Spiritual Amnesia

2 Peter 1:5-9

This passage of Scripture is not talking about lost people. It’s referring to carnal church people. At one time, there was a passion in these people and a desire to love the Lord, but they let that passion, that burden, slip away and they forgot that they had been purged from their sins.

Most of us are familiar with the term ‘amnesia.’ When a person has amnesia, for a time they will forget things such as their name, where they came from, who they used to be, or what happened to them. Most of the time it is temporary.

If there is natural amnesia, then is there spiritual amnesia?

Can a person be truly born again and have an experience with the Lord, then forget that experience? Apparently, that’s what Peter is saying in the passage of Scripture I listed above.

Forgetting God’s goodness will push you away from church, prayer, and your commitment to the Lord. It creates a spiritual emptiness that the enemy will try to fill with other things.

Our generation is working tirelessly to water down the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The powers of Hell are working overtime to push us toward humanism and make sure we allow anything and everything. Messages are posted everywhere and are being slipped into TV shows, even kid’s cartoons.

We have to remember; God is still God, and the Bible is still right.

Here are a few things we have to be diligent to remember.

Don’t forget you are growing even if it doesn’t seem like it.

If we aren’t careful, we may forget how much we have progressed spiritually in the Lord. Remember that even though it may not look like you are growing, you are. You are growing just by staying in church. You are growing just by keeping the enemy under your feet. Ephesians 4:15. You can’t compare the rate of your growth with someone else’s. Perhaps some people have conquered other things faster than others, but God is working on all of us. If you stay discouraged all the time because you feel like you’re not growing in the Lord, it will take all your peace and victory.

Don’t forget God’s ways.

Proverbs 3:1-2. If we just honor God’s word, He will give us long life and peace. Jeremiah 2:32. Deuteronomy 8:18-19. If we forget God, our life will fall apart in a minute.

I believe that sometimes people forget how rotten they were before God saved them.

They forget where God has brought them from and now that they are in church and doing good, they look down on anyone else that isn’t where they are. If it wasn’t for the grace of God, some of us would be in prison or even a cemetery. I know that if it hadn’t been for the mercy of God, I would have died a long time ago. 2 Peter 2:20-22.

Sometimes, we forget that it’s not just us and the devil.

Sometimes, when the devil is working really hard to destroy us, we can forget that it’s not just us and the devil. There is a great, big God involved in this picture. There is the Eternal Creator that loves us and is walking with us and fighting for us.

You are a child of God. Don’t forget He has great plans for you and your life. Stay in His presence and remember most of all that He loves you more than you could ever imagine!

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— Pastor Anthony Wynn