Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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"And it shall be, when the Lord thy God shall have brought thee into the land
which He swore unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob,
to give thee great and goodly cities that you did not build,
and houses full of all good things that you did not fill,
and wells dug that you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant,
when you shall have eaten and be full,
then beware lest you forget the Lord who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt,
from the house of bondage."
From a brother's testimony in a prayer meeting in Louisville, KY in 2006.
A brother from Louisville recently had to help deal with an elderly relative who was diagnosed with "dementia", which is degeneration of the brain that leaves one incapable of recognizing even familiar, ordinary things and people; it eventually can lead to Alzheimer's disease.
In his testimony, he said that he prayed a lot about what to do in this tragic situation, and during his time of searching for answers, the Lord spoke to him and warned him not to develop spiritual dementia. Spiritual dementia is the condition of forgetting the most basic things of our spiritual life. Those with that disease forget who their real family is, who their Father is, and what His will is. They forget their most basic responsibilities, and they forget to fear God and keep His commandments.
God warned His old covenant people Israel not to forget Him, but spiritual dementia set in, and they soon were unable to recognize their best friends, the prophets, and even the simplest of God's holy commandments. That warning was not for them alone but for all who believe in the Son of God now. His blessings on his people far exceed the blessings given to the Israelites when they entered in to Canaan, and yet he has been forgotten "days without number". His doctrine is all but unknown, and amid their ceremonies and forms, his spirit is allowed only a little influence. If given a choice, most of them would now choose the spirit of "get-saved-ism" to the holy Ghost baptism that saves.
Pray for the healing of the body of Christ. We are living in a time of great spiritual dementia, when God's words through the ancient prophet Jeremiah are more applicable than ever: "Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? Yet my people have forgotten me days without number" (Jer. 2:32).