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God   designed   our   minds   with   an   ability   to   store   and   retrieve   information   and   experiences   via   our   memory.      Our dependence   upon   this   function   is   much   more   important   than   we   realize.      Simply   stated,   it   is   required   for   human existence…like   breathing.      When   you   think   about   it,   we   utilize   our   memory   continuously   moment-by-moment.      In addition, our memory is a foundational component of our ability to learn, and facilitates decision making. Here   are   two   interesting   questions   to   think   about.      (1)   What   would   our   lives   be   like   if   we   were   designed   without    an ability   to   store   and   remember   information   and   experiences?      Consider   how   our   memory   is   involved   in   the   multitude   of things we do throughout our day.  (2) If humans were designed without memory, would life even exist? The   combined   capabilities   of   our   mind’s   intellect   (ability   to   reason,   make   decisions,   etc.)—combined   with   our   memory capacity—set   us   apart   from   all   other   life   forms.      With   regards   to   memory   capacity,   scientists   recently   estimated   our memory capacity is approximately 2.5 petabytes. 1 petabyte = 1,000 terabytes 1 million gigabytes A disk array of 2.5 petabytes: Requires (417) 6-terabyte hard disk drives Can store 100 years of continually-recorded (24x7) high quality video Everything   is   recorded   in   our   memory:   what   we   see,   hear,   touch,   smell,   and   taste.      In   addition,   our   memory   is recording   our   thoughts,   our   motivations,   our   emotions,   our   positive   experiences,   our   devastating   sorrows,   our   sins, what we say, and what we do. What’s   interesting,   it   is   easy   to   recover   memories   we   haven’t   thought   about   for   some   time.      For   example,   can   you describe: Your first bicycle Your favorite food Your first love A bully Your emotions after you sinned Your feelings after you did something for God When you take a few moments to look back in time…you will realize you have a significant number of memories. So, here is another very interesting question.  If possible, determine your answer before continuing. Do our memories go with us when we die? If you answered no…then you are saying memories are a component of our physical body. If you answered yes…then you are saying memories are a component of our spiritual body. If you answered…I don’t know…it’s OK. Let’s look at scripture to find the answer.  Example #1: Jesus Christ provided us with insight of life after death. “There   was   a   certain   rich   man   who   was   clothed   in   purple   and   fine   linen   and   fared   sumptuously   every   day.      But   there was   a   certain   beggar   named   Lazarus,   full   of   sores,   who   was   laid   at   his   gate,   desiring   to   be   fed   with   the   crumbs   which fell   from   the   rich   man’s   table.      Moreover   the   dogs   came   and   licked   his   sores.     So   it   was   that   the   beggar   died,   and   was   carried   by   the   angels   to   Abraham’s bosom.      The   rich   man   also   died   and   was   buried.      And   being   in   torments   in Hades,   he   lifted   up   his   eyes   and   saw   Abraham   afar   off,   and   Lazarus   in   his bosom.      “Then   he   cried   and   said,   ‘Father   Abraham,   have   mercy   on   me,   and send   Lazarus   that   he   may   dip   the   tip   of   his   finger   in   water   and   cool   my   tongue; for   I   am   tormented   in   this   flame.’      But   Abraham   said,   ‘Son,   remember   that   in your   lifetime   you   received   your   good   things,   and   likewise   Lazarus   evil   things; but   now   he   is   comforted   and   you   are   tormented.      And   besides   all   this,   between us   and   you   there   is   a   great   gulf   fixed,   so   that   those   who   want   to   pass   from   here to   you   cannot,   nor   can   those   from   there   pass   to   us.’      “Then   he   said,   ‘I   beg   you therefore,   father,   that   you   would   send   him   to   my   father’s   house,   for   I   have   five   brothers,   that   he   may   testify   to   them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’  Luke 16:19-28 Note how the rich man recognized and remembered Lazarus, and how he also remembered his family members. Example   #2:   In   the   Book   of   Revelation   John   described   how   he   was   transitioned   from   the   physical   into   the   spiritual   as he entered Heaven.  He later described what he heard and saw. After   these   things   I   looked,   and   behold,   a   door   standing   open   in   heaven.      And   the   first   voice   which   I   heard   was   like   a trumpet   speaking   with   me,   saying,   “Come   up   here,   and   I   will   show   you   things   which   must   take   place   after   this.” Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne.  Revelation 4:1-2 I   saw   under   the   altar   the   souls   of   those   who   had   been   slain   because   of   the   word   of   God   and   the   testimony   they   had maintained.   They   called   out   in   a   loud   voice,   ‘How   long,   Sovereign   Lord,   holy   and   true,   until   you   judge   the   inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?’   Revelation 6:9-10 Note   how   John   described   what   he   heard   and   saw   while   he   was   in   the   spirit.      Plus,   note   how   the   martyred   souls remembered those who killed them.  Example #3: The Judgment Seat of Christ The   Judgment   Seat   of   Christ   is   for   Christians.      Jesus   Christ   will   reveal   the   true   motivation   of our works for Him, and will reward those works that endure His testing by fire. For   we   shall   all   stand   before   the   judgment   seat   of   Christ.      For   it   is   written:   “As   I   live,   says   the Lord,   every   knee   shall   bow   to   Me,   and   every   tongue   shall   confess   to   God.”      So   then   each   of us shall give account of himself to God.  Romans 14:10-12 Now   if   anyone   builds   on   this   foundation   with   gold,   silver,   precious   stones,   wood,   hay,   straw, each   one’s   work   will   become   clear;   for   the   Day   will   declare   it,   because   it   will   be   revealed   by fire;   and   the   fire   will   test   each   one’s   work,   of   what   sort   it   is.      If   anyone’s   work   which   he   has built   on   it   endures,   he   will   receive   a   reward.      If   anyone’s   work   is   burned,   he   will   suffer   loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.  1 Corinthians 3:12-15 Based upon the above examples, our memories are part of our soul and will go with us when we die.  Today,   when   we   worship   Jesus   Christ,   much   is   based   upon   our   faith.      However,   when   we   are   on   the   other   side   is when   our   love   for   Jesus   Christ;   and   our   worship;   and   our   praises   will   no   longer   be   based   upon   our   faith.      This   will   be the   very   first   time   we   will   fully   understand   what   Jesus   did   for   us   on   the   cross—because   of   the   tangible   evidence   we’re experiencing—and   because   of   our   memories   (of   who   we   were,   and   what   we   did).      Each   of   us   will   know   we   are unworthy    of    being    in    His    presence;    unworthy    to    receive    God’s    grace    and    love;    unworthy    to    receive    eternal forgiveness; and unworthy to receive the rewards bestowed upon us as inheritors of His promise. As such, our memories will generate overwhelming heart-felt praises and worship for our Savior! …and   the   number   of   them   was   ten   thousand   times   ten   thousand,   and   thousands   of   thousands,   saying   with   a   loud voice:   “Worthy   is   the   Lamb   who   was   slain   to   receive   power   and   riches   and   wisdom,   and   strength   and   honor   and   glory and blessing!”  Revelation 5: 11-12 However,   for   those   who   reject   Jesus   Christ;   for   those   who   are   not   forgiven;   for   those   who   will   not   find   their   name written   in   The   Book   of   Life;   and   for   those   who   will   be   cast   into   the   lake   of   fire   for   eternity…their   memories   will   provide an   excruciating   reminder   of   what   they   did,   what   they   deserved,   and   justification   for   what   they   are   experiencing.     (Revelation 3:5; 20:11-15) Physical Brain and Our Soul Unlike   a   hard   disk   drive,   our   memories   cannot   be   erased,   deleted,   lost   due   to   power   loss,   or   destroyed   due   to   physical damage to the storage medium because our memories are spiritual and part of our soul.  Our physical brain: Is part of our body. Provides a means for our soul to interact with the physical world.  Will “return to dust” (along with the rest of our body) after we die. Although brain functionality may be altered by drugs, or damaged by dementia, our memories remain. Consider   the   behavior   of   someone   who   consumes   too   much   alcohol.      They   will   have   difficulty   remembering simple things: counting, saying the alphabet, etc. Consider   a   person   with   Alzheimer's   who   may   have   periods   of   clarity   when   they   can   remember   everything.      The memories did not disappear.  Recollection has been “short circuited” by a disease of the brain. Inappropriate Memories There    are    times    Christians    will    experience    undesirable    memories    and    thoughts;    which    may    be triggered   by   something   we   have   seen   or   heard;   or   will   just   appear   in   our   mind   without   a   “trigger.”     These   memories   may   consist   of   an   undesirable   recollection   of   sinful   behavior;   a   negative   emotional response   to   a   past   or   present   situation,   and   so   forth—all   of   which   may   be   fueled   by   imagination—and at times our physical body may also respond. Most   of   the   time   we   begin   to   “walk   down   this   dark   path”   before   we   comprehend   what   we   are   doing.      When   our   heart realizes we’re experiencing unwanted thoughts, it is important to: 1 . Recognize the thoughts are occurring via our sinful nature (self-inflicted or demonically inspired). 2 . Realize the thoughts are not based upon truth, are a deceptive lie, and are not Christ-like. 3 . Remember we are forgiven…and as such ask yourself…do you need to forgive someone (including yourself)? 4 . Redirect your thoughts via prayer, scripture, and praising God for what He has done. 5 . Recover your spiritual connection. 6 . Recall what you may have done to put yourself in this situation (for possible future avoidance). 7 . Regulate (control, set) what you will allow to enter into your spiritual body. Finally,   brethren,   whatever   things   are   true,   whatever   things   are   noble,   whatever   things   are   just,   whatever   things   are pure,   whatever   things   are   lovely,   whatever   things   are   of   good   report,   if   there   is   any   virtue   and   if   there   is   anything praiseworthy—meditate   on   these   things.      The   things   which   you   learned   and   received   and   heard   and   saw   in   me,   these do, and the God of peace will be with you.  Philippians 4:8-9 When   we   stand   back   and   look   at   the   big   picture…the   unfathomable   depth   of   God’s   love   for   us   is   more   than   we   are capable of understanding. “Eye   has   not   seen,   nor   ear   heard,   nor   have   entered   into   the   heart   of   man   the   things   which   God   has   prepared   for   those who love Him.”  1 Corinthians 2:9 I   pray   this   writing   provides   you   with   a   new   perspective   of   our   memories,   expanded   insight   into   the   wonders   of   our Savior and Lord, and greater anticipation of what He has prepared for us. Additional writings are accessible by clicking on the Home button below.  Topics include: 21 Signs of the Last Days Foundation Body, Heart, Soul, and Spirit Emotions Free Will Pride Revelation’s Blessings A Hardened Heart Versus a Broken and Contrite Heart Each writing (PDF file) may be downloaded for free and read and/or forwarded to others…including Memories! All for His Glory! Harold D. Thomas
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God   designed   our   minds   with   an   ability   to   store   and retrieve   information   and   experiences   via   our   memory.     Our    dependence    upon    this    function    is    much    more important   than   we   realize.      Simply   stated,   it   is   required for   human   existence…like   breathing.      When   you   think about   it,   we   utilize   our   memory   continuously   moment- by-moment.      In   addition,   our   memory   is   a   foundational component    of    our    ability    to    learn,    and    facilitates decision making. Here   are   two   interesting   questions   to   think   about.      (1) What    would    our    lives    be    like    if    we    were    designed without    an   ability   to   store   and   remember   information and    experiences?        Consider    how    our    memory    is involved   in   the   multitude   of   things   we   do   throughout   our day.      (2)   If   humans   were   designed   without   memory, would life even exist? The   combined   capabilities   of   our   mind’s   intellect   (ability to   reason,   make   decisions,   etc.)—combined   with   our memory   capacity—set   us   apart   from   all   other   life   forms.     With   regards   to   memory   capacity,   scientists   recently estimated   our   memory   capacity   is   approximately   2.5 petabytes. 1 petabyte = 1,000 terabytes 1 million gigabytes A disk array of 2.5 petabytes: Requires 417 6-terabyte hard disk drives Can   store   100   years   of   continually-recorded   (24x7) high quality video Everything   is   recorded   in   our   memory:   what   we   see, hear,   touch,   smell,   and   taste.      In   addition,   our   memory is     recording     our     thoughts,     our     motivations,     our emotions,    our    positive    experiences,    our    devastating sorrows, our sins, what we say, and what we do. What’s   interesting,   it   is   easy   to   recover   memories   we haven’t   thought   about   for   some   time.      For   example,   can you describe: Your first bicycle Your favorite food Your first love A bully Your emotions after you sinned Your feelings after you did something for God When    you    take    a    few    moments    to    look    back    in time…you   will   realize   you   have   a   significant   number   of memories. So,    here    is    another    very    interesting    question.        If possible, determine your answer before continuing. Do our memories go with us when we die? If   you   answered   no…then   you   are   saying   memories   are a component of our physical body. If   you   answered   yes…then   you   are   saying   memories are a component of our spiritual body. If you answered…I don’t know…it’s OK. Let’s look at scripture to find the answer.  Example   #1:   Jesus   Christ   provided   us   with   insight   of life after death. “There    was    a    certain    rich    man    who    was    clothed    in purple   and   fine   linen   and   fared   sumptuously   every   day.     But   there   was   a   certain   beggar   named   Lazarus,   full   of sores,   who   was   laid   at   his   gate,   desiring   to   be   fed   with the    crumbs    which    fell    from    the    rich    man’s    table.      Moreover   the   dogs   came   and   licked   his   sores.      So   it was    that    the    beggar    died,    and    was    carried    by    the angels   to   Abraham’s   bosom.      The   rich   man   also   died and    was    buried.        And being      in      torments      in Hades,    he    lifted    up    his eyes    and    saw    Abraham afar    off,    and    Lazarus    in his    bosom.        “Then    he cried     and     said,     ‘Father Abraham,   have   mercy   on me,     and     send     Lazarus that   he   may   dip   the   tip   of   his   finger   in   water   and   cool my    tongue;    for    I    am    tormented    in    this    flame.’        But Abraham   said,   ‘Son,   remember   that   in   your   lifetime   you received   your   good   things,   and   likewise   Lazarus   evil things;   but   now   he   is   comforted   and   you   are   tormented.     And   besides   all   this,   between   us   and   you   there   is   a great   gulf   fixed,   so   that   those   who   want   to   pass   from here   to   you   cannot,   nor   can   those   from   there   pass   to us.’      “Then   he   said,   ‘I   beg   you   therefore,   father,   that   you would   send   him   to   my   father’s   house,   for   I   have   five brothers,   that   he   may   testify   to   them,   lest   they   also come to this place of torment.’  Luke 16:19-28 Note   how   the   rich   man   recognized   and   remembered Lazarus,    and    how    he    also    remembered    his    family members. Example   #2:   In   the   Book   of   Revelation   John   described how    he    was    transitioned    from    the    physical    into    the spiritual   as   he   entered   Heaven.      He   later   described what he heard and saw. After   these   things   I   looked,   and   behold,   a   door   standing open   in   heaven.      And   the   first   voice   which   I   heard   was like    a    trumpet    speaking    with    me,    saying,    “Come    up here,   and   I   will   show   you   things   which   must   take   place after   this.”   Immediately   I   was   in   the   Spirit;   and   behold,   a throne    set    in    heaven,    and    One    sat    on    the    throne.      Revelation 4:1-2 I   saw   under   the   altar   the   souls   of   those   who   had   been slain   because   of   the   word   of   God   and   the   testimony they   had   maintained.   They   called   out   in   a   loud   voice, ‘How    long,    Sovereign    Lord,    holy    and    true,    until    you judge    the    inhabitants    of    the    earth    and    avenge    our blood?’   Revelation 6:9-10 Note   how   John   described   what   he   heard   and   saw   while he   was   in   the   spirit.      Plus,   note   how   the   martyred   souls remembered those who killed them.  Example #3: The Judgment Seat of Christ The   Judgment   Seat   of   Christ   is   for   Christians.      Jesus Christ   will   reveal   the   true   motivation   of   our   works   for Him,    and    will    reward    those    works    that    endure    His testing by fire. For    we    shall    all    stand    before    the    judgment    seat    of Christ.      For   it   is   written:   “As   I   live,   says   the   Lord,   every knee   shall   bow   to   Me,   and   every   tongue   shall   confess to   God.”      So   then   each   of   us   shall   give account      of      himself      to      God.        Romans 14:10-12 Now    if    anyone    builds    on    this foundation      with      gold,      silver, precious      stones,      wood,      hay, straw,     each     one’s     work     will become    clear;    for    the    Day    will declare     it,     because     it     will     be revealed   by   fire;   and   the   fire   will test   each   one’s   work,   of   what   sort   it is.      If   anyone’s   work   which   he   has   built on   it   endures,   he   will   receive   a   reward.      If   anyone’s work   is   burned,   he   will   suffer   loss;   but   he   himself   will   be saved, yet so as through fire.  1 Corinthians 3:12-15 Based   upon   the   above   examples,   our   memories   are part of our soul and will go with us when we die.  Today,   when   we   worship   Jesus   Christ,   much   is   based upon   our   faith.      However,   when   we   are   on   the   other side   is   when   our   love   for   Jesus   Christ;   and   our   worship; and   our   praises   will   no   longer   be   based   upon   our   faith.     This   will   be   the   very   first   time   we   will   fully   understand what   Jesus   did   for   us   on   the   cross—because   of   the tangible   evidence   we’re   experiencing—and   because   of our    memories    (of    who    we    were,    and    what    we    did).      Each   of   us   will   know   we   are   unworthy   of   being   in   His presence;   unworthy   to   receive   God’s   grace   and   love; unworthy   to   receive   eternal   forgiveness;   and   unworthy to   receive   the   rewards   bestowed   upon   us   as   inheritors of His promise. As    such,    our    memories    will    generate    overwhelming heart-felt praises and worship for our Savior! …and   the   number   of   them   was   ten   thousand   times   ten thousand,   and   thousands   of   thousands,   saying   with   a loud    voice:    “Worthy    is    the    Lamb    who    was    slain    to receive   power   and   riches   and   wisdom,   and   strength and honor and glory and blessing!”  Revelation 5: 11-12 However,   for   those   who   reject   Jesus   Christ;   for   those who   are   not   forgiven;   for   those   who   will   not   find   their name   written   in   The   Book   of   Life;   and   for   those   who   will be   cast   into   the   lake   of   fire   for   eternity…their   memories will   provide   an   excruciating   reminder   of   what   they   did, what   they   deserved,   and   justification   for   what   they   are experiencing.  (Revelation 3:5; 20:11-15) Physical Brain and Our Soul Unlike    a    hard    disk    drive,    our    memories    cannot    be erased,   deleted,   lost   due   to   power   loss,   or   destroyed due    to    physical    damage    to    the    storage    medium because    our    memories    are    spiritual    and    part    of    our soul.  Our physical brain: Is part of our body. Provides   a   means   for   our   soul   to   interact   with   the physical world.  Will    “return    to    dust”    (along    with    the    rest    of    our body) after we die. Although   brain   functionality   may   be   altered   by   drugs,   or damaged by dementia, our memories remain. Consider   the   behavior   of   someone   who   consumes too     much     alcohol.          They     will     have     difficulty remembering   simple   things:   counting,   saying   the alphabet, etc. Consider   a   person   with   Alzheimer's   who   may   have periods     of     clarity     when     they     can     remember everything.        The    memories    did    not    disappear.      Recollection     has     been     “short     circuited”     by     a disease of the brain. Inappropriate Memories There   are   times   Christians   will   experience undesirable   memories   and   thoughts;   which may    be    triggered    by    something    we    have seen   or   heard;   or   will   just   appear   in   our mind   without   a   “trigger.”      These   memories may    consist    of    an    undesirable    recollection    of    sinful behavior;   a   negative   emotional   response   to   a   past   or present   situation,   and   so   forth—all   of   which   may   be fueled   by   imagination—and   at   times   our   physical   body may also respond. Most   of   the   time   we   begin   to   “walk   down   this   dark   path” before   we   comprehend   what   we   are   doing.      When   our heart   realizes   we’re   experiencing   unwanted   thoughts,   it is important to: 1 . Recognize   the   thoughts   are   occurring   via   our   sinful nature (self-inflicted or demonically inspired). 2 . Realize   the   thoughts   are   not   based   upon   truth,   are a deceptive lie, and are not Christ-like. 3 . Remember    we    are    forgiven…and    as    such    ask yourself…do     you     need     to     forgive     someone (including yourself)? 4 . Redirect   your   thoughts   via   prayer,   scripture,   and praising God for what He has done. 5 . Recover your spiritual connection. 6 . Recall   what   you   may   have   done   to   put   yourself   in this situation (for possible future avoidance). 7 . Regulate   (control,   set)   what   you   will   allow   to   enter into your spiritual body. Finally,   brethren,   whatever   things   are   true,   whatever things   are   noble,   whatever   things   are   just,   whatever things   are   pure,   whatever   things   are   lovely,   whatever things   are   of   good   report,   if   there   is   any   virtue   and   if there    is    anything    praiseworthy—meditate    on    these things.      The   things   which   you   learned   and   received   and heard   and   saw   in   me,   these   do,   and   the   God   of   peace will be with you.  Philippians 4:8-9 When   we   stand   back   and   look   at   the   big   picture…the unfathomable   depth   of   God’s   love   for   us   is   more   than we are capable of understanding. “Eye   has   not   seen,   nor   ear   heard,   nor   have   entered   into the   heart   of   man   the   things   which   God   has   prepared   for those who love Him.”  1 Corinthians 2:9 I   pray   this   writing   provides   you   with   a   new   perspective of   our   memories,   expanded   insight   into   the   wonders   of our   Savior   and   Lord,   and   greater   anticipation   of   what He has prepared for us. Additional    writings    are    accessible    by    clicking    on    the Home button below.  Topics include: 21 Signs of the Last Days Foundation Body, Heart, Soul, and Spirit Emotions Free Will Pride Revelation’s Blessings A Hardened Heart vs. a Broken and Contrite Heart Each   writing   may   be   downloaded   for   free   (PDF   file)   and read and/or forwarded to others…including Memories! All for His Glory! Harold D. Thomas