“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live.” Deuteronomy 4:9


Time is often the enemy of gratitude. In his last words to the people of Israel, Moses implored them not to forget the goodness of God that had rescued them from slavery and sustained them in the desert for 40 years with the pillar of cloud by day and fire by night and Manna from Heaven.


It is our heart that forgets before anything else. That is why we find ourselves slowly drifting away from God as our hearts begin to focus on what we do not have. One of the satanic tactics is to get you to doubt God’s goodness because he knows that each time you say, ‘thank You Jesus’, you are building your relationship with God.


Many of us only acknowledge the immediate goodness of God in our lives and are quick to forget all the way long, how He has lifted us up each time we fall. When you look at the Book of Psalms, you will see David’s acknowledgment of the goodness of God throughout his life. His heart never drifted away from his God; rather he was truly a man after God’s own heart. Appreciation creates value. When you appreciate the goodness of God in your life, when you acknowledge God as our Healer, our Saviour, He will do it again and again. Take a moment to review God’s track record of your life and you will see reason to acknowledge the goodness of God.


If you forget your God, you will fall in the precipice of life. Let these words of Moses ring in your heart as you watch yourself closely so that you do not forget your God.


“Let’s take a lesson from David who was ready to be humiliated in his own eyes, so that God could be honoured. Ask yourself: Where does honouring God appear in your list of priorities? Do you thank Him for all that He has done in your life, all the way long? While men look at the outside, God looks at the motives of the heart. Instead of worrying about the opinion of others concerning you, let the motive of your heart each day be to honour God before yourself.”


“There is no time to do what is right. We must set our heart to obey the Word of God, all the time. God’s kind of lifestyle calls us to do what is right in the sight of God at all times, even though it is contrary to what we naturally want to do. Choosing to do what is right is a great test to the flesh.

What is the sacrifice of righteousness? Choosing to do God’s will rather than our own. When our flesh says hate, God says love. It takes sacrificial love to love your enemy and to pray for them. These are the weapons of righteousness. This is the sacrifice that Jesus looks at and rewards. Even though that might not be a grand, or outward sacrifice, it is what Jesus values.”


“When we talk of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are talking of the rare opportunity He has given to all believers to experience a new beginning – a situation in which every dead area of our lives receives life anew.

We are dead to our past and alive to our future. Sin’s power over us is broken and we now put on Christ’s new life: we live in Him, move in Him and have our being in Him. Herein lies the significance of resurrection.”