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Lest We Forget

Diana Hagee

The book of Deuteronomy is filled with spiritual truths and teachings on how to live a victorious life. This timeless writing not only revealed God’s Law to the Israelites but it aides future generations in understanding the blessings of obedience, the consequences of rebellion, and the amazing redemptive love of our Creator. God exhorts His people to remember the events of the past in order to strengthen our relationship with God and provide hope for life’s journey.

Moses, one of the most prominent heroes of our faith, speaks to the people of Israel in three sermons within Deuteronomy. In his first teaching, Moses recounts the forty years of wandering in the wilderness, the miracles God provided His people and the revelation of His Laws.

In his second sermon, Moses reminds the Israelites of the need to hear God’s voice and obey His mandates. In his third teaching, Moses offers the assurance that even when Israel fails—their sincere repentance will restore their relationship with God.

To remember is the theme that is interwoven throughout the book of Deuteronomy. Moses constantly exhorts the Israelites to remember what the Lord did for them in the wilderness and what He required of them as they entered the Promised Land.

Moses encourages God’s people not to forget the Lord’s redemption:

“then beware, lest you forget the LORD who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.”
— Deuteronomy 6:12

Just like the Israelites, we must remember the Lord Jesus and His mercy when He heard our cry and forgave our sins—lest we forget the beauty of our Salvation: remembering that we were saved from sins bondage that made us hostages to our past.

We must remember that our salvation was for the purpose for which we were created—lest we forget that we have a divine reason for being here.

We are often counseled to forget our past so we can move forward and that is very true—however, we must remember what we were delivered from—lest we forget the power of our deliverance.

We must remember what God has done on our behalf lest we forget His goodness, mercy and unconditional love.

We must remember that we—fatally flawed mortal creatures were given the ability to serve God and become one with Him, through the power of Christ’s redemption.

We must remember this miracle of our redemption—lest we forget what Christ’s death purchased for us!

We must remember the state in which Jesus found us—lest we forget that we were broken and now are repaired and made like new. The cracks in our life have been filled by the glory of God and His healing light shines from within our souls. We have been given a new mind, a new speech, and a new attitude—a new life!

Moses cautions the Israelites not to forget God’s Word—lest they become disobedient and take His promises for granted.

“Take heed to yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the LORD your God which He made with you, and make for yourselves a carved image in the form of anything which the LORD your God has forbidden you.”
— Deuteronomy 4:23

“Every commandment which I command you today you must be careful to observe, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers. And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.
— Deuteronomy 8: 1-4

“Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today..."
— Deuteronomy 8:11

The Word of God is the protoplasm of life—within it resides the Shekinah glory of God. The Word is God and God is the Word—therefore if we embrace the Word of God we are embracing God Himself, His Son, and His Spirit.

We must remember that there is absolute unity between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and this supernatural harmony creates a pure oneness with God’s Word. The Word of God reflects His wisdom and His power.

We must remember that God’s covenants are irrevocable —lest we forget His faithfulness.

We must remember that His covenants are everlasting —lest we forget God’s power.

Moreover, we must remember to remain loyal to His Word —lest we forget that He is a jealous God—He will not compete for our love and loyalty.

We must remember the greatness of His Word to understand the greatness of God Himself—there is no separation between the two.

Moses warns God’s people to keep God’s Laws:

“Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today, lest—when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock; who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end— then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’
— Deuteronomy 8: 11-17

We are nothing without God and we are everything in Him. We must remember— lest we forget, that it is the Lord’s power that provides prosperity, which is our material, emotional, physical, and spiritual wellbeing.

We must remember to heed God’s voice and obey His Laws —lest we forget that we cannot lead victorious lives without them.

We must remember that we were created with free will to choose right from wrong. This means we can elect to obey God’s Word or choose to transgress against it. However, we must never forget that when we choose to disobey His Laws we are not only remiss in our service to God; we will suffer the consequence of our rebellion and ultimately separate ourselves from Him.

Moses instructed the Israelites to be grateful in all things:

He is your praise, and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen.
— Deuteronomy 10:21

We must remember to thank the Lord at all times, in good times and in bad—lest we forget the blessings God has given us.

In a time of prosperity, God’s people are often tempted to believe that their relationship with God is separate from their prosperity. I encourage you to remember these truths,

1.The more we distance ourselves from the spirit of thanksgiving the more we become accustomed to have less of a connection to God.

2.It seems that the more blessings God provides us, the less of a connection we believe we need or want with Him—and eventually the less we honor Him, the less time we spend with Him, and the more we separate ourselves from Him.

3.However, when we lack anything— whether our resources, our health, or our prosperity—we blame God for our lack.

Deuteronomy 8:18 says, to remember God in our present prosperity—lest we forget that it was His power that allowed us to obtain it.

“And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
— Deuteronomy 8:18

Remember it is God that gives His children the power to get wealth—both material and spiritual prosperity.

Remember God mandates us to get wisdom and understanding but always remember that it was by His grace that we obtained both for whatever purpose we need it.

Therefore, we should always give God the praise for providing the power, the wisdom, and the understanding to receive spiritual and material wealth. We should honor Him by consecrating the honorable and righteous use of that wisdom and understanding.

Remember, it is the blessing of the Lord on the hand of the hardworking man and woman that provided riches for both this world and the next.

God gives us, His children, the power to get wealth, not simply for gratification or to make things easier for us. He gives us the power to get wealth so that He may establish His covenant in and through us.

God’s giving and our receiving are reconciled by our gratitude. Moreover, always remember that all of God’s gifts are in fulfillment of His promises for His glory.

As God’s children, redeemed by the precious Blood of the Lamb, we too must never forget the creative power and the redemptive grace bestowed on us through Christ Jesus.

Remember the Promises of God lest you forget the faithfulness of God.

Remember what you ask for according to the Word and will of God you will receive.

Remember to teach God’s truths to your children lest the next generation forget the greatness of God.

Remember to show your children and grandchildren by example how to honor their parents lest they forget that this is only commandment with a promise of a good and long life.

Remember to be aware of the temptation around you lest you forget that our God is a jealous God and will compete with nothing in your life—He is first—all else is second.

Remember God’s judgments lest you forget sin’s consequences.

Remember God’s redemption lest you forget the bondage He saved you from.

Remember the miracles that you have seen God do in your life lest you forget the power and majesty of God.

Remember, that we are nothing without God and we can be everything with Him—lest we forget all that He has done for us for God is good and His mercy endures forever!

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