by Ernest Easley

The Gift of Remembering: A Lord's Supper Message
Ernest L. Easley
1 Corinthians 11:24-26

As you're turning to 1 Corinthians 11, how is your memory these days? You may be like that couple one Sunday who was sitting in worship and the wife leaned over to her husband and with a panic look said, ''Oh no! I forgot to turn off the iron before we left home.''

Her husband said, ''Don't worry, dear. It won't burn long. I just remembered I forgot to turn off the faucet in the bathtub.''

So, how is your memory these days? I'm discovering these days that there is an advantage in having a bad memory: you have less to forget!

There is no point in worrying about forgetting things as you grow older because you'll soon forget what you forgot anyway.

You may be like Mark Twain who said, ''When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it happened or not.''

Well, when it comes to remembering, there are some things I want God to remember:

*When King Hezekiah was told he was going to die and to set his house in order, He prayed in 2 Kings 20.3, ''Remember now, O LORD, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what was good in Your sight.''

I want God to remember my desire to walk before Him in truth! I want Him to remember those good things that I've done, those times I've witnessed those times I've encouraged somebody, those times I prayed for others.

I'll tell you something else I want God to remember: His mercy! Psalm 98:3, ''He has remembered His mercy and His faithfulness ...''

But there are other things I want God to forget. I'm like David who cried out to God in Psalm 79:8, ''Oh, do not remember former iniquities against us! Let Your tender mercies come speedily to meet us for we have been brought very low.''

Isaiah 43.25, ''I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins.''

Jeremiah 31.34b, ''...For I will forgive their iniquity, and t ...

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