It is really difficult to remember God’s faithfulness when you are down in the dumps and in a terrible place, which is inevitable whether or not you’re a child of God. Remember Jesus encouraged us beforehand in JOHN 16;33; that WHEN trials and tribulations come, be of good cheer, He has overcome the world. So, we need to build altars of remembrance whenever God shows us His Power, Faithfulness and Might. The devil will always try to undermine God’s power in your life and sow seeds of doubt in God in your heart. However, it is easier to stand up against the devil and fight off the thoughts of doubts when you remember vividly who God has shown Himself to be in your life, what He has taken you through, the victories He won for you. You can shut the devil up and say God did this then, He is still the same. God wants us to remember who He is and what He can do because of what He has done. The Israelites fell victim of this forgetfulness on their journey to the promised land. They quickly forgot how God plagued the Egyptians just to set them on the journey of their lives. When you go through the scriptures, you will realise that it seemed like the Israelites had their memories wiped on God’s faithfulness to them, His might and how He marvellously displayed His power for their safety and the fulfilment of His promise after every miracle. They were always too quick to murmur and complain when things are slightly delayed or did not go the way they want it to. A miracle as big as parting the red sea should have been enough for them to be certain that God would always show up for them but like us, they forgot every miracle and God’s ability to work wonders and bring them out of impossible situations. Likewise in the new testament, after the miracle of feeding the 5,000 Jesus told his disciples to carry the leftover baskets of food. One basket per disciple and he immediately got them into the boat to travel to the other side while He went to pray. There was a great storm on their journey to the other side and Jesus knew the storm would come, but he needed them to remember that the God that worked the miracle feeding of the 5,000 is able to keep them from perishing in the storm. Even though, they had a basket each of miracle food as physical representation and reminder of God’s mighty power, they really did not remember how mighty God had just been so they panicked and cried out to Jesus who was already walking toward them. God doesn’t forsake us in difficult times, He is always there; quiet sometimes but there with you. Sometimes, a miracle is not what you need to trust God in that hard time, you just need to remember how mighty your God is and what He has done in the past. Eventually, the Israelites got it; and made it a habit to set up altars, not for sacrifice, but to mark and remember important events, times when they saw God’s faithfulness to them. A particular example of this being in Joshua chapter 4; after God has parted the river Jordan for the Israelites to cross it, together they built an altar of 12 stones, one for each tribe. “[Joshua] said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. … He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.” MY ALTAR OF REMEMBRANCE * When God delivered me from sexual abuse that lasted 6years * How God healed me emotionally and mentally and made me whole * How God mended my relationship with my mum * How God brought me out of a toxic relationship * How God helped me graduate with good grades when I had really crappy grades. * That God trust me enough to guide His people. I just shared my own altar with you to encourage you to have your own. If you want to, you could send it to me and do share it with another person in order to encourage them have theirs. Despite these altars(not everything), the devil still tries to undermine God’s power and involvement in my life but, it’s easier for me to put on my armour of faith with a vivid remembrance of these victories and fight with patience and endurance like my life depends on it because it does. Getting the fulfilment of God’s promises over my life requires me to lay aside every weight, and run with endurance the race before me. ‘HEBREWS 12:1’ . Beloved, I dare you to build your altars of remembrance and see how the devil will crumble when you use it against him. DEAR BELOVED, WE WANT YOU JOYFUL, PLEASE SEND US YOUR QUESTIONS AND PRAYER REQUESTS TO AYOMIDE@HERFORTITUDO.COM OR SEND A DM TO ANY OF OUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS. IT’S HERFORTITUDO ACROSS BOARDS.