Remember for Courage

10 “And when the Lord your God brings you into the land that he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you—with great and good cities that you did not build, 11 and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant—and when you eat and are full, 12 then take care lest you forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

Deuteronomy 6:10–12(ESV)

As a young boy growing up in church, I remember singing an old hymn “count your blessing name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.” There are so many times in the scriptures God calls us to remember his mighty works lest we forget the power of our God. 

When the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, and the Jordan river, a marker was placed to remind them of God’s mighty salvation and serve as a memorial for the next generation. This remembrance of God’s power to deliver would play an essential role in the battles they still had to face in the Promise Land. 

It is so easy to forget God in the good times. It’s easy to forget that without God’s blessing we would never have gotten this far; without His power and strength, we would still be wandering around in the wilderness with no ability crossover into the Promise Land. 

Three ways to remember God’s mighty hand

Keep a journal of God’s blessings and provision in your life. 

Take a moment and recount the amazing things God has done in your life that have brought you this far. Write down some blessings and praises, so you don’t forget. 

Make a habit of praising the Lord each morning as you start your day.  

“Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!”

Psalm 150:1-2 (ESV)

Live in expectation of God’s mighty deeds. 

As you remember all the mighty things God has done, it will give you courage for the things God is about to do. Let God’s past be the predictor for your future. God has brought you this far because he has great things in store for you.  

I have written this blog as a continuation of the message “Crossing Your Jordan”  Click here to watch the sermon in its entirety

If this blog has blessed you in some way, please leave me a comment below, so that I can be encouraged with you. 

Published by Bill Sizemore

Bill is a pastor, coach, author, and public speaker. His discipleship training materials are used internationally to grow people in their walk with God. He currently serves as the Pastor of Reliant Ministries in Dallas, GA., and is a John Maxwell certified coach and trainer. Bill also has the privilege of serving as coach and trainer for the Send Network of Atlanta. Bill's life mission is to bring glory to God by helping others reach their full potential in Christ. He has pastored churches for over 30 years with his wife, Kim. They raised two beautiful daughters that serve the Lord and have recently become grandparents. Bill is the author of "180° Discipleship" and his soon-released book "The Potter's Clay." For more information or to book an event, visit his website and youtube channel.

One thought on “Remember for Courage

  1. Sometimes when I get in one of those fed up moods and start to complain, my wife is always quick to remind me of where we have come from and how far we have progressed in our lives and relationship with God. Satan tries to put up some fog in those moments so we can only see the situation at hand but not the past accomplishments and the future victories that God has planned for us.


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