grace, exhorting them to trust and obey him for the blessings promised.

 Bible versus catchy sayings

Life can be a crazy ride and it's easy to get swept away with the latest trends and catchphrases. At the end of the day, however, nothing beats relying on the Bible. It's a timeless and trustworthy guidebook that should be our number one source of direction in life.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
The ability to have a relationship with the creator of our universe, our provider, our Savior, is a special gift and it's something we should invest time and energy into. One way to do this is by reading the Bible – it's the book written by God Himself! Every Christian should take the time to read it, as it's packed with knowledge and wisdom. It's the ultimate guidebook for life – II Timothy 3:16-17 tells us that "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." This passage reminds us that the word of God is our ultimate source of guidance. Whenever we face a difficult decision or situation, it's important to turn to the Bible and let God's wisdom lead us.

A purpose of the Bible is to encourage and strengthen our faith. It is not possible to please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6) Faith of believing what God says even though what we see is something totally different. From the examples of saints gone before to our one true model Jesus the bible is critical in your ability to have a relationship with God. The reason reminders work well is because when we are in the midst of a faith crisis you have something to look at and think back on the goodness of God or how He has brought you through in the past or a verse that just gives you the boost to keep keepin on.  

Isaiah 55:11 says, "So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." This verse shows us the power of the Word of God. It is a power that only God’s word has, the power to change lives and character and plans. Catchy saying don’t have that power. Catchy saying also do not have the staying power of God’s words as it says in Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and Earth will pass way but my words will never pass away.” It tells us that when we put our faith in Him, He will always fulfill His promises, Numbers 23:19.  We should have faith in God's power and trust Him to guide us and lead us in the right direction. We should not rely on catchy sayings or empty phrases to sustain us. The only thing that can truly fill us with hope and peace is the Word of God. When we trust in Him, we can be assured that He will always have our best interests in mind and never forsake us.

We remember because it helps us live victorious lives

Psalm 119:105 reminds us that what we remember can help us live a victorious life - having the right info stored in our minds helps us make good decisions and stay focused. We also need to know who to trust, which is why Psalm 20:7 tells us to look to God for victory and guidance. If we want to become the people we want to be, Romans 12:2 encourages us to take in new information and ideas - this can help us grow and develop. So remember: knowledge is power - use it wisely!

Isaiah 40:31 Art Print by Olive Grove Life
When you're feeling lost, the Bible can be your compass, your source of strength in tough times, and your map for living a life of victory. As a Christian, God's word can transform your life, if you let it. By seeking God's wisdom and direction, we can trust in His guidance to show us the way. Through prayer and reading the Word of God, we can find the answers we need, to take the right steps in life. When you rely on God, you'll find that He will light your path, (Psalm 119:105) so that you can make the correct decisions, no matter what life throws your way.
We have to remember the words of the Bible when times get tough, and instead of living and reacting as the world might react, your Bible-based reminder helps you remember who to trust. Psalm 20:7 says “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” This is a reminder that no matter how difficult things seem, we can always put our trust in God. He will never let us down and will always provide for us. We just have to have faith and remember to turn to Him in times of struggle.

As Christians, we have been given a new identity in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). This new identity comes with responsibilities and privileges, but it also comes with a challenge - to live according to the new identity. Romans 12:2 tells us to not conform to the patterns of this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. To help us maintain our new identity, we must daily commit ourselves to reading and meditating on God's Word, praying for His guidance and living according to His will. It can be hard to accept that you are loved, chosen, His masterpiece, more than a conqueror etc.  when the world is constantly putting you down.  That is where our Bible-based reminders help when you put on the t-shirt saying you are beloved of God or His masterpiece perhaps you get a print with just a few of the things God calls us let that help you get back up and stand taller.  

When you're feeling worn out and don't know where to turn, it helps to remember that there's always hope. In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus invites us to come to Him in our exhaustion: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." This invitation from Jesus serves as a reminder that He is always there for us when we need Him. When we trust in Him and give everything to Him, He will provide us with the direction and rest we seek.

We talked about why Bible-based reminders are so important for our relationship with God, right? They help us remember His promises, His commands, His love all that is necessary to become more like Christ. Bible verses give us a solid foundation to stand on, and they help us live victoriously. At Olive Grove Life, we produce a variety of Bible-based reminders so that we can shine, thrive, and be fruitful as God intended. So why not turn to our Bible-based reminders for words of encouragement, hope, and faith? Now that you know how important bible based reminders can be what are you waiting for? Shop now!.

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