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Do You Struggle With The Spirit Of Forgetfulness? Here’s How To Defeat It.

Do You Struggle With The Spirit Of Forgetfulness? Here’s How To Defeat It.


There is power in letting go. Nonetheless, there are some things that we should hold to no matter what. We must let go of the things that hold us back while holding to the things that push us forward. There is such a thing as the Spirit of Forgetfulness that we should be mindful of. This is the spirit that causes us to worry about the future while wasting away in the present. It also causes us to forget the wonderful work that God has done in our lives and His promises towards us. Yet, it doesn’t have to be this way. The truth is that we are always one thought away from our victory. What I have found is that our thinking is so powerful that it can change our lives forever, for good or for bad.

I believe that one of the biggest mistakes we usually make in our difficulty is to forget the God who has been there with us from day one. As we navigate the badlands of our brokenness we tend to forget what God is capable of. This is mainly because we allow bad events to overshadow God’s goodness. I recall the story of Elijah running from Jezebel. After Elijah experienced the miracle of God on the Mount Carmel and saw the great power of God, He found himself running from Jezebel. Didn’t Elijah know that God is able to defeat Jezebel too?

He Will Never Leave You Or Forsake You 

The wonderful thing is that God has promised that He will never leave us or forsake us. God has also made many other wonderful promises towards us that will keep us hoping even when it doesn’t make sense. The truth is that God makes hope make sense because He is our living hope.

In this blog I want to discuss with you some strategies you can use to overcome the spirit of forgetfulness. You can use them at your disposal to combat the attacks of satan. Remember that satan is real and that his attacks can be brutal. However God is also real and He is Mighty to save. No attack of satan can prevent you from walking into God’s life that He has promised you. Let us look deeper.

Knowing God Truly

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

To defeat the spirit of forgetfulness, we must develop a personal, intimate and strong relationship with God. We must be assured of the faithful presence of our Lord and that He rewards those who trust Him by faith. Most often it is when we forget who God is that we struggle the most. Because of this, the enemy attacks us with circumstances, trying to prevent us from keeping our eyes on God. Yet we must constantly remind ourselves of who God is and what He is capable of. God is our Saviour, Deliverer and Restorer. He keeps us in the palm of His hands. It is also amazing that God has never lost a battle or succumb to a war. 

When we know who God is then we will also know that He is able to do even what seems impossible for us. God wants to do good things for our lives and make then better. To know God is to be assured that all His promises are available to you. If we look at the promises of God we will realize that they cater to every difficulty we might experience. When we feel afraid God promised He will never leave us of forsake us.  In our restlessness we can be confident that God provides rest for our souls.

Hide The Word In Your Heart

Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.

I remember back in school we use to have many exams. One thing I had to do was to study hard and try to remember the things I studied. If I couldn’t remember these things then I wouldn’t be able to pass my exams. Consider our walk with God in a similar way, where we have to remember God’s goodness and His promises towards us. By doing this we will allow the continuous free flow of God’s grace towards us.

Life is like a test that constantly prepares us to overcome the battles we will face. The truth is that we cannot escape the battles of life but we can prepare for them and defeat our enemy. It is also true that our difficult moments prepare us for the rocky roads ahead.

In Psalm 119:11 the Psalmist tells us that we can hide the Word of God in our hearts. As we go we should learn to do the same. We must hide the Word of God in our hearts that we can use it as armaments in our battles. The scripture tells us that every Word of God is pure, and that He will be our shield as we call on Him. Being mindful of this, we should forever remember the Word of God. This Word will be a lamp to our feet that lights our way.

When you struggle with the Spirit of Forgetfulness Think On Things You Want To Remember

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things

We must be deliberate in thinking about the right things. This is because as a man thinks in his heart so is he. Always remember that you will most times remember the things you think about on a regular basis. Our memory recalls what it has been fed with. Thinking is like sowing seeds. When we think a bad thought we sow a bad seed and when we think good thoughts we sow good seeds. As a result we should make it our top priority to think right.

Once in my life I didn’t do this. I thought on the things that I didn’t want to happen. As I did this, my whole life became a mess. All the things that I thought about became a reality in my life, and they were not good things. This proved to me that there is power in thinking right, on the things we want to happen in our lives. During this time I discovered that a healthy Godly mindset is the leader of a healthy, effective and Godly life.

Perhaps that’s why the Bible encourages us in Philippians 4 to think on things that are pure, lovely and of a good report. Paul was basically telling us to think on Godly things. Pause for a little and consider the life giving power of our thoughts. Your thoughts can literally change you.

Keep Sharpening With Prayer and Praise

Difficult moments prepare us for the rocky roads ahead.

As we seek to remember God’s goodness, we must never forget about the power of prayer and praise. Our prayers keep us connected with God and our praises acknowledge how we regard Him as our Great High Priest. When we pray and praise we work miracles in the spiritual realm. 

As Paul and Silas were surrounded by prison walls the Bible says that they dwelt in prayer and praise. They were thrown into prison for preaching the Gospel and were beaten very badly. Yet all this didn’t prevent them from prayer and praise. Many times it is when we have passed through the most difficult times that we struggle with the spirit of forgetfulness. When we have been deeply battered we often become so tired that we forget. Yet as we continue to pray and praise we will stay connected to our God who is our Redeemer and strength. Prayer and praise quicken our spirits to be more like God.

When Paul and Silas prayed the Bible says that the prison walls that held them were opened. Even their chains fell off. Imagine if we should be like Paul and Silas! Don’t you think that the same God then is the same God now? The same God who rescued Paul and Silas will rescue you as you continue to pray and to praise.

Be Faithful Like God

God is faithful. The very idea of God demands His faithfulness. For God to be God He has to be faithful. As we struggle with the spirit of forgetfulness, we fail to remember God’s faithfulness. Yet the scripture says that even when we are faithless He remains faithful. God’s faithfulness does not depend on us but on who He is. He is just a faithful God. Even when we forget God He remembers us. When our backs are against the wall, He is the wall against our backs.

Don’t give up. As you continue to rely on God’s faithfulness He will come through for you every time. As David was tasked with defeating Goliath, He found strength in the memory of God’s faithfulness. The scripture says “David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.” David remembered the times when God was faithful and he relied on this faithfulness. 

Now it is your turn to rely on God’s faithfulness. The same God who was there for you in the past is present with you and will be with you always. Be keen to never ever forget this truth.

Concluding Thoughts

As we grow into who God wants us to be we tend to struggle with the spirit of forgetfulness. This evil spirit causes us to forget about the faithful presence of our God. Yet this should never be so. We should bring to remembrance the good, wonderful and lovely things of God. The truth is that whatever we keep feeding our minds with we will often remember, and become. This means that we should feed our minds with the things we want to remember and become.

There are things you can do to overcome this hindering spirit of forgetfulness. You can pray and praise like Paul and Silas, or be like the Psalmist who hid the Word of God in His heart. Be keen to also walk by faith and not by sight. As you do these things you will see the power of God quickening you spirit to be more like Him.

Keep going. You can never give up as you walk with God. Keep reminding yourself that as long as God is with you then nothing can defeat you, not even the spirit of forgetfulness. God bless you.

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