At the end of each year I like to take some time to just sit, be still and reflect on the year. During this time I heard the LORD speak to me a couple of phrases that I believe are important for us as we enter into this next decade.
I want to reflect
I heard the Lord say…
The Father was encouraging me not to spend emotional and mental energy in the days to come without being aware or mindful that He will be there. He has promised to be with us always, never forsaking us. So when we spend time, mentally and emotionally, dwelling on future events and circumstances without acknowledging that God will be there, we are tempted to fear.
On the other hand, remembrance is taking time to actually enjoy God’s faithfulness in our past. This spiritual discipline of remembrance is critical to moving forward in 2020. As we take time to remember and enjoy the victories that God has won for us in the past, it keeps our heart innocent and filled with faith to approach the “giants” that stand in between us and the promises of God. Without remembering God’s saving power towards us in the past, we look ahead and begin to fear, uncertain as to whether or not God will help us tomorrow as he did yesterday.
There are two ways I like to spend time remembering God’s works:
1: I remember what Jesus did — I take time to meditate on the fact that he died on a cross, shed his blood, spent three days in a grave and was resurrected! I remember that he did this to cleanse me of all my sin, to liberate me from my sinful nature and to give me the gift of righteousness and the Holy Spirit. As I remember how much pain Jesus endured to bring me into his family, I’m filled with confidence and hope that He will help me fight and win the battles I face today (relational problems, financial issues, lack of vision etc).
2: I remember specific breakthroughs — In addition to remembering the works of Jesus that I find in the Scriptures, I also like to remember the specific instances when He came through for me. Like the time he delivered me from pornography, or when he cancelled our credit card debt in a matter a weeks. Remembering these testimonies and enjoying them fills my heart with faith and keeps me from living a life of fear and unbelief.
Take Time to
I encourage you in 2020 to take time, each day, to personally remember Jesus’ work in saving you as well as those specific moments in your life that he has been faithful to you! This will preserve from you fear, fill you with faith and prepare you to cross over into the promises of God waiting for you in 2020!
Here are some Scriptures for you to meditate on as well.
11 “Take care lest you forget the Lord your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, 12 lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, 13 and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery…”
11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
2 Peter 1:9
9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.