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The Book of Remembrance

Malachi 3:16-18
Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.


What a glorious promise for those who fear the Lord and think upon His name! They are not forgotten by the Almighty, but recorded in His book of remembrance. They are His precious jewels, His treasured possession, His beloved children. He will spare them from the wrath to come, and reward them with eternal life.


But who are these that fear the Lord and think upon His name? Are they not the remnant, the faithful few, the holy minority, who have not bowed the knee to Baal, nor compromised with the world, nor conformed to the carnal? Are they not the ones who love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love their neighbor as themselves? Are they not the ones who hunger and thirst after righteousness, and seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness? Are they not the ones who pray without ceasing, and rejoice evermore, and give thanks in everything? Are they not the ones who walk in the Spirit, and bear the fruit of the Spirit, and manifest the gifts of the Spirit? Are they not the ones who have crucified the flesh, and mortified the deeds of the body, and put off the old man, and put on the new man? Are they not the ones who have denied themselves, and taken up their cross, and followed Christ, and suffered with Him, and died with Him, and risen with Him?


These are the ones who fear the Lord and think upon His name. These are the ones who speak often one to another, and edify one another, and exhort one another, and comfort one another, and bear one another's burdens, and confess their faults one to another, and pray one for another. These are the ones who have fellowship with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ, and with one another, in the Spirit. These are the ones who have the witness of the Spirit, and the testimony of Jesus, and the word of God, and the power of God. These are the ones who have the mind of Christ, and the heart of God, and the will of God, and the glory of God.


Oh, how I long to ever be one of these! How I yearn to always fear the Lord and think upon His name! How I desire to be written permanently in His book of remembrance, and to be His jewel, and to be spared by Him, and to be His forever! How I pray that you, dear reader, share this same longing, yearning, desire, and prayer! For the day is coming, and is now at hand, when the Lord will make up His jewels, and will separate the righteous from the wicked, the sheep from the goats, the wheat from the tares, the wise from the foolish, the faithful from the faithless, the servants from the rebels. In that day, there will be no more time for repentance, no more grace for forgiveness, no more mercy for salvation. In that day, there will be only judgment for the wicked, and reward for the righteous. In that day, there will be only weeping and gnashing of teeth for those who serve not God, and joy unspeakable and full of glory for those who serve Him.


Therefore, let us fear the Lord and think upon His name, while it is called today. Let us speak often one to another, and encourage one another, and provoke one another unto love and good works. Let us not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but let us gather together in His name, and worship Him in spirit and in truth. Let us not be ashamed of the gospel of Christ, but let us preach it boldly, and live it faithfully, and suffer for it gladly. Let us not love the world, nor the things that are in the world, but let us love God with all that we have, and all that we are, and all that we hope to be. Let us not be conformed to this world, but let us be transformed by the renewing of our mind, and prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. Let us not be weary in well doing, but let us be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might, and put on the whole armor of God, and stand against the wiles of the devil. Let us not faint in the day of adversity, but let us count it all joy when we fall into divers temptations, and let patience have her perfect work, and be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. Let us not seek the things that are on the earth, but let us seek the things that are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Let us not lay up for ourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal, but let us lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where our treasure is, there will our heart be also.


May the Lord bless you, and keep you, and make His face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you, and give you peace. May He write your name in His book of remembrance, and make you His jewel, and spare you in that day, and receive you unto Himself. May He fill you with His Spirit, and His love, and His joy, and His peace, and His hope, and His grace, and His glory. May He enable you to fear Him, and to think upon His name, and to serve Him, and to please Him, and to glorify Him, and to enjoy Him, now and forever. Amen.