2 Peter 1:13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance.
2 Peter 3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
Some of the greatest stirrings I’ve experienced have come from simply remembering something I learned or heard previously. Like homemade lemonade if allowed to sit awhile, the water separates from the lemon pulp and sweetener and to get the full refreshing taste back you have to stir it up. You don’t have to add anything new but rather stir up the same ingredients. That is what remembering does it stirs up what’s already there so you can taste and see that the Word is still good.
The apostle Peter makes two references to stirring up of his listeners by helping them to remember. Putting ourselves in remembrance of truths has power to keep us fully awakened and stirred up spiritually. Some believers are always looking for something new, exciting, and different or they get bored. The Apostle Paul met people like this, the Athenians, who are described as people who, “spent their time in nothing else but either to tell, or to hear some new thing in Acts 17:21.” The truth is that we don’t always need something new to stir us up spiritually but we can stay awake spiritually an on fire for God simply by putting ourselves in remembrance of what we already know.
Someone said, “Pastor, I already read the Bible, been there done that.” I said there is no been there done that with the Word of God. There are millions of words in the world written in books, newspapers, magazines, and thousands of other places. They are just words. Then there are words written in the Bible. Some of them look like all the other words in the world. They are spelled the same, sound the same, but THESE WORDS ARE DIFFERENT. John 6:63 Jesus said, “The words I speak unto you are spirit and life.” Proverbs 4:20-21 “They are life to those that find them, medicine to all their flesh.” Hebrews 4:12 says, “The Word is alive, powerful, sharper than any two edged sword.” 2 Timothy 3:16, 17 says they are inspired, and God breathed. Though the words in the Bible may look like all others there is a difference. They are God’s words. God has breathed life into them and they will bring life into you every time you read, study, or meditate upon them.
WE DON’T NEED SOMETHING NEW TO STAY STIRRED UP SPIRITUALLY