Forget, Forgetting, Forgotten

* Definition of forget, forgets, forgetting, forgetfulness, forgotten

The meaning of forget, forgets, forgetting, forgetfulness, forgotten is to slip from remembrance; to disregard intentionally, to cease from doing.

* Satan makes us forget what God gives us

The serpent, Satan, tempted Eve by getting her to doubt God’s goodness.  He implied that God was strict, stingy, and selfish for not wanting Eve to share his knowledge of good and evil.  Satan made Eve forget all that God had given her and, instead, focus on the one thing she couldn’t have.  We fall into trouble, too, when we dwell on the few things we don’t have rather than on the countless things God has given us.  The next time you are feeling sorry for yourself and what you don’t have, consider all you do have and thank God.  Then your doubts won’t lead you into sin. (NLT)

Genesis 3:1-6 – Now the serpent was the shrewdest of all the creatures the Lord God had made.  “Really?” he asked the woman.  “Did God really say you must not eat any of the fruit in the garden?”

“Of course we may eat it,” the woman told him.  “It’s only the fruit from the tree at the center of the garden that we are not allowed to eat.  God says we must not eat it or even touch it, or we will die.”

“You won’t die!” the serpent hissed.  “God knows that your eyes will be opened when you eat it.  You will become just like God, knowing everything, both good and evil.”

The woman was convinced.  The fruit looked so fresh and delicious, and it would make her so wise!  So she ate some of the fruit.  She also gave some to her husband, who was with her.  Then he ate it, too.

* When we feel forgotten

When Pharaoh’s cup-bearer was freed from prison, he forgot about Joseph, even though he had Joseph to thank for his freedom.  It was two full years before Joseph had another opportunity to be freed.  Yet Joseph’s faith was deep, and he would be ready when the next chance came.  When we feel passed by, overlooked, or forgotten, we shouldn’t be surprised that people are often ungrateful.  In similar situations, trust God as Joseph did.  More opportunities may be waiting. (NLT)

Genesis 40:23 – Pharaoh’s cup-bearer, however, promptly forgot all about Joseph, never giving him another thought.

* God never forgets our troubles

God’s rescue doesn’t always come the moment we want it.  God had promised to bring the Hebrew slaves out of Egypt.  The people had waited a long time for that promise to be kept, but God rescued them when he knew the right time had come.  God knows the best time to act.  When you feel that God has forgotten you in your troubles, remember that God has a time schedule we can’t see. (NLT)

Exodus 2:23-25 – Years passed, and the king of Egypt died.  But the Israelites still groaned beneath their burden of slavery.  They cried out for help, and their pleas for deliverance rose up to God.  God heard their cries and remembered his covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  He looked down on the Israelites and felt deep concern for their welfare.

* Forgetting what you have leads to complaining

Every morning the Israelites drew back their tent doors and witnessed a miracle.  Covering the ground was pale yellow, fluffy manna—food from heaven.  But soon that wasn’t enough.  Feeling it was their right to have more, they forgot what they already had.  They didn’t ask God to fill their need; instead, they demanded meat, and they stopped trusting God to care for them.  “Give us meat!” they complained to Moses as they reminisced about the good food they had in Egypt.  God gave them what they asked for, but they paid dearly for it when a plague struck the camp.  When you ask God for something, he may grant your request.  But if you approach him with a sinful attitude, getting what you want may prove costly. (NLT)

Numbers 11:4-9 – Then the foreign rabble who were traveling with the Israelites began to crave the good things of Egypt, and the people of Israel also began to complain.  “Oh, for some meat!” they exclaimed.  “We remember all the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt.  And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic that we wanted.  But now our appetites are gone, and day after day we have nothing to eat but this manna!”

The manna looked like small coriander seeds, pale yellow in color.  The people gathered it from the ground and made flour by grinding it with hand mills or pounding it in mortars.  Then they boiled it in a pot and made it into flat cakes.  These cakes tasted like they had been cooked in olive oil.  The manna came down on the camp with the dew during the night.

* Don’t forget the causes of our sins

After 37 years in the wilderness, the Israelites forgot that their wanderings were a result of their parents’ and their own sin.  They could not accept the fact that they brought their problems upon themselves, so they blamed Moses for their condition.  Often our troubles result from our own disobedience or lack of faith.  We cannot blame God for our sins.  Until we face this reality, we will have little peace and no spiritual growth. (NLT)

Numbers 20:3-5 – The people blamed Moses and said, “We wish we had died in the Lord’s presence with our brothers!  Did you bring the Lord’s people into this wilderness to die, along with all our livestock?  Why did you make us leave Egypt and bring us here to this terrible place?  This land has no grain, figs, grapes, or pomegranates.  And there is no water to drink!”

* Don’t forget God is on our side

Moses warned the people not to forget God when they entered the Promised Land and became prosperous.  Prosperity, more than poverty, can dull our spiritual vision because it tends to make us self-sufficient and eager to acquire still more of everything—except God.  The same thing can happen in our church.  Once we become successful in terms of numbers, programs, and buildings, we can easily become self-sufficient and less sensitive to our need for God.  This leads us to concentrate on self-preservation rather than thankfulness and service to God. (NLT)

Deuteronomy 6:10-13 – “The Lord your God will soon bring you into the land he swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  It is a land filled with large, prosperous cities that you did not build.  The houses will be richly stocked with goods you did not produce.  You will draw water from cisterns you did not dig, and you will eat from vineyards and olive trees you did not plant.  When you have eaten your fill in this land, be careful not to forget the Lord, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.  You must fear the Lord your God and serve him.  When you take an oath, you must use only his name.”

* – When we forget who is on our side or see only our own resources, we tend to panic at the sight of the opposition.  The Israelites became terrified and hid when they saw the mighty Philistine army.  They forgot that God was on their side and that he couldn’t be defeated.  As you face problems and temptations, focus your attention on God and his resources, trusting him to help you. (NLT)

1 Samuel 13:6 – When the men of Israel saw the vast number of enemy troops, they lost their nerve entirely and tried to hide in caves, holes, rocks, tombs, and cisterns.

* Don’t let God’s blessings cause you to forget him

Sometimes the very blessings God has showered on us make us forget him.  We are often tempted to rely on wealth for security rather than on God.  As you see what happened to the Israelites, look at your own life.  Do your blessings make you thankful to God and draw you closer to him, or do they make you feel self-sufficient and forgetful of God? (NLT)

Nehemiah 9:35 – Even while they had their own kingdom, they did not serve you even though you showered your goodness on them.  You gave them a large fertile land, but they refused to turn from their wickedness.

* – A life without God can produce bitterness, loneliness, and hopelessness in old age.  A life centered around God is fulfilling and can be richer and more bearable when we are faced with disabilities, sickness, or handicaps.  Being young is exciting.  But the excitement of youth can become a barrier to closeness with God if it makes young people focus on passing pleasures instead of eternal values.  Make your strength available to God when it is still yours—during your youthful years.  Don’t waste it on evil or meaningless activities that become bad habits and make you callous.  Seek God now. (NLT)

Ecclesiastes 12:1 – Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator.  Honor him in your youth before you grow old and no longer enjoy living.

* What makes us forget God?

Israel constantly turned away from God.  How could they turn from God and worship the idols of the land after the great miracles they saw?  We also have seen God’s great miracles but sometimes find ourselves enticed by the world’s gods: power, money, convenience, fame, sex, and pleasure.  As Israel forgot God, so we are susceptible to forgetting him and giving in to the pressures of an evil world.  Remember all that God has done for you so that you won’t be drawn away from him by the worlds’ pleasures. (NLT)

Psalm 106:34-39 – Israel failed to destroy the nations in the land, as the Lord had told them to.  Instead, they mingled among the pagans and adopted their evil customs.  They worshiped their idols, and this led to their downfall.  They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons.  They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters.  By sacrificing them to the idols of Canaan, they polluted the land with murder.  They defiled themselves by their evil deeds, and their love of idols was adultery in the Lord’s sight.

* – Forgetting can be dangerous, whether it is intentional or an oversight.  Israel forgot God by focusing its affections on the allurements of the world.  The more we focus on the pleasures of the world, the easier it becomes to forget God’s care, his love, his dependability, his guidance, and most of all, God himself.  What pleases you most?  Have you been forgetting God lately? (NLT)

Jeremiah 2:31-32 – “O my people, listen to the words of the Lord!  Have I been like a desert to Israel?  Have I been to them a land of darkness?  Why then do my people say, ‘At last we are free from God!  We won’t have anything to do with him anymore!  Does a young woman forget her jewelry?  Does a bride hide her wedding dress?  No!  Yet for years on end my people have forgotten me.”

* Never forgot what God has taught you

Loyalty and kindness are important character qualities.  Both involve actions as well as attitudes.  A loyal person acts responsibly.  A kind person works for justice for others.  Thoughts and words are not enough—our life reveals whether we are truly loyal and kind.  Do your actions measure up to your attitudes? (NLT)

Proverbs 3:1-4 – My child, never forget the things I have taught you.  Store my commands in your heart, for they will give you a long and satisfying life.  Never let loyalty and kindness get away from you!  Wear them like a necklace; write them deep within your heart.  Then you will find favor with God and people, and you will gain a good reputation.

* How quickly we forget God’s mercy

Jonah had run from the job of delivering God’s message of destruction to Nineveh; then he wanted to die because the destruction wouldn’t happen.  How quickly Jonah had forgotten God’s mercy for him when he was inside the fish.  Jonah was happy when God saved him, but he was angry when Nineveh was saved.  But Jonah was learning a valuable lesson about God’s mercy and forgiveness.  God’s forgiveness was not only for Jonah or for Israel alone; it extends to all who repent and believe. (NLT)

Jonah 4:3 – “Just kill me now, Lord!  I’d rather be dead than alive because nothing I predicted is going to happen.”

* God’s forgiveness means he forgets sin

Paul had reason to forget the past—he had held the coats of those who stoned Stephen, the first Christian martyr.  We have all done things for which we are ashamed, and we live in the tension of what we have been and what we want to be.  Because our hope is in Christ, however, we can let go of past guilt and look forward to what God will help us become.  Don’t dwell on your past.  Instead, grow in the knowledge of God by concentrating on your relationship with him now.  Realize that you are forgiven, and then move on to a life of faith and obedience.  Look forward to a fuller and more meaningful life because of your hope in Christ. (NLT)

Philippians 3:13-14 – No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.

* – The writer concludes his argument with this powerful statement that God will remember our sins no more.  Christ forgives completely, so there is no need to confess our past sins repeatedly.  As believers, we can be confident that the sins we confess and renounce are forgiven and forgotten. (NLT)

Hebrews 10:17 – Then he adds, “I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds.”

* Don’t forget what you heard

It is important to listen to what God’s Word says, but it is much more important to obey it and to do what it says.  We can measure the effectiveness of our Bible study time by the effect it has on our behavior and attitudes.  Do you put into action what you have studied? (NLT)

James 1:22-25 – And remember, it is a message to obey, not just to listen to.  If you don’t obey, you are only fooling yourself.  For if you just listen and don’t obey, it is like looking at your face in a mirror but doing nothing to improve your appearance.  You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.  But if you keep looking steadily into God’s perfect law—the law that sets you free—and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.

* – In many places, the Bible warns us not to “harden” our hearts.  This means stubbornly setting ourselves against God so that we are no longer able to turn to him for forgiveness.  The Israelites became hard-hearted when they disobeyed God’s command to conquer the Promised Land.  Be careful to obey God’s Word, and do not allow your heart to become hardened. (NLT)

Hebrews 3:15 – But never forget the warning: “Today you must listen to his voice.  Don’t harden your hearts against him as Israel did when they rebelled.”

May you find comfort, encouragement, guidance, hope, inspiration, love, and peace – May you also find answers to your question(s) through the Scriptures that address every situation you face, and help with your problems: ; ;;

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