“And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt: therefore I command thee to do this thing.”
There are some things in life that you must never forget. These things that are critical to remember are things that will affect your present as well as your future. The Christian walk is a walk that if the believer is not careful to remember these critical reminders, they will find themselves walking in sin and quitting on the LORD.
God says in the verse above, “And thou shalt remember…” God tells the believer fourteen times in the Book of Deuteronomy to “remember.” These fourteen reminders are critical to you staying close to God and seeing Him do great victories in your life. These fourteen critical reminders can be packaged into four reminders. Let me share with you these four critical reminders that will keep you living on the victory side of life.
First, remember the bondage of the world. The verse above says, “And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt…” Too many believers forget what the world did to them before they got saved. Never forget the bondage of the world’s lifestyle. Many believers have forgotten the heartache of sin and fallen for its lure only to be reminded of its grief after they are gripped by its bondage again. My friend, sin never loses its chains that it wants to put on you. If you always remember the bondage of sin, you will never find yourself falling for the facade of lies that sin uses to get you to partake of it. Never forget that behind sin’s lure is bondage and heartache.
Second, remember the day of your salvation. God told Israel in Deuteronomy 16:3, “…remember the day when thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt all the days of thy life.” The greatest day of anyone’s life is the day they got saved. You will find it easy to be a soul winner if you never forget the joy and freedom you received when you got saved. Remembering the day you got saved is critical to you being a fervent soul winner.
Third, remember how God dealt with the sins of others. Deuteronomy 24:9 says, “Remember what the LORD thy God did unto Miriam by the way…” God wanted Israel to remember what He did to Miriam because it would be their warning not to disobey Him. One of the greatest things about the life-examples in the Scriptures is that they show us what happens when you disobey God’s Word. The lives of those who suffered sin’s consequences should be a billboard in your mind to remind you the sin never pays. When God said to remember what He did to Miriam, He was also saying that He wanted you to remember God’s mercy. Sin’s consequence is a great reminder of what to avoid, but God’s mercy in restoring the fallen is a display of the greatness of His grace.
Fourth, remember the days of old. Deuteronomy 32:7 says, “Remember the days of old…” The works of the past are a great reminder of what God can still do today. Instead of condemning those whom God used in the past, let their weaknesses remind you of what God’s power can do through weak men. If you will let the past be a reminder of God’s great power, it will motivate you to let Him do something great through you. It is critical never to forget the works of old, because those works are the works that motivate you to do something with your life.