January 04, 2020
God’s memory is perfect, because God is perfect. But the most beautiful thing about His memory is that He chooses to remember us, and in His remembering, to help us.
God had flooded the earth as a discipline for the hideous sin and rebellion of man. But he spared Noah and his family. On the ark for 40 days, God remembered, i.e., looked with affection, at Noah and began the process of removing the water and preparing a place for Noah, his family, and the animals He had created and spared.
As they left the ark, Noah built an altar and worshiped the Lord, which was a blessing to God. Then notice the conversation between Noah and God:
God could blot us from His memory. He could choose to never bless us again. But that is not our God.
In His mercy, He remembers you and every promise He has ever made to you. The question is, do you remember Him? Will you remember His grace and return to Him? Will you remember, this year, to love, serve, and worship Him with all your heart, and mind, and soul, and strength?
But, in your thoughts of God, never forget this: God remembers.
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January 22, 2020
The omnipresence of God is a reality (that God is everywhere all the time). “Where can I go from Thy Spirit?” David said (Psalm 139). And, since the coming of Christ and Pentecost, which was the sending of His indwelling Spirit to all who believe, the true follower of Christ is assured that Christ will never leave them nor forsake them personally. Once the Spirit comes to reside in the believing heart, He is there permanently.
But, it is possible to have our head turned by the world, the flesh, and the devil. We can quench and grieve the Spirit who lives within us. We can ignore Him or resist His leadership. If we do so, we will lose the conscious awareness of His presence. We will begin to operate on our own, not walking by the Spirit, and the results are always disastrous. We get what our humanity brings. Like an unseen guest standing in the shadows, He is still present, but not prominent.
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