My maternal grandpa came back and asked, “Anuoluwapo, did anyone check up on us while we were away?” That was when my senses woke up. I remember that while I was sleeping, an elderly couple came visiting and told me to tell my grandparents that they were back from the hospital.

What was the consequence of my forgetfulness?

First, my grandparents wasted fuel and time heading to the hospital to check up on a friend who was already discharged and had visited them at home.

Second, it was obvious that Grandpa was not pleased because I still have not forgotten how he said to me that such behaviour was an “animalistic tendency”. He was a professor.

Instructions are one of the major ways that the Lord communicates with his loved ones. Instructions are tools for changing seasons, preservation, and activating the miraculous. A man who follows instructions carefully will see miracles effortlessly. One of the signs that you are growing is that you know the weight of instructions.

There is however a tendency to forget instructions. The devil fights with forgetfulness. Forgetfulness will always result in slack. The Lord warned the nation of Israel about the danger of forgetfulness:

1. Do not forget in your plenty: Abundance can make people forget. Be careful when there is enjoyment.

“But that is the time to be careful! Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the Lord your God and disobey his commands, regulations, and decrees that I am giving you today.

Deuteronomy 8:11 NLT

When you are settled, fight forgetfulness.

For when you have become full and prosperous and have built fine homes to live in, and when your flocks and herds have become very large and your silver and gold have multiplied along with everything else, be careful!

Deuteronomy 8:12-13 NLT

2. Forgetfulness will lead you to pride. Fight it: Do not become proud at that time and forget the Lord your God, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt. Do not forget that he led you through the great and terrifying wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, where it was so hot and dry. He gave you water from the rock!

Deuteronomy 8:14-15 NLT

You cannot follow the Lord well if you are plagued with forgetfulness. David was a man after the heart of God, and he showed us one of his secrets was his ability to remember:

Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.

Psalms 103:2 NLT

Will you lift your voice and say today? Lord, remind me of forgotten instructions. Deliver me from forgetfulness.

Would you make a list of gratitude like King David:

He forgives all my sins.

He heals all my diseases.

He redeems me from death.

He crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things and my youth is renewed like the eagle’s!

Psalms 103:3-5 NLT

Where is your list?

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