Forging Ahead In Trustful Hope – Day 29April 6, 2011
People who Forge Ahead In Trustful Hope, growing great faith, are a people who understand that being in divine order releases a divine flow.
1 When Jesus had finished saying all this in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. 2 There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. 3 The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. 4 When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, 5 because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” 6 So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. 7 That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.”
Great faith has substance and evidence that are visible and tangible. What was the substance that was visible in the life of this Centurion that released the evidence of his faith in Jesus?
I think the key lies within the words- “I myself am a man under authority.”
The centurion recognized something about Jesus that the others failed to see. He recognized that Jesus didn’t do what He did by his own will, or emotions. He recognized that He did all his great works under the direction and authority of His Heavenly Father. And because He was under authority, he was able to walk in an authority greater than his own. He did not fulfill his own will, only the will of the Father as seen in:
“I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
The Centurion understood that submission and faith in another one’s words, was not an emotion, it is a decision. He made a decision to place his trust and confidence in the words of Jesus. He came under authority and the power of the One releasing the word and therefore he accepted the word as truth.
As you Forge Ahead In Trustful Hope, yield and align your life to the authority of God and His Word and watch the impossible become possible.
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