Introduction. I. The human memory is an amazing part of God's creation. II. Human Memory - Facts. A. It has been proven by scientific research that the human brain starts to remember things from the womb. The memory starts to work just 20 weeks after conception. B. Short-term memory only lasts 20 to 30 seconds. C. The human brain’s storage capacity is virtually limitless. D. Caffeine only helps to increase alertness, it doesn’t maintain memory performances. E. Sleep is significant to memory. Sleep helps in the retrieval and storage of long-term memories. F. Many people link aging with memory loss. However, the memory loss people experience as they age is because they tend to exercise their brains less. G. Your memory has the ability to associate a scent with a particular occurrence or event. H. Researchers are starting to understand that the human minds can re-invent, distort, exaggerate or create a memory after any traumatic experience or event that affected them greatly. II. Just like any other part of your body, exercise is also important for your brain. The more you try to think about a memory, you can remember it more accurately. In fact, when you think, it creates a stronger connection between active neurons. III. We all have fond memories and memories we wish we could forget; memories that are triggered by a scent, a place, a sound or song, the mere mention of a name, etc. IV. Even today on the 21st anniversary of the horrific 9/11 terrorist attacks, we as a nation pause to remember those who lost their lives that dreadful day. We pause to remember our nation as she was and how that has shaped us into we are today. V. In Ephesians 2:1-10, the Apostle Paul gives a contrast of what the saints were prior to receiving the Gospel to what they were at the time of this writing. A. They were dead in their trespasses and sins (vs 1). They walked according to the course of this world (vs 2). Their lives were directed and governed by the prince of the power of the air, Satan (vs 2). They were controlled by the desires of their flesh (vs 3). They were destined to forever live in the full wrath of God (vs 3). B. Now they are saved from their old life and the coming wrath of God. They were made alive in Christ (vs 5). There were seated with Christ in heavenly places (their identity was that of Christ) (vs 6). They were then destined to discover the exceeding riches of the grace of God rather than the exceeding damnation of His wrath (vs 7). They were then the workmanship, the very product of God in Christ both physically and now spiritually (vs 10). VI. In Ephesians 2:11-22, the Apostle Paul encourages the saints to take the time to remember some things. As we look at this passage, let the questions be asked also of you. Main. I. Remember Your Past. A. Remember When You Were a Slave to the Flesh (vs 11)? The expression “Gentiles in the flesh“ is emphasizing the sinfulness of their flesh. They were flesh by birth; living after the flesh. Remember the addictions? Remember the slavery of sin? a. Remember the battles you fought against Satan all alone because you did not have Christ? b. Remember trying to find satisfaction in all types of wickedness: riches, friends, immorality, cheating, stealing, and control? c. Remember when you were enslaved to the darkness and could not break free? B. Remember When You Were Without Christ (vs 12). Remember when you were separate from Christ? Remember when you had no part in Christ? Remember when you were far from Christ? Remember when without Christ you had no purpose, you had no guide, you had no salvation, you had no strength, you had no salvation, no eternal life? Remember when you had no light, no rest, no safety, no spiritual blessings because you were without Christ? a. Remember what it was like to be so deep in sin that you feared for your very life? b. Remember what your life was without Christ, in the deep miry clay? c. Remember how dark your world was without Christ? You justified your sinfulness. You justified your bitterness. You justified your anger and hatred even though it was destroying you from the inside out. C. Remember When You Were an Alien, an Outcast from God's people. Remember when you were alienated from God's people? Remember when you had no spiritual fellowship with God's people? Remember when you had no direction spiritually because you were alienated from the teachings of God's Word? D. Remember When You Were Without Hope. Remember what life was like to have no hope in your heart? Remember what your life was like to have no hope that things would get better, that everything would turn out okay? Remember what your days were life when you stared in the mirror asking yourself what are you going to do? Remember what your life was like before Christ who is our Hope (I Timothy 1:1)? E. Remember When You Were Without God in this World. Remember when you thought even that God Himself would have nothing to do with you because of your sin? Remember when you would pray and no answer would come because you were without God in this world? Remember when you would search for answers but find none because you did not have God in your life? Remember when your despair was so strong because you were without God? II. Remember Your Present. A. You are no longer a slave to the flesh because you are made nigh by the blood (Ephesians 1:6,7). B. You are no longer without Christ because you are made nigh by the blood (Ephesians 2:4-10,13). C. You are no longer an outcast because you are made nigh by the blood (Ephesians 2:19-22). D. You should no longer be without hope because you are made nigh by the blood (Psalm 42:11, Romans 15:13). E. You are no longer without God in this world because you are made nigh by the blood (Ephesians 2:18). Conclusion. I. Let Us Praise Him. A. As we remember what we once were, let us praise Him. B. Let us praise Him for the Gospel. C. Let us praise Him for our salvation. D. Let us praise Him for our hope that is in Him. E. Let us praise Him for Him. II. Is our past your present? A. Are you still a slave to your sin because you have never been saved? B. Are you without Christ in your heart and life because you have never been saved? C. Are you in many ways an outcast from God, HIs Word, and His people because you are unsaved? D. Are you without hope in this world because you have not been saved? E. Are you without God because you have not been saved?