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Family Life & Homemaker's Guide

Sanctified Amnesia

January 18

  "forgetting those things which are behind ..."  Philippians 3:13


"Have you counted all "those things" B.C. in your life as dung?"




Memories are something most of us cherish if good and regret if bad.  Paul here makes no such distinction, but simply says all "those things" have to go.  In particular he refers to his spiritual pedigree mentioned in 3:5-6; but the spirit of the text suggests that anything and\or everything which would impede your impetus for the LORD needs to be hauled to the mental landfill now.  "Hearken ... and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father's houseNot only are we called of Scripture to purge ourselves of the excess cerebral baggage; but the relationships of the cardio which weigh us down must go as well. Forgetting "those things" , says the inspired writers of HIS Word, is critical to forward progress with HIS SON.  Have you counted all "those things" B.C. in your life as dung?  Too many of us are too hung up on the past to be of any use to the SAVIOR in the present!  The reason we see the corporate body of CHRIST bound in heritage, and tradition, and relations, to the paralysis of forward momentum, is because it is comprised of individual believers with like stultification.  

In the temporal world, amnesia is considered a sickness or condition to be treated; but not so in regard to the eternal.  If the processor of the new life in CHRIST is to run at peak performance, there must come a crash of the old man of sin.  A terminal dose of carnal Alzheimer's is the ticket to free up space for the HOLY GHOST to renew our minds.    As a child of GOD, you must discipline yourself to a perpetual house cleaning mode, both mentally and emotionally; so that spiritually, HE is at home, and at rule.  Pray daily for this sanctified amnesia, and shun at all costs the effort the Devil offers to cure it.  Surely eternity will afford time to reflect, but for now our LORD cautions that focus is in order.

" ... No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of GOD."

For Love of Country
George Mason (1725-1792)
(American Revolutionary Statesman)
"The laws of nature are the laws of GOD, WHOSE authority can be superseded by no power on earth."

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