We must never, ever forget the miracles, the times God provided and the times when God brought something impossible to pass.
Throughout the Old Testament, God told the Israelites to remember. He delivered them out of slavery in Egypt by working many miracles. Then He moved them into a new land that would be strange to them. And God knew that they would need to reflect back and remember just how He delivered them from bondage.
Why is that so important, even to us today? Because it builds confidence for the future.
- What God Has Already Accomplished Gives Confidence for Our Future
God is a loving Father who sets up for success. He understands the trials and challenges we face and so He prepares us for them. For example, He knew the challenges the Israelites would face in this new land for which they would need extraordinary faith. And just as He did with the Israelites, God tells us we need to recall what He’s done for us in the past so we can face our unknown future with faith and confidence.
If I know what God has accomplished already, I know what He is able to accomplish again. So always remember, it’s not about the past; it’s about what He will do in the future. Always tie that together; otherwise, we will forget.
All We Had was Heart!
What happens sometimes, in a church like ours that grows like ours, is you have a tendency to become task-oriented. At the beginning, all we had was heart. We didn’t have equipment, we didn’t have chairs, we didn’t have anything! All we had was heart. And that’s all God requires.
However, sometimes, after a while, the heart is lost because performance, results or tasks outstrips the growth of heart. One of the things we always have to remind each other is this: correct back to heart.
“Then Saul said to David, ‘You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are but a youth while he has been a warrior from his youth.’ … David said, ‘The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of the Philistine.’ And, Saul said to David, ‘Go and may the Lord be with you’” (1 Sam. 17:33, 37).
What gave David such confidence? It was by remembering what God had already accomplished in the past. Remember the times that God delivered you.
How do we do that?
Build Godly Traditions.
Make traditions a part of your life, whether that’s an annual birthday celebration or a daily meal together. Try your best to get together on holidays. That’s so important.
Develop a First Generation Faith with God
It is God’s plan that each generation develops a personal relationship with Him. Remember, God is a Father, not a grandfather! He only has children, not grandchildren. First generation Christians have got to reach out to those in need and find out for themselves how far faith can take them. Every single one of us must experience God for ourselves!
- Combining Yesterday’s Confidence With Daily, Growing Competence Assures Us of a Great Future!
We have a great past, but that’s not enough! God has done great things, which means He is working in our midst. But that is only to give us confidence to go forward into a great future.
Now, we must jump in and get involved. Don’t just watch or spectate … jump in!
In order for us to discover all God has planned for us, we must first remember, train and practice.
REMEMBER what God has done in the past that reveals His amazing character and power.
TRAIN. We cannot be a spectator! We must jump in and serve God so that we can see more miracles and learn more of His heart.
PRACTICE what we have learned.
A Great Promise Come True
Then do you know what happens? One of God’s greatest Scriptures becomes a promise:
“‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope’” (Jer. 29:11).
What we’re doing today is remembering the past so that we can believe for the future. And what a powerful future our God has prepared for us!