Psalm 103:1-5 (NLT)
Let all that I am praise the LORD; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!
It seems as though I live in a land of my own forgetfulness. After five bouts of cancer treatment all with miraculous results, one would think that I do not have a care in the world since I have not lost a single battle. I would think that there would be peace in such a revelation. But the enemy does not want me to find peace for one moment or joy in the outcome because if he can just get me to forget what we have been through and how God delivered us from it all. If I will allow him to thrust upon me the burden of escaping death rather than the renewing of life. If I can accept the worries and cares of tomorrow in the wake of supernatural provision, rather than the optimism of faith that if God did it once He will do it again. See the enemy challenges my mind to wallow in the past to argue the details that brought us to this place rather than allowing us to enjoy the victory that we made it. God has every detail under strict orders to turn out for my own good – if only I could remember that through the darkness of night until His Mercy meets me in the morning. When people undergo chemotherapy, it is not uncommon in the process to experience some memory loss. It is a temporary side of effect of losing fast growing brain cells along with all the other rapidly dividing cells it kills that include cancer. It is considered mild collateral damage considering some of the other side effects. Misplaced items and words in the context of life that will all come together with the “fog” clears after treatment is over. Although it is my son who has received the chemo, I feel that all too often it is I who loses the brain function on his behalf until I become forgetful as well. Forgetful that despite all odds the Lord has done great things in our son’s life, provided all that we need and so much more, and still promises that he will live and not die. Instead, I allow worry to overtake me about insignificant things so I am tying a rope around my hope and digging in with more faith. I refuse to keep forgetting all that the Lord has done for me.
“Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise His Holy Name…” May I never forget the good things that He has done for me. I want to remember them but when life is so hard and the world a difficult place to survive, I must strive to remind myself that He has forgiven all my sins restoring the glorious standard of living that I had once forsaken. He heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death. It is not just the random rescue of a passing stranger but a God who was to wrap me tightly in His Love keeping me safe from all future danger. He has tender mercy because He knows that I will forget. In this place of undeserved privilege is from the place I choose to remember rather than forget. Faith takes me there. Hope keeps me there. If only I could remember so I could leave behind my forgetfulness.
Job 8:11-14 (NLT)
“Can papyrus reeds grow tall without a marsh? Can marsh grass flourish without water? While they are still flowering, not ready to be cut, they begin to wither more quickly than grass. The same happens to all who forget God. The hopes of the godless evaporate. Their confidence hangs by a thread. They are leaning on a spider’s web.”
Without God, we have no hope. We cannot live separated from our Life Source no more than reeds can grow without the marsh. We require daily maintenance and sustenance from the Lord. Otherwise, we wither and die in the midst of worries, cares and burdens that He did not intend for us to bear. Rather than living when the tests come back that cancer is gone, we worry about the next test in a few months. Instead of rejoicing in what He has already provided, we act as though it could dry up. Confident hope hands on the threads of weak faith not fortified by a productive and prospering connection to the Father. We lean on a light understanding and fabricated notion of Who He is and what His intentions are rather than taking the time and energy to know Him more and worry less. We forget God when the crisis subsides maybe not so much His Person but definitely His Position, Provision and Proximity in our life. When things get better, we reveal in the moment and in the miracle forgetting that to God is what He promised to do along and not as rare as we make it. I keep forgetting that He keeps providing and working behind the scenes to perfect the details of my life and am taken by surprise when He does it again and again. I don’t want to forget. I don’t want to live in that place where miracles are surprising, manifestations are random, and supernatural seems weird. I want to live in expectancy which means that I never forget how Great His Love is for me and His Intention to overtake me with it along with all His Goodness can provide which is way more than I could ever think to ask for.
Isaiah 49:14-16 (NLT)
Yet Jerusalem says, “The LORD has deserted us; the Lord has forgotten us.” “Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you! See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands. Always in my mind is a picture of Jerusalem’s walls in ruins.
Our oldest daughter will soon be married. She came to me recently excited to find out that she could legally change her name and use our last name for her middle name. This may not seem like a big deal to you or anyone born with a certain name, but to her our name is very special. She desired to be adopted by her “dad” for many year. There was a great deal of opposition that finally subsided in high school. She isn’t ready to give it up. She is ready to take another man’s name as wife, but not ready to relinquish her title as “daughter” even if in name. Would it change how her dad feels about her if she did? Of course not! But to her it is significant and she wants to keep it. God has written our name on the palm of His Hands. For those believers who have achieved intimacy with Him, this is life changing. He will never forget you – He has called you His Child. Even in your wandering, your name remained there only intensifying His Urgency to hear your cry for help. He was waiting and watching. “What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. 7 And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.” (Luke 12:6-7) How do I forget this? Time and time again when faced with opposition or challenges, how could I ever continue to wonder?
Lamentations 3:19-24 (NLT)
The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; His Mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”
The Lord has even provided for my forgetfulness! He brings me a fresh dose of new mercy each day for my insufficiency of faith. His Grace is always sufficient for me. You may never forget this awful time. You may grieve your loss for the rest of your life. But it doesn’t have to steal your hope or rob your faith! His Spirit helps us in our weakness. Even when I am unfaithful, Great is His Faithfulness. With His New Mercy each day, I can make the declaration that “the Lord is my inheritance! I will hope in Him.” Those who prophesy this over their life every day will soon not forget. Reinforcing such a declaration with the Word of God will fortify your faith and add confidence to hope. He promises to renew and restore our life with His Word. (Psalm 119:92-93) His Word gives us Truth to mediate on which will always discredit a lie and the enemy of your soul is full of them. The Word of God will grant us a long and satisfying life. (Proverbs 3:1-2) We must speak the Word over our life each day. “For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.” (James 1:23-25) Finally to do the same thing over and over again expecting a different outcome is called insanity. We must live what we believe so that we do not forget who and whose we are.
Genesis 41:50-52 (NLT)
During this time, before the first of the famine years, two sons were born to Joseph and his wife, Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera, the priest of On. Joseph named his older son Manasseh, for he said, “God has made me forget all my troubles and everyone in my father’s family.” Joseph named his second son Ephraim, for he said, “God has made me fruitful in this land of my grief.”
Joseph definitely faced heartbreak, challenges and trials in his life. This passage refers back to before the famine years (when he would be reconciled with his family) and after he had been finally promoted by Pharaoh. It seem that Joseph had decided to let go of the past and focus on the future. When the Lord blessed him with his first son, he named the boy “God has made me forget all my troubles AND everyone in my father’s house.” If you were ever wondering if this man was human, there is your proof. Though plagued by a problematic past and abandoned by his own brothers – Joseph was letting go of it and moving forward with the Lord. When Ephraim is born, we get a glimpse of Joseph’s process as well in this child’s name. “God has made me fruitful in this land of my grief.” Although he was moving forward, Joseph still in the grief process. God knows we are forgetful people when it comes to thinks like His Love, Mercy, and Goodness. But we tend to hold on to worthless baggage from our past that keep us from grabbing hold of our future. It is time to move forward in the process and let the past go. Even when we have fallen or failed, God was working on our behalf. Everything good from our past that God intends for our future will be found there. When famine did come, Joseph’s family was reunited. Anything worthwhile from your past will make it into your future and it is not your responsibility to drag it there but rather walk by faith and live in confident hope. “But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:18-19) The Lord is WAY ahead of us, my friend. We just have stick close by our Father and we will have His Way. Let go of the past by focusing forgetfulness where needed the most, grab hold of your future for that is where the Lord is waiting.
Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT)
No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
If you are like me, you woke up this morning with a dark cloud of worry sitting just over our head. It wanted desperately to rain on our parade. Run for cover and seek shelter in the Presence of the Lord today. Combat every lie the enemy is hurling at you with Truth. You will find it in His Word. If you don’t know what to pray, the Spirit will pray for you just bow your head and say His Name. Choose not to forget all that the Lord has done for you but let go of the past hurts and heartaches. The Lord is working on your behalf turning every detail of your life for good (Romans 8:28) and perfecting all that concerns you! (Psalm 138:8) Rejoice in the Lord today for all the great things that He has done and trust Him with what He is still doing! Press on for the end of your race. Faith is calling. Hope is reaching for your hand. Those who endure will be saved and you are well on your way!
Proverbs 3:1-2 (NLT)
My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart. If you do this, you will live many years and your life will be satisfying.