“Oh LORD, I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:25)
In the midst of Apostasy era, a time which LORD Jesus Christ was curing leprosies, bed bidders, those consumed with devil spirit and as such, people witnessed his miracles. Whereas he came to disciples, a man in the crowd called upon him, “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 incredulous generation,” LORD Jesus said, “How long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.” So they brought the boy to 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, have a mercy and help us,” “If you can?” asked Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:17-24).
When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. The LORD then said, “You deaf and mute spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again;” Witnessed in this story, our faith is what heals us and the rudiment for our salvation.
Unfortunate to the world these days, due to lack of faith, citizens are victimized to the recent pestilences of GOD’s rage. Today’s technologically and scientifically developed countries as America, England, Japan, China, Italy, other Europe and African countries, seem not to believe GOD’s existence for they rely on their knowhow about sciences and modernization. They are sinking in the globalization system and lost their way to legitimacy. Their faith on healing through Holy Water is lessened and Holy Spirit heads off from them.
At a time like this, where people are dying from a killing virus without any medical cure, our faith is off the essence. All mankind ought to plead and fast seeking for his mercy. Conceding this truth, some have put aside of their ego and averting of worshiping GOD articulating that this is beyond their capacity.
The world’s powerful leaders of this generation have come to believe of GOD’s presence and raise their eye up to the heaven. Countries like Russia, America and Ethiopia sprayed Holy Water and burned incense in their capital cities as well as vital places. Church Ministers, Priest and Deacons have been engaged in this liturgy, hoping GOD will turn his anger into his mercy. Just as it’s written in the bible, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen,” (Heb.11:1) faith is our hope. Father Adam though have sinned and propelled to earth where he endured pain and suffering, GOD promised to save him through his beloved Son. His pledge came true upon the cross showing his eternal love for all humans. Adam’s hope was his faith in GOD; He deeply grieved and lived in regret by each day after GOD’s edict on him to endure sorrow, pain and death. He was pleading for mercy; “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Heb. 11:6)
Faith is powerful, as LORD Jesus said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” (Luc.17:6). Holy Apostles were unable to exorcise devil spirit from the man LORD Jesus healed.
When the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matt.19-20)
We should also ask ourselves why we couldn’t fulfill our responsibility, repent our sin, eat the Holy flesh and drink the Holy Blood of Son of GOD, strengthen my Spiritual life help those in need, forgive our betrayers, defeat the enemy Satan.
We all encounter obstacles in life facing them in each of our ability. But the secret lays on the undying Love of GOD and living by his commandments. Mortals shall bare corporeal death but it is inimitable to be sentenced to eternity. The law is unchangeable for all sinners or righteous and thus shan’t contravene them. Every Righteous person embraces this living though the shed of their Shepherd. We shall all search our faith, spirituality and religious potency pleading GOD, “Oh LORD, I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:25)