When the disciples of Jesus were arguing about not having enough bread, Jesus reminded them of what he had done in the past.
“When I fed the 5,000 with five loaves of bread, how many baskets of leftovers did you pick up afterward?” “Twelve,” they said.
“And when I fed the 4,000 with seven loaves, how many large baskets of leftovers did you pick up?” “Seven,” they said.
“Don’t you understand yet?” he asked them.”
Whenever we are in doubt, God wants us to remember what he has done for us in the past.
When you apply for a job, the recruiter wants to see your resume. Your resume tells them about what you have done in the past. Your past accomplishments give the recruiter a reason to believe that you can achieve those things again.
It is the same thing when you write down what God has done in your life. When tribulations bring doubts, you have to take up that resume of God that you had written and build your faith with it.
The scripture is very powerful. However, when we are faced with serious challenges, there is a tendency for us to start doubting what we have read.
There are some challenges that will hit you in life that will make you find it difficult to believe the Bible. But if you have any promise that God has given you personally, it will boost your faith.
On many occasions, God has referred me to what he did for me in the past.
When God is giving revelation sometimes and I am not writing them down immediately, he stops the revelation. God knows that we do not have the capacity to hold some of these things in our memory for long. So he always tells us to write them down.
One time I was having doubts in my heart and God asked me to go through the previous revelations he gave me in the past. After seeing promises, my faith was restored.
Many of us do not know the importance of keeping notes of our encounters with God and that is why we easily get weary.
It is important to build a profile of your encounters with God before you are hit with life’s challenges. This is why you should not wait for issues to come before you run to God. You may not be able to build the faith needed to fight that battle.
It takes time to grow spiritually and without spiritual maturity, one will not be able to stand the test of life.
Many people lose battles because they cannot make any reference like we saw David did in 1 Samuel 17:36-37 above.
When you find yourself walking on water, the devil will ask you “have you walked on water before?”
You will scan through your archive and will not be able to find any reference. Then you will begin to sink.
Always write down your encounters. When God gives you a dream, write it down. When you ask God for an insight and he gives you an answer, write it down.
Without a personal relationship with God, you cannot build a strong profile that can withstand the devil in the days of trial.
Life is a school, always take notes so you could read during exams.