FROM HISTORY TO FAITH – HERE IS TO THE FUTURE

When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them. As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him. “What are you arguing with them about?” he asked. A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.” “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.” So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” “ ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.”
After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer. ” (‭Mark‬ ‭9‬:‭14-26, 28-29‬ NIV)
1. DWELLING IN THE PAST HINDERS YOUR FUTURE

The fact that there is a history implies that this had happened over a long time and many things had been attempted before.

The boy’s father was now so well versed about how the seizures took his son. He could have even written a book about how to keep your children from falling into the fire when the seizures came but this did not heal his son…..

The woman that touched Jesus also had a history of bleeding that only stopped when she stopped pilling  the history cards and she started believing.

Hannah had a history of persecution and bareness until she stopped crying and started praying.

Gideon had a history that put him at the end of the clan and tribe chain until he stopped despising himself and put faith in God.

2. FORSAKING  THE PAST GIVES YOU A FUTURE

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (‭Philippians‬ ‭3‬:‭13-14‬ NIV)

The father dropped the history and picked faith

The woman dropped the Law and picked faith Luke 8: 43-48

Hannah dropped self pity and picked faith 1st Samuel 1:15-16
3. FAITH BREEDS RESULTS

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭11‬:‭1‬ NIV)

The father believed beyond the faith of the disciples and his son was fully restored.

The bleeding lady believed beyond the impediments of the Law and she was certified miraculously clean and accepted by the same law that had confined her to the outskirts of communal living with the threats of death if she brought her contagion into the community .

Hannah believed beyond bareness and she gave birth to a Judge that redeemed Israel.

It all takes stepping out of the shell of the past to walk into the light and what lies ahead. You can’t sail with an anchor on. Same with life you cannot chain yourself to the past and hope to inherit the future.

Let history be. Let faith fuel you. Let the future propel.

Who has the power?

In the life I have lived I have taken note that all is centered on power. The way we shall live and die is premised on the powers lording it over us. The way our tomorrow is going to be is centered on what power has the keys to our universe.

There is another dimension of power I have observed. The way a man of power handles himself. Whoever said the history of a nation cannot be written by the vanquished had a poignant point that we have failed to fully interrogate.

At many times we rail at the so called powerful men and fail to understand that at most times they themselves have fallen slave to the power entrusted upon them. Many of the powered ones have actually become slaves to the trust bestowed upon them.

We use terms like “power drunk” but we fail to accuse ourselves of sleeping on the wheel and letting our leaders drink themselves to a stupor from the cup of power. We only wake up at the sound of cups being plunked on tables to signify emptiness and we wonder what held us in eerie land when all this was happening .

I am convinced that at large we have lost the meaning of power. We see the ego trips driven by power take precedence over servant leadership. We see homes plundered by so called chefs on the premise that they have power. But do they have the power?

Stories of public utilities turned into private entities are awash in the media and all we talk about is abuse of power, but is it? Is it power that drives ego, fuels greed, pumps immorality , makes man blind to their moral obligations?

Is it power that makes men seek tots for sexual satisfaction? Would it be power for a man to sleep full and his entire village starve? Would it be power for a man, like Jesus says , to forsake his one hundred sheep in his hold only to go and grab the only sheep of his neighbor to roast for his visitors?

Me thinks we misconstrue power. The so called powerful men would not be deemed powerful if they had no one to be lords over. So they owe their elevated positions to the same people they lord over. It is the masses that have the power.

So, when the custodians of power get power drunk and plunder our granaries, take our food and declare themselves gods we have only ourselves to blame. Twin cabs, large offices, large pay packets, huge sexual appetites, sickening habits and all by products of power binges do not reflect power. They reflect authority gone wrong and slaves who have overtaken their masters.

So, who has the power?