The word 'remember' appears 230 times in the Bible--not counting memory, memorial and warnings about forgetfulness. We serve a God Who forgets nothing--unless it is our sins by His merciful choice.
However, God is extremely clear: we must not forget Him, His Words or His works. Why? Because They govern, guide, correct, protect and inspire us.
Because Satan tempts us to forget and follow the broad path. But if we do, we become like the herd of demon-possessed pigs--running blindly over a cliff.
What should you choose to remember from this passing year... and the years preceding it?
1) Remember God: 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength' (Mark 12:30, NKJV). Don't give your heart, soul, mind and strength to family, friends, fitness, fame, fun or fortune.
2) Remember Jesus: 'He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His Wounds we are healed' (Isaiah 53:5, NASB). He is never to be sidelined, footnoted or forgotten.
3) Remember the works of God: 'Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, and I will declare Your greatness. They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness, and shall sing of Your righteousness...' (Psalm 145:6-8, NKJV).
4) Remember how He has blessed you and others. 'The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children's children, to such as keep His Covenant...' (Psalm 103:17-18).
5) Remember God's special deliveries: 'This is my anguish; But I will remember the years of the Right Hand of the Most High. I will remember the works of the Lord; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old' (Psalm 77:10-11, NKJV).
God delivers: then, now and always. Do not be deceived. Remember His work in your own life. Remember how your old tests became testimonies. So will your current tests--because God doesn't change.
Bottom line: Talking about His wondrous works will not only change you, but anyone else who happens to be listening. So, don't hide your old self. Instead, compare it to your new self--with joy and thanksgiving.
## Goodbye 2019: What To Remember (Part 2, Conclusion)
NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2013 devotion series, 'Goodbye Year.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you're not a performer, don't be deterred. In truth, every disciple acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Goodbye 2019 series.