There barely goes a day in our home without one of our children saying, Mom, do you remember… Dad, you promised…?
We learned early on never to make any promises to our children we can’t keep. Our answers are either Yes, No or One day. When we specify a date or time, we’re bound by our words and we have to deliver. They hold us accountable and in return, they are learning that their words are alive and powerful.
Remember can be found in both the Old and New Testament.
KJV – 148 times and in NIV – 166 times.
During Hurricane Harvey, after 3 days of none stop rainfall. Watching my beautiful city flooded, many lives lost and thousands displaced from their homes. Fear begins to set in my heart. I had to peel myself away from my windows, stop watching the News and shut out other noises. I had to remind myself of Whose I am and His promises to my family. Once I held on to the Word of God, all fear disappears. Did the rain stop immediately? No! But God’s word halts the raging storm gathering strength in me. I put His words before me and recited it over and over again until Hurricane Harvey ceased.
What Should We Remember?
God’s word and promises from the Bible. Not words of affirmation or positive quotes from another human being. I love quotes for their simplicity. But make no mistake: It cannot deliver, heal or give life. Only the word of God can redeem your soul from the pit, heal all your diseases, deliver from distractions, pardon all your iniquities and bring peace, joy, and wholeness to your life and situation.
We need to constantly remember the truth. The word of God is our Shield and Armor at all time.
Be Consistent: Be disciplined. Be diligent in studying the word of God. Do what works for you.
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away. Matthew 24:35
Why Should We Remember?
Because we forget: Life happens to us daily, and very easily the cares of this world carry us away. We have to know what God has promised us in order to claim it.
Because of others: We can’t give what we don’t have. We can’t help others when we walk in error and darkness.
Because God said so. In Deuteronomy 8, He told us not to forget.
Because Jesus said so: And in 1 Corinthians 11:25 – This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me. Did you know that the communion is one of the few things in the bible Jesus told us to do as many times?
Devil: The devil knows what the word of God says. Hence why He uses it against us constantly, to condemn us in his twisted and evil ways. In Matthew 4:6, he quotes “For it is written” back at Jesus! Imagine his effrontery! He means business and he’s after every Christ professing believer: that’s you.
To Receive: To remember is to not forget so you can claim what God had already made available for you. God is faithful to all His promises. God and His word are one. For You have magnified Your word above all Your name. Psalm 138:2
Claim What Is Yours!
When you remember, it is harvest time. Dig deep, quote God’s word back to Him. For it is written… God, according to Your words.
When Jesus was confronted by the devil after fasting for 40 days in the wilderness. Jesus didn’t get into some lengthy prayer, He used the WORD. Because He is the Word and knows His heavenly Father honors His word. Jesus simply said it is written….
Question: Do you know what is written about you? Do you have the written word of God in you to silence the enemy’s lies?
Lastly, You can’t claim what is yours without a relationship with Christ. God will not be mocked!