Bible Ballistics: BBs #217 A Fortnight Of Thanks-Living #7
I thank God for memory. And while that may seem to be a strange thing to be thankful for, I believe it is a valid principle. We can’t truly appreciate what God is doing today, without being aware of all He has brought us from and through!
Now I’m not talking about morbid, guilt riddled regret, but deep awareness of what God has delivered us from:
“Giving thanks unto the Father,
which hath made us meet to be partakers
of the inheritance of the saints
13 Who hath delivered us
from the power of darkness,
and hath translated us
into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption
through his blood,
even the forgiveness of sins:” Col. 1:12-14
Oh, the wonder and joy of “forgiveness of sins”! It’s what allows me to look back with total confidence in what God has done, is doing and will continue to do! Because I’ve been forgiven, the past is strictly that “THE PAST”!!! It should bring gratitude for what God has done for us, not guilt or condemnation, because we have received this wonderful gift of “new life” which transforms our lives and sets us free.
“There is therefore now no condemnation
to them which are in Christ Jesus,
who walk not after the flesh,
but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus
hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2
And because I’m free –I can thank God for the memory of what HE has done for me. I can know that He used my past to bring me to Himself; to make me what I am becoming today; that when I look back it IS in gratitude, with regret that I didn’t see sooner, but not in guilt or oppression that grips me or holds me in the bonds of condemnation. Jesus death brought my redemption and deliverance from those bonds. I can now look forward with hope, joy and expectation of great things with God. I can look forward to great opportunities to serve my Lord, my God, my King, and walk in His love and grace. And I think that is what Paul is speaking to in Philippians—that we can forget the condemnation that was on us, and walk in the newness of life in Jesus Christ.
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.” Philippians 3:13-15
I can walk forward with joy in the memory of what God has done for me with absolute certainty of HIS work in me because He is always working in me, with one goal in mind:
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Ro. 8:28