Scriptural Readings:

John 10:27-28, Romans 8:1, Hebrews 13:5, Luke 10:17-20

In our hectic and fast-paced lives, reminders play a crucial role. The inevitability of forgetting things is a daily challenge that affects people of all ages. It is typical to require a reminder, as forgetfulness can be a formidable adversary in our daily lives.

The overrated line, “Oh, I forgot,” has become the exaggerated script for many. Recognizing the critical nature of remembering, we understand the significance of not forgetting. The consequence of forgetfulness can extend beyond the individual, resulting in the loss of something valuable and necessary for a select few, even if not universally beneficial.

When we turn our backs on God, we consider, at some point, that this idea is His will. Correct? Nope, it is, of course, ours. He will do everything to prevent us from turning our backs on Him. And as He promised, He sealed us with His Holy Spirit. Marking us for salvation is not the only purpose. But also to be used by the Holy Spirit. Sometimes, we limit our minds to the idea that the Holy Spirit exclusively seals us and makes us Christians. But it is not so. To contain God is impossibleWhat is factual is that our will is our priority, not His. Our agenda is to fulfill our desires, putting His will at the end of our list.

His will is for us to be holy, like our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

When we transgress, we do not fear the Lord. We are unafraid of anyone or anything. Our mantra becomes “we can do it our way.” But why? Yes, all will still sin, but the crucial difference is our conscious and willful persistence in sin. This poses the danger of regressing to our former state. Instead of progressing towards holiness, we revert to our former sins. Let’s pause and reflect on this. Does this resonate with you?

A reminder is not just a reminder. It tells us about two essential things: who and what we are. First, we are sinners needing a savior; the second is a passing on from the first. Christ’s atoning sacrifice saved us. It must be clear that we are now washed clean by the blood of our Savior and Lord and must live a holy life.

Our lives often require constant reminders to protect us against the wickedness of the world and to help us stay closer to God. It’s difficult to remain pure and avoid sin, but thankfully, God has provided us with various tools to simplify these complex tasks. Always keep in mind that the Holy Spirit is with us, and take some time to read, study, and follow the flow of the following verses. They will remain with us, no matter what happens.

John 10:27-28 

King James Version

V.27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

V.28 And I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

New Living Translation

V.27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

V.28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me,

When we pray, Jesus listens to us and responds, even though we may not hear His voice audibly. He has promised us eternal life, and we should be grateful for this gift. We may question this promise, but we must acknowledge its unwavering faithfulness. We should read His message prayerfully and consider what God tells us, as the Christian faith revolves around our relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

Romans 8:1

King James Version

There is therefore now no condemnation for them that are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

New Living Translation

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.

As a Christian, there is a significant difference between walking in the Spirit and continuously being in the flesh. Although it is possible, the difference lies in which one rules over you. For instance, if pornography, drugs, and illicit relationships are still a problem for you as a Christian, then it means that the flesh is still in control. It is important to note that this does not imply that you are not a Christian. It just means that you are still struggling with the flesh. The solution to this problem is sanctification, getting rid of the flesh.

Hebrews 13:5

King James Version

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

New Living Translation

Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said,
“I will never fail you.
I will never abandon you.

Covetousness possesses envy and greed. What is happening today is that we fail to acknowledge and perform this commandment from God of getting rid of this evil from us eventually, into disregarding contentment.

First, it starts as a commandment but eventually becomes a reminder. However, we have failed to follow both. It is a commandment that we tend to forget completely. How can we be reminded to avoid covetousness? Again, as Jesus taught us to be content. There is no other way.

Please take a moment to read this verse twice and reflect on its meaning. What do you believe God is telling to communicate to you the first time you read it? Does your understanding of the message change the second time you read it? Does His message remain the same, or does it differ? As a Christian, you may interpret this verse as discouraging prosperity because of the word contented. However, what about those who are poor? Does this mean that they should be satisfied with their financial situation? Does it also imply that they should not strive to improve their financial status?

Look at the words covetousness and contentment. Would you consider that these two words are related? God taught me a lesson in this verse, and I want to share it with you.

God teaches us contentment, not poverty, and rewards our efforts through Jesus. It is an acceptance of what you have. We depend on Him alone for our lives. It is an acceptance of what you have. If you have more, accept and share it. If you have less, acknowledge it, too, but it does not mean you have to stop and have the right to be better financially. It is at our Father’s disposal to bless us both materially and spiritually. His will is always to alleviate us from our situation. I used the word alleviate because whether we have too much or less, problems will still haunt us. Rich and poor people experience the same difficulties, and having much or little in this world will not change us spiritually, only Jesus Christ.

Luke 10:17-20

King James Version

V.17 And the seventy returned with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.

V.18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

V.19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

V.20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

New Living Translation

V.17 When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to him, “Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!”

V.18  “Yes,” he told them, “I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning!

V.19 Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you.

V.20  But don’t rejoice because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered in heaven.”

God reminds us that the only way to live a pleasing life to Him is by His grace and mercy. We must depend on Jesus Christ alone for our lives and our Father recognizes and rewards all of our efforts through Him. Throughout our lives, the Holy Spirit will continue to guide us and work with us. Our daily routines are a part of the relationship between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – one God. Alleluia!

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