Psalms 103: 2-5 NKJV
“Bless the Lord , O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
It is said that memories are a timeless treasure of the heart. What is your earliest childhood memory? How far back can you go and how old were you? Our memory gives us the capacity to recall information, experiences, events and this can also bring back certain feelings and emotions although the event could have happened ages ago.
One of the disciplines we are encouraged as believers to develop is the discipline of committing scripture to memory. When Jesus was tempted by the devil he was able to counter the temptation by quoting scripture (the truth) from memory. The bible is the sword of the Spirit and when we commit it to memory then we are able to bring it out and declare the truth that it has recorded concerning who we are and that truth then sets us free.
Sometimes as human beings we have the tendency to forget and that is why it is said that ” The faintest ink is more powerful that the strongest memory!” God who created us knows this and hence we have the helper, the Holy Spirit who brings to our remembrance the things of God that we have been taught. We sometimes struggle with hurtful memories because of things that we went through in our past and sometimes even continuing to see ourselves as unworthy sinners though we have been forgiven.
This can distort what we think and feel about ourselves hence hindering our productivity and keeping us from being all that God created us to be. The truth is many people find themselves in that space and you will discover that this is because they have allowed what they went through or their sinful past to become the dominant picture in their mind, their imagination.
2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
When we come to Christ we are made a new creation. He separates us completely from our former life and he no longer remembers our sin. Our point of reference should no longer be our hurtful memories, instead we should look to the word of God and allow it to define the new person that we have become. There begins the process of the renewing of our minds. From then on, as our key verse says, we should always remember and never forget the good things that God has done for us, and who we have become in him.
You are a new creation in Christ, do not forget the benefits the Lord has given you in Christ. Focus on those good memories and meditate on his promises.