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Write stuff down!

(No new sermon this week.)

It’s true what you were probably taught in school; if something is important, it’s important to write it down. Nowhere is this more crucial than in your Christian life…. So much so that God told Moses to write things down multiple times, such as in this verse:

Exodus 34:27 (NKJV)
27 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write these words, for according to the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.”

There are plenty of other places in the Bible where things got written down, or are even commanded by God to be written down:

Habakkuk 2:2 (NKJV)
2 Then the Lord answered me and said:
“Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets

There’s always the temptation to want to save yourself a little bit of writing time by believing that you’re always going to remember all the significant events and details… But unfortunately, you won’t, especially as you start getting older and/or having many similar, easily-confusable experiences.

If you’re into notebooks, by all means get some, but if not, you can easily do this with text files, with the additional benefits of searchability and spellchecker; that’s what I do, because I write a LOT, and if I had to scan through notebooks every time I wanted to check something out, I’d spend my whole life looking for stuff.

What kinds of things should you be writing down? ANYTHING that has anything to do with the religious realm:

Any contact of any kind with God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit…

… or angels…

… or “the ones whose names we will not mention”

… or anything else supernatural in any way, shape, or form

Visions, Words of knowledge, things that you think might be signs

Anything that has the slightest feeling of the prophetic about it… and go back and check periodically to see if you were right!

Any dream with the slightest hint of religious content or symbolism, or even that just FEELS religious to you

Anything in the Bible, a sermon, or any other religious source that seems to really jump out at you

Answered prayers

Unasked-for blessings that have been received

Don’t be overwhelmed by the length of the list; remember, most days you probably won’t have ANY of these things to record, right? My reason for including these specifics is because it’s too easy to experience something, and then discount it as not the sort of thing that’s important to write down… But trust me when I say, there is NOTHING that happens and your Christian walk that shouldn’t be recorded. I’ve reached the point of having a TON of things to keep track of, and I do it, and there is not a single time I have looked back on what I’ve written and thought that I should’ve written LESS… And all too many times from my earlier days of writing things down where I desperately wish that I had written MORE, because there are details that I would love to have now that are forgotten, and therefore lost.

In addition to providing a precious record of your religious life, keeping a record of these things will allow you to look back and see patterns, growth, cause and effect, wonderful things like how groups of angel sightings appear when your life is troubled, and just how absolutely blessed you are with all that God does for you and in your life.

Trust me when I say: Even as little as a couple of years from now, probably far less, you’re not gonna have the slightest bit of interest in what you spent hours writing on Facebook or in texts, but you will be VERY interested in your spiritual experiences, and you will be for the rest of your life. Spend a little less time with social media, and a little more time recording the important stuff; you’ll be VERY glad that you did.

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