Sunday, January 8, 2017

Remembering & Forgetting, Part 2

Remembering means we choose the thoughts we dwell on. God wants us to remember some things and forget some things. Remembering will bring up feelings from the past—whether they’re good or bad.

Deut. 6:12 says, “Watch yourself that you do not forget the Lord.” Some people can go through the whole day and never think about God. Some can go an entire week without thinking about Him. We forget God by widening the gaps in time when we think about Him. We need to recall these three things:

1. Remember God’s faithfulness. God told Israel to remember how He faithfully led them through the wilderness (Deut.8:2). If we don’t remember God in the wilderness (hard times), then we won’t remember Him in the Promised Land (good times). If you are going through a time of uncertainty, remember that “Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass” (1 Thess. 5:24).

2. Remember God’s goodness. A man gave some candy to a little girl. The girl didn't say anything, so her mother said, "What do you say?" The girl said, "Do you have any more?" When God blesses us we need to remember to thank Him. 

Before Israel entered the Promised Land, God told them, “You will bless (thank) the Lord your God for the good land He has given you” (Deut. 8:10). He then warned them that they might forget Him after they received all His blessings: “Beware lest you forget the Lord your God…lest, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses and lived in them…when all that you have multiplies, then your heart becomes proud and you forget the Lord your God” (Deut. 8:11-14). Remember that God is the source of your blessings.

3. Remember that you’re God’s child.  When you received Jesus as your Lord, you became His child, He forgave all your sins, gave you eternal life, and gave you His righteousness (2 Cor. 5:21). You have a new status in God’s eyes. Don’t forget that.

I’ve learned that I can remember these things by reading His Word every day, staying in contact with Him through prayer, and recalling all the good things He has done for me. It will work for you too.
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