Our Memory Bank

4 Nov

God’s Word: II Timothy 1

God’s Message to Me: (My interpretation of what God is saying to me through these verses)

Your ability to remember is a gift from Me.  What you fill your memory with is your choice.  Intense memories are often triggered by the senses, another gift from Me.  Touching, tasting, smelling, hearing, sight.  The more intense the happening–the more intense the memory.  Touching a hot fire, tasting a rotten egg, smelling rotting flesh, hearing loud and harsh words, seeing foul things—these things stay with us all our life.

Here is my best advice for filling your memory bank with precious memories–Philippians 4:8: “Fill your minds and meditate on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.”  The choices you make today are the memories you will live with tomorrow.  Psalm 119:37 “Turn my eyes away from worthless things.”  Make a conscious choice to not even look at vile things and set a good example for your children.  Garbage in—garbage out is a true saying.

What memories are you handing down to the next generation?  Timothy, who this book was written to, had the rich memories of faith that were handed down to him from his grandmother and mother.  They had chosen to root their memories in faith building qualities and Timothy “caught it.”  Your children will “catch” whatever happenings you are allowing into their lives through their senses.  Take steps today to plant seeds of faith in their memory banks that will blossom for eternity.

God’s Question for Me: Are you making wise choices about what goes into your memory bank?

God’s Promise to Me: As far as the east is from the west—I have chosen to forget your sins.

My Prayer to God:

Adoration:  Wow!  To think that you are able to really forget our sins.  Those things we try to forget seem to grow even stronger.  This helps us to realize that choosing to forgive erases an incident from the memory.  I stand amazed at your choice to forget my sins and set me free.

Confession:  I am eager for you for forget my sins but way to often I remember and re-verbalize the “sins” of others.  Why it is so easy for me to “forget” that you forgive my sins in direct proportion to how I forgive and “forget” the sins of others.

Thanksgiving:  The death of Christ was the ultimate step taken to forgive our sins.  Thank you for that and for this reminder that yes, I can sacrifice myself and my own rights to forgive others.  Not because they are worthy of my forgiveness—but because you loved me first and now I love on your behalf.

Supplication:  May the thoughts of my heart and the words on my lips today speak tempered with your love and forgiveness.  Help me to not allow resentment to take root but to forgive at the first thought of resentment.  I need your help to be victorious today and every day.

My Song to God:

Precious memories, unseen angels,
Sent from somewhere to my soul.
How they linger ever near me,
And the sacred past unfolds.

Precious memories how they linger,
How they ever flood my soul.
In the stillness, of the midnight.
Precious sacred scenes unfold.

In the stillness of the midnight,
Echoes from the past I hear.
Old time singing, gladness ringing,
From that lovely land somewhere.

Precious memories how they linger,
How they ever flood my soul.
In the stillness, of the midnight.
Precious sacred scenes unfold.

As I travel on life’s pathway,
I know not what the years may hold.
As I ponder hope grows fonder,
Precious memories flood my soul.

Precious memories how they linger,
How they ever flood my soul.
In the stillness, of the midnight.
Precious sacred scenes unfold.

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