Borrowed Truths

False Memories

false memories
Borrowed Truths

False Memories

I watched a movie many years ago of a man who, when he was a young boy, watched his father being killed by another man. That boy spent the next two decades becoming a noteworthy swordsman and looking for the one who killed his father. When he did find him, he killed him, but then knew no other purpose for his life.

I recall a scene at a sporting event that I was part of well over a half century ago where I was a part of the reason our team won, but is that memory completely correct, is it true to what actually occurred? Probably not, as most memories are modified by us as time passes, changed in a way that either elevates us or demeans someone or something associated with them, very little of what we can recall from many decades ago is entirely true.

I would ask you to contemplate these thoughts for a moment, but only those that are relevant to your walk with Christ, be as truthful as you can be with yourself, take both pride and humility out of the equation, and look only on the known facts, as best as you can. Where in your life can you prove to yourself the proof of your salvation?

The fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23) are the determining factor, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” (Matt. 7:20) So then, I would ask you, do you see these in your life? Here is the reason for this topic of conversation, many will say “Yes, I can,” but can you prove them by your past deeds, those works done for the Lord, or have they only been emotions of the heart, false memories for the heart is deceitful. (Jer. 17:9)

We are known by our fruits, that means that people that know us will recognize these fruits of the Spirit by the actions that we have performed in the past, it is, if you like it or not, how they judge us, and my friends, it is how the Lord will judge us. “In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.” (Romans 2:16) This is why your memory must be secure and truthful in this area, it cannot be as mine more than likely is in relation to that sporting event when I was a small child, more than likely flawed by my own design for my own reasons over time. These memories can be likened to a golfer who will move the ball out of a bad spot, but not count it as a stroke, the end result in their eyes at the last hole when the score is tallied will look better, but it will not be the truth. Moving the ball out of the rough will be forgotten over time, but the score, or at least what they wrote down, will be remembered.

There are a lot of individuals out there I fear that are lying to themselves but have chalked it up to just a modified memory, one that benefits them in one way or another, but I have a truth for you here, God’s memory is perfect, without one flaw, and everything that you have done and not done as you “remembered” will be brought into the light. (Luke 8:17)

I do not have the capabilities that others have for memory retention, I never have, it is how the Lord designed me, but I do have one thing that some do not have, the ability to act in the moment, the understanding that the past is only profitable when used to contemplate actions that may be needed to be performed in the future, but all I have, all that any of us have is right here, right now, that is where we live all the time.

The Lord on our day of accounting (Romans 14:12) is going to show us the truth of who we were in this life, not what we think we remember, but what we actually did, and my friends, there are going to be far too many that are going to be saying, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?” (Matt. 7:22) Because that is what they thought they did, but it is not the truth of what happened. If you cannot prove your faith in Christ here by your actions, actions that were done solely for the glory of God, it will be proven to you one day that you had no faith in Christ in the first place.

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