“A Book of Remembrance
Then those who feared The LORD spoke to one another, and The LORD listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him. For those who fear The LORD and who meditate on His name.” Malachi 3:16 NKJV.
“Then those who feared and loved The LORD spoke often of him to each other. And he had a Book of Remembrance drawn up in which he recorded the names of those who feared him and loved to think about him.” Malachi 3:16 TLB.
“Yes, in the way of Your judgments, O LORD, we have waited for You; The desire of our soul is for Your name and for the remembrance of You.” Isaiah 26:8 NKJV.
“I want to teach you something about Covenant tonight My Beloveds!
There is an air of discontentment around the earth, for the creation is groaning. But there is another form of discontentment that is not good for your soul.
When you are dissatisfied with yourself, or dissatisfied with others, or dissatisfied with the way I AM doing things, then there is a STRONGHOLD of discontentment. That breeds hopelessness in My People.
If you have not had all the roots of self-discontentment uprooted, then there will be a temptation to be discontent with many other things, and people, including Me.
I want you to be filled with contentment. Paul said, “I have LEARNED to be content in whatever state I AM,” because He knew what it was to wait, to be without, to suffer, or to be blessed.
Either way, he learned to ACCEPT that I AM in control . And that whatever happens, there is something to be learned. Now this is not a blanket statement.
For there were times when he knew he was to go to Asia for example and he was shown it was the ENEMY who was opposing him.
Delays happen in a WAR. Sometimes unexpected things happen, and advances are delayed in a natural war. The same is true in spiritual war.
Daniel waited for answers for three weeks because of war in the heavenlies. So it is NOT always true that delays are a sign of disfavor or alternate plans you are unaware of, but that some things have to be worked out, before it will come through.
I want you to understand so that you will ask for discernment and not ASSUME that you are at fault in certain situations.
Discontentment can be a major interferance in FAITH that brings forth promise. So you must be alert because the enemy sneaks around seeking to disenfranchise you from all I have called you to!
How do you get contentment? From MY PEACE!
I said, I will keep in perfect peace the mind that is STAYED on Me! So you must learn as Paul did to STAY your mind on the things above, and not things below. NOT circumstances or the opposition, but on Me and all things that are good, pure, kind, holy, etc..”
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true,whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9 NKJV.
When you have been through something and I have seen you through, then you need to CALL TO REMEMBRANCE that time, when you are feeling the lure of discouragement.
Go back and look at all I have done for you. This is what covenant is about. I keep A Book of Remembrance. And you need to keep A Book of Remembrance, for the things that I have done for you!
Then when the enemy comes to try to tempt you to be discontent, dissatisfied, you can remind him of all the times I came through for you, all I have done for you!
And when you then focus on those things, you gain strength. David encouraged himself in The LORD.
How did he do that? He looked back at all the times I helped him and ministered to him encouragement! He did that so that he would not lose focus!
When Israel had victories, or something significant happened, they built an altar to remember me by and often assigned a new name to Me, each time they got a revelation of My CHARACTER.
This is another thing you can do, is to recite the written WORD, to encourage yourself with what happened in the past, and how my character NEVER changes.
Speak My Word out loud and remind the enemy of My CHARACTER. REMIND HIM OF MY NAME!”
“(Maftir) Adonai said to Moshe, Write this in a book to be remembered, and tell it to Y’hoshua: I will completely blot out any memory of ‘Amalek from under heaven.” Moshe built an altar, called it Adonai Nissi [ Adonai is my banner/miracle ]. and said, “ Because their hand was against the throne of Yah, Adonai will fight Amalek generation after generation.”” Exodus 17:14-16 CJB.
“Praise Me, and worship Me in this manner, and I assure you, the enemy will BACK OFF from tormenting you.
But discontentment, breeds complaining and whining, and discouragement, leading to hopelessness and distrust, then unbelief.
So when you find yourself complaining, ask yourself, “am I discontent with God?” Am I keeping my mind STAYED on Him?
REMIND yourself and the enemy of your own victories, purchased by the BLOOD, and I assure you, you will then be able to take all thoughts captive!
I KEEP COVENANT with My people. I AM FAITHFUL and TRUE.
YOU can remind Me of My promises, and I will remember.
I have said, I will make remembrance of those who love to talk about Me — those who remember MY CHARACTER!
This remembrance ENGENDERS FAITH that endures till the end! Remember this way, that I LOVE YOU ETERNALLY, and NOTHING can separate you from my love, though the enemy is busy trying to make you think you have failed too much or too often to be secure in your election or calling, he is a liar, and the father of lies.
So resist him in this manner. CLING to the knowledge that I LOVE YOU and speak it out daily how much I love you! Look at My Word and speak it!“
Then I was reminded of how a prophet from Colorado once spoke on 1 Corinthians 13, and he said because God is love, he would replace the LOVES in that chapter with GOD. [ for example: God is patient. God is kind. ]
In this way affirming the TRUTH of Who He is,and who we are to Him.
“Sing praise to The LORD, you saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.” Psalm 30:4 NKJV.
“I call to remembrance my song in the night; I meditate within my heart, and my spirit makes diligent search.” Psalm 77:6 NKJV.
“Rejoice in The LORD, you righteous, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.” Psalm 97:12 NKJV.
“But You, O LORD, shall endure forever, and the remembrance of Your name to all generations.” Psalm 97:12 NKJV.
“Surely he will never be shaken; The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance. He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in The LORD. His heart is established; He will not be afraid, until he sees his desire upon his enemies.” Psalm 112:6-8 NKJV.
“Put Me in remembrance; Let us contend together; State your case, that you may be acquitted.” Isaiah 43:26 NKJV.
“Let us review the situation together, and you can present your case if you have one.” Isaiah 43:26 NLT.
“Put Me in remembrance [ remind Me of your merits ]; let us plead and argue together. Set forth your case, that you may be justified (proved right)” Isaiah 43:26 AMP.
“He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy, as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed forever.” Luke 1:54-55 NKJV
“And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”” Luke 22:19 NKJV.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” John 14:26-27 NKJV.
~ Priscilla Van Sutphin
PRISCILLA VAN SUTPHIN is the founder of Upstream Ministries, California, online at www.upstreamca.org and blogtalkradio.com/ Upstream. Donate to Upstream: via secure Paypal by sending as gift to upstream.ca @me.com or send to: Upstream, PMB 545, 14311 Newport Blvd, Suite G, Tustin, CA 92780, USA.