Forget Not HIS Benefits

The word “forget” means to put out of one’s mind; cease to think of or consider.  I trust these writings will keep you from forgetting HIS benefits.  In Psalms 103, David writes:

1 Bless the LORD, O my soul; ​​And all that is within me, bless His holy name!

2 ​​Bless the LORD, O my soul, ​​And forget not all His benefits:

3 ​​Who forgives all your iniquities, ​​Who heals all your diseases,

4 ​​Who redeems your life from destruction, ​​Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,

5 ​​Who satisfies your mouth with good things, ​​So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

6 ​​The LORD executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.

I prefer to spend the beginning of the day in FATHER’S Presence and Word.  As HE speaks to me I write according to what is on HIS agenda rather than mine.  In my early years much of my interaction with HIM was to petition for needs to be met.  As I have matured my needs are much less and simply fellowship with HIM is my focus.  I see how HE simply meets the needs as they arise and our relationship is no longer based on what HE can provide but WHO HE is.  David recounts this reality concerning Moses:

7 ​​He made known His ways to Moses, ​​His acts to the children of Israel.

There is so much noise being generated these days from the output of technology, it is easy to get distracted away from what is truly important.  I recently served on jury duty and was included in the first group of 35 to be selected for a trial.  As we were waiting outside the courtroom, about 30 of the 35 were absorbed in accessing their cell phones.  Nowadays most people cannot be quiet when they are by themselves, they must be distracted.  In Psalms 46, we are reminded:

10 ​​Be still, and know that I am God;

​​I will be exalted among the nations,

​​I will be exalted in the earth!

I was more interested in hearing FATHER and allowing HIM to show me anything noteworthy.  I ended up only having to report one of the normal three to five days, an unusual occurrence.  What a blessing!  Hallelujah!

There is a well known phrase “Use it or lose it.”  If you quit exercising your body, it will grow weaker.  If you quit exercising your mind, it too will grow weaker.  What about your spirit?  When Jesus was declaring the signs of the end times in Matthew 24, He addressed this issue:

11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.

12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.

13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved

How can you be deceived if you are spending time with FATHER and listening to HIM?  You can’t unless you are forgetting HIS benefits.  How can lawlessness abound and your Love grow cold if you are in the midst of the Lawgiver?  I can see the writing on the wall as people spend more time on their cell phones texting “noise”, taking pictures of their meals to share on Facebook, surfing the 300 cable channels, etc.  There is nothing wrong with using technology in moderation but when it becomes the center of your attention it is now a distraction.  These distractions will cause you to forget HIS benefits and we have been warned against such distractions which prevent us from giving FATHER our full attention.

Are you having problems?  Maybe you should look back at the day and check your priorities.  Are you afflicted?  Do you know how to deal with your afflictions?

Psalms 34:19 ​​Many are the afflictions of the righteous,

​​But the LORD delivers him out of them all.

And Jesus Who manifested FATHER’S Love:

Luke 7:21 And that very hour He cured many of infirmities, afflictions, and evil spirits; and to many blind He gave sight.

As we keep our minds renewed and immersed in HIS Word and spend the firstfruits of our time with HIM, we will not forget HIS benefits.  HE will lead us and guide us throughout the day.

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