Relationships are constructed of memories. When I think of a close friend, the warm memories flood my heart. It’s the same with God.
Before I had a true, non-ritual based relationship with God, I thought of Him as hard to get along with. I held His falsely perceived shame of me at arms length. It was like a long-distance relationship, the distant-part being prominent.
My distant view of God was off kilter; I was deceived.
Then one day, God opened my eyes to His true self:
And the amazing memories began.
What is Paired with the Memories
When I think back on my memories with God, there is almost always a verse or passage from the Bible that the Holy Spirit illuminated.
His word is alive, living, breathing, and weaved throughout the fabric of our lives. It’s part of us because of the truths we find in the Bible.
Those words of truth become treasures to us while we walk with him.
His words remain in us because of the life-giving transformation they bring to us. That certain verse or passage:
- held us
- strengthened us
- changed us
- purged us
- filled us
- encouraged us
The process of all this exchange is his love, His grace, His power making us increase.
We read a familiar verse and the warm memory comes rushing back to us. It’s abiding in Him, and He in us. Our hearts swell with His goodness. It’s the best way to build a relationship…making memories.
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My Favorite Memories (So Far)
It isn’t easy to par the list down because there are so many wonderful verses that trigger a sweet memory of growing closer to the Lord. But here are some of my favorites:
- When I was learning how much joy came from His presence while in worship and while in the Word.
Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. Psalm 22:3 ESV
- When He was showing me how to be victorious over a besetting sin.
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, 2 Corinthians 10: 4-5 ESV
- When He revealed His strength.
On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased. Psalm 138:3 ESV
He gives power to the faint,and to him who has no might he increases strength. Isaiah 40 :29 ESV
- When I began to seek wisdom.
My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; Proverbs 2:1-6 ESV
- When He taught me how to be healed from hurt
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3 ESV
Your Quest to Make Memories with God
You have probably heard the word quest most used in reference to a medieval romance movie. However, you most likely aren’t going on a quest in a medieval romance and you probably aren’t Indiana Jones searching for the Holy Grail. You are, however, possibly a follower of God and have identified the call that He has sent out to all His children: the quest to seek Him.
You have said, “Seek my face. ”My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.” Psalm 27:8 ESV
A quest is a search or pursuit made in order to find or obtain something. Have you ever gone through a season with God where you wanted to really experience Him? Have you ever heard someone else talking with an illuminated face about how they had been connecting with God in a very real way and you desired that for yourself?
Your Pursuit in Making Memories with God
Imagine a hungry cheetah that sees dinner off in the distance and chases after it, stopping at nothing until it has captured the prey. What a pursuit to observe!
In that same kind of hungry drive, pursue after the Lord. Let your desire to experience Him explode into a decision. Determine to make your every breath and thought focused on Him with a goal of finding Him.
Even in this hot pursuit, we can have the wrong motives. If every single time we come before the Lord to seek Him only because we need something at the moment, our motive is wrong.
We are not to seek God only for what we can get from Him (the gifts and blessings). Seek His face, not just His hand. Seek to know His heart, His character. There is nothing more precious.
There may be times when you need to seek Him for help. There will be times when you are finding scriptures to stand on so that you overcome your weaknesses.
All of that is seeking God, but most of the time we should just come humbly seeking to know Him. God is looking for it.
The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. Psalm 14:2 ESV
How will you answer Him? Will you take up the quest?
What is a favorite or some treasured scriptures of yours? As an added bonus tell us why.
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