30 Things Every Christian Should Remember

Posted on October 27, 2011

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To remember,   to bring to mind,   to consider…

Why Our Memory is So Important

The journey of our Christian life is the transformation of our soul. On either side of this transformation, there are two bookends.

First, we recieve Christ. This is the beginning, the salvation of our spirit. At the end of our Christian life is our glorification. That is the salvation of our body. Each of those events is an instantaneous event, so to speak.

In between lies the salvation of our soul. This transformation in our soul is not instantaneous. It is life-long.

To understand and progress in our salvation we must first answer this question: What is the soul?

According to the Bible, it has 3 unique functions: 1) the mind to think and consider, 2) the will to decide, and 3) the emotion to feel. The leading part of the soul is the mind. It is the mind that influences the will and it is the mind that directs the emotion. (see The Spiritual Man, by Watchman Nee)

In our salvation, therefore, the mind is central. What the mind dwells on, what it sets itself upon, determines the success or failure of the Lord’s saving work on us (Romans 8:5-7). So, to remember, to bring to mind, is very important to our salvation.

A First Attempt

I haven’t done much “primary” research in the word. I am a novice at it. But when I came upon the question: “How is my memory important in my spiritual growth?”, I found little content in the books I usually read.

So here it is. I offer this list as the fruit of my initial survey of the New and Old Testaments. Please browse the verses, and be sure to comment if one item stands out to you. I tried to group them as well as I could.

30 Things Every Christian Should Remember

Christ

  1. The resurrected Christ. (Luke 24:6, 2 Tim 2:8, 1 Cor 15:1-8, John 2:22)
  2. The Lord’s name. (Psalms 119:55)
  3. The great works that Christ has done in the past and in our past experience. (Matt 16:8-9, Deut 8:2, Judges 8:34,Psalms 77:11, 105:5, 143:5, Isaiah 63:11)
  4. God has given us Christ (typified by the good land) as our rest. (Joshua 1:13)
  5. If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself. (2 Tim 2:13, 14)
  6. For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him. (2 Tim 2:11, 14)
  7. How far you were from God before and how near the blood of Christ has brought you to God. (Eph 2:11-13)

Our Experience of Christ

  1. Mary’s love offering of pouring out all she had on the Lord. (Matt 26:13, Mark 14:9)
  2. The divine life and nature is our provision for living a proper Christian life. (2 Peter 1:3-12)
  3. Keep Christ as your first love, your best love. (Rev 2:5)
  4. Fan into flame the gift of God, the indwelling Spirit. (2 Tim 1:6-7)
  5. Lot’s wife, i.e. Remember what happens to believers who love and treasure the world that God will judge. (Luke 17:32)
  6. If we endure, we will also reign with Him; if we deny Him, He also will deny us. (2 Tim 2:12, 14)

The Word

  1. The apostles’ teaching. (1 Cor 11:2, 2 Thes 2:15)
  2. Important verses in the Bible. (2 Peter 3:2, John 2:17)

The Church

  1. The way of life of our spiritual patterns like Paul or other servants of the Lord. (1 Cor 4:17)
  2. To pray for all the dear believers in the Lord. (Romans 1:9, Eph 1:16, Phil 1:3, 2 Tim 1:3, Philemon 1:4)
  3. The church life in the beginning should be our pattern for our church life today. (Rev 3:3)
  4. The care of God’s servants for us in the past. (Acts 20:31, Heb 13:7)
  5. Other believers’ work of faith, labor of love, and endurance of hope. (1 Thes 1:3)
  6. There will be those who make divisions. Be on guard against them. (Jude 17-18)
  7. Those who seek Christ will always be persecuted by organized religion. (John 15:20, 16:4)
  8. Other believers who suffer because of the testimony of Christ. (Col 4:18, Heb 13:3, Gen 40:23)
  9. To be reconciled to others who are offended with you. (Matt 5:23)

The Gospel

  1. To preach the gospel to sinners. (James 5:20)
  2. Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. (2 Cor 9:6)

Other

  1. History. (Deut 32:7, Esther 9:28, Isa 46:9)
  2. Hymns. (Psalm 77:6)
  3. To be subject to and obey rulers and authorities. (Titus 3:1)
  4. To support the poor and infirm. (Gal 2:10, Acts 20:35)