Have you ever driven away from your house and felt like you forgot something that you need to remember? You know those moments of:
- “Did I turn off the iron?”
- “Do I have everything I need today?”
- “I can’t remember if I remembered to take the chicken out of the freezer.”
We all have those moments where we need to remember.
Often times after speaking at women’s conferences, I hear from women who heard my testimony. One woman shared how thankful she was for being reminded of things she had forgotten but knew that she needed to remember that Jesus had set her free from that past bondage.
The reality is, sometimes we forget.
That’s the story of nine lepers in Luke 17:12-19. There were actually ten, but only one remembered and returned.
Sometimes that’s our story. We forget.
Life takes over and we forget the valuable life lessons we learned along the way. We get busy and forget to return to Christ and thank Him for past healings and provision. Sometimes we forget the past pits we dug for ourselves and Jesus pulled us from. Sometimes we simply need to stop and remember.
Do You need to remember?
Who your trust is in.
- Some trust in chariots and some trust in horses but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. Psalm 20:7
- Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You. Jeremiah 32:17
What He does with His strength.
- The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace. Exodus 14:14
- And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9a
When we find ourselves in the midst of struggles, or maybe even one of life’s greatest storms, we need to remember the Lord.
- What has He done for you in the past?
- Remember His strength.
- How has He come through for you in the past?
- Remember His promise, and absolutely, remember His grace!
Luke 17:12-19 told us that only one of ten healed lepers returned to Jesus to thank Him for His healing. It is hard to fathom that someone could be healed of such an awful disfiguring disease and not return to the Lord to thank Him for His healing. However, the fact that only one out of ten returned to thank the Lord makes me think the odds are against us. We are more unlikely to forget than to remember. Remembering must be intentional.
I want to encourage you to take a moment to think through how you have known the Lord and how He has worked in your life and revealed Himself to you in the past.
Today, you may be in a different place than you have ever experienced. You may need the Lord in a way you have not needed Him before. Ask God to help you to remember His grace that was sufficient in the past and to give you the faith that you need to trust Him with your today.
If you find yourself in a hard place today, here is a prayer for you.
Dear Heavenly Father, Help me to trust you fully today. Lord there is nothing too hard for You. Lord I pray that You will pour out Your great strength in the struggle I am facing today and help me hold on to peace knowing that You have this. Flood my life with the grace I need to walk through the hard times I face in this life trusting in Your faithfulness. Thank You for how You have worked in my past and how You are working in my today. In the most trusted name of Jesus, Amen.
We all need to remember our God is faithful!
If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.
2 Timothy 2:13
Much Love and Blessings,