NUMBERS 15:39-40: “And it shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the LORD, to do them, not to follow after your own heart and your own eyes, which you are inclined to whore after. 40 So you shall remember and do all my commandments, and be holy to your God.”
OBSERVATION: Have you ever forgotten something really important? We all have. One of the biggest challenges we have in today’s digital world is remembering all the passwords we use each day for our various electronic assistants and websites. I have to use a separate program to store all of these and refer back to it constantly. I also use the “reminder” and “calendar” function on my phone, tablet, and computer to remember all my important tasks and dates. We all need help in remembering.
The children of Israel were no different. They were called to be the holy (set apart) people of God. The Lord had given them His commandments and instructed them to walk according to them. Yet, the nation of Israel struggled to do this because of the hardness of their hearts. So the Lord instructed them to attach tassels to the four corners of their garments as a reminder to them each day. These four tassels would call them to remember that they were called to be the people of God and that they were called to follow all of His commandments. They were to be “foursquare” in their obedience.
Today we do not wear tassels on our garments, but we do need reminders just like the children of Israel. We do not worship images, but we do use symbols to remind us of the important truths and calling of our faith. As a Foursquare church we rally around “foursquare” reminders of our calling and our message.
The “CROSS” reminds us that Jesus Christ came to die for our sins and we that we must each personally embrace Him by faith as our personal Savior and Lord. We can only have a relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ. Only through faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior can we find full pardon and power over sin!
The “DOVE” reminds us that Jesus Christ is our baptizer in the Holy Spirit. Before we can walk in the fulness of God and obey His calling for our lives we must be filled with power from on high. We must be filled with the indwelling and overflowing power of the Holy Spirit. This is our provision for empowered service and living.
The “CUP” reminds us that Jesus Christ is our healer. He Himself bore our sickness and disease on the cross. He comes to bring healing and wholeness to our lives – spirit, soul, and body. We do not have to carry the burdens of life, we can find rest and healing as we take His yoke upon us and learn of Him.
The “CROWN” reminds us that Jesus Christ is coming again as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. This out of control world will be changed and restored to God’s original design and intent when Jesus returns. His return is imminent and we could hear His trumpet call at any moment. Therefore, we should be diligently engaged in the Father’s business as we await our Soon Coming King!
Lord, as I begin this day, may I reflect upon these four reminders of what You have done, what You have begun, and what You have promised to complete – through faith in Jesus Christ and life in the Spirit. May I walk in the full assurance and awareness of these “foursquare” truths today. In Jesus Name!