Monday is Memorial Day, where we remember those who served and gave their lives for our freedom. God sent his son Jesus to pay our sin debt and we have freedom through Christ over sin, the curse, and damnation. We can easily forget what God has done by the way we live and act. It is good to remind ourselves daily of what God has done to overcome our sin nature.
Communion is a reminder and for us to examine ourselves as believers as a memorial of what Jesus did on the cross.
Luke 22:17-19: 17 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. 18 For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
I Corinthian 11:27-32 Amplified Version: 27 So then whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in a way that is unworthy [of Him] will be guilty of [profaning and sinning against] the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But a person must [prayerfully] examine himself [and his relationship to Christ], and only when he has done so should he eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks [without solemn reverence and heartfelt gratitude for the sacrifice of Christ], eats and drinks a judgment on himself if he does not [j]recognize the body [of Christ]. 30 That [careless and unworthy participation] is the reason why many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep [in death]. 31 But if we evaluated and judged ourselves honestly [recognizing our shortcomings and correcting our behavior], we would not be judged. 32 But when we [fall short and] are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined [by undergoing His correction] so that we will not be condemned [to eternal punishment] along with the world.
Another way to remember what Jesus done by not forgetting Him when we are blessed.
Deuteronomy 8:11-14 Amplified Version: 11 “Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by failing to keep His commandments and His judgments (precepts) and His statutes which I am commanding you today; 12 otherwise, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses and lived in them, 13 and when your herds and flocks multiply, and your silver and gold multiply, and all that you have increases, 14 then your heart will become lifted up [by self-conceit and arrogance] and you will forget the Lord your God who brought you from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
We can remember God even through our challenges. God had to correct me before I said something negative out of my mouth. God used my hair stylist to tell me don’t say that before I let it slip out my mouth. It is easy to speak the problem rather than the promise. Speaking the promise is remembering what Jesus did on the cross. It is finished; the curse is diminished! All we have to do is receive it and walk in it by faith. I repented to God. We can easily forget who we are in God when trials come. Jesus told us in this life we will have tribulations but to be of good cheer for he has overcomed the world.
Matthew 5:3-12 Message Version: 3 “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.4 “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.5 “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.6 “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.7 “You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.8 “You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.9 “You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.10 “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.11-12 “Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.
Jesus paid your sin debt. Do not forget!
Prayer: God, I praise you for giving up your son Jesus’ life so that I can have eternal life. I repent for forgetting what you’ve done for me. When I am at my highest or lowest moment, I do not forget you. Nothing can separate me from the love of God. I offer praise and live my life as a memorial of what Jesus done for me. In Jesus name! Amen.
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