Does God Have Amnesia?

Amnesia is defined as the loss of memory, either completely or partially, due to some underlying cause, such as brain injury or shock.

I’ve recently been studying the life of Samson in the book of Judges. I am not impressed. I see very few signs that he took his call from God seriously. He is self-pleasing. He disrespects his parents. He lies. He sleeps with a harlot. He falls in love with Delilah. He breaks his vows. The Lord departs from him, and he does not even know it.

He suffers for his ungodly choices. Captured and enslaved, he loses his vision, his vigor and his victory. The Philistines mock him. In the end, a beaten, broken, and bruised man, he cries out to God to strengthen him one last time that he might avenge the loss of his eyesight. God graciously grants his request. He kills thousands of his enemies, but loses his life in the process.

That’s how I remember Samson, and I am not impressed!

But then I turn to Hebrews 11, and to my surprise, I find that God has included Samson among the heroes of faith, right alongside such notables as Abraham, Moses, and Daniel. Even more surprisingly, I see no mention of Delilah or any reference to how he willfully broke his vows. The way God portrays him in the New Testament one would think he never did anything wrong. What happened to God’s memory?

Does God have amnesia? He sure talks and acts in the New Testament like someone who does when it comes to recalling the sins of His children.

Listen to what He says in Hebrews 8:12, regarding those who believe in Jesus. “I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and lawless deeds I will remember no more.”

So, I guess, the inclusion of Samson among the heroes of faith and the total absence of any reference to his failures really should not have shocked me. After all, God who cannot lie had promised to forget.

Beloved, God’s omnipotent love will not allow His omniscience to recall any of the sins of those who are in covenant with Him through Jesus Christ!

What God did for Samson, He’s done for you who have placed your faith in Christ. And on the day you are allowed to look into the Divine Record of your life, you will be surprised to see how much of your life God “forgot” to include. You will be surprised to see how good God makes you look in Jesus!

God does not have amnesia, but when it comes to recalling our sins, the blood of Jesus sure makes Him talk and act like He does.

Now, if you are forgiven and you know it, this is a good time to shout, Hallelujah! And if you have not yet received God’s free gift of forgiveness, there will never be a better time to do so than now. Why not receive God’s gift today! He’s eager to forget.

Blessings,
Bishop Johnson

Does God Have Amnesia?

Amnesia is defined as the loss of memory, either completely or partially, due to some underlying cause, such as brain injury or shock.

I’ve recently been studying the life of Samson in the book of Judges. I am not impressed. I see very few signs that he took his call from God seriously. He is self-pleasing. He disrespects his parents. He lies. He sleeps with a harlot. He falls in love with Delilah. He breaks his vows. The Lord departs from him, and he does not even know it.

He suffers for his ungodly choices. Captured and enslaved, he loses his vision, his vigor and his victory. The Philistines mock him. In the end, a beaten, broken, and bruised man, he cries out to God to strengthen him one last time that he might avenge the loss of his eyesight. God graciously grants his request. He kills thousands of his enemies, but loses his life in the process.

That’s how I remember Samson, and I am not impressed!

But then I turn to Hebrews 11, and to my surprise, I find that God has included Samson among the heroes of faith, right alongside such notables as Abraham, Moses, and Daniel. Even more surprisingly, I see no mention of Delilah or any reference to how he willfully broke his vows. The way God portrays him in the New Testament one would think he never did anything wrong. What happened to God’s memory?

Does God have amnesia? He sure talks and acts in the New Testament like someone who does when it comes to recalling the sins of His children.

Listen to what He says in Hebrews 8:12, regarding those who believe in Jesus. “I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and lawless deeds I will remember no more.”

So, I guess, the inclusion of Samson among the heroes of faith and the total absence of any reference to his failures really should not have shocked me. After all, God who cannot lie had promised to forget.

Beloved, God’s omnipotent love will not allow His omniscience to recall any of the sins of those who are in covenant with Him through Jesus Christ!

What God did for Samson, He’s done for you who have placed your faith in Christ. And on the day you are allowed to look into the Divine Record of your life, you will be surprised to see how much of your life God “forgot” to include. You will be surprised to see how good God makes you look in Jesus!

God does not have amnesia, but when it comes to recalling our sins, the blood of Jesus sure makes Him talk and act like He does.

Now, if you are forgiven and you know it, this is a good time to shout, Hallelujah! And if you have not yet received God’s free gift of forgiveness, there will never be a better time to do so than now. Why not receive God’s gift today! He’s eager to forget.

Blessings,
Bishop Johnson

The Best News You’ve Ever Heard

Have I got good news for you!

The first covenant God made was with Adam as the covenant representative of the human race. It was a covenant of works. In essence, God said to Adam, if you will keep my laws, I will bless you and your posterity with life and happiness. But if not, you and all those you represent will die. Then God tested Adam’s obedience by commanding him not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Adam failed miserably. He came under the curse of the broken law. He died spiritually and was immediately cast out of God’s presence. And since then,

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Your Request Is Approved

“You’ve been approved!” If you’ve ever heard those words, you know how good they sound. They mean what you’ve asked for has been granted.

Now, when you pray, do you do so with confidence that God will approve your requests for help and supernaturally grant them every time you ask Him? Many people pray, but very few do so with much confidence. They know their performance falls short of God’s righteous standard. They wonder if

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All Your Needs

John Calvin was one of the greatest theologians who ever lived. He said, “I gave up all for Christ and what have I found? I have found everything in Christ.”

Many years earlier the Apostle Paul wrote, “My God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” That is a promise you can go to the bank on!

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Shake It Off!

Few of us have experienced what Joseph experienced at the hands of his brothers. Jealous because he was their father’s favorite son, they verbally and physically abused him in some form every day. The Scriptures reveal their hateful actions against him as they beat him, conspired to murder him, threw him into a pit, sold him to strangers as a slave, and then lied to his father that a wild animal had killed him.

He ended up in Egypt, at first a slave, then a prisoner, falsely accused of attempted rape. An innocent man treated cruelly by his own brothers, Joseph had every “right” to be bitter. He had every “right” to dream of the day when he could get even.

That day finally came, twenty-two years later. That was when the brothers of Joseph appeared before him in Egypt, where they had come to buy food because of a severe famine in Israel. By this time, Joseph had risen to become the Prime Minister of Egypt, second in power only to Pharaoh. From the pit to the prison, Joseph’s journey had now taken him to the palace, a remarkable example of how God is able to make all things work together for the good of those who love him.

Joseph recognized them. Here was his opportunity. Not only did he have the “right” to get even, he had the power to do so. What would he do? How would he do it?

Listen to Joseph speaking.

“Please come near me. I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life…Now therefore do not be afraid. I will provide for you and your little ones. (Genesis 45:4-5; 50:19,21).

Wow, he forgave them completely and blessed them bountifully! What an example for all of us who have ever been wronged, especially by members of our own families!

Now, here is an old story we can all learn from:

The mule of an old farmer fell into an empty well. The well was too narrow and too deep to get the animal out. His only option was to fill the well with dirt to make sure another animal or even worse a child did not fall in. So the old farmer grabbed a shovel and began to throw in the dirt, one shovel at a time. When that first pile of dirt hit his back, the mule instinctively shook it off and stepped on top of it. Then another pile landed on him and he shook it off and stepped on top of it again. This went on all afternoon: shake the dirt off, and step on top of it; shake the dirt off and step on top of it. And every time it shook the dirt off and stepped on top of it, the mule rose a little higher. Finally, after hours of shaking it off and getting on top of it, the old farmer’s mule had risen high enough to step out of his hole and go on living.

That mule, like Joseph, discovered a life-transforming lesson: the dirt that is intended to bury you can elevate you!

So let me ask you a question. What will you do with the dirt that you are carrying on your back because of what people have done to you? My suggestion is that you refuse to let it bury you. Decide it’s time to shake the dirt off and get on top of it. That is what the mule did; that’s what Joseph did. And that is what you should do!

Do you know someone who has really hurt you and you have not yet forgiven? It’s time to set that person free, not because he or she deserves it, but because that is the only way for you to get out of “the hole” in order to truly live.

What Forgiveness Is Not

“Do I have to trust him if I forgive him?” This question reflects one of the reasons people find it difficult to forgive. Being asked to let go of resentment and any desire to hurt someone who hurt us is one thing. But being required on top of that to trust that same person again makes it too hard!

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Why Should I?

“Tell him you are sorry.” “Why should I? He started it” Does that sound familiar?

People will usually resist doing something they feel is unfair or unjust. And that is one reason so many find it hard to forgive someone who has hurt them. They feel it is unfair and that the person who

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Let It Go

Imagine having to forgive the same person for committing a serious offense against you again and again! Would you think it’s fair? Would you find it easy to do so? Probably not.

But this is exactly what Jesus tells us to do. “If your brother trespasses against you seven times in a day and seven times in a day turns to you saying I repent, you shall forgive him”. That does not seem right—forgiving a person who Read More

Keeping In Touch

Studies show that the average teenager sends and receives over 2,270 text messages a month. That is over seventy-five texts a day! What if we had a relationship like that with Jesus and with our Bibles? What a difference would be made in this world if believers stayed in touch with Jesus and His text as frequently and tenaciously as teenagers text and touch base with their friends!

When you received Jesus into your life as your Lord and Savior, He forgave all your sins, past, present and future, and entered into a relationship with you similar to marriage. It is a relationship that is loaded with possibilities. It has the potential to make your life extremely fruitful and rewarding.

But like marriage, the relationship will only be rich and productive if it is deepened through ongoing communication and intimacy. This is why Jesus invites us to abide in Him. “Abide in Me,” Jesus said, “for as the branch cannot bear fruit of itself except it abide in the vine, no more can you except you abide in Me.” (John 15:4)

The key to deepening and enriching their relationship in marriage is for couples to spend quality time together daily, listening, talking, and sharing their love, thoughts, and hearts with each other. Likewise, the way to deepen and enrich our relationship with Jesus is to be conscious of His presence with us always and to attend to His presence in us constantly by listening to His Spirit, meditating on His Words, and sharing our hearts with Him conversationally. That is how we abide in Jesus and that is how we become extremely fruitful and useful to Him!

Are you in constant contact with Jesus? If not, why not?

Blessings,
Bishop Johnson