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Failure to Remember

July 8, 2013

One of the biggest obstacles in my spiritual growth is not forgetting but failing to remember. Can you relate? I haven’t forgotten that I’m on a temporary journey that one day leads me Home. But some days (especially Mondays) I look down and fail to remember.


Remember the wild party thrown by the Israelites in Exodus? They made an idol made from their earrings!

They were turning their back on the God who had just:

Handed down 10 miraculous plagues

Delivered them from Egypt by parting the red sea and drowning the Egyptian army

Personally provided a daily breakfast of manna

Provided water from a rock

Put on the ultimate fireworks show at Mt. Sinai

Yet, when their leader (Moses) disappears for 40 days at the top of mountain, they blow it all! Why? Did they forget? No. They failed to remember. There’s a difference. Failing to remember is a choice.

Whatever your circumstances, a perfect God thinks YOU are “to die for”. You already know that. Today, don’t fail to remember that.

Here are more examples of Failure to Remember thinking (FTR) vs. God’s truth (GT).

FTR: “When I think about myself, I don’t like ________.”

GT: “You’re perfectly made in My image.” (Gen. 1:27)

FTR: “I feel guilty.”

GT: “I am faithful to forgive and cleanse”. (1 Jn. 1:9)

FTR: “Does God really care for me?”

GT: “Nothing can separate you from My love.” (Rom. 8:37-39)

FTR: “My successes make me valuable.”

GT: “My Son makes you valuable.” (Rom. 5:1-2)

FTR: “My failures and brokenness make me unworthy.”

GT: “My Son makes you worthy.” (1 Cor. 6:11)

FTR: “The cost to redeem me was too high.”

GT: “You are worth it.” (Jn. 3:16)

Whatever you do today, remember God.


From → Theology

  1. Eric permalink

    Thanks Mark. I needed that.

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