“Therefore, when the LORD your God has given you rest from all your enemies in the land he is giving you as a special possession, you must destroy the Amalekites and erase their memory from under heaven. Never forget this!” Deut 25:19 NLT
It’s interesting to me that by giving us this verse God made it impossible to totally erase the memory of Amalek from under Heaven. By reading it we remember that Amalek was a nation. I know, I know… God was using hyperbole to say “totally wipe this nation out.” But even that Israel failed to do and so we have the Book of Esther ( Haman was a grandson of Agag the Amalekite king).
This verse just points to our inability to blot out history. As humans, we can forgive but we can’t forget. We can get past our past but we cannot totally get over it…that is until God gets involved. Left to our own devices we can only blockade, with a little distraction, the hurt and heartache that is our memory. But when He arrives on the scene we can begin to heal. It is a process that won’t be fully complete until we get to Heaven but with Jesus, blotting out the darkness of our history becomes a possibility, more than that a certainty. Scripture says:
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” Rev. 21:4
So if you have an Amalek that needs blotting out stop trying to do it in your own power. Scripture indicates that human attempts without God have always failed. Bring your Amalek to Jesus and begin to receive Heaven’s healing for your history!
Let’s Pray: God you know my past even better than I do. But there are things from the past that I still need you to blot out because however hard I try I just can’t. Jesus come and heal those things now. Further the process of healing my history with Heaven’s power here on Earth. With faith I look foward to the day when every tear will be wiped away! Thank you Jesus A-men!
Thank you, Pastor J. Just a really powerful post for me. My “word” this year was healing. . .to pray for healing for my family. . .more than just that physical kind. God bless you as you help us pray and believe the One to whom we do so is able!
Lord, I pray that prayer as well for I know only with you will the heartache lessen. Lord, strengthen me when the past tries to reopen old wounds. You are my all and all. Heal these wounds that seem to run so deep. Thank you, Lord for all you have done and all you will do in my life.
A-men! Thank you for this post, Pastor J. Something I really needed to hear today.
You are welcome Deb! The wounds of life run deeper than we realize. It takes on the turn of a knife to reopen some of the things we thought totally healed. I know. But the Balm of Gilead is with us continually healing deeper and deeper!
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I had an “Amalek” that needed blotting out for a number of years. I had no grudges and no ill feelings of any sort for my abusers, but I still suffered from the effects of the mental abuse of many years and more so of the events of one particular day. I suffered nightmares when I would wake screaming with, as my hubby said, ‘pimples the size of pumpkins’
Then, partly because of a big disappointment in my life, God lead me through that time, in the sleepless early hours of one morning. He held me in His arms as I again faced that day . . . and He healed my memories. He removed the “Amalek”
What an amazing God!
It is an astounding thing to be touched by the hand of God in this way! I have an Amalek right now I am bringing to Jesus and forcing myself to leave with Him! Everything in me keeps trying to take it back because the memory though bitter is something I know.
I’m praying that your battle with your Amalek will soon end in similar manner to David’s battle with Goliath.
We serve an amazing God who delights to bless us.
Thanks Angela! I know the victory is nigh!