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Forget About It

Friday

October 28, 2016

Never Forget

Read

Luke 22:19-20, “He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then He broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, ‘This is My body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.’ After supper He took another cup of wine and said, ‘This cup is the new covenant between God and His people—an agreement confirmed with My blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.’”

Think

The Israelites slaughtered a lamb without blemish and placed its blood over their doors to spare their firstborns as the angel of death passed over enacting God’s final plague on Egypt. After the sacrifice, the lambs were roasted and served with unleavened bread signifying God’s provision and the deliverance of His people. Therefore, Passover supper became the most sacred annual Jewish feast. Jesus is our flawless Passover Lamb.

Never succumbing to a single fleshly desire, Jesus gave His flesh for us. For this reason, He passed out bread for the disciples to eat and said, “Do this in remembrance of Me”. Then He lifted a cup of wine and said, “This is My blood”, shed to free us from the bondage of sin and death. Therefore, God gave us communion to memorialize His free gift of forgiveness and grace—something we don’t deserve.

Communion also serves as a reminder of who and Whose we are. It brings awareness to the vitality and quality of life that began in us the moment we entered into a loving personal relationship with Jesus. And it’s a marker of life change. Our lives are forever changed once Christ walks through the door of our hearts, cleanses us, and removes all of the unwanted trash and wreckage of our former selves. So the next time you receive a little cup of juice and a tiny cracker, don’t take for granted the magnitude of the occasion—our sin debt paid in full on the Cross by the Savior’s blood. But receive it with joy in celebration of God’s tremendous gift—with awesome gratitude as an expression of the greatest love ever known—that Christ laid down His life for ours.

Pray

Give thanks to God for always having your best interest at heart. And ask Him to reveal any hypocrisy within your life in order be a carrier of His forgiveness and grace.

Act

Over the next week approach everything and everyone with an attitude of gratitude. Each day post something you’re thankful for on social media. Not only will this help you express your appreciation to God, it will serve as a reminder for others to do the same.

Thursday

October 27, 2016

Saved Seating

Read

Ephesians 2:6, "And God raised us with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus".

Colossians 3:1,3-4, "Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God...For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also appear with Him in glory".

Think

In a game of Musical Chairs, the players go around in a circle until the music stops and everyone scrambles for a seat. During each round a chair is removed and one unfortunate individual is left standing. As Christ followers, we never have to worry about losing a seat beside our Savior in Heaven. The moment we bow before Jesus, in a position of surrender, we are cosmically pardoned—our sins forgiven and forgotten. And God sees the righteousness of Christ in us, thereby allowing us to enter into His perfect and holy presence.

Like playing Musical Chairs, we must be zealously-driven to fill seats and heavenly- minded to promote reconciliation to the Father through the Son. Conversely, though, our aim is to add—not subtract—chairs because the stakes are sky high for the spiritually lost. People all around us are spinning in space, looking for seats in all the wrong places. As coheirs with Christ in the Kingdom of God, our goal is to populate Heaven and depopulate Hell. Therefore, we've got to move our meat to save some seats by continuously inviting the lost to experience life change firsthand every weekend at Fellowship Church. And the great thing is, Jesus will never say, "Sorry, that seat's taken".

Pray

Thank God for His constant affection and grace. And ask Him to fill your heart with zeal to share all the wonderful things Jesus is doing in and through your life.

Act

Pray for the house to be full and invite at least one person to join you for Spookarama this weekend at Fellowship Church. For more information on this event, click here: https://fellowshipchurch.com/spookarama

Wednesday

October 26, 2016

“Practically Holy”

Read

I John 4:9-10, "This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sin".

Think

God said, "Be holy, because I am holy". As Christ followers, we're always mindful of our salvation through unmerited grace, yet we often forget to do all the things God has asked us to do. Thus, not only are we blocking the blessings He desires to rain down upon us, we are missing out on all the great things He wants to accomplish in our lives. Remember, He didn't hesitate to spare His only Son for us. Therefore, we must not hesitate to actively participate in the things of God for His glory.

30% of Jesus' words were about information and 70% were about application. The practical application of faith is consistently doing what Jesus did while He was on earth. Because we love God, we desire to imitate Christ and obey His commands. What must we do? We leverage our gifts and abilities within the body of Christ. We extend God's grace to others. We sow our time and resources within the local church. And we become the hands and feet of Jesus by sharing the life-changing message of the gospel with the lost. When we practice purity in reverence and remembrance of His sacrifice and forgiveness, God will do immeasurably more than we ever dreamed possible in and through our lives.

Pray

Pray Psalm 37:3-6, "I will trust in You, Lord, and do good. I will live safely in the land and prosper. I will delight myself in You, knowing You will give me the desires of my heart. I commit everything I do to You. And I trust that You will make my innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of my cause will shine like the noonday sun".

Act

Our lives should be an act of worship. This means everything we do, say, touch, and feel should glorify God. Spend a few moments considering the aspects of your life that fall short of this standard. Then pray for guidance and insight into these areas. If you are not currently serving in the house, no problem! Click here to get connected: https://fellowshipchurch.com/volunteer/

Tuesday

October 25, 2016

Remember That

Read

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” - 1 John 1:9

Think

Forgiveness is such a complex act for so many.  There is something in us that requires that a transgression be paid for and certainly not forgotten.  Perhaps that is why accepting forgiveness for our own transgressions is so difficult.  We struggle with understanding that once we confess that transgression – that sin – then God is done with it.  He chooses to forget them.  But it is not as easy for us to forget because the enemy continues to remind us of those sins and causes us to question God’s forgiveness and the fact that God has already accepted payment for those transgressions with the blood of His only son, Jesus Christ. 

It’s time to change our way of thinking.  Instead of continuing to remember those things God has forgotten, let’s remember what God remembers.  God remembers that His Son came to this earth, lived a perfect life, died a sacrificial death and defeated death through the resurrection.  Why?  So that when we confess our sins to Him, ask Jesus to take over our hearts and wash us clean with that sacrificial blood that was poured out for us He will not remember our sins, but He will remember that we are forgiven and now righteous.  We too can enter that throne room with Jesus because of the debt He paid for us.  When we come to God and confess our sins, He remembers our sin no more, but instead sees Jesus and remembers what His son gave for us.   Let’s remember what God remembers and forget what God chooses to forget.

Pray

Ask God to search your heart.  Confess any sins and transgressions you need to right now and ask for His forgiveness.  Thank Him for being so gracious in forgiving your sins – your transgressions and for the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ.  Thank Him for choosing to forget what you may find difficult to forget and ask Him to help you remember what He remembers – that you are now righteous before Him and forgiven.

Act

Write todays verse on a piece of paper and put it where it will remind you often of this truth.  Now remember, you are forgiven!

 

Monday

October 24, 2016

Forgive and Forget

Read

Isaiah 43:25, “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for My own sake, and remembers your sins no more”.

Hebrews 8:12, “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more”.

Think

Why is it that we inevitably forget what we need to remember? We can remind ourselves for over a week of an appointment on the upcoming Monday at 10:00 a.m. Then just as we sit down for lunch on Monday that—“Oh No!” sinking feeling of forgetfulness sets in and steals our appetite. At other times our forgetfulness is less innocuous like forgetting why we walked into a room. However, when it comes to the things we need to forget and forgive ourselves of—the very things God has chosen to forget—they echo resoundingly in our hearts. In these moments we must remember that it’s the enemy who’s broadcasting our past mistakes in the forefront of our mind. Why, then, do we keep castigating ourselves for what only the devil wants us to remember?

We must be mindful of what God calls us to be mindful of. He chose to preemptively forgive us, and when we surrender our lives to Him, He remembers our sins no more. How great is our God? He could have said, “Too bad, so sad” and left us to fend for ourselves in a Christ-less eternity—but He didn’t! Since He’s chosen to forget, He wants us to do the same. And thanks to Jesus, we are free to live our lives anchored in hope, faith, forgiveness, and love.

Pray

“Father God, I praise You for loving me enough to send Jesus to die for my sins. And I ask that You remind me of what You have chosen to forget when I fail to let go of self-condemnation. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Act

What is it that you just can’t seem to let go? Are you carrying any blame or shame in your heart? Are you unable to forgive yourself or someone else from the past? Spend a few moments in your prayer journal writing whatever comes to mind. Then ask God to help clarify who or what needs to be remembered, forgiven, and forgotten.