THURSDAY DAY 2
REMEMBER THE WORD OF THE LORD
(Day four of 5-Day End-of-Year Fasting)
Scripture Reading: Numbers 15:40
To remember something, it is apparent that you know it. You cannot remember something that you never knew. I want to encourage you today amidst all that you are going through to “Remember the Word of the Lord”, knowing that it will require you to read it to accomplish that task. However, it is more important that you remember it than reading it. If you only read it and do not remember it, you have gained little and may lose more than you gained.
God’s Word instructs us on what we should do. It gives us examples of good and bad so that we can learn what to do and what NOT to do. It instructs us in perspectives God says are good which the world might not share. The Word of God says, “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”’ (Acts 20:35 ESV)
One of the blessings in remembering the Word of God is that it brings protection from sin. The Psalms says, “I have stored up Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You”. (Psalm 119:11 ESV) Jesus must have taken David’s psalm to heart because in each of the temptations Matthew records in chapter 4, Jesus quotes from the Scriptures, specifically, the book of Deuteronomy: “It is written…” He answers Satan’s temptations with God’s Word and resists each one. We can too. Another blessing in remembering the Word of the Lord (or “not forgetting”) is it helps us to persist and endure.
Where are you in your knowledge of God’s Word? How much do you really remember? There can be no progress without remembering the Word of God; revivals come from renewal of His Word! If you are going to overcome temptation and walk in victory, you must follow Jesus’ example of remembering God’s Word. God’s Word in your heart and mouth is your spiritual weapon. If you neglect to use it, you will not be walking in the victory and blessing Jesus has for you.
MASS: VIOLET ST. BIBIANA Is 26:1-6; Ps 118:1 and 8-9, 19-21, 25-27a (R.26a) Accl. Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; Gospel. Mt 7:21, 24-27
1. Gracious Lord, You have caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning. Help us to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest and always remember them, that, encouraged and supported by Your holy Word, we may embrace and always hold fast the joyful hope. Heavenly Father, give us faith to receive Your Word, understanding to know what it means, and the will to put it into practice in the Name of Jesus the Lord.
Exercise: Reflect on Psalm 119:11
Meditation: Psalm 77:11