Today's Devotions

Showcase: Trust

  • Trusting Relationship +

    Do I trust in God--do I know God? Is that why I don't overflow with all joy and peace, because Read More
  • Trust: The Key to Perseverance: the film Legend of the Guardian +

    Whether flashy or humdrum, evil has the propensity to discourage us, to deter us from following the direction of Christ's Read More
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Jared C. WilsonIt strikes me as I read through Psalm 42 — as I often do — how crucial memory is to the process of faith in the midst of difficulty or depression. "These things I remember..." the psalmist says in verse 4. When God allows affliction, it is important to remember his historic faithfulness.

There is a reason the Israelites filled the ark of the covenant with mementos of God's faithfulness, and it's not because they were magic talismans.

When you are stuck, deep, despondent, or in despair, think back to what God has delivered you from in difficult times past. Remember how he has never really failed you. Remember your way all the way back to Mount Calvary and the empty tomb. Remembering God's historic faithfulness is the first step in enjoying his present faithfulness to you, even if you don't feel it.
"We are simple people. You can't remember ten things at once. Invariably, if you could remember just one true thing in the moment of trial, you'd be different. Bible 'verses' aren't magic. But God's words are revelations of God from God for our redemption.
"When you actually remember God, you do not sin. The only way we ever sin is by suppressing God, by forgetting, by tuning out his voice, switching channels, and listening to other voices. When you actually remember, you actually change. In fact, remembering is the first change."

– David Powlison, Making All Things New

You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
– Deuteronomy 6:8

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/gospeldrivenchurch/2013/09/03/remembering-is-the-first-change/

Reflections to Consider

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Publications

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Music

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Audio & Video

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Favorites

  • Canticle of the Turning by Gary Daigle, Rory Cooney & Theresa Donohoo +

    1. My soul cries out with a joyful shoutthat the God of my heart is great,And my spirit sings of Read More
  • Come Alive (Dry Bones) by Lauren Daigle +

    Through the eyes of men it seems Read More
  • First by Lauren Daigle +

    Before I bring my need Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Your Grace Is Enough by Matt Maher +

    Great is Your faithfulness, oh GodYou wrestle with the sinner's heartYou lead us by still waters and to mercyAnd nothing Read More
  • Christ is Risen by Matt Maher +

    Let no one caught in sin remain*Inside the lie of inward shameWe fix our eyes upon the crossAnd run to Read More
  • Lord, I Need You by Matt Maher +

    Lord, I come, I confessBowing here I find my restWithout You I fall apartYou're the One that guides my heart Read More
  • Hold us together by Matt Maher +

    It don't have a job, don't pay your bills Read More
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