What are we to remember? Isaiah 51:1 says, “Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness, you who seek the Lord: Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit from which you were dug.” David expressed his pit in Psalm 40:2. It says, “He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.”

What pit did the Lord dig you out of? For the children of Israel He dug them out of the pit of slavery to the Egyptians. Therefore when He inaugurated the keeping of the passover, He told them to remember something. Deuteronomy 16:3 says, “You shall eat no leavened bread with it; seven days you shall eat unleavened bread with it, that is, the bread of affliction (for you came out of the land of Egypt in haste), that you may remember the day in which you came out of the land of Egypt all the days of your life.”

Do you celebrate the day that the Lord took you out of sin’s degradation? Do you look back to the pit, and remember how you were hopelessly lost? Ephesians 4:17-18 is one of my places for remembering. It says that my mind was futile, and my understanding was darkened. I was alienated from the life of God. My heart was blind to the truth of the gospel.

When we accept the Lord as our Savior, we are set free from the bondage of sin. However, we need to daily remember the truth in Romans 6:12. It says, “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lust.” Our flesh lusts. We need to heed the warning that the Lord gave.

In Deuteronomy 8:10 the Lord reminded them of what to expect in their new land. It says, “When you have eaten and are full…” Verse 11 says, “Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by NOT keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you this day.” Verse 14 spoke of their heart being lifted up.

James 4:10 says, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” If our heart is lifted up in pride, then the Lord will use measures to humble us. The quickest way I know to humble myself before the Lord is to remember what my life was like when I was alienated from Him. 

Maybe you are thinking about 2 Corinthians 5:17 that says, “…old things are past away; behold, all things have become new.” Is there a contradiction? No. 1 Corinthians 2:13 says, “These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” 

We can go back to Romans 7. Paul wrote about his struggle. Verse 18 says, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells…” John 6:63 says, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” Therefore we must do as Paul instructed his readers. Romans 6:13 says, “And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.”

We must continually remember that we are not our own. We belong to another. 1 Corinthians 6:20 says, “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Let us remember the pit He brought us up from. Psalm 40:3 is our testimony. It says, “He has put a new song in my mouth–praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.”

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