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5/27/24 MondayMatters: Living With Memories

5/27/24 MondayMatters: Living With Memories

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Memories are a wonderful gift from God, but if we allow them to, they can defeat and destroy us. Studies show that we actually only remember about 15-20% of the things that we think we do. And those memories are not 100% accurate. Here are some important keys to living with our memories.

  1. Our memories do not determine who we are. We are not defined by our memories. The most used tool of the enemy of our souls is shame. Revelation 12 says, “He is the accuser and he accuses us day and night.” And what does he use to accuse us, to shame us? Our memories. But what we remember about our past does not dictate our present or our future.
  2. We can choose what we remember. Just as we can “take every thought captive,” we can control our memories. We can refuse to let the accuser control where we live in our memories. Memories are episodic, the events that we lived through or experienced, and semantic, knowledge like algebra and world history. Both kinds of memories fade without use. Paul says, “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” (Phillipians 4:8) In other words, I can decide what I think about and what I remember.
  3. We can reframe our memories. Just as when we get older, we “remember” things differently, we can choose to reinterpret, reimagine, reframe our memories. We look back and see how God was present. We think back and remember that He worked things out for good. So Joseph says to his brothers in Genesis 50, “I remember this differently. You remember that you were trying to harm me. I remember that God was working everything out for my good and the good of my people.”
  4. Finally, memories are a gift from God. Those wonderful, cherished, treasured memories remind us of His goodness to us, His faithfulness for us, and His work in us. We remember and we praise Him. Memory enhances our worship. That’s why an old hymn stirs us so. We remember how God was present the first time we heard that song. And we retell those memories to our children and our children’s children to teach them about the goodness of God. So when they ask.”What do these stones mean?” we can remember with them the times God delivered us and brought us into the Promised Land.

Learn to master your memories and quit letting your memories master you.

3/25/24       MondayMatters: Self-Reflection

3/25/24 MondayMatters: Self-Reflection Click the link above for the MondayMatters video. During Holy Week we often look at spiritual discipline and consider things we can do to deepen our walk and increase our faith. The idea of self-reflection, self-examination is often uncomfortable and certainly underused. But this week is a wonderful time to look inward, allow the… Continue Reading

3/7/24 Lent Psalm 74 

3/7/24 Lent Psalm 74 

  I was turkey hunting with a friend on my sister’s farm just outside of Ashland City, Tennessee a couple of years ago. We were dressed completely in camouflage, sitting under a tree in the gray light of early morning. I was doing my very best turkey call and a gobbler was answering back from… Continue Reading

3/5/24   Lent     Psalm 72        This Concludes…

3/5/24 Lent Psalm 72 This Concludes…

3/5/24 Lent Psalm 72  There is an interesting commentary in the last verse of Psalm 72. From here for the next 30 psalms or so, it seems the worship pastor has taken over. Asaph is attributed with most of the next 30 psalms. A few are unnamed. They even throw in a song from Moses… Continue Reading

2/29/24   Psalm 67   Blessing

2/29/24 Psalm 67 Blessing

February 29. Have you ever said, “I wish I had a little more time?” “I just need one more day?” Well, here it is. Today is your free day, that extra 24 hours. It’s leap year and God’s gift to you is one additional day this year. What will you do with it? I sure… Continue Reading

2/28/24  Lent   Psalm 66

2/28/24 Lent Psalm 66

2/28/24         Lent      Psalm 66  Okay, this may fall under the “too much information” category but, I am surprised at how noisy getting old is. It’s impossible to tie my shoes without a series of groanings. Getting out of a chair takes a couple of grunts. Every sentence is responded to by, “What?”, and has to… Continue Reading

2/27/24    Lent   Psalm 65

2/27/24 Lent Psalm 65

2/27/24 Lent Psalm 65 From Mike Courtney    I was grafted into the Leviner family. My widowed Aunt Ruth married widower Uncle Marion Leviner and I somehow was adopted by the whole clan. It was nice but it wasn’t really significant until my family moved, and I found myself as a high school sophomore attending… Continue Reading

2/21//24    Lent     Psalm 58

2/21//24 Lent Psalm 58

2/21/24 Lent Psalm 58  “Why do the wicked prosper?” is probably one of the most perplexing (and often asked) philosophical questions. I don’t mind so much that my life is not hunky-dory but it sure grates on me that the other guy, and I know he’s not doing right, is getting ahead. When my dad… Continue Reading