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Remember ..... March 14, 2021

Remember the wonderful works that he has done 1 Chronicles 16:12a ESV

Remember his covenant.... 1 Chronicles 16:15 ESV

It is important as believers to always remember from where you came, where you are presently, and where you are going. Remembering must be intentional in our teaching, seeking, and following. The type of remembering of which I write is our life experience with God. We have many different starting points in our walk with Christ, but as true believers, we will all have a starting point.

Remembering From Where: I know there may be some things in life you might wish to forget, but some of those memories will remind you from where you came. The Bible, in principle, teaches us not to dwell or live in the past but to press on. Brothers, I do not consider that I made it on my own. But one thing I do; forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3: 13-14 ESV Remembering your starting point is important, but setting up camp there is wrong .... you must always press on. Israel, after leaving Egypt, had a remembering problem ... spiritual amnesia of sorts. All through the desert when times became difficult they seemed to forget all that God had done for them. God had delivered them from the hand of Pharaoh, led them through the Red Sea on dry ground, fed them in the wilderness, and did not let their clothes wear out. Then on the banks of the Jordan, they were convinced they could not take the land because of the giants in the land. They were looking forward in fear instead of pressing forward in confidence by remembering from where they came.

Remembering In The Present: When you remember in the present, you are trusting God in the moment. This is faith: believing that there is nothing happening in your life today of which God is not fully aware. In the present, you remember not your past experiences as much as the promises God has made and kept throughout Bible history. Even if you don’t understand the why of your moment, upon reflecting on scripture, you faint not for you know that in time you will reap the promise of his word. Remembering in the present is to focus upon his word not the circumstances of life. Let us echo the words of Psalm 119:105 (ESV) Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Remembering Where You Are Going: As a believer, you press on in the knowing and remembering of the prize you will receive. You are heading home knowing that rest, peace, joy, worship, and a host of other glorious experiences await you through and in Christ Jesus. Don’t grow weary...(Galatians 6:9) Run with endurance the race.....(Hebrews 12:1-2) The prize to be received... Jesus .... Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it, we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 3:20 ESV

Application: Remembering is an important part of being a believer. If we lose our memory concerning biblical truth in the past, present, and future, spiritual amnesia of sorts, concerning the way of God, will develop in our life. Reflect upon how God has worked in your life in the past and thank him. Keep a journal if it aids in this process. Seek God in the present and worship him to develop what I call memory markers. When seeking him in the present, you will walk with the daily experience of his mercy and grace. Look forward with the anticipation of knowing that one day you will see him face to face. This can create a life of praise for his salvation in your life and anticipation of that which is to come. Remember to teach, seek, and follow intentionally, for this is our testimony of Christ to the world.

Because of His Grace ~ Pastor David