Monday, July 16, 2012

Identity Embrace: Spiritual Amnesia

“We are experiencing an epidemic of spiritual amnesia.”
Consider the lilies of the field...
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These words, written by author and pastor Francis Chan in his book Crazy Love, hit the nail on the head when it comes to our generation of believers.  Over the weekend, I was conversing with a girlfriend about how quickly we forget all that God has done--and in turn, all that God IS. 


Why do we so easily forget?  And how does embracing our identity as God's children help us to remember?


Awhile ago, we touched on the reality that we become like the people with whom we spend most of our time.  Think about the people who influence you the most.  You probably spend a significant amount of time with them.  When we rest in the embrace of our Father, when we commit to Him and choose to spend a significant amount of time pursuing the relationship, we draw closer to the heart of Jesus Christ, and we soon look more like Him in thought, word, and deed.


We so often forget all that God IS, all that He has done in our lives.  Perhaps this is because of distraction, getting caught up in the mundane, and becoming momentarily convinced that society and culture are more influential than the heavenly realms.  If we are to battle this, if we are fight the good fight and avoid giving in to spiritual amnesia, we must choose to know the Father.  To spend time in His presence.  To give Him more than just a fleeting breath each day, or an hour every Sunday. 


This is hard.  The world weighs heavily on us most of the time.  Tasks, obligations, work, and the responsibilities of family and friends abound.  But spending time with the Father, drawing closer to His heart, will make us more like Him.  And we become more like Jesus, we are less likely to fall prey to spiritual amnesia.  We remember, we recall His goodness, as He is present and we are attentive to Him.


Today's identity embrace challenges us to remember and reflect upon God's goodness in our lives.  Perhaps this manifests itself through:


Deliverance from sufferings


Healing


Overcoming challenges


Specific blessings and gifts


Recognizing daily provisions


Discerning God's character    


How is God leading you to remember His goodness and character?  How can we set our minds to remember God, despite the temptation of spiritual amnesia?  

2 comments:

  1. One thing I'm having to remind myself on a daily basis is not to get too caught up in what everyone else is doing; There have been (and still are) times when I get insecure and start comparing myself to other Christians; how they act in church, how they pursue their relationship with God, even things that they post on Facebook. Overall, I start questioning if I'm being "Christian enough" The thing I've realized is that every relationship with God is unique, and not everyone is going to pray, worship, or ultimately live in exactly the same way. I think that's one of the reasons why I struggled with my faith for a couple of years. I was so focused on doing all the right things in the eyes of my church and Christian culture in general, that I lost sight of what God is really about. I've actually been thinking about doing a blog on this topic :)

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    1. Hi, Alyx! First of all, thank you for being so real with us. Your authenticity shines through, and I thank God that He is working in your life. Secondly, I HAVE BEEN THERE. I still am "there". I will be "there". I think it is a daily battle we must lay at the Father's feet, realizing that He truly is ENOUGH. Jesus said that no one could come to the Father except through Himself--we have guidance as to WHO makes us righteous. But the Word also says, "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery" (Galatians 5:1). It is all too easy for me to compare myself to other people: their gifts, faith walk, successes, etc. But that is a yoke of slavery, and I have been FREED. You have been freed! Thank you for this humbling reminder, Alyx--and you should definitely blog about this.

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