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When we hit the rewind button on a voice mail. . .it’s an effort to gain valuable information.

When you hit the rewind button in playing back our daily conference calls. . .it’s because there’s a word, phrase or thought that contains life-changing potential.

Typically, when we hit the rewind button. . .we’re looking for information, revelation or motivation.

2 Timothy 1:6 in the King James Version says:

“Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.”

Have you ever been in a desperate situation which looked hopeless. . .until God’s amazing grace intervened and things are miraculously changed?

You experienced the supernatural manifestation of God’s presence, peace, power, protection, provision, prosperity or promotion.

Circumstances that seemed hopeless are turned around. . .with a major breakthrough.

One thing is certain. . .if you’re following God’s instructions in your daily life. . .you will be subject to continuing attacks of the enemy.

Unfortunately, when a new attack arises. . .we have a tendency to forget past victories and dwell on the current adversity.

We fail to remember the mountains God has previously moved in our lives.

No Mountain. . .No Challenge. . .Too Strong Or Too High For You To Succeed.  You just need to remember.

Ezra 4:7 in The Living Bible says:

“Therefore no mountain, however high, can stand before Zerubbabel! For it will flatten out before him!. . .”

When you and I come to understand that when God is in the center of our plans. . .nothing, and I do mean, nothing. . .can stand in our way.

Whatever mountain challenge you’re facing. . .God will flatten it out.  He will make a way where there seems. . .no way.

Zerubbabel was no doubt discouraged.  Suppose you were fired up to rebuild the temple and things were going great. . .then you had to stop the work for seventeen years.

Obviously things were not going as Zerubbabel had expected.  The workers had scattered to work on other projects.  I can imagine that over seventeen years those who were once fired up about the project had all but forgotten it.

But then. . .there’s no mountain too high. . .that God can’t flatten out and make a way where there seemed to be no way.

2 Chronicles 16:9 in The Living Bible says:

“For the eyes of the Lord search back and forth across the whole earth, looking for people whose hearts are perfect toward him, so that he can show his great power in helping them. . .”

God is ever ready to help you move your mountains.

Some of the mountains we face. . .pale in comparison to what the disciples and early followers of Jesus experienced.

Nero, the emperor of the Roman empire, was not a nice guy. . .in fact, he was a maniacal and tyrannical ruler.   He made a sport of persecuting, torturing and killing Christians because of their faith.

Timothy no doubt was freaking out about what was happening around him when Paul brought things into perspective.

2 Timothy 1:5 in the Amplified Bible says:

“I remember your sincere and unqualified faith [the surrendering of your entire self to God in Christ with confident trust in His power, wisdom and goodness, a faith] which first lived in [the heart of] your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am confident that it is in you as well.”

Paul reminded Timothy of his Christian heritage.

His grandmother trusted the Lord —and the Lord had never failed her or let her down. His mother trusted the Lord — and the Lord had never failed her or let her down either.

Because Timothy was dealing with great stress and difficulty, Paul took the opportunity to remind him that just as God had never failed his grandmother or mother, neither would He abandon Timothy in his difficult hour.

In 2 Timothy 1:6 in the King James Version, Paul speaks these words to young Timothy.

“Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.”

The phrase “I put thee in remembrance” is formed with three Greek words.

“I put” is G362 and is formed from two Greek words which literally means “to repeat something again or to be reminded of something such as memories.”

When these words are put together it means replaying these memories over and over again in your mind.  It’s kinda like the rewind button on our DVD players. . .it allows you to back up and watch certain things over and over again so you really get it.

Having things brought to our remembrance. . .replaying past victories and miracles over and over again in our minds. . .reminds us that God will never let us down, leave or forsake us. . .that He has a firm grip on us.

That’s why our testimonies are so critical to our future victories.  By rewinding and replaying our past successes we’re activating the spiritual promises and provisions of our Lord.

2 Timothy 1:6 could be translated like this:

“I am putting you in memory of all these things, so that by your remembering them, you might stir up the gift of God that is in you….”

The Apostle Paul is telling Timothy and he’s telling us to take our focus off our troubles and put it on past victories.

Don’t forget that what God has done for you before. . .He will do again. . .even with a great dose of Holy Ghost power.  He was faithful to us in the past. . .and He will be faithful to us today.

Here are seven things God has done for you in the past. . .bring these previous victories to your remembrance.

First, God saved you.

Second, God delivered you.

Third, God has guided and directed you.

Fourth, God has brought you through difficult trials.

Fifth, God has healed you.

Sixth, God has provided for you during hard financial times.

Seventh, God has protected you from the snare of the enemy.

These kinds of memories are powerful and will stir up your faith today!

So the next time the devil tells you there is no way you’ll survive what you’re facing, take the time to get alone with the Lord. Then hit the rewind button and ask the Holy Spirit to help you regather and recollect all those past events when God came through for you!

As you replay those memories over and over in your mind, your faith will rise to a new level of confidence. You’ll be able to look your problems right in the face and say, “God is always faithful with me. . .just as He promised in His word.  What He’s done before, I know He will do again.”

The best way to encourage yourself through your current adversities sis to recall all that God has done for you in the past.  I can tell you from personal experience that this re-ignites your passion and determination for success.

You need to develop a “Did I Ever Tell You About The Time?” speech. 

When the enemy attacks you can say:

“Did I ever tell you about the time when I was a sinner going to hell and Jesus reached down, picked me up and planted my feet on the solid rock?

“Did I ever tell you about the time I lost my job and He provided a better job for me?

“Did I ever tell you about the time when there was no food in our house and Jesus had someone bring food to my door?

“Did I ever tell you about the time when my son/my daughter was hooked on drugs and God set them free?

“Did I ever tell you about the time when I was driving down the Interstate highway when my angel moved my car over to keep me from being in a head-on accident?

“Did I ever tell you about the time when the doctor gave me a bad report but Jesus healed my body?

“Did I ever tell you how good my God is to me?”

I strongly encourage you to develop and personalize your own “Did I Ever Tell You?” confession.

Here two questions to ask yourself.

First, what are some of the seemingly impossible situations God has delivered you from in the past?  Make the list and PRAISE HIM for His goodness and faithfulness.

Second, what steps can you take to trust God more fully to deliver you from your present situation as He has done for you in the past?

Listen. . .Pause. . .Rewind. . .Learn. . .Change.

I was blessed by the words of a follower of mine on Twitter.  Segun from Lagos, Nigeria said:

“A very Big Thank you Sir. . .for you boasting my Self-Worth.”

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