To Remember and Not to Forget

We all have things we love to think back upon, and then things we would rather forget; but often we forget things that God has told us to remember.

“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me” Isaiah 46:9

I know that often I get busy with the activities of life, becoming encumbered and stressed with all of the things that are going on around me; so much so, that I forget the God that has brought me through so many stressful situations in the past. I forget to remember how He has worked in my life, how He has brought me out of situations that threatened to destroy me. I fail to remember burdens that He has lifted and joy that He has restored, all through His power and direction. I fail to remember and not to forget.

“That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:” Psalm 78:7

“He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.” Psalm 111:4

“I will remember the works of the Lord : surely I will remember thy wonders of old.” Psalm 77:11

When I remember all that He has done for me, how could I ever forget ? How could I ever turn from His side or fail to keep His commandments? How could I allow my eyes to focus upon this world, when I have experienced within me and around me the magnificent work of my Lord and Savior? How is it that I fail to look upward? How is it that I fail to remember? How is it that I forget?

“When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.” Psalm 42:4

As I contemplate all that He has done, all that He has provided it is with a heart of thanksgiving that I remember Him and the works of His hand.

“The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever. He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.” Psalm 111:2-4

When I think upon Him and all that He has done, it becomes easy to remember and not to forget.

Rise and Walk

I’ve often thought about the lame men that were healed in the Bible, the two that were instructed to “Rise up and walk”.

Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.” John 5:8

Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” Acts 3:6

If we read further in Acts, we see that the second lame man was so excited he was found praising God for what he had done in his life. “And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God” Acts 3:7-9

I can’t help but wonder just how long he continued to walk, leaping and praising God for what He had done for him. He had been lame, unable to walk for so long. Just how long did the excitement of being able to do what he had always longed to do keep him moving before he grew tired and sat down? How long did he continue to praise God ? All the days of his life? Or was there a point when he grew weary with it all and lost the fire of remembrance ?

This thought then turned my mind inward as I thought about the healing power of Jesus in different areas of my life. The very fact that Jesus saved my soul. Do I still carry the fire of remembrance? Do I continue to praise Him for what He has done in my life? Do I still answer the call to “Rise and Walk” or do I sit down from time-to-time?

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9

And then also, if we do remain steadfast and we do continue to “Rise and Walk”, do we continue in the same love for Him that we once had? Or have we lost that driving force that sent us forth to do the work He instilled within our heart to do? Has our walk become more of a formality than a sincere desire to do the work we once loved to do?

“I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.” Revelation 2:2-4

They lost their fire of remembrance. They lost their first love, their zeal of compassion from a heart of love for Jesus and what He had done in their lives. My prayer is that I will remember my first love for Jesus, for all that He has done for me; that I will continue steadfast, answering the call to “Rise and Walk”.

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:57-58

The walk may not be easy, our labor may seem to be in vain from time to time, but God had promised that there is a purpose for all that He has called us to do. Even when we do not see results, even when we grow weary, the Lord is doing His work through our efforts. We need only continue to “Rise and Walk”.

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

“Rise and Walk” . . . The Journey isn’t over yet !!!

Source of Delight

In a year so unlike any we have ever known before, it’s easy to become disillusioned; 2020 has taken much of what we once knew and turned it inside out. Our way of life has been altered beyond recognition of what we once thought to be normalcy of life. The things we once took delight in are no longer accessible. If left to these thoughts the future could begin to loom ahead as a dark and dismal place; yet there is still a source of delight, a future that can still be bright, comfort that can still be found.

“In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.” Psalm 94:19

When the events of the day become heavy and the joy within our hearts falters, God is there reminding us there is still much in which to delight, He is still the source of delight.

“For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God. Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee,” Job 22:26-27a

Our delight should be in God, He has not faltered or changed. 2020 did not take Him by surprise. The end of the story has not changed. In Him we can still find much in which to delight.

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord ; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Psalm 1:2-3

When others have lost there ability to look forward, when the delights of living have faded from their hearts, we have the source of all delight. We know the way of truth in a world where truth has become so hard to find. God is still the way forward, His truth has not altered or changed. In Him we find our source of delight.

“Delight thyself also in the Lord ; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Psalm 37:4

As we seek Him, as we turn to Him we find that the source of our delight changes. What once brought us a sense of delight fades away in the light of the true source of delight.

I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.” Psalm 40:8

“Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord ; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” Isaiah 58:14

We have a promise that the lost of this world do not have, we know that the wicked will not always prosper. There days are numbered, God has already established a bright future for those who continue in His way, finding the source of delight in Him.

“For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be : yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” Psalm 37:10-11

My Source of Hope

I love to sing the words, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness”. A glorious thought to know that my source of hope is in Jesus, to have complete confidence that no matter what comes I’m secure in Him.

“That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:7

“For thou art my hope, O Lord God : thou art my trust from my youth.” Psalm 71:5

Although thinking about my source of hope brings gladness to my heart, I can not help but pause as I think of all of those without hope. I think about those nights when sleep won’t come and fear sets in with questions that don’t have answers or circumstances that loom ahead with all the unknowns. What do those without a source of hope do in those moments? Who do they turn to? Where do they turn for support and comfort?

“That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:” Ephesians 2:12

It hurts my heart to think of the agony they must experience in the darkness of night to feel so alone without a source of hope. What do they think of when they look toward the future, or even beyond? What thoughts go through their mind in the darkness?

“So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.” Ecclesiastes 4:1

So it is that I feel God speak to me, stirring within me a burden for those without Him; stirring me to tell the word of hope. He needs me to share what I know, to share my source of hope with others.

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” 1 Peter 3:15

I need to live in such a way that others see this hope in me, that they want the assurance I have in my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. My life needs to give testament to the work that has been done in my life, to the hope that I have as I look to heaven as my eternal home. I need to live so that my life exhibits a positivity that can not be found in the world we currently live. Others need to see that I have not lost hope, that I am looking to the source of hope fully confident in Him.

“Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast;” Hebrews 6:19a

“Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.” Psalm 16:9

“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Romans 15:13

Walking Humbly

Most mornings as I sit contemplating God over His word and my cup of coffee, I’m reminded of who I am in comparison to Him and I feel so very small. I see myself in all of my inadequacies, nothing about me is prideful in that moment. I clearly see His ask of me, knowing how I should walk throughout the day.

“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” Micah 6:8

It’s the difference that occurs in me between those quiet morning moments and the events of the day that alter my course. It’s how I respond to that person to whom I should show mercy, it’s how I respond to the child that needs my full attention, it’s how I respond to the unpleasant news I receive, it’s how I respond to temptation that comes before me, it’s how I respond to moments that should be for God’s glory.

It’s the difference that occurs in me, that’s where the problem arises. He has commanded me to walk humbly, not just to come before Him humbly in the morning. I am to continue that attitude of humbleness throughout the day, within my thoughts and actions. Humbleness occurs within my mind, my thoughts, and is evidenced in my actions toward others.

“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;” Colossians 3:12

When I walk humbly, I am able to continue my walk throughout my day knowing God hears me, knowing He is there to give me strength when my mind struggles from the demands of the day.

“Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:” Psalm 10:17

When I walk humbly before Him, He has promised to hear me. He has promised to listen to me as I call unto Him, guiding me throughout my day. In Him, not within myself, there exists the power to walk humbly; so it is that in Him alone will I boast for He is Lord of all.

“My soul shall make her boast in the Lord : the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.” Psalm 34:2-3

A Table in the Wilderness

“Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?” Psalm 78:19

I always chuckle when reading this verse, as I think of the sequence of miracles that God had performed to get them to this point and then they question His ability to feed them. He who brought about the plagues across the land of Egypt that resulted in Pharaoh releasing them from bondage, He who parted the Red Sea where they walked upon dry land and watched as their enemies were engulfed by the very waters He parted for them; could He now prepare a table for them?

The lack of perspective of the true extent of what had just happened in their lives seems to be lost; it was as if they were saying yeah that’s all great and good, but can you provide for our needs today? Can you feed us today?

Sounds so familiar, and my chuckle soon fades as I think back to times in which I have seen God do a miraculous work in my own life; yet find it oh too soon followed by my question of, but what about today? Can you solve this problem for me today? Can you prepare a table in the wilderness for me today?

“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” Psalm 23:5

There will be time spent in the wilderness. There will be times when we face the enemy. There will be times when there seems to be more questions than answers, but we always know He will prepare a table for us in the wilderness. Our vision is so limited, we exist within such limitations; our focus is on the moment, the now. If only we had eyes to truly see the magnificent power of what God can do, possessing the ability to hold on to that memory without wavering.

“For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.” Isaiah 64:4

We can not comprehend what our God is truly capable of doing, but we can hold on to the fact that even in the wilderness He will prepare a table, He will make a way.

“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.” Isaiah 43:19-20

Thy Testimonies

Each day I find a darkening across our land, hatred and strife. No regard for what is good and right, continual pursuit for that which pleases the sinful soul. Generations of children that shall come may grow up in a land that no longer recognizes God, a land void of Biblical truth, but I am reminded that His testimonies will forever remain true.

And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the Lord our God hath commanded you?” Deuteronomy 6:20

What will we answer? Will we give up in defeat? Will we forget to teach them the testimonies of God? Will we become discouraged by the forces at work around us? Will we lose sight of the magnificent power of our Lord?

No !!! We will rise up, we will remember!! We will keep His testimonies and never forget the works that He has done !! We will continue the fight!! Our children will know of His testimonies!!!

“And keep the charge of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself:” 1 Kings 2:3

We will remember, we will remain focused on Him, knowing that He has already won the war !! His testimonies are forever, they will not falter nor change.

“Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.” Psalm 119:152

The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.” Psalm 119:144

By the understanding that He gives, we will continue in His testimonies. We will live steadfast by the power of His might, seeking Him in all that we do!! We will not live in defeat!!

“Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.” 2 Thessalonians 2:15-17

My Inheritance

As I awoke this morning with feelings of foreboding about what might be, God whispered, “It’s Okay, I’m in Control, No matter what comes today your Hope is in me..”

My hope is not found upon this Earth, it rests in God. “Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.” Psalm 16:9

In my daily verse He reminded me that this world is not my home, my inheritance is not found upon this earth. Regardless of what comes in the weeks, months or years ahead, nothing can destroy what I have in Him.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,” 1 Peter 1:3-4

My Heritage

As we all await the election results that will be determined sometime this week, I can not help but contemplate the America we are today in contrast to the America we once called our own. I reflect on the heritage of our past knowing that many will come that will never know or understand what has been lost.

Our country once held to the heritage given to us by God, given to us because of the principles upon which America was established. Our country once recognized God as the ultimate power, seeking to follow the commandments of His word. Men and women of generations past fought with their lives to secure a Godly heritage that could be passed down to the many generations that would come after them, yet there came a time when as a nation we allowed the principles of that heritage to slip away.

“And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination.” Jeremiah 2:7 What America once stood for is no longer a reality; our Godly heritage is quickly disappearing.

As I see the many faults of this great land I stand with a thankful heart to have been born during a time when I had the opportunity to learn of the heritage upon which we were established. No matter what happens with the election, I know in my heart that I have a Godly heritage that can not be taken away. My heritage exists in my Heavenly Father. “But I said, How shall I put thee among the children, and give thee a pleasant land, a goodly heritage of the hosts of nations? and I said, Thou shalt call me, My father; and shalt not turn away from me.” Jeremiah 3:19

Knowing Him as Lord of my life, following His word, my heritage is secure in Him. “Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.” Psalm 119:111

Because of my relationship with my Lord and Savior as I follow Him; He has promised to protect me no matter what lies ahead. He has promised to keep me until the time I go to be home with Him. This is the promise of my heritage.

“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.” Isaiah 54:17

If tomorrow I awake and the America I once knew no longer exists, I stand secure in “my heritage” knowing my Lord is still in control.

Walk at Liberty

“And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.” Psalm 119:45

Liberty was a founding principle upon which our country was established, but lately I struggle to feel liberty is being honored any more. Liberty: the state of being free. I no longer feel free to say, do or even believe in what I feel to be right. All that was once viewed as “right” within our country is now being proclaimed as wrong. Everything around us has been reversed from what it was once established upon. Our sense of security has been taken away.

Yet, I still possess the ability to walk at liberty in the power given to me by my Lord and Savior. I still am free from the bondage of this world because I have placed my faith in the one that came to heal the broken hearted and set free those that were in-prisoned.

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;” Isaiah 61:1

God wants us to walk at liberty. He created us to live victorious over the evil of this world, establishing a means of deliverance.

“Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” Romans 8:21

Wherever God is present there is the power of liberty, the possibility of walking at liberty. The liberty that we experience in our Heavenly Father can never be taken by the powers of this world; for where the Spirit of the Lord exists there is liberty.

“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” 2 Corinthians 3:17

Knowing that I have this liberty, I no longer need to allow myself to become encumbered with the yoke of bondage with which the devil tries to entangle me. I am to stand fast in the liberty that I have in Christ.

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1

I can sit around bemoaning the struggles going on around me or I can stand knowing that I walk at liberty in Christ. My focus should be on Him and the work He is doing in and through my life for therein I possess the ability to walk at liberty.

“And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.” Psalm 119:45