Remember All of God’s Benefits and Stir Yourself Up
“Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth, Yes I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle (body), to stir you up by putting you in remembrance.” II Peter 1:12-13.
There is no substitute for attending church; it is valuable, important and it is something that should be practiced by everyone who claims to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Church is not something we do individually, but it is something we do collectively; we are what the Bible calls the 'family of God' (Hebrews 10:25). It is through church attendance that we hear the preaching of God's Word; 'stir up' (arouse or awaken the mind) each other's memories of God's Word and His provision (Hebrews 10:24). Throughout the Old and New Testaments, the necessity of setting aside a day each week to acknowledge God's importance in our lives is not only stressed, it is commanded (Exodus 20:8). We are all part of the body of Christ, sent to edify, encourage one another, comfort one another and bear each other's burdens in the group where He has placed us. Obey God's Word by belonging to a faith fellowship, tithe, first fruit, sow seeds and pray for others. Church attendance is not for the church's sake, it is for the sake of an individual.
All Scripture is God-breathed (II Timothy 3:16). When we listen to God's Word preached and worship Him in church, we receive into our minds the breath of God which gives us life and health. Worship begins with a choice. We have to choose to give God praise and thanks even if we don't feel like it. Practice praising Him wherever you are and be ready to praise Him at church. One can put a thousand to fight, but two can put ten thousand to fight. That's why it is important that we give thanks and worship when we come together in church services.
A benefit is a privilege that is granted because we are connected to someone or something that is advantageous or good; a gift; an act of kindness. There are many benefits each of us have at the present or have experienced in the past; it is good to not forget them or take them for granted. Through the acceptance of Christ as Savior, we are connected to the benefits provided in the New Covenant. To realize the blessings of these benefits, it is important to see and accept ourselves. It is easy to burden the Holy Spirit by how we feel instead of living by what Jesus says.
David faced an enemy, Goliath, who has huge and powerful. He remembered the delivering power of an almighty God and he rehearsed his God given victories in the face of fighting Goliath. Remembering our victories is an important faith practice because the word remembrance means what we remember and focus on brings the same power back into our now and in increased form; it is a natural way of life because God is a God of increase.
In Psalm 103, David reminds himself of the benefits of knowing God and accepting what He has done. Because we live in the valley of the shadow of death, we must focus on the things of God continuously. Circumstances can be powerful enough to draw us back into past thinking and speaking which causes a negative reaction of fear, anger or hurt. The temptation to react to life and people in a negative, hurtful, offensive or angry way waits for an opportunity to take over. When unfavorable circumstances arise, we know that He is working everything to our benefit (Romans 6:28, Psalm 138:8).
John 14:26 tells us the Holy Spirit (in us) brings to remembrance the sayings of Jesus Christ. The power of Jesus' sayings is called to our now moment whenever we speak His word in faith. The spoken word of faith will cause the power of the Holy Spirit to perform that word in us and our circumstances. This is how we become the creator of circumstances instead of being subject to them.
Speaking, hearing and obeying God's Word in faith and obeying His Word through active obedience is the key to living in peace, power, confidence, abundance, purpose and victory. The more we know God the more we will take Him at His Word with absolute trust and unwavering faith, receiving His blessings in our lives in an abundant way. The one sure way of successfully traveling through life on earth and experiencing true fulfillment is trusting in God's Word.
The Lord will always have someone to cause us to hear and remember the great privileges given to us through Jesus Christ until we are able to 'stir up' ourselves by allowing God's Word to become us. 'Stir up' is to arouse or waken the mind. Eventually, we will be 'stirring up' others instead of needing others to stir us up. Sad words are, "It would have been different if I wouldn't have stopped doing what worked." Do not stop training your mind with God's Word! Sometimes we forget that faith comes by hearing, not having heard it yesterday. We need to take special care to remember that God is loading us with benefits daily (Psalm 68:19). Even at times when unfavorable circumstances arise, we know that He is working everything to our benefit (Romans 8:28, Psalm 138:8). Stop for a moment and think about the many benefits (gifts) that God has bestowed upon you today. You may be surprised just how many blessings you have already received and enjoyed.
Remember and Rehearse the Sayings of God's Word
1. I have more than enough perfect health provision by the stripes of Jesus Christ for it is written by Jesus' stripes, I was healed (I Peter 2:24).
2. I have more than enough perfect peace provision by the promise of Jesus (John 14:27) and the blood of Jesus from the punishment put on Him meant for my peace (Isaiah 53:5). I receive my gift of peace now.
3. I have no worries because by God's grace I have sufficiency always for all things (II Corinthians 9:8).