1Co 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 1Co 15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
Preaching any other gospel other than the gospel of Jesus Christ is a lapse in memory that can land a person in hot water, even cursed. Apostle Paul says that a person who preaches any other gospel is a cursed person. Galatians 1:8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God's curse! Wow! So, what must we keep in memory so that we do not stray and how do we keep it in memory. One way is in remembrance. Jesus instituted the practice of communion as a remembrance for us of what He had done on the cross. Doing this is both practising and preaching the gospel. The other way is to keep ourselves focussed by reading and meditating on the word of God. The most important way is by keeping the word of God in storage (memory). The reason why this is important is, the Holy Spirit brings up the word (Spirit & Life) at the time we need it, causing it to flow out of us as words expressed by the Holy Spirit Himself.
Memory is very important to the human make up. It serves to recall what is good and acceptable in our lives. However, many have fallen victim to the devil’s interference with memory and have stored up all that had gone bad in their lives. This is how the devil has successfully condemned people into believing bad things about themselves, God and others. Resentment, un-forgiveness, bitterness and hatred have risen from information stored in memory about their past. That is why the Bible encourages us to think on good reports in our lives and especially about our lives from the word of God rather than cellular memory. Php 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Php 4:9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
These types of instruction from the Bible are best followed when remembrance is used. John 14.26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Recalling what is in memory in a spiritual sense brings great assurance through the word using its power to counter anything that comes against us. It is the two edged sword that breaks down everything. I remember when I was confronted by demons, I used the word of God that was brought to my remembrance. These were the words to use and not just any word from the word of God. It is always the Holy Ghost prompting of the word of God that makes the difference. It has the power we need to defeat our enemies. Likewise, in any form of depression or oppression, the recalled words of God kept in cellular memory serves best to defeat the enemies. The more we learn to do this, the better for us. Soon, we will be more than conquerors through Christ Jesus who is the word of God living in our memory.
Memory serves by using stored information over and over again successfully. This is what makes us competent in our skills and in what we do. Experience adds to experience (precept upon precept). Corrections are made to memory because of new information received and storing new information on top of old information. All this adds up to a powerful delivery of information that is needed at the moment. Mat 13:52 Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old. God wants us to build on what He had taught us and store it for a time when we need it. The word of God is an ever revealing word. The information we need today is far greater than ever before because of the evil times we live in. Evil has increased so much that it has taken away from people the grounding in the truth of God. Today, it is, anything goes without memory of what God has done for them. They do not give thanks for things of the past or the present.
The ever present need of the word of God in our hearts is already in us like a well with water in it. However, few use the water that is stored up already. Instead they go looking for new revelation without the grounding of truth thereby make shipwreck of their faith. 1Ti 1:18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; 1Ti 1:19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: Apostle Paul is instructing young Timothy not to intrude into areas of his faith that can make a shipwreck of his life. He was instructed to hold onto a good conscience. The blood of Jesus was shed to wash our consciences. Once it is washed, we must hold onto the new conscience and not the cellular one that says we were bad. If we go back to the old conscience, it will condemn us and cause us to mistrust God and make Him powerless in our lives. It is then that satan takes advantage and drives the nails of condemnation in further, into our lives. Many people are tossed about like a boat in a storm because of vacillating faith. This is because they do not hold onto the word of faith that was first spoken in their lives. We must come to that place of understanding the ways of the Lord. Recall His goodness and mercy that has kept us thus far.
New revelation comes when we are in need of it. It is God’s will to reveal things to us. Once they are revealed, they belong to us and we must keep them or lose them. Deu 29:29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law. It is the recollection of the revealed words of God that build us up in the faith. It creates in us a solid foundation from which we can work. So that, when false doctrines and the storms of life come, we recall the established word of God and not just depend on new revelations that have not been tested. This is where many end up in the wrong direction and become false teachers and prophets thinking they have found some new thing. The devil gives their new found revelation power and so when they get results, they believe they are on the right track. They then deceive many along the way who are not rooted and grounded in Christ Jesus. Jesus is our memory and constant figure of salvation in our life. He is interactive and real by His Spirit life in us.
Memory cell in the natural is an immunisation that has been incorporated into the body. In biology, a memory cell refers to one of a number of types of cells that make up part of the immune system. These cells are a vital part of the system that defends the body against pathogens such as bacteria or viruses that cause disease and infection. They are one type of white blood cell or lymphocyte. Likewise the Holy Spirit is the memory person infused into our spirits to immunize us from wrong things. We must depend on Him or we are lost. Many have found religion in Christ Jesus but not life. They walk in darkness and are open to all manners of wrong information that go into their cellular structure causing them to do the exact opposite of the Holy Spirit. They become immunized or indoctrinated into their new belief. If they are to come out of it, it has to be the Holy Ghost through the grace of Jesus who brings them out. They have a long way back to normalcy after that and have to strenuously involve themselves in the word of God to stay afloat. Many people who have come out of satanic backgrounds, cults and false Christian religions have had to go through this process. Others who have come out of other religions that are not Christian based seem to come out immediately or not long after because the light that shines into them is new and there is no memory of anything Christian based in them. This is a very difficult area for Counsellors who have to constantly assure these Christians who were under Christian deception that, they are no longer under that deception. Much emotion and problems of believing have been faced by such people. Like people who have come out of JWs’ and Mormonism.
Memory is a good thing and must be valued. Having good memories are important as well. To allow for good memories to be built in a person, one must trust God in the way He leads. Often time, God takes us down into the valley of despair first before He brings us out on top of the mountain because He wants to create in us the value of His goodness or else we are likely to forget. Heb 10:32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; Heb 10:33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. Heb 10:34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. Heb 10:35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. Heb 10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
Let us come to that place where we remember former things like Christ’s crucifixion. After that, let us add to our faith the goodness of God in the land of the living. He has provided for us while others have nothing. There will be books opened one day in heaven. These are record books or memory books. Not ipads but God’s tablets, the hard disk of His memory. It is out of this memory of God that we will be rewarded or judged. Glory to God.
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