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Require Yourself to Remember
By Joel Osteen - Jun 27, 2014

In the Old Testament, God commanded His people to have certain festivals, certain celebrations. One of the main reasons was so they would remember what God did for them. Several times a year, they would all stop what they were doing, come together and celebrate how God brought them out of slavery, or how God defeated their enemy, or how He protected them. They were required to remember. Another place talks about how they put out memorial stones. These were huge boulders. We might call them historical markers today. That reminded them of specific victories. Every time they walked by, they would say, "Oh, yeah. That stone is for when God brought us out of slavery. That stone is for when God healed my child. That stone is for when God provided for our needs." These memorial stones helped it to stay fresh in their memory. They fed their faith and hope in God.

In the same way, every one of us should have our own memorial stones. When you look back over your life, you should remember not the times you failed, not when you went through a breakup, or your boss did you wrong, or the business went down. That's remembering what you should be forgetting. Switch over to the other channel. Remember when you were lonely and God brought somebody great into your life? Remember when the medical report said it was impossible, but God supernaturally healed you? Remember when it was dark? You didn't think you'd have another happy day, but God not only turned it around, He gave you beauty for ashes, joy for mourning! All of us should have our memorial stones out. We should require ourselves to remember! Why? Because it keeps us focused on God's faithfulness. It keeps our hearts and minds going in the right direction. It causes us to be grateful which opens the door to His blessing. Today and every day, make it a point to meditate on the good things of God. Stay focused on Him and praise Him for all that He will do in your future!

"Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced." (Psalm 105:5, NIV)

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