Saturday, 6 May 2017

Choose Life (Part Thirty One)

The Power and Purpose of Remembering
Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” (John 5:5-6, NKJV)
We continue this week with the story of the sick man healed at the Pool of Bethesda. [John 5:1-15].

The challenge for most of us is, we so easily forget the things we ought to remember, and so easily remember the things we ought to forget. We readily forget the lessons life has taught us, and so easily remember the hurts and pain. We so easily forget our mortality when things are going our way, but lay claim to it when things are not going our way. Yet, our mortality remains unchanged, regardless.
"We so easily forget our mortality when things are going our way, but lay claim to it when things are not going our way."
The word “Remember,” in the Old Testament, is translated from a primitive Hebrew root word, transliterated as “Zakar” (pronounced as zaw-kar’). It is a verb, which means, “to burn (incense), earnestly, be male, make mention of, be mindful, recount.” Further expatiated, it means,
  • To commemorate, celebrate, or extol,
  • To make prime, or boast of 
  • To be mindful of, call to mind, take thought of, or consider, 
  • To confess, make mention of, or invoke 
  • To keep, record, remind or preserve 
  • To bring to the forefront or to replay 
These pretty much cover the meanings from its Greek and English equivalents. Hence, to remember something is to determine that which has rule and control over you. And, guess what? No one is going to do that for you. You are going to have to take ownership of the process. Yes, the Holy Spirit will help, but not in isolation, but rather in fellowship and partnership. You have to give Him something to work with. [John 14:26]
"To remember something is to determine that which has rule and control over you."
“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." (Isaiah 43:18-19, NKJV)
Wisdom demands that we choose wisely. Wisdom demand that we take control of what we remember. For, what we choose has a hold on who we are and are becoming.

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