Sunday, November 2, 2014

Why Won't God Take Bad Memories Away?



Have you ever asked yourself this poignant question? Have you ever struggled to forget a devastating memory about your own behavior, or that of someone else that affected you? Has it been difficult to move on because you keep hoping that the memory will die, or that God will remove it? I have felt this way many times. The truth is that God chooses to erase memories for some, according to his perfect plan. For others, the hateful memories continue to afflict. Why?
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God chooses to erase memories for some, according to his perfect plan. For others, the hateful memories continue to afflict. Why?
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I believe that if my distressing memories are not erased in this world, I still have hope for enduring them. While I suffer them, I remember that Christ also suffered for me, and he suffered much more than I ever will.  I am actually suffering a little, along with him.

I have often wondered about this scripture, "And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together" (Romans 8:17 NKJV). I have learned that whatever memories God doesn't see fit to remove, I carry as my cross. I also have learned through God's word and His direction to channel bad memories and emotions.  They can be used, just as everything can be used, because nothing is without usefulness within the Kingdom of God.

The scripture in Romans 8:13 tells us how. "...but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live." To mortify is to be ashamed, embarrassed and regretful. As we consciously endure, rather than fight the shame and sorrow of our bad memories, we are dying with Christ, and living with Him. In being forced to remember, we are not being charged with our failures and condemned for our hurts, but these are being used to elevate us.
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In being forced to remember, we are not being charged with our failures, but our failures are being used to elevate us.
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God knows how to elevate each of us. Even those who have been delivered from some memories are given circumstances to endure, in order to suffer with Christ. I may carry a thorn(s) in the flesh, and bear a cross(es) in this life, but it WILL one day all be over. If I continue in faith, I'll reap rewards, not only in the world hereafter, but here and now. Most of all, my light will shine brighter and brighter, until in the end when it will be engulfed forever by the light of God.



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Through the thorns of bad memories shines the hope of present and future renewal.
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Through the thorns of bad memories shines the hope of present and future renewal. Press on through power from The Word. If God does not see fit to deliver you from those dreaded memories, endure and be recharged. See those memories as God sees them. Your painful memories are nothing but energy. Energy for living. Energy for life through Christ.

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3 comments:

Kristina said...

You are correct jesus did die for your sins and everything else you desire forgive yourself like he did for you and move forward lots of love ! And God bless

Kristina said...

Believe you have recI ever it and it shall be yours just don't sit around and wait for it though his perfect timing will deliver stay calm enjoy your life. Just know that he will do whatever you ask as long as you believe he will

Sandi- ArtsyCrafteryStudio said...

@Kristina It IS important that we learn to forgive ourselves, as He forgave us. I think that is why we sometimes struggle with forgiving others, because we haven't learned how to forgive ourselves. For some, the concept of forgiving self is foreign, while they carry around searing guilt everyday.

And yes, He said that if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desire of Him. We do have to work on believing, but I say too that we have to improve what we ask. And we can tell what we believe by what we are working on in our everyday lives. Like you said about not sitting around and doing nothing. Well, what we find ourselves doing and thinking is what we believe.

Most of us have faith. We do and think things and don't realize what we are doing. We bring things to pass in our own lives, and don't realize how we worked to make it happen. It is often things that we don't want, but we unconsciously worked towards it. So, often it's not that we don't have faith, it's that our faith is being used up in the wrong areas, and we think we don't have any.

Thanks so much for replying with motivation and inspiration. God bless you too! I receive your blessings!

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