7 Key Reasons to Remember God’s Word
Remembering the truth found in the Bible can be a challenge, but when we take time to learn the Scriptures, we are able to remember it throughout our lives with the help of the Holy Spirit. It can help us in the decisions that we make and sustain us through testing. We also see the goodness, faithfulness of God and how He remembers His people throughout His pages from beginning to end. This is where we get to know God and find out who we are in relation to him. The Lord speaks to us through the Bible – it is alive and active, understanding the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).
If we forget to spend time in the Word of God, we are missing a deep relationship with Jesus, we can lose our identity as children of God and our understanding of the purpose of our life is skewed It happens. Here are some reasons to encourage knowing and remembering the word of God:
- How does this God speak to us
“All scriptures have been breathed by God and are profitable for teaching, for condemnation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3: 16–17).
We need to remind ourselves to spend time reading the Bible because it is God’s word for us today. This is where we can be encouraged, guided and challenged to follow Jesus and it helps us to follow him. The word of God ceases forever (1 Peter 1:25), it works in the hearts of believers (1 Thessalonians 2:13), and it is the sword of the soul (Ephesians 6:17).
If we are to dwell in Jesus, follow His words in our daily lives and conquer the enemy by the power of the Holy Spirit, we must be rooted and grounded in God’s truth as stated in the Bible.
- Glorifying God
“Remember the old things; Because I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like me… ”(Isaiah 4: 4).
As we come to read and study the Bible, we are able to see how Jehovah has remained faithful to his promises and how all things come together with him. There are no other gods that can be honored or praised because there is only one God who has created a way for sinful humanity to have a relationship with Him. It is through the blood of Jesus Christ who died on a cross for the sin of the world.
The God we read in the Bible deserves all the glory, honor and praise. He is the one who builds and sustains life. We can know him, be in relationship with him and worship should direct him alone: ”You are our God and Lord, to receive the glory and honor and power to make all things, and by them you exist Will and were created ”(Revelation 4:11).
- Jesus asks you to remember Him
“And when he gave thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body for you. Do this in my memory ”(1 Corinthians 11:24).
As we take bread and wine and partake of the Lord’s Supper, we actively remember and obey what Jesus asked His disciples. The broken bread is the broken Christ’s body for us. The wine reminds us that His blood was given to us and bought us freedom from sin and death. We take bread and wine to remember that Jesus willingly died on the cross for the cost of our sins and our sins.
- Memories help us to see and remember God at work
“I remember the old days; I meditate on everything you do; I am thinking of the work of your hands ”(Psalm 143: 5).
Throughout the Bible we see God’s people reflecting and remembering the wonderful things the Lord has done. Moses told the Israelites to “keep your eyes out of your sight and not let them dim from your heart as long as you live” and “teach your children and their children after them” (Deuteronomy 4: 9). We need to be careful not to forget the truth of God and to be mindful of that truth for future generations.
The psalms are written to be sung and the music is a great way to remember. In Psalm 111, the Lord praises the Lord for having “remembered His wonders” through His deeds, deeds and wonders (v. 4). The world is a canvas painted by an eternal artist and “the invisible qualities of God – His eternal power and divine nature since the creation of the world – have been clearly seen and understood from what is made, so that people do not forgive” (Romans 1:20). Looking at the rolling hills, steep cliffs and stretchy valleys, we may remember how we felt as we admired the view. The Lord has created and shaped all of this and all of this represents who He is. When we are shocked by an aspect of creation, we are seeing an artwork from the Creator.
As Christians, we are on a journey to become like Jesus because the Holy Spirit is at work in our lives. Many of us share our testimonies of how we became Christians and tell others how we have seen God in our experiences and in ourselves. There are times when it is difficult to follow Jesus, but in those times, we have our memories of God’s grace and power in our lives to remind us that He is good. We can draw on those times to help us remember the Almighty God when we are fragile and weak in our faith.
- The Lord remembers us
“Can a woman forget her nursing child and not show compassion to her pregnant son? These may also be forgotten, though I will never forget you. Behold, I have engraved thee on my palms; Your walls are continually before me ”(Isaiah 49: 15-16).
God promised to bring Noah back to earth. He remembered the promise that Abraham and Sarah would bring many children through them. Psalm 105: 8 says, “He will remember His covenant and His promise for a thousand generations forever.” When God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, He remembered Abraham and saved Lot from destruction (Genesis 19:29). God remembered Rachel and opened her womb (Genesis 30:22). The Lord also remembered Hannah (1 Samuel 1:19). We cannot be forgotten by God. He will never forget us. He is faithful to keep His promises and He is the God who sees us (Genesis 16:13).
- The Holy Spirit helps us to remember
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you” (John 14:26).
The Spirit helps us to remember the truth found in God’s Word. He lives and teaches in believers and makes them remember Jesus’ words. The minds of Christians are transformed as they work in their lives, and as they follow Jesus, they lead them into all truth: Then you will be able to test and accept God’s will – His good, pleasant and perfect will ”(Romans 12: 2).
Jesus used the Scriptures when he was tempted in the wilderness. The Son of God is well aware of Scripture and it is a weapon to withstand the enemy’s tactics. The sword of the Spirit is the word of God (Ephesians 4:17). We are engaged in spiritual warfare and the Holy Spirit brings words of remembrance of life and truth that can lessen the attacks of evil.
- Navigating life decisions
“Your word is a lamp to my foot and a light in my path” (Psalm 119: 105).
Big and small decisions must be made in our lives and the Bible gives us the wisdom to make the right choices. The more we choose to stay in the Word of God, the more our minds will be renewed, which will prepare us for the big decisions that will come our way. When we come to know Him by spending time with Jesus, we come to know His voice. Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me ”(John 10:27).