21 Days of Remembrance 2016

21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

As we begin a new year we often set new goals, projections and resolutions to help guide our decisions through the days, weeks and months of the next annual cycle. We will always need a clear vision to lead us successfully through all of the many choices each of us face in life.

I believe that goal-setting and vision-casting are worthy processes and disciplines to engage our thinking and help set our course every year. However, I want to suggest we approach things from a fresh perspective this year.

Rather than set our focus to only hear something new for our life in 2016, let’s set our minds to recall all that the Lord has already said to us as we set a course for this year. Often, as we reflect on past revelation and understanding from the Lord, we begin to see things for our future in a new, clearer light. (Additional resources available regarding keeping a fast).

Our life is not like a game or a test that we take over and over until we are approved or win something. It is a journey that unfolds throughout our lifetime. This journey will move forward whether or not we grow, have achievements, or reach our goals.

We make our journey a richer experience of discovery and implementation by drawing from the treasure of God’s dealings with each of us, individually and corporately, as we move through life.

The Bible is very clear about how we can maintain a strong connection with the Lord throughout our lifetime; we discipline our minds to remember what God has said, what He has promised and what He has done.

What have the dealings of God meant to us for our personal redemptive history? Have we held His promises? Have we believed and been transformed by His Word to us? Have we told others of His goodness to us? The answers to these questions become hugely important as we listen for fresh vision from the Lord for this year.

As we begin 2016, let’s take some time to remember what God has done before in order to position ourselves for the “New Things” the Lord is doing today.

To remember is to direct the mind to hold an awareness of something we have seen, heard or experienced in the past in order to affect our feeling or thinking in the present time. To remember is to consciously think about what is most important or necessary- to keep what is essential to us foremost in our thinking at all times.

The hebrew word, “Zakar”, “to remember”, means to mark or note (so as to be recognized later). Let’s remember to mark the key events of our life journey in order to easily revisit these “markers”, when we get confused or discouraged somewhere down the road.

The Greek word, “Mnemoneuo”, means to exercise your memory, to rehearse. It takes work and being intentional to remember all that God has said to us. If we truly treasure His Word it will come alive to us as we travel through life.

We, as Believers, all have two pasts. There is the past we have prior to knowing Christ and there is the past we have because we know Christ. The past, prior to knowing Christ, really has no bearing on our future experience of the abundant life Christ provides for us. It is our personal redemptive history, as we have experienced and remember the dealings of God with us, that will have great bearing on what we will experience of the abundance of Christ in the future.

There are three main areas where remembrance can have a great effect on how we will experience future events:

• Remembering the Promises of God (Invitations to experience more of God)

• Remembering our Identity in Christ (Discovering and believing that we are who the Lord says we are)

• Remembering the Testimonies of the Lord (Telling others of the Goodness of God we have experienced in our life)

During these 21 days we will focus on various ways we can each hold our  personal redemptive history in remembrance in order to position ourselves for an incredible year of divine exploits and greater breakthrough in 2016.

Following are some things to think about as we prepare for the new year:
 

 

1. Remembering the Cross

1Cor. 15:1NLT    Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it.  2 It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe the message I told you—unless, of course, you believed something that was never true in the first place.

1Cor. 15:3    I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said.  4
He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. 
 
 
Everything begins at the Cross.
 
The power of the Blood of Jesus is more than enough to set us free from ANYTHING that comes against us. When we struggle to believe what Jesus did on the cross can actually result in forgiveness for me, we should remember the value of our salvation. The incredible miracle of the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the new reality we now live in.
 
When we truly remember the Cross, the guilt and shame from our past can never hold us captive. When we understand the magnitude of Jesus’ sacrifice and the efficacy of His shed blood, there is nothing that will disturb our assurance or the security of our hope in Christ.
 
As we prepare for the coming year, never forget the value of what Jesus did to purchase life for us. Forgiveness, a brand new life, hope for the future- all these are ours because we have believed and received His indescribable gift. The conviction that we are a People of Destiny who can change the world we live in begins at the Cross. The truth of this Gospel is the first thing we must always remember and treasure in our hearts.
 

2. Remembering First Love

Rev:2:4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works…

When we first believe, there is often an accelerated growth curve as we embrace this new life and all it means. Our love for Christ motivates us to embrace change and pursue Him with all our heart. This fervent love for God is often referred to as First Love.

The glow of First Love is understandable. After all, we have been saved from a hopeless, empty existence and been translated gloriously into the Kingdom of Light. We are incredibly grateful and excited to know all there is to know about having a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

However, over time, the intensity of our love and devotion for God may lose some of it’s momentum and focus. If we don’t press after the things of God as passionately as we once did, it doesn’t really matter. Who will notice?

God does. In fact, the recommended cure for this kind of lackluster devotion to God is not a half-hearted effort to improve our attention to the Word, prayer and church attendance- it is repentance.

We cannot talk, pray or discipline ourselves out of a lack of love for God. We need a heart adjustment. We can only recalibrate our cold heart through repentance and revelation.

Repentance means to change our mind about something. It means to stop walking in one direction, to choose a new direction and then to follow through by walking in the new direction we have chosen.

Revelation is to receive knowledge that you never could have learned on your own. Paul prays for such a revelation for the Ephesians and for us all, “that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge” (Eph. 3:17-19).

It is interesting to note that it is to the Ephesian Church that Jesus admonishes in Revelation 2.  We all need to revisit the condition of our heart from time to time. First Love is not intended to be a high water mark in our life. It is intended to be the ongoing condition of a heart in love with Jesus.

How is the fire of our First Love for God? Is it as bright as it ever was? Or has time, disappointment and distraction caused the heat and light of our fire to dim and grow cold? Revive your passion for the things of God.

A fresh revelation of His love and a willingness to repent from anything that hinders our view of Him are the keys to restoring First Love for God to our life.

Remember First Love.
 
 

3. Remembering the Word of the Lord to You

Josh. 1:13Remember the word which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, ‘The LORD your God is giving you rest and is giving you this land.’

The Lord asked Joshua to remember a promise that was at least 40 years old. Joshua was commanded to dust off the history books and acknowledge the relevance of a 40-year-old Word to his present situation.

Actually, Joshua’s promise was second hand. Moses received the promise and commanded Joshua to receive it, too, and commanded him to fulfill it. A Word from God will come to pass, whether or not we’re still around to see it. Moses handed off his promise to the next generation. There’s a huge lesson in that. The promises of God are way too big for a single generation to fulfill.

Think about the prophetic words you have received and review them in light of your present circumstances. Every Word from God has an incubation period. Sometimes we fail in the waiting. We either act hastily, which often results in a crash and burn, or we wait too long and forget to act on what God is saying to us.

This is a season to remember the Word of the Lord. Knowing God’s Word for you is always a good idea whenever you want to move ahead. Can you imagine yourself at the edge of the Jordan River, ready to cross into the Promised Land and be unable to remember what it is, exactly, the Lord has said to you?

In that moment of breakthrough you will want to know every detail of Heaven’s instruction to you. You will want to hold every promise from God in your heart. You will want the courage and strength His Word brings to course through your veins and awaken a spirit of hope and victory in you.

Take time to remember what God has said to you. Revisit and record what you can of God’s dealings with you. Your personal redemptive history is loaded with encounters, promises, prophetic words and encouragement. You know more than you know because God has already informed you of many things He wants to do through your life. But, you don’t remember.

Allow the Word of the Lord to fill you and ready your heart to enter the Promised Land. “Old Words from God”* may not be fulfilled in just the way you thought they would be, just ask Moses, but what the Holy Spirit has planned will come to pass.

* Disclaimer- some “Old Words from God” are not from God at all and have not come to pass because the Holy Spirit has not inspired them. Discernment required.
 
 

4. Remembering the Goodness of God

Lam. 3:21This I recall to my mind,

Therefore I have hope.

22Through the LORD’S mercies we are not consumed,

Because His compassions fail not.

23They are new every morning;

Great is Your faithfulness.

24 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,

“Therefore I hope in Him!”

25 The LORD is good to those who wait for Him,

To the soul who seeks Him.

26It is good that one should hope and wait quietly

For the salvation of the LORD.
 

The discipline of calling to mind the compassion and mercy of the Lord will increase the level of hope we experience every day. Simply by remembering that He is always good, we will become a more hopeful person. Hope is the foundation for faith and therefore an essential ingredient to a healthy spiritual life. (Heb. 11:1)

Hope is the confident, joyful expectation that something good is about to happen. When we think about how good God is, we realize that even when something unexpected happens, we can maintain a hopeful attitude for a good outcome because the Lord has a perfect record of faithfulness.

Even if something derails us today, when we remember that God is good and merciful and compassionate, we will realize that His love is new every day. We can get back on track right away when we remember that He promises a fresh delivery of His goodness to us every morning!

When the Bible says that the Lord is our portion, it is referring to our inheritance. Beyond material possessions, the Lord gives Himself to us as an inheritance. That means that WHATEVER we may require to experience His love and mercy in this life is freely given to us. His Presence with us ensures we will always have access to whatever we may need.

Because God is absolutely faithful, He will always be present with us in every circumstance. We can rest in this certain hope.
 
 

5. Remembering the Testimonies of the Lord

 

Ps. 119:111 Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever,

For they are the rejoicing of my heart.

Testimonies are stories from our personal history with God. Every encounter, every healing, every time we have experienced freedom in a new area of our life, we are creating the opportunity for another miracle as we tell someone new about His goodness.

Imagine the stories that have accrued among Believers from their combined individual experiences with God through the centuries of redemption history! From Abraham onward, we have an incredible database of the dealings of God with man that let’s us know that God loves us and is intimately involved in the world He created.

These testimonies of God’s love and power comprise a heritage for every Believer. Just as we all have family stories to tell, we all share a common heritage of faith that includes the countless stories of healing and deliverance for the People of God through the years.

When we choose to remember these stories and begin to speak them out, they become not only an account of something that happened in the past, they become a prophetic announcement of what the Lord is willing to do today.

Rev. 19:10 …Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

A testimony can activate our faith to believe God for a miracle. Your story can inspire faith in me. Your testimony of deliverance can encourage me to press for deliverance in my own life. The Lord honors such faith. What He has done in one situation, for one person, He is willing to do again for another person.

When we share testimonies of the Lord we are creating an atmosphere of faith for miracles, healing, salvation and provision. Maintaining this atmosphere is the responsibility of every Believer.

Remember what God has done and tell someone about it. It can be your own story you tell or it can belong to someone else. It doesn’t matter. Because, every testimony about the Lord belongs to all of us as members of His family. The stories you tell are your inheritance and release the resources of Heaven to everyone who will listen and respond.

Treasure the testimonies of the Lord. Let them be the rejoicing of your heart. Choose to remember what the Lord has done for you and share it with someone.
 
 

6. Remembering Through The Holy Spirit

John 14:25   “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 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 things that I said to you.

The discipline of remembering works best when we ask the Holy Spirit to help us with it. Our memories contain both incredibly significant moments in God as well as many mundane and routine details of a normal life. Sometimes trying to recall something the Lord has shown us is like searching around a dusty old attic hoping to find treasures that have been forgotten by everyone else. After we blow the dust off, we hope what we have found is still as valuable as when we decided to keep it.

Sometimes when remembering a prophetic word we have received or a significant encounter with the Lord, we wonder if the word means as much as we once thought it meant. We need the Holy Spirit to re-energize these words and experiences to our spirit and re-activate the faith we once had that these promises and revelations were from the heart of God to us.

Only He can re-ignite the passion in our heart to see His Kingdom come in the ways we once believed it would.

Present your dusty memories to God and allow Him to blow upon them. Holy Spirit knows when the fulness of time has arrived. If we allow the Holy Spirit to direct our remembering, we will experience the “Suddenlies” of God at just the right moment.
 
 

7. Remembering the Promises of God to Me

Gal. 4:28   Now we, brethren, as Isaac was,
are children of promise.
 

Holding a promise from God will transform your life, just as it was designed to do. Every promise from God is an invitation to an encounter with Him. When we accept the invitation by believing the promise will be fulfilled, we enter an adventure of discovery about who God is, how much He loves us and what He has done for us.

Abraham received a promise from God and believed it. It counted for him as righteousness with God. His faith allowed him to have a relationship with God based on the fulfillment of his promise. The promise was personal to Abraham and Sarah, but had implications for the entire world because it’s fulfillment would result in the birth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah.

For Abraham, the result of holding his promise in remembrance was the birth of Isaac, the Child of Promise, whose name means Laughter.

Believing something for a long time can create anxiety for us if the fulfillment of the promise is delayed in coming. During this waiting time, we hold the promise by remembering both the promise and the One who made it. Remembering will inspire hope in us and hope is the foundation for our faith.

Rom. 4:18 NLT    Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!”  19 And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb.

Rom. 4:20    Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God.  21 He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.

It is our faith that allows us to hold on to promises over time. This faith will transform our life if it is anchored in the One who makes promises and who keeps them.

We are Children of Promise- the result of a promise kept between God and Abraham. As such, we are destined for fulfillment because God always keeps His promises. His faithfulness to us began long before we were born  when He determined to send us a Redeemer.

2Cor. 1:20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.

In Christ, every promise is fulfilled. God has made promises to every Believer. The Word is filled with them. Let’s hold these promises for Salvation in our heart at all times. But there is more. Based on the victory of Christ, have come individual expressions of the faithfulness of God to each of us. Because He loves us and wants us to know Him, He invites us into an adventure of discovery and faith by extending promises to each of us.

What will you do with the promises of God in your life? Store them in the attic of your mind where they will collect dust and be forgotten? Or will you hold your promises in remembrance, in hope against hope, giving glory to God, until the joy and laughter of fulfillment overtake your waiting?
 
 

8. Remembering my Original Design

Eph. 2:10NLT For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

God is a Creator. He doesn’t just make things, He is an artist. By that I mean that He is thoughtful about how He will integrate Function (What He wants to accomplish), Form (Accomplishing His goal with a beautiful, elegant solution) with the personal expression of His own goodness and love.

God created man in His own image. His goal was that Man would would know His Creator through intimate relationship, learn to rule the creation with love and care and through love, multiply, in order to care for the entire planet.

He accomplished His goal and did so with artistic flair. Each of us are created with a unique design.We are a unique expression of God’s love and goodness, so that we can proclaim who the Creator is to a Creation that has long forgotten the Beginning of all things.

There is an Original Design hardwired into each us by God.
 

Ps. 139:13 For You formed my inward parts;

You covered me in my mother’s womb.

14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

Marvelous are Your works,

And that my soul knows very well.

15 My frame was not hidden from You,

When I was made in secret,

And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.

And in Your book they all were written,

The days fashioned for me,

When as yet there were none of them.
 

Most of us don’t realize that this Original Design is meant to help us know and glorify God. We are most fulfilled when we operate the way we were designed to function. We were created to walk in relationship with our Heavenly Father while expressing His love and goodness to everyone else on the planet. Because we are uniquely designed, each of us will fulfill this assignment in a one-of-a-kind way.

Take time to remember what God has said about who you are. Read the Scriptures, recall prophetic words you have received and review what have you heard in your own prayer times. Knowing who we are and what we are meant to do with the life we have is one of the most beautiful, freeing experiences we can have. It reconnects us with the love and intent of our Creator.

Rekindle the fire of purpose in your life. Blow on the embers of Holy Spirit deposits that reside deep inside you. Remember, you are a Masterpiece of artistic expression and design by the ultimate Master Artist: God.

2Tim. 1:6 Therefore I remind you to stir
up (Rekindle) the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
 
 

9. Remembering my Mission

Every single one of us has an assignment from God. Sometimes we forget what that assignment is in the midst of a busy life. Our assignments may change from time to time and season to season, but they are rooted in the Call of God upon our life. We are all responsible to seek out what it is the Lord would have us do to bring glory to Him with our life.

It is impossible to have a calling without being called. Every Believer has been called. It’s just that sometimes our imperfection gets in the way of our ability to fulfill our mission.

The Apostle Peter has some encouragement to help us stay on track with our assignment. Peter is a perfect example of an imperfect response to the call of God.

He swore to be faithful to Jesus yet denied Christ three times. He cut off the ear of the guard who came to arrest Jesus, earning a rebuke from his Lord. He went back to fishing after the crucifixion because he didn’t believe Jesus could be rise from the dead. He made many mistakes, but still managed to stay on track with the assignment of God for his life.

Peter had many experiences that could have the driven the memory from his mind of what the Lord Jesus actually wanted him to do with his life . But no matter what happened to him, or what he did, he always came back on course because he remembered his assignment. His example is my inspiration.

In this passage he reminds us of the important things we should focus on so that we never stumble in this life. Here is the wisdom he gained and passed on to us after the mega-stumbles of his own life:

2Pet. 1:5   But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,  6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness,  7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.  8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.

2Pet. 1:10   Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble;  11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

2Pet. 1:12 For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth.  13 Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you,14 knowing that shortly I must put off my tent, just as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me.  15 Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder
of these things after my decease.
 
 

10. Remembering to Love Others

Matt. 5:23 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

1John 4:7   Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.  9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.  10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

The Bible teaches us that love for God does not come before, or instead of our love for others. It teaches us that our love for God is demonstrated by how well we love others.

Remembering to value our relationships and love others well is one of the most spiritual activities we can engage in.

One of the biggest barriers to love and health in our relationships is the presence of personal offense. When someone does something we don’t understand or which causes us harm we become offended in the relationship.

If we do not develop the practice of forgiveness, which is actually the heart of the Gospel, our relationships will be fractured. Sometimes to the point of separation.

The Ministry of Reconciliation begins with the restoration of our relationship with God. But it doesn’t end there. All of our relationships should be experiencing the power of God, demonstrated by His perfect love. How silly to believe that the Lord would want to save our souls and heal our bodies while leaving our hearts broken and hurting because of broken relationships.

Until we remember the value others have in the eyes of God, we might be tempted to think that God always agrees with our judgements of them and therefore rejects them, as we have done.

What we should be doing is reminding ourselves of the greatness that each person carries. God considers every person on the planet to be worth the sacrifice of His Son. He loves each one.

Jesus died to break down walls of division; first between God and man, and then between man and man. We should think about the premium our Heavenly Father places upon the presence of loving connections between His children and act according to His heart rather than our heart in our own relationships.

Eph. 2:14   For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,  15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace,  16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.  17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near.  18
For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.
 
 

11. Remembering What to Forget

Phil. 3:12   Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.  13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do,forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,  14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Every Believer has two pasts. The past we have prior to knowing Jesus and the past we have because we know Jesus. When we think about the effects of our past before knowing Jesus, we should stop, remember everything we can and then nail all of it to the cross.

Our unredeemed past should be left behind us- achievements we think make us important or more accepted by God, failures or mistakes that disqualify us in our own minds. Even the prison of sin or shame that can hold us captive can be blasted open through the Blood.

All of these struggles reflect a misunderstanding of the power of Jesus’ blood to redeem and cover sin. Jesus’ death and resurrection have exalted Him above all other power. His supreme power can transform you, heal you, even restore your destiny.

Forgetting what is behind and reaching for what lies ahead is an effective strategy for living in Resurrection Life today. It’s choosing to live the abundant life God has planned for you and abandoning the emptiness of a past without Him in it .

Resurrection Life isn’t just about our future, it’s to live a quality of life now that is filled with the presence of God. His Holy Spirit lives in every Believer and he wants something new for every single one of us. Let’s embrace the plan of God for our future and leave behind our remembrance of past failure or pain.

Is. 43:18  “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?  I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

 

12. Remembering God

Psa. 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember
the name of the LORD our God.
 

Remembering God is remembering the names of God. There are numerous occasions in scripture when God describes Himself to His servants in a never-before-revealed-Name.

Unlike names today, names in the Bible often revealed the character and nature of the person named. Names were, and are, significant clues that help us understand the One whose name we call out.

Psa. 119:55 I remember Your name in the night, O LORD…

The names for God help us remember the things He has done or said that reveal who He is to us.

Jehovah-Jireh is the Lord Will Provide (Gen. 22:14).

Jehovah-Rapha is the Lord Who Heals (Ex. 15:26).

El Shaddai is God Almighty or the God Who Is More Than Enough (Gen. 17:1).

When we remember the names of God it reminds us not only of who He is, but also of what He has done. His names are promises of how He will reveal Himself to us in the present.
 
Psa. 143:5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I muse on the work of Your hands.
 

When we remind ourselves of what God has done in the past, it helps raise our faith and awareness for what He is capable of doing NOW. Remembering God is always a beneficial practice. It strengthens us and comforts us. But most of all, it actually helps us to know Him better.

When we think about the names of God and call upon Him with those names we are actually declaring who He is and asking Him to reveal Himself to us anew according to His Name. 
 
Remember who God has said that He is to you. He is Provision. He is Healer. He is The All Sufficient One- Everything that We Need. Remembering God: what a powerful practice for anyone who wants to experience, in a personal way, the God of the universe.

And of course, there is the Name Above All Names by which He has made Himself known to us; Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

Phil. 2:9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,  10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,  11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

13. Remembering God Cultivates Hope In the Next Generation

Ps. 78:5 For He established a testimony in Jacob,

And appointed a law in Israel,

Which He commanded our fathers,

That they should make them known to their children;

6 That the generation to come might know them,

The children who would be born,

That they may arise and declare them to their children,

7 That they may set their hope in God,

And not forget the works of God,

But keep His commandments
 
 

Faith is passed from one generation to the next through remembrance.

When we share the testimonies of the Lord and explain how His faithfulness has transformed our own life, it creates the opportunity for hope to develop in the hearts of our children.

Hope is the foundation upon which faith is established.

Heb. 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

By sharing our stories about God, not just the doctrine and traditions, but the personal encounters and promises we have had, we allow our children to be hopeful about their own future. By cultivating this hope in them we are extending an invitation to their generation to personally encounter this amazing, faithful God.

Both Abraham and Isaac, the Child of Promise, walked with God. Esau and Jacob had both heard the stories. But Esau despised his birthright. He never understood the value of his inheritance, beyond the material gain it would bring, to see what true spiritual blessing could mean in his life.

Jacob, on the other hand, had listened to all the stories with hope. Over time, this hope provoked the development of faith in his heart. He believed that the blessing of His father could make all the difference to his future. He risked everything so that the evidence of things unseen would show up in his life.

Later, when he fled the wrath of his brother, Jacob had an encounter with the God of his fathers at Bethel. God showed up and revealed Himself through promise to the next generation in Abraham’s family.

Gen. 28:13   And behold, the LORD stood above it and said: “I am the LORD God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants.  14 Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.  15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.”

The God of his fathers had become the God of Jacob.

 
 

14. Remembering God Protects Our Heart

Psa. 106:7 Our fathers in Egypt did not understand Your wonders;

They did not remember the multitude of Your mercies,

But rebelled by the sea—the Red Sea.
 

When we fail to hold the testimonies of the Lord in our hearts and minds, it becomes easier to believe that God doesn’t care about us or He is unable to intervene in our life whenever storms come.

It’s interesting to note that the entire nation of Israel forgot all about God’s goodness right at the beginning of their deliverance journey. As a nation, they had spent 400 years in Egypt, many of those years as slaves. Instead of remembering the faithfulness of God to their fathers, they began to believe what their present circumstances seemed to declare; that they were slaves and would never be free from the power of the Egyptians.

“Our fathers in Egypt…” speaks of the discouragement and unbelief which Israel’s fathers operated under in Egypt. They stopped telling the stories. They stopped believing the promises. They forgot about God and left their hearts unprotected. They stopped living as sons and began to live as slaves, focusing on their situation rather than the promises of God to them.

When Moses led them out of Egypt they began to believe that they could be sons again. But, when the first major obstacle to their deliverance appeared (the Red Sea), they immediately reverted back to the mentality of slaves and rebelled against God. Slaves rebel. Sons trust.

By not remembering who God was, Israel opened themselves to believing lies about God. “He has abandoned us”, “He is unable to deliver us”, “He is not as powerful as our problem”, they thought.

Whenever we don’t fill our minds with thoughts about who God is, the enemy will immediately present us with propaganda about who God isn’t. If we forget who God has shown Himself to be in our redemptive history, we will be susceptible to these lies.

Remember His wonders. Remember His promises. Remember His goodness. Remembering will help protect your heart when trouble comes.

 
 

15. Remembering God Attracts Blessing to My Family

Ps. 103:17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting

On those who fear Him,

And His righteousness to children’s children,

18 To such as keep His covenant,

And to those who remember His commandments to do them.
 
 

When we remember to keep our covenant with the Lord it actually looks like something. Keeping covenant as a Christian is based on grace through faith and not by works (or keeping rules). However, as James says in James 2:18, “Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”

In other words, believing looks different than not believing. When faith fills our heart it will affect the way we live. How we choose to live can be observed by others. Most likely, our own family will have a front row seat as we live out our faith every day. They will see how well we remember the covenant we have made with the Lord.

Scripture makes it clear that how well we remember to keep our covenant will have a direct bearing on the blessing that comes to our children and future generations. The blessing of righteousness can be passed on, but much of it will actually happen through our example and not our words.

The effect that our lived out righteousness will have on our descendants cannot be overestimated. It can lead to blessings and favor in our family line for generations. Our choices to live righteously before God today can influence the future because God never forgets the covenant He makes with His people.

1Chr. 16:15 Remember His covenant forever, the word which He commanded, for a thousand generations

 
 

16. Remembering The Lord’s Benefits

Psa. 103:1    Bless the LORD, O my soul;

And all that is within me, bless His holy name!

2 Bless the LORD, O my soul,

And forget not all His benefits:

3 Who forgives all your iniquities,

Who heals all your diseases,

4 Who redeems your life from destruction,

Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,

5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things,

So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
 

We are instructed by the psalmist to command our soul to bless the Lord. How do we give orders to our own soul (and/or spirit)? One of the ways we do this is by recounting the history of continual benefit and blessing the Lord has brought to us over the years.

Taking the time to recall how God has impacted our life aligns our soul rightly before God. Commanding our soul to line up and bless God is as easy as remembering how rich we are because of Him!

He has forgiven us and reconciled our relationship so that we can actually know Him. He has healed us of all our diseases. The Bible often speaks of healing in the past tense. Long before we would ever experience His touch in our physical body the provision has been made that will make us whole.

God has snatched us from destruction. A ransom has been paid and a rescue has been brilliantly executed. We have been delivered from prison and set free from every destructive influence against our life.

He has crowned us with lovingkindness and tender mercy. His unfailing love and affection for us is like a crown of favor we wear, a continual reminder of His goodness.

He satisfies us with good things. He renews our youth. He is on our side and the benefits of knowing Him have forever changed our future. When we remember these things it brings a clarity to our understanding of any present hardship or problem in our life.

“Line up, soul. Bless the Lord. Remember.”
 
 

17. Remembering as a Principle for Financial Breakthrough

Deut. 8:18   “And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
 
 

It is not unusual for those who walk in covenant with God to be blessed.

The Presence of the Lord in our life will ultimately result in blessing over all that concerns us. Deuteronomy 8 describes how this blessing works.

When the Lord’s favor rests over a people it will result in the multiplication of blessing over possessions, over wealth, over houses and over lands. His favor results in supernatural care and intervention over all that concerns us.

In fact, the advantage of His blessing over our life is so remarkable that we risk falling into the mistaken notion that our own might or righteousness have gained these material riches for us.

We should always bear in mind that God will honor His covenant to His people. This applies not only to Israel, but to Believers everywhere. All those of the seed of Abraham are eligible to be part of this blessed company.

If we forget that God wants to bless us, we will be tempted to rely solely on our own abilities to bring advancement into our life. We should always do our best, but with the understanding that it will aways be to our advantage to have God’s help in everything we attempt.

If we will allow His leadership in our life through the Holy Spirit, He is willing to orchestrate blessing and favor over us as a demonstration of His favor and His covenant. This blessing is meant to demonstrate to others that He keeps covenant. Also, it allows the People of God to become a blessing in the earth, further demonstrating the goodness of God to anyone in need.

You, blessed, are an incredible example of His faithfulness.

He wants to bless us. But first, we must remember where blessing comes from. It doesn’t come, primarily, by our own hand. It doesn’t come from our job or education. It doesn’t come from the government and it doesn’t come from luck. Blessing comes to our life directly from the hand of God because He is a covenant keeping God.

Remember that. The first step to financial breakthrough is to recognize the hand of God in your life as an irresistible force of favor and blessing.

 

18. Remembering as a Principle for Emotional Breakthrough

Psa. 42:6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me;

Therefore I will remember You from the land of the Jordan,

And from the heights of Hermon,

From the Hill Mizar.
 
 

19. Remembering as a Principle for Acceleration in Life

Jer. 18:15 “Because My people have forgotten Me,

They have burned incense to worthless idols.

And they have caused themselves to stumble in their ways,

From the ancient paths,

To walk in pathways and not on a highway,
 
 

20. Remembering Past Deliverance Promotes Freedom Today

Ex. 13:3   And Moses said to the people: “Remember this day in which you went out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out of this place.
 
 

21. Remember Previous Breakthroughs

Psa. 42:4 When I remember these things,

I pour out my soul within me.

For I used to go with the multitude;

I went with them to the house of God,

With the voice of joy and praise,

With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.
 
 

Psa. 22:27 All the ends of the world

Shall remember and turn to the LORD,

And all the families of the nations

Shall worship before You.