Judges 8:33-34 Forgetting What God Did

No sooner had Gideon died than the Israelites again prostituted themselves to the Baals. They set up Baal-Berith as their god and did not remember the Lord their God, who had rescued them from the hands of all their enemies on every side. Judges 8:33-34

When things are going well, it is easy for people to forget who helped them get to that point. People are quick to push out of their memories the struggles and battles they had been in time of prosperity.

Instead, they worship ideas and things that they believe helped them become successful, rather than the truth.

Sometime after Gideon had freed the Israelites from captivity he had died. Immediately upon his death the Israelites began to worship the false God of Baal and forget that God had rescued them from their enemies.

God works many times behind the scenes in the life of a believer, rescuing him from troubles and the enemy. At points things look horrible with no possible chance of good to come from it, then suddenly everything turns around for good. That is when God had worked in one’s life.

Many believers are quick to forget or ignore what God had done in their life. They turn back to the world and sinful ways of living, rather than growing closer to God and serving Him more. They feel that it was the things of the world or pure luck that rescued them, rather than God.

God has done many different things for the individual believer. He has forgiven, healed, provided for, rescued, guided, protected and much more. One must never forget these things and go back to the sinful ways of the world, thinking the world, self or good luck did these things.

Only God is to be worshipped and served.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will see what God is doing in your life; that you will remember what God has done in your life; that you only worship and serve God; and that you will trust God with your whole life.

Joshua 4:20 Keeping Memories Alive

And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. Joshua 4:20

Memorials are put up nearly every location throughout the entire world. These memorials can be something huge set up by nations to small pictures drawn by little children hung on a refrigerator door by a parent.

The purpose and focus of a memorial are to remember something good that was accomplished by someone else. Remembering these things can give a person renewed strength and renewed joy and hope during difficult times. It can also help remind a person why things are the way they are.

As the Israelites crossed the Jordan River each tribe was to take up a stone from the middle of it. Those stones were set up at Gilgal as a memorial reminder of what God did for them in parting the river to cross over.

If a believer has his spiritual eyes open, he will see God doing miracles in his life on a regular basis. Nearly impossible situations will work out seamlessly with near perfection. Feared difficulties will clear away with ease.

Even though these things occur on a regular basis, many believers forget about them or chalk them up to being luck or their own personal hard work, rather than the work of God. People are quick to forget the hand of God in their lives.

Remembering what God has done will strengthen the believer for the next time an impassable river is in the way knowing God can part the waters and make a way where there seemed to be no way.

Journals, pictures, or some other physical thing can be set up to remind one as to what miracle God had done in one’s life. Looking back at these memories will help one to remember that God is in control and can do all things.

If you really stop and think about it, you may be able to recall many times God has done some miracle in your life. Think of how many times you had unexpected favor or something turned out not as bad as what was expected.

Take time to set up something to remind you of some of those miracles. Then take time to remember what God has already done. Then share with others what God had done in your life.

This will strengthen you to keep your focus upon God’s abilities and be a witness to others of His abilities.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God has done in your life; that you will see all miracles God is performing in your life; that you will remember what God has done; and that you will trust God for your future challenges.

Deuteronomy 11:18 Remember God’s Words

Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Deuteronomy 11:18

Remembering things that are important to a person is easy. It becomes a challenge to remember something when it is not as important.

There are many different types of tools to help people to remember something that is important: alarms on a phone, special apps, sticky notes, and more. Whatever is used to remind a person has to be in front of the person to be seen, otherwise things will be forgotten quickly.

Moses told the Israelites to fix the words he had spoken to them on to their hearts, minds and foreheads.

All throughout the Bible God tells His people many things on how to live for Him and what He expects of them. Since there are so many different things talked about, it is easy for a person to forget some of those things, especially in the busyness of day-to-day living.

Each day contains a thousand different things that a person must do or remember. Knowing which things to remember comes down to which things are the highest priority. While doing normal living is important, knowing and obeying God’s word is of highest priority. His word brings purpose here on earth and eternal life in the end.

Believers need to do whatever it takes to remember God’s word. It must be in front of their hearts and minds every moment of every day. Doing so will give the believer wisdom in how to deal with every situation, strength to make the right choices, and the ability to please God with his whole life.

Refusing to remember or forgetting God’s word will lead a person away from God into sin and death.

Every day you have many things that you must remember and accomplish. While many of those things may be important, the most important thing is to obey and live for God. The only way you can successfully know and live for God is to have His word bound to your heart and mind.

Read His word daily and memorize it. Make it a part of your life that cannot be separated by others or other things or tough situations. God’s word is alive and active and will change you, if you allow it to by making it a part of your daily life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s word for you; that you will remember what God has said; that you will live by God’s word; and that you will trust God’s word with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength.

Deuteronomy 6:12 Do Not Forget God

be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. Deuteronomy 6:12

Getting from the bottom to the top of an organization or business is not something that can be done completely alone. It takes a group of people to work together to lift one person up. Without the outside support, one cannot usually get very far on his own.

Many people who do make it to the top will often forget those who helped get them there. They feel that they did it themselves with no real help.

Moses told the people that once they get into the promised land that they should not forget the Lord who brought them out of Egypt.

Prior to becoming a believer every person is in a virtual Egypt, land of slavery. Although they may not physically have been slaves, they were slaves to sin, the world and death. Each person’s story or situation is a little different, but all fall under the slavery of sin and death.

Upon becoming a believer, God rescues them out of that slavery of sin and death to live a full and abundant life unto God. This new life is something that no one can purchase or build for themselves, it is a gift of God given to them.

As things change and one begins to see God’s great favor, many people begin to forget God thinking that they did it on their own. Some begin to get focused on their ministry and put God on the side. Others get focused on life and the busyness of life forgetting God who gave it to them, going back into slavery.

Every day and every moment the believer should stay focused on God and what He has done and is doing. He should never forget God or put Him on the side.

God has brought you out of your Egypt, land of slavery to sin and death. He has given you purpose and life that you did not work for or earn on your own, it is His gift to you.

Do not allow those blessings to get to your head and cause you to forget God and ignore Him. Stay in His word. Talk to God daily in prayer. Keep your life totally focused on God and what He has done and is doing in your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will remember what God has brought you out of; that you will never forget what God has done for you; that God will strengthen you to not return to the slavery of sin; and that you will see God’s hand of provision and blessing in your life.

Numbers 21:34 Repeat The Battle

The Lord said to Moses, “Do not be afraid of him, for I have delivered him into your hands, along with his whole army and his land. Do to him what you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon.” Numbers 21:34

Every nation has had battles that were fought, winning some and losing some. As battles are won, the military looks at what went right and wrong and remembers it and learns from the experience.

Learning from what had occurred allows the military to improve or repeat a battle for another victory.

Og, king of Bashan, came out in war against the Israelites. God told Moses to not be afraid but do to him as was done to the Amorite king, for He has delivered him into his hands.

Although most people will never have to fight a physical war against any other nation or group of people, most will have battles in their lives on a regular basis. Most of these battles will be spiritual battles against the enemy that fights for the destruction of the soul and heart.

Every believer must fight a battle against temptation. The world will seek to tempt the believer into sinning against or doubting God. As a believer looks to God for victory over temptation and finds a way out from it, he gains new experience in overcoming temptation and destroys the work of the enemy.

Once a believer overcomes an enemy, he must remember what was done and hold on to that testimony. He can be encouraged that God will give victory again. In the same way he can defeat the next enemy of his soul.

God will give the believer strength, wisdom and direction on how to defeat and destroy the enemy tempting him.

You will have to face the enemy in battle as a believer. The world is out to destroy you as much as God is out to give you an abundant life.

The moment you chose to believe in Jesus and follow Him, you began to defeat the enemy in the power of Christ. Until you step into heaven, the war for your soul is not over. New enemies will attempt to attack and destroy you.

God will give you victory each time over the enemy as you fight the battle in His strength and power. Never forget how God gave victory in the past and repeat the battle for another victory.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will see how God has given you victory in the past; that you will see the path God has given you to gain victory over the enemy of your soul; and that you will defeat the enemy in the power, direction and strength of God.