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Today is Memorial Day. We remember the men and women who fought to defend our freedom. We honor those still protecting our country.

Remembering the past can change how we face the future. It can inspire and motivate us. It can affect how we think about our identity.

That’s why God calls us to remember.

He tells us to remember those who have gone before us in and laid the foundation for our faith (Exodus 32:13, ESV).

He tells us to remember to love and serve the poor, the widow, and the orphan (Galatians 2:10, ESV).

He tells us to remember others in our prayers (Philemon 1:4, ESV).

He tells us to even remember our sin and rebellion against Him (Deuteronomy 9:7, ESV).

However, one of the most frequent commands to remember has to do with freedom. God commands us to remember that He has given us our freedom and defended our freedom.

You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day. (Deuteronomy 5:15, ESV)

We were never slaves in Egypt, but we were slaves to sin.

God brought us out of our slavery to sin and into freedom. He took the death that we deserved on the cross and offered us life. Now, He protects and defends the freedom we have in Him.

And we are to remember.

Not for the sake of remembering but in order to change how we face the present and the future.

Because of what God has done in the past, we are to trust and obey Him – now and forever.

So, don’t forget to remember.

Remember the men and women who protect and defend the freedom we enjoy in this country.

And remember the God who protects and defends our hearts and ensures our eternities.

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