Friday, December 30, 2016

A time to REMEMBER:Guest Post

December 30, 2016                                                                       
(When God has given me a meaningful post written by someone else, I'm eager to share it with my friends. Isn't this appropriate for the end of the year?
 Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!)

 God's goodness and mercy and victories over the years.
Remember is a command from God. He knows how I tend to forget. I forget that Christ is always close by—even when He feels distant. I forget the Holy Spirit is ever available to comfort my heart—especially when I feel fearful. I forget my heavenly Father is gracious to give me wisdom when I face uncertainty. Like a sports enthusiast—I am learning to replay in my mind and heart victories the Lord has given me over the years. Mentors have shown me how to avoid their mistakes. Friends have remained faithful in spite of my failures. I remember not to forget.
What does God want us to remember? We are instructed to remember the Sabbath—set apart one day a week to rest and worship the Lord (Exodus 20:8). Christ commanded us to remember His sacrifice when we commune with Him by observing the Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:24). Jesus also told us to remember that it is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35). Paul emphasizes the principle of sowing and reaping. Our seeds of generosity reap more generosity where they are generously sown. Let's remember to over seed our selfless deeds into another’s fallow faith!
Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent” (Revelation 2:5, ESV).
Are you stuck in a short-term memory of worry or do you rest in the long-term reminder of the Lord’s faithfulness? Remember to forgive liberally for you have been fully forgiven by your heavenly Father. Remember you were a slave to sin, but now you have been set free by the Holy Spirit. Remember in your own strength you live exhausted and defeated, but by the power of Christ you live energized and victorious. The sweet memory of your Savior’s love during a difficult time is enough to shout hallelujah and praise Jesus. Remember God loves you lavishly.
Every day we are wise to renew our minds with what God thinks of us. We are His precious children. Grandparenting is one of the few things in life that is not overrated. When I think of how my heart feels when one of our grand babies [in my case 10 grands and 13 great-grands] looks me in the eyes and says, “I love you [Grandma Bubi Leona]"—I understand a tiny bit the limitless love God has for me—His child. What matters most is what Jesus thinks of us: We are His friend—His confidant—His beloved. Our mind may experience momentary memory block, but in prayer we take captive each thought for Christ and He helps us remember

 Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.   2 Corinthians 9:6 
  “I remember your name in the night, O Lord, and keep your law” (Psalm 119:55, ESV).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me remember moment by moment Your great love for me.
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