Deuteronomy 5:15 says this, “Remember that you were slaves in Egypt, and that the LORD your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm.” The keyword I want to focus on in this verse is the word “remember.” Remember is actually a word you see all throughout the book of Deuteronomy, which Moses delivered to the people as they were standing on the edge of the Promised Land, about to go in, and God wanted to give His people the key of remembrance, so that when they got into the land, they would possess the land and the land wouldn’t possess them.
This is something that God gives us as a key to move more into Him and to His promises rather than moving back into our past experiences. Remembering is crucial. One of the other stories you see in the New Testament, where remembering is something that changes the game, is Jesus in the desert for 40 days of temptation, that the Holy Spirit sends Him after He’s baptized by John the Baptist into the desert. And it says Satan came to tempt Him. What is unique about this is that Satan tempts Him three times. With every response to the temptation, Jesus quotes the book of Deuteronomy. What’s unique about the book of Deuteronomy is it’s Israel’s history in the desert prior to entering into the Promised Land. Jesus conquered His desert by remembering Israel’s history in the desert. He cultivated a remembrance. He said, I’m in the desert. What can I use from the word of God to remember, to fuel me, so that I can proceed out of this desert in the power of the Spirit and bring people into the Promised Land?
This is a key in our Christian walk. It’s a simple thing, remembering what God has done. And so I want to charge you today to be intentional and be ferocious in your remembrance. What we remember of God’s character isn’t meant to be antiquity of the past. It’s actually meant to be a tutor for your future. As you remember His nature, His character. He provided this, He provided financially for this. He did this miracle. He restored this relationship. These are all testimonies that are meant to be launching pads and to enter your future. And so I want to give you permission today: Be ferocious in your remembering. God bless you.
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