I have thought a lot about remembrance over the last week since I was asked to write an article for Andrew Wommack Ministries about how Charis Bible College changed my life. It was powerful to reflect on my personal journey as a believer and the life changing truths that were imparted to me at that school. Andrew Wommack has stated God spoke to him and said “I have raised you up to change people’s opinion of Me. That will change their lives, and then they will change the world.” That pretty much sums up what happened to me at Charis. God changed my opinion of Him, my life got changed, and it made me want to go change the world!
It’s important to intentionally remember things like this that God has done in our lives. If we aren’t intentional to remember we are bound to forget. Human beings are funny that way. The words remember, remembrance, or remind are used almost 300 times in the Bible. Here are just a few examples:
- 2 Timothy 2:8 Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel,
- 2 Peter 1:12 For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth.
- Luke 22:19 And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it,and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
God has always instructed His people to remember the things He has done for them, so the miracles of the past continue to have an effect on our present-day reality. In Joshua 4, He told the children of Israel to pick up stones from the midst of the Jordan to remind them how He had miraculously parted the waters so they could cross into their promised land. God then told them this would be a sign to their children of their deliverance. This is just another way of saying a reminder of His faithfulness.
The Hebrew word for testimony comes from a root word that means to do it again. Did you know every time you remember something God has done in your life, you are actually inviting Him to do it again? Revelation 19:10 builds upon that as it says“For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” When we testify of Jesus and what He has done for us we are remembering a previous deliverance which builds our faith to believe for a new deliverance.
This is why the Bible instructs us to remember. God wants us to be continually filled with his spirit so we can continually experience more healings for ourselves and others, increased financial provision, and more answered prayers. I want to encourage you to intentionally remember the things Jesus accomplished in the Bible so you can remind yourself He wants to continue to do those things in your life.
I also want to encourage you to intentionally remind yourself of the miracles God has done in your life. Remember how he came through and paid a bill you didn’t have the money to pay. Remember how he healed you when the doctor said there was nothing they could do. Remember how He brought a great friend to you when you were isolated and lonely. Remembering these things will keep you full of God’s spirit and full of faith as you declare God’s promises over your life.
I’d like to invite you to help me help others with this. If you have a testimony of how God has worked in your life through Grace Life Church, please share it here. I believe in the power of sharing our testimony to encourage ourselves and others around us. It really blessed me as I thought of all of the miraculous salvations, healings, and deliverances God has done through this church over last two years! It made me want to go plant a church all over again – location 2 is coming. How do I know? The testimony of Jesus or how He started an awesome church on the basis of a dream He planted in my heart is the spirit of prophecy – a future satellite campus!