Forget Not! — By Kenneth W. Hagin
When you meditate on all of God’s promises and establish them deep in your heart, you will begin to reap those blessings as you walk according to God’s Word. In fact, the blessings of God will overtake you as you forget not all His benefits!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and FORGET NOT ALL HIS BENEFITS: Who FORGIVETH ALL THINE INIQUITIES; who HEALETH ALL THY DISEASES; Who REDEEMETH THY LIFE FROM DESTRUCTION; who CROWNETH THEE WITH LOVINGKINDNESS and TENDER MERCIES; Who SATISFIETH THY MOUTH WITH GOOD THINGS; so that THY YOUTH IS RENEWED LIKE THE EAGLE’S. Psalm 103:2–5
Do you want to live in the fullness of what God has provided for you in Jesus Christ? Then you will have to do what Psalm 103:2 says: Forget not all of God’s benefits!
You see, the blessings you don’t know about or the ones you forget about are the blessings you won’t enjoy.
And if you’re not enjoying all the blessings God has for you right now, there are probably two reasons why you aren’t. Either you don’t know about His blessings and benefits, or you’re forgetting to act on God’s Word concerning them. Those are the two main reasons why God’s blessings aren’t manifested in believers’ lives.
God’s Word is full of blessings for you. But the only way to take advantage of those benefits is to find out what God’s Word has to say about them and believe His promises are true. Then you must continually remember to act on those promises in your everyday life.
It’s the same way in the natural world. For instance, if you went to work for a company, the personnel manager would probably give you a rundown of your employee benefits. But you could leave that office and begin working on your new job and forget all about the company benefits that belong to you.
If you forget about your employee benefits, you won’t be able to enjoy them. For example, as time passes, another employee may ask you, “Why did you take a day off without pay? You could have taken that day off with pay.
You might ask, “What? Are you sure?”
“Yes, don’t you remember? They told you about that benefit when they hired you.”
When someone reminds you about the benefit you forgot, it jogs your memory. But because you had forgotten about it, you hadn’t been enjoying that particular privilege—even though it belonged to you.
Believers do the same thing. All too often we forget about the benefits that belong to us in Christ. All of God’s wonderful benefits belong to us because they were secured for us by Jesus Christ in His redemptive work on the Cross of Calvary.
Everything we have in Christ, everything we receive from God, and every benefit given to us by God—has already been provided for us by Jesus. All of God’s blessings belong to us now. But we will have to learn how to take advantage of what belongs to us before it will benefit us.
What are our benefits in God that we should forget not? Some of these wonderful benefits of our salvation are listed in Psalm 103.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and FORGET NOT ALL HIS BENEFITS: 3 WHO FORGIVETH ALL THINGS INIQUITIES. . . .
Number one, we must forget not God’s forgiveness. The Bible says He forgives all of our iniquities—not just a few.
Some people live their daily lives dwelling on past failures, mistakes, and sins. A person who dwells on past failures can’t receive all the benefits God has for him because he forgets that God provides forgiveness of sin. Therefore, he never really lives free from condemnation.
Suppose you failed God in the past. You messed up. And while it’s true that it happened, you can’t change the past. But your past mistake doesn’t need to dictate your future. If you’ve asked for God’s forgiveness, He has forgiven you, and as far as He is concerned, that past sin doesn’t exist anymore.
So instead of dwelling on your past, forget not God’s love and mercy! Forget not His forgiveness! Forget not that when God forgives, He forgets!
34 . . . for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I WILL FORGIVE THEIR INIQUITY, and I WILL REMEMBER THEIR SIN NO MORE.
Jeremiah 31:34 says that when God forgives your iniquities, failures, and mistakes, He will not remember those sins against you anymore.
Forget not God’s forgiveness! Yes, the devil will try to bring up your past and all of your mistakes. But stand your ground on the Word. The Bible says, “If we confess our sins, he [God] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). This verse wasn’t written to sinners; it was written to Christians. God is a big God, and He can forgive any sin you may commit. So forget not God’s forgiveness.
However, if you are unsaved and have not become a Christian, you must ask Jesus into your heart so He can forgive you of all sin. You can be born again and become a new creature in Christ, with old things passing away (2 Cor. 5:17).
Once you have confessed your sins to the Lord, as far as He is concerned, your past doesn’t exist anymore. God cleanses you from all of sin’s guilty stains!
Another of God’s benefits we are to forget not is healing.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and FORGET NOT ALL HIS BENEFITS 3 . . . WHO HEALETH ALL THY DISEASES.
Some believers forget this benefit too! They’ve either forgotten about it or they don’t know about it, so they can’t enjoy healing—even though it belongs to them!
Then there are other believers who know all about the doctrine of healing. They can quote Isaiah 53:4 and 5, Matthew 8:17, and First Peter 2:24. But the problem is, they aren’t acting on those scriptures.
You see, if you are waiting for God to heal you, then you’re forgetting to act on the scriptures that say He has already healed you!
For example, First Peter 2:24 says, “. . . by whose stripes ye WERE healed.” That’s past tense! We need to act on the Word!
Some people say, “I’m waiting on God.” But it’s unscriptural for us to wait on God to give us a benefit He’s already provided in His Word.
We may have to wait before God in prayer about something He hasn’t specifically talked about in His Word. But we don’t have to wait on God for any of the provisions He has already said belong to us in Christ.
Someone may say, “Well, I’m just waiting on God to come through.” But it’s not scriptural to wait on God to come through. God already “came through” for us at the Cross of Calvary!
Now there is such a thing as being in a time of transition from the moment you ask God to perform His Word in your life to the time your answer is actually manifested. But that’s not passive waiting time.
If you are in faith, you are involved in activity because you’re actively believing God. You’re not just passively waiting around for something to happen. Faith is not inactive or passive. Faith is active, praising God that His Word is being accomplished in your life.
What should you do between the time you ask God in faith for your answer and the time it actually manifests in your life? That’s the time to demonstrate your faith by thanking and praising God for your answer. Continually declare, “Thank You, Father, for my answer! You said it; I believe it; and it’s going to manifest!”
One of the ways to tap into God’s wonderful healing benefit is to praise God for your healing before you see your answer—just because the Word says you are already healed. That’s how you make sure you forget not God’s healing benefits!
Forget not that God forgives all your iniquities and heals all of your diseases. Then walk in the light of these benefits, so you can begin to enjoy what God has provided for you.
All the benefits of God are there for you to enjoy. It’s up to you to establish them firmly in your heart so you can forget them not! Keep them before your eyes. Meditate on them so they’re firmly established in your heart. Don’t be robbed of experiencing God’s blessings by allowing the enemy to pull you away from the Word of God.
Get hold of the Word the same way you learned to remember other truths that were important to you. If you constantly think about God’s benefits, you won’t forget them!
Forget not all of God’s benefits. Act on God’s Word in faith, and enjoy the blessings that are yours in Jesus Christ!