7 Things to Remember

1. Remember Scripture

Jesus, aka the word of God quotes Scripture.   Not much of a surprise.   What is surprising are Jesus’ favorite Old Testament books.    When Jesus quoted Scripture, His favorite books were Isaiah, Exodus, Deuteronomy and Psalms.  The only book Jesus quotes in today’s Gospel isn’t the Psalms but Deuteronomy.  When was the last time I listened, read or studied the sermons of Moses?

2. Remember the Name 

Paul writes: “Everyone who calls upon the name of Jesus will be saved (Romans 10:13).  In Philippians 2, Paul adds, “At the name of Jesus every knee will bow.”   In God’s society, if you want to be a name dropper, say the name of Jesus.   In the Old Testament, nobody said the name “YHWH.”   There was too much glory in that name.  However,  in the New Testament, it’s the only name to say,  Jesus, YHWH in the flesh.

 If you want to pray with out ceasing, say the name of Jesus over and over. 

3. Remember Your Story

Moses instructs Israel to remember their story, “Then you shall declare before the Lord, your God,  ‘My father was a wandering Aramean  who went down to Egypt with a small household  and lived there as an alien. But there he became a nation  great, strong, and numerous. When the Egyptians maltreated and oppressed us,  imposing hard labor upon us,  we cried to the LORD, the God of our fathers,  and he heard our cry and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression. He brought us out of Egypt with his strong hand and outstretched arm,  with terrifying power, with signs and wonders;  and bringing us into this country,he gave us this land flowing with milk and honey.”

Everyone has a story.

  Remember the Apostle Paul’s story?  I was “circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin; a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, persecuting the church; as to righteousness under the law, faultless. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as an example to show everyone how patient he is with even the worst sinners, so that others will realize that they, too, can have everlasting life.”(Philippians 3:5; 1 Timothy 1:6)

When the roof caves in, the marriage falls apart or your job isn’t working out,  remember all the times God rescued you.

4. Remember The Obedience of Faith

What do the Children of Israel do after they confess their story?    Deuteronomy 26:9-10 concludes, “Therefore, I have now brought you the firstfruits of the products of the soil which you, O LORD, have given me.’Paul echoes Deuteronomy when he says,  “For one believes with the heart and so is justified,  and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.” 

In the Apostle Paul’s dictionary, faith means  obedience.

In Paul’s mind, believing and obeying are two sides of the same coin (cf. Romans 1:5, “the obedience of faith.”   An individual faith divorced from a community of faith is foreign to the Bible.  Paul writes: “None of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord of the dead and of the living.” (Rom 14:7–9)

5. Remember You are in Good Hands 

Psalms promises: “No evil shall befall you, nor shall affliction come near your tent, For to his angels he has given command about you, that they guard you in all your ways.”  (cf Psalm 91)

How close are the angels to our problems?   Paul writes, “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.”

Angels move faster than our thoughts.

.    In other words, my guardian angel is closer to me than my cup of coffee.  Psalms adds: “Upon their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.”   I may be in good hands with ALLSTATE, but my guardian angel takes me by his hand.

6.  Remember the Season

Luke 4:13 writes, “When the devil had finished every temptation,  he departed from him for a time.”    The best zip code to be living during a Satanic assault is “in the shelter of the Most High.”
The season of the devil isn’t 365 days a year, its only for a “time.”    Our angel “guards us” (cf. He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you).   When God begins a new work, Satan begins his work.  

When God begins a new work, Satan begins his new work.

 

7.  Remember the Power of God
Paul writes: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  The bad news is this:  “Everyone must endure the season of the devil’s temptations.”  The good news is God’s promise of deliverance.

For the Scripture says,
No one who believes in him will be put to shame.
For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek;
the same Lord is Lord of all,
enriching all who call upon him.

Author: gbradepp

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