Pastor Tunde Awoyemi
Text: Luke 1:54
I believe strongly we are in the season of remembrance. The time of remembrance is the time that God has decided to remember His people for good in giving us victory; it is the time when God decides to show mercy and goodness unto His sons and daughters. The scripture says the Lord is good and His mercies endures forever. And I pray this day that the Lord will remember you speedily.
There was a group of people in the Bible – The Amalekites. God remembered them for evil. God sent Samuel to tell Saul to destroy them because of the evil they caused the Israelites when they were coming from Egypt. They were to be wiped out including men, women, children and even their animals. I pray that you will not be remembered for destruction but construction in the name of Jesus.
The time of remembrance is the time God decides to beautify and glorify His people.
Luke 1:54 (KJV)
He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;
God held His servant – the Israelites, because of His mercies. You don’t have to qualify for it. God qualifies you for His mercies and favours.
Romans 9:16 (KJV)
So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
It is the time that God releases His power, gives you everything packaged in salvation because of Jesus.
Psalm 102:13 (KJV)
Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.
His power is released into those things that has held you bound breaking all the chains and shackles to set you free.
Psalm 106:4 (KJV)
Remember me, O Lord, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation; Based on this scripture we understand that it is not wrong to ask God to remember you. We are His people, a chosen generation to show forth His glory in the land of the living.
You must note that when God remembers you, He restores your beauty, honour, blessings and properties. It is true that God remembers all of us on equal terms. But then, there are things to do for him to single you out for favour and honour
1. God’s power of remembrance is evoked in ‘Service.’
Galatians 6:9 (KJV)
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Hebrews 6:10 (KJV)
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
Until you serve God as commanded, God may not remember to bless you as he has promised. Acts 10 talks about Cornelius, how he was devout and serving God faithfully with his entire house and God remembered him.
2. God’s power of remembrance is enhanced in ‘Thanksgiving.’
Psalm 103:2 (KJV)
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
If you forget God’s benefits, He forgets your welfare. You must cultivate the attitude of gratitude. God would never be tired of your appreciations, thanking Him for the things He has previously done in your lives. You must remember to thank Him continually so you wouldn’t limit His power like the Israelites in the wilderness. Ps 78:9-40.
Psalm 50:22 (KJV)
Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.
3. God’s power of remembrance is hastened in ‘Prayers.’ Like Hezekiah prayed “…oh Lord remember me now” and God had to give him 15 more years to live. You must ask God specifically what you want.
Psalm 98:3 (KJV)
He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
Psalm 119:49 (KJV)
Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.
Isaiah 43:26 (KJV)
Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.
In I Sam 1; Hannah had to change her approach after several years that she has been going to Shiloh. In I Sam 1:10, she asked specifically for a man-child, and later in Vs 19; God having remembered her granted her request. II Sam 9:3-13. God stirred up the heart of David to remember Mephibosheth for good and everything meant for him through inheritance was restored unto him including the servant Zilba and all that Zilba owned. He didn’t qualify for all that he got but God remembered him and did him well. When God remembers you, he stirs up the heart of men to remember you.
Gen 40 talks about the elevation of Joseph. There was a time when he was imprisoned though he had visions of the sun, moon and stars bowing down unto him but the situation at hand was contrary. However, God made Pharoah to dream a dream difficult to interpret by his astrologers and magicians thus paving the way for Joseph to be remembered by the chief butler who promised to help free Joseph but somehow forgot. Joseph’s status, blessings, beauty and properties were restored unto him. Until God remembers you, nobody would remember you.
It was God that remembered Hezekiah, Joseph, Hannah and the likes. We serve that same God today and he would remember you too in Jesus name.