The Book of Life

Writing for Smithsonian Magazine, Dr. Wilbur Penfield, director of the Montreal Neurological Institute said “Your brain contains a permanent record of your past that is like a single, continuous strip of movie film, complete with sound track. This film library records your whole waking life from childhood on.”

When we do good deeds, or engage in great activities, we are delighted to know that our minds are recording these whole moments. And we look forward to replaying those moments in our minds so we can feel the same feelings of joy we felt at the time of recording. But when we sin, we may feel joyful at the time and think like we are having the time of our lives, but when we replay those moments afterwards we are likely to have feelings of regret and shame especially when our sin has caught up with us. Ask a teenage girl who was fooled by a young boy into losing her virginity. She’ll tell you about how she regrets it, not only because the boy didn’t love her as he said he did, but because she wish she could have waited until marriage. The replay of that moment tears her heart into pieces, even though she was enjoying herself at the time.

Our mind is designed by God to record every good moments we might have, but it has become our enemy because of the sins we commit. If ever there was a survey on people who are in psychiatric hospitals as to the cause of their mental disease, then I can assure you that the replay in their minds of those sins committed would rank high on that list. Even though we may have control of what we replay in our minds, I’m convinced that some of the most horrible things we have ever done don’t need our approval before they are replayed over and over again in our minds. This is why I think some of our psychiatric hospitals are so full. Some have committed murders while angry even though they didn’t have intentions to, and whenever those memories are played in their minds then their lose their sanity. Myself, I have committed fornication one too many times, and Satan used to replay those memories in my mind whenever he wanted to get back at me. So we need to be careful not to engage in any sin, because our minds record everything and will replay those moments.

Even though your mind has recorded every little activity you have ever done, and will continue to do so until the day you die, the bible also tells us that there is another archive where all your activities are recorded. Since you are in control of your mind, then that means you can decide what you want to retrieve from it and share with people and nobody can know what’s stored in it without your approval. But the bible informs us that your mind is not the only archive of every activity you have ever done. There are books that are kept in heaven, which are used to record all your activities, and they record everything your mind records. The bible says people will be “judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books” (Revelations 20:12).

What is recorded in your mind that you are hiding? We may think there are activities that people are never going to know about, as we’ll ensure that we never tell anybody, but you are not the only one who knows about them. God knows every little activity you have ever done, and He has angels that are writing all of those activities into books. How does God know these things, you ask? The bible says God’s “eyes are on the ways of men; He sees their every step. There is no dark place, no deep shadow, where evildoers can hide……He takes note of their deeds” (Job 34:21-22, 25). As you can see, God “takes note of your deeds”. So you can be certain that whatever you are doing even at this moment is being taken note of, and one day it would be used for or against you. There is no secret place where you can hide from the eyes of God, as He has a full view of the whole world and He can see all your deeds even if you can do them in some of the most secret places the world has to offer.

Usually when we commit sins, we think we would get away with them if nobody knows about them. We are convinced that nobody knows about them and nobody will bring us to account for them, but it is not so. Being convicted of the secret sins of his people, Moses once prayed to God and said: “you have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence” (Psalm 90:8). So your sins, regardless of how secret you think they are, are in the light of the presence of God. Even though you may have committed them in darkness, to God they are as clear as daylight. So don’t ever think there is even one sin you are going to get away with, just because nobody knows about them. God once said to people who were doing their sins thinking nobody sees them: “they do not realise that I remember all their evil deeds” (Hosea 7:2). Do you realise that God remembers all your sins?

Have you ever wondered why dying people usually reveal long-kept secrets? The bible gives an answer to that question and say God “knows the secrets of the heart” (Psalm 44:21). When you are in a death-bed, the existence and Divinity of God is never in question. It is then when doubts about God’s existence vanish, and people prepare to meet Him for judgement. At that point in time people become aware that God knows everything, even the things they were hoping to keep hidden in their minds and hearts forever. They realise that there’s no point anymore to keep secrets, hence it is at that point when many family secrets are revealed. As the bible attest, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God” (Deuteronomy 29:29). So there’s nothing you can keep hidden forever, one day all will be revealed and you will be held accountable and made to bear all the consequences. Now it’s time to come out in the clear when the opportunity for God’s forgiveness is still available.

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