And Getting Them Right…
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead… (2 Timothy 2:8)
…But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on… (Philippians 3:13-14)
The problem with the human race is that we remember what we should forget, and we forget what we should remember. (Jeffrey Arthurs)
What are you remembering (holding on to, ruminating on, fixating on, stuck on and in) that you need to forget? What old tapes are playing in your head? What old identities do you revisit? What past indiscretions (okay, sins) can you not stop thinking over? What bad choices do you still regret? What broken relationships still haunt your memory?
This is what you MUST LET GO. For you are a new creation in Christ. The new has come, the old is gone (2 Corinthians 5:17). You are forgiven. As far as the east is from the west, all the transgressions, failures, messiness, brokenness, guilt, shame, and more is REMOVED FROM YOU (Psalm 103:12, but be sure to read the entire Psalm).
What are you forgetting (neglecting, ignoring, minimizing, marginalizing, overlooking) that must be front and center in your awareness? Are you forgetting the forgiveness of Jesus, the power of God, the fruit of the Spirit, the promises you have received, the hope-joy-peace that is yours, your new identify as a child of God and a friend of Jesus, your call and commission to follow Jesus as his missional partner in the world?
What truth have you learned, but is now only hazy and blurry for you? These are the things that MUST BE FRONT AND CENTER.
The way of remembering is to daily read the Scriptures, worship the Lord, pray without ceasing, be in a fellowship and conversation with brothers and sisters, attend to the teaching of the church, read good books, and always put into practice the things you have received (Philippians 4:9).
We are here to help you remember, and we are here to help you forget.
This Christmas, remember Immanuel (God with us).
Remember Jesus (he will save us from sin).
Remember John 3:16 (you are deeply, endlessly, and always loved by God).
And use the Living Word Advent Devotional to help you remember the wonders of his love.
Having the ability to empower and resource leaders to bear much fruit that lasts. Being a part of a team of friends and missional servants committed to changing the world.