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Topic: Memory (07/10/08)
TITLE: I forgot?
By gayle jackson
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I remember, ah it’s a memory, reading somewhere, that everything; I mean everything that has happened to us is stored in our brains. Thankfully God only lets our memory retain and bring forth some of our past. It is coincidental that the latest mind and auto immune diseases affect the memory part of the brain. Take Alzheimer’s and dementia for example.
Memory can be good or bad just like our world. We only like to have memories sometimes of the pleasant things, but that is not how it works. Like in the movie “50 First Dates”, the female lead only remembers the present day she is in. Naturally because of our humanness we will have memories we’d rather forget, and ones we will always remember.
In John 14, Jesus said the Holy Spirit would come to help us remember. Love would not be all it was without the memory. So many things would cease to exist and of course not make sense. No one could play an instrument, drive a car, or take a test without the memory. It is a brain tool that God gave us.
There are countless examples of painful memories that the mind blocks out. Labor pains from childbirth for example are a forgotten memory. What a gift God gave us, a supernatural power to handle a situation. He remains in control if we let him.
To illustrate, when I was child I was in a sanatorium for Tuberculosis. This was a strange and painful time that obviously created lots of memories. Because of Gods grace, my brain did not focus on these memories until I was ready to understand and deal with them. It took almost 40 years.
The bible is a book of memories collected for us to remember. Jesus used His memory of the Old Testament to shows us how the memory is a weapon we can wield against the evil one. Memorizing verses helps comfort and praise. To forgive you must remember.
How powerful the mind can be when connected to the Spirit. Without memory and the sub conscious the brain could not function to its full potential. That is why it is always important not to forget to love God with your all your heart, soul and mind. Hey, that’s a good memory!! Can’t forget to remember.
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