Deuteronomy 16:3,12 ESV
"…that all the days of your life you may remember the day when you came out of the land of Egypt…you shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt."
Jesus, help me always to remember what you saved me from and what you saved me to. I am so grateful and eternally thankful!
It seems that a good deal of what is in the book of Deuteronomy has to do with remembering and not forgetting. Many of the Jewish holidays commemorate some amazing and miraculous event in their history. If it is not a holiday, then it is a pile of rocks some place to commemorate something special that God did for them.
The most spectacular thing they are to remember is being delivered from Egypt, which of course is celebrated by Passover from which we have Easter.
Remembering that God saved you by his grace, and grace alone is a fact that a Christian leader should never forget and always remember. It is the starting point and the empowering factor for all fruitful ministry.
There is a song by Tommy Walker titled “We Will Remember.” Check it out on itunes. You may find great joy in worshipping with this song as I often do.
Here are a few lines from the song:
“We will remember, we will remember
We will remember the works of your hands
We will stop and give you praise
For great is Thy faithfulness
I still remember the day you saved me
The day I heard you call out my name
You said you loved me and would never leave me
And I’ve never been the same"
I believe that faith has a good memory and fear has a bad memory.
We do well when we remember and we do poorly when we forget.
We are encouraged in both the Old Testament and the New Testament not to forget but to remember:
- Remember God’s faithfulness
- Remember God’s saving power
- Remember God’s mercy
- Remember God’s guidance
- Remember God’s grace
- Remember God’s goodness and greatness
- Remember God’s everlasting love
- Remember your calling
- Remember your vision
Well, you get the idea…I could go on and on, but won’t!
To get the ball rolling, here are a few verses that deal with remembering and not forgetting; verses that have been of immense help and encouragement to me.
“And Joseph remembered the dreams he had dreamed of them…” Genesis 42:9 ESV
“And they began discussing with one another the fact that they had no bread. And Jesus, aware of this, said to them. Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember?” Mark 8:17,18 ESV
“These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 14:25,26
“And they will do these things because they have not known the Father nor me. But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you.” John 16:3,4
“For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sin.” 2 Peter 1:9 ESV
“So I will work hard to make these things clear to you. I want you to remember them long after I am gone.” 2 Peter 1:15 NLT
Our enemy works overtime to get us to forget, and the Holy Spirit’s job is to help us remember. Who are you listening to?