Remembering

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Did you know that the word remember is mentioned 230 times in the NKJV? Neither did I! That’s a whole lot of remembering for sure! Yet I felt the Lord had me go down this trail for a reason so I hopped over to get the definition of the word and this is what I found; to retain in the memory; keep in mind; remain aware of; to retain in the memory; keep in mind; remain aware of.

So many of the old testament verses I found, began with, “And you shall remember,” as if the recollection of what God did would be a reminder of WHO God is. I’m thinking that there’s something to this, for even before the words were written about God, they were told and retold, generation after generation, so they would hearken diligently to His voice, that the great deliverer always made good on His promises.

Why is it that we choose to remember the wrong things? We remember all the unanswered prayers and think that God just doesn’t care, when in reality, it is us who has forgotten He’s a good God, full of love and tender mercies. That rain falls on the just and unjust, but the just has promises to remember, a refuge in time of storm, a peace only accessible in His presence. We make our own paths, want our own way, until we’re in a desperate situation and than we cry out to God to save us, heal us, provide for us.

I will constantly keep reminding God of what He’s promised me. I know he hasn’t forgotten me, but I need to remind myself and build my faith and thats what reminding does. Reminding myself that He watches over His Word, it never returns to Him without doing what He sent it to do. I read the stories of old because God is looking to see if I will trust Him THAT much. I’m His, therefore I will remember.

What is it you need to remind God of? Are you going to focus on the problems you face or what the Word says about those problems. Luke 18:2-8 tells a story of a woman who constantly went before the judge to plead her case, she wore him down by daily taking her case before him. “For a while the judge refused to do anything. But then he thought, ‘This widow really annoys me. Although I don’t fear God or respect people, I’ll have to give her justice. Otherwise, she’ll keep coming to me until she wears me out.’”

This was Jesus’ response to this in teaching us a lesson found in verses 6-8; “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge thought. Won’t God give his chosen people justice when they cry out to him for help day and night? Is he slow to help them? I can guarantee that he will give them justice quickly. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word. I have to speak it. I have to remind myself and trust in God, because in doing that, I keep discouragement at bay and build my faith. You’ve heard the old saying, ‘The squeaky wheel gets the grease?’ Well, start squeaking! Gods standing with his big ole can of WD-40 just waiting to spray you down with blessings. Today is your day!

Father, I choose to remember You are good, all the time and all the time, You are good. I’m excited for what You have in store for me just because You love me and know that I trust in You. You won’t leave me without an answer because Jesus is my answer. I trust in Your sacrifice. I trust in Your grace. I trust that Your plans are better than I could ever imagine. In the process of waiting, I will continue to do what I know to do, encourage others, pray for others, focus on You and listen to Your voice. It’s in Jesus mighty and holy name I pray, Amen.

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