Isaiah 17:10 Forgetting God

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“You have forgotten God your Savior; you have not remembered the Rock, your fortress.” Isaiah 17:10a 

Remembrance is something that is important for people to do. It helps to remember things to be able to accomplish tasks. It helps to remember things to keep from doing something wrong again. It helps to remember people to keep connections alive and on the correct path.

While remembering is important, many people tend to forget the important things in life. They live in the immediate moment and forget what was learned in the past. They get so busy with their lives that they forget about the people around them or that had an important place in their lives. They forget about what it took to get them to where they are today.

Isaiah had a prophecy against Damascus. In it he tells them that they had forgotten God who had been their Savior. The result of their forgetting God is found in the later verses that what they plant would fail.

In the busyness and work of life it is easy for people to forget about God. They get caught up in what is going on in their day-to-day lives to the point that God is put on the back burner.

In doing so, they lose the fire and joy of knowing God and serving Him and begin serving themselves. They will also begin to allow themselves to step into sin walking further away from God.

There are some, even active in church, that have forgotten God. They are caught up in doing things their own way. This can even include ministry inside the church.

Every believer needs to keep his eyes and life focused upon God. He must never forget that it is Jesus who is saving him. He must not forget what God has done for him and is continuing to do for him.

Take a moment to remember what God has already done for you. Think about the forgiveness Jesus has given you. Remember the love God has shown to you. Do not forget about God.

Do not allow the cares of this world to overcome you and draw you away from God. It is Jesus who is your Savior and can bring you through every situation, not your job, others, money, or things.

As you remember God, draw closer to Him, live for Him and see His hand of favor rest upon you to take care of you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will not forget about God; that you will put God first in all that you do; and that you will honor God with all of your life. 

Psalm 106:13 Forgetting What Happened

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But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold. Psalm 106:13 

There are some things that people love to remember and there are some things that people love to forget. Some of those things people will always remember, while some things they will forget very quickly.

Remembering the bad or negative things occurs easily for most people. The majority of people can remember some horrible experiences that had occurred twenty, thirty, forty years ago as though it was yesterday. They were traumatized to the point they cannot forget what happened or they play it over and over in their mind and words for decades in bitterness and anger.

Often in light of the negative, people forget what was good during that time. They refuse to see or remember what good things had occurred before, during and after a bad time.

The psalmist talks about when the Israelites were in the desert, they would quickly forget what God had already done for them. They refused to wait for Him to meet their needs in His way and time.

Thousands of years later many believers are still having that problem. They have seen God provide miraculously for them, but forget about it and begin to worry and complain. They forget to remember how God has met their needs in the past.

As a believer forgets what God has done, he will worry and fear. Often he will take things into his own hands and step out of God’s will and into sin. He will often turn to the ways of the world, rather than trusting God.

Every believer must remember what God has done and will do. This will keep his faith in God up and help remove all fear and worry.

There will be times when you do not see God moving in your life quickly or in your time and way. It is at these times that you must not forget what God has already done in your past.

Before you begin to worry and fear, take a moment to count how many times God has blessed you and how He has blessed and met your needs in the past. Hold on to those memories of God’s great provision and trust that He will continue His hand of provision in your life.

Do not allow yourself to fall into the ways of this world with fear and worry. But rest in God’s abilities and timing by never forgetting Him.

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will never forget what God has done; that you will trust God’s love for you; and that you will wait on God to meet all of your needs in His way and time.

Psalm 99:3 Praise The Name Of The Lord

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Let them praise your great and awesome name–he is holy. Psalm 99:3 

Throughout history there have been some men and women who have done some great things. A few have changed the way things are done, helping mankind as a whole. Some have discovered ways to help those who are sick or to make things easier for people. Some have led nations into doing great things.

People who have done these things are honored in different ways. Some have their own special day on a calendar each year. Some have had statues made of them. Museums have been built to remember what they have done. People all over will praise them for the great things that they have done.

While these men and women have often done great things, most of these things done are temporary. They will not last for eternity.

In this psalm people are encouraged to praise the Lord’s name–God’s name. His name is called great and awesome.

In itself, the name, ‘God’, ‘Lord’ or ‘Jesus’ does not mean a whole lot. It is just a name. False gods have taken on these names. Some people have even taken on these names.

The name of God is more when it is looked at with the nature of God. The Lord is holy and worthy of praise. God has created everything that is. The Lord has provided for the forgiveness of sins and offers eternal life. What greater thing can one do than that?

Death is the greatest enemy of mankind. No man is able to overcome it. The only reason that there is death, is because of sin. Jesus has overcome death, so that each and every person has the chance to be saved and overcome death.

With having done this, there is no one worthy of more praise and honor than Jesus in all of history.

Take a moment to think about what Jesus has done for you. Just the fact of His removing all of your sins and giving you eternal life is enough to be worthy of praise for ever.

God has not only given you eternal life, He gives you joy and peace today. He provides for what you need. His presence is with you around the clock.

Now take time to praise the Lord for all that He has done for you. Praise Him for all the blessings He has given you.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will remember how God has helped you each day; that you will praise His name; and that you will tell others of what Jesus has done. 

Psalm 78:42 Forgetting God’s Abilities

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Again and again they put God to the test; they vexed the Holy One of Israel. Psalm 78:42 

Those who are in authority often have the power to get things done that others do not have the ability to do. Having the ability to provide finances or other needed resources, they can accomplish larger things than what is normal for others.

The workers at the bottom have very little authority and cannot see how something can be accomplished. All they can see is a large mountain of a problem in front of them and no way around or over it. They begin to fear the challenge in front of them, rather than trusting those in authority.

Asaph looks back at when the Israelites were wandering in the wilderness. The people would constantly complain to God and not trust Him. They had forgotten the power that He had displayed with bringing them out of Egypt.

Every believer has to believe God has some authority just to become a believer. He has to believe that God has the power and ability to remove all sin and to save the person, or else he will not follow Jesus or trust Him.

God works in a person’s life doing great things, removing sin and providing what is needed. Yet, many believers quickly forget what God has already done in their lives or in the lives of others and begin to complain to God about some challenge in their life.

The believer has been redeemed from a life of sin and death. He has been released from the bondages of sin and given a new life. Yet, often one goes back to those chains and puts them back on. He doesn’t trust God to provide for him in every area needed.

If God has the power to remove sin, He also has the power to take care of every need a believer has. This has to be remembered.

Think about the things God has already done in your life. Why did you choose to follow Jesus? What made you believe and trust Him?

Now remember those things and trust that God can meet your current needs that are looming in front of you.

Don’t put God to the test by complaining and fearing what is in front of you. God is greater than anything you may face. Remember what He has done in lives of others already and in your past. Then trust Him.

I pray today that you will see what God has done for you; that you will know you can trust God’s power and abilities; that God will help you remove all fear of situations in your life; and that you seek God for all of your needs. 

Job 29:4 A Longing Desire

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Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God’s intimate friendship blessed my house, Job 39:4

It is very common to look back on days go by and desire to have them back. People often remember of good times in the past and want to go back to those days.

Those longings can be for going back to a home town, back to a high school, back to an old job, back to some old friendship, or something else that brings good memories. As much as one may long to go back to those ‘better’ times, it is usually not possible, and most often things have changed to the point it would not be the same.

One of the desires Job had was to go back to the time he felt God’s intimate friendship within his house. He is remembering of a time when God always seemed to be there and everything was working out just right. There were no problems or challenges. As he says this, Job is going through the trial of his life and God appears to have disappeared.

Longing for days long gone in which a believer felt an intimate time with God is very common for believers. This becomes very true during a trial in life. People want to go back to an old church, or a time when there seemed to be no challenges. They want to ‘feel’ God in their life.

Desiring God’s intimate relationship should be a high priority for every believer. However, that does not mean one is always on a high feeling that God is right there. It means that one is standing in faith that God is still there and is in control during a storm in life. It is holding on to faith in God.

Seek to have that intimate relationship with God at all times in your life. Make it your highest goal in life. That way when the trials of life come, you will remember that God is still with you, despite not feeling it.

Following and believing in God is more than just a feeling, but a matter of faith and the heart. It is knowing God is with you.

Take time every day and throughout each day to spend time with God. Build that intimate relationship with you. Read His word and spend time in prayer, talking to Him. God wants to spend time with you, are you spending time with Him?

I pray today that you will know personally know God; that your heart’s desire will be to be with God; that you will have an intimate relationship with God; and that you will know that God is with you at all times in life.