REMEMBERING IS HOPE

REMEMBERING IN THE BIBLE

 

The Bible speaks of remembering in several places. In Luke 24, when the women returned to Jesus’ tomb to discover He was gone, two angels spoke to them and told them to remember (verse 6) the words Jesus had spoken to them. In verse 8,

 

“They remembered His words.”

The writer of Hebrews says in chapter 10 verse 32:

 

“But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions.”

 

The Amplified Bible translates the verse like this:

 

“But be ever mindful of the days gone by in which, after you were first spiritually enlightened, you endured a great and painful struggle.”

 

Paul quoted Jesus in 1 Corinthians 11:24-25, as saying about the Lord’s Supper:

 

“Do this in remembrance of Me.”

 

Peter told his readers in 2 Peter 1:12-13:

 

“Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the truth. Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance.”

 

We are told to remember Lot’s wife, (Luke 17:32), to remember His words (John 15:20), remember the poor (Galatians 2:10), and remember those who are in bonds (Hebrews 13:3).

 

THE ENEMY WANTS TO BLIND US

 

The enemy does not want us to remember so he can blind us, make us forget, and thus alienate us from the life of God. Ephesians 4:18 says:

 

“Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.”

 

GOD’S INTENTION FOR OUR MEMORY

 

God has a fourfold function for our memory:

 

  • to bring conviction, like Peter,
  • to be a form of protection against repeating our godless behavior,
  • to promote stability,
  • to promote fellowship.

 

HOW REMEMERING BRINGS HOPE

 

The weeping prophet Jeremiah listed in painful detail his feelings of depression in the Book of Lamentations chapter three. The very least of his troubled spirit is expressed in verse five:

 

“He has built up [siege mounds] against me and surrounded me with bitterness, tribulation, and anguish.”

 

In addition, notice what he says in verse 20:

 

“My soul has them continually in remembrance and is bowed down within me.”

 

He is weighted down with the memory of his troubles. Then the prophet suddenly gushes forth some of the most precious words ever spoken. Beginning with verse 21and through verse 26 we read:

 

“But this I recall and therefore have I hope and expectation: It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great and abundant is your stability and faithfulness. The Lord is my portion or share, says my living being (my inner self); therefore will I hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him. The Lord is good to those who wait hopefully and expectantly for Him, to those who seek Him {inquire of and for Him and require Him by right of necessity and on the authority of God’s word]. It is good that one should hope in and wait quietly for salvation (the safety and ease) of the Lord.”

 

Remembering brings hope!

 

DR KRIGE AND HOUSE REGENERATION

 

This adapted content was extracted from A Biblical Approach to Psychotherapy authored by Dr Ado Krige, the Founding Director of House Regeneration, a South African drug rehabilitation centre offering a comprehensive discipleship training program. By applying principles of Biblical Therapy, using the Scriptures to teach, rebuke, correct, and train in righteousness, House Regeneration counsellors show anyone who has suffered from addiction how to fully understand why they do what they do and how to bring their belief systems in line with the Word of God.

 

 

 

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