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Great Faith

Good Monday Morning.  Here’s Today’s Nugget to chew on:

“Great Faith”

Matthew 8:5-10, & 13 King James Version (KJV)

5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, 6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.  7 And Jesus [said] unto him, I will come and heal him.

8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that [you] [should] come under my roof [your physical presence is not required]: but speak the word only [give the command], and my servant shall be healed.

9 For I am a man under authority [who takes and gives orders], having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he [goes]; and to another, Come, and he [comes]; and to my servant, Do this, and he [does] it.  10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go [home]; and as [you] [have] believed, so be it done unto [you]. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.
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Further Thought:  Just a few points to mention in today’s passage: 

1.    Did you notice in verses 5-7 that the centurion never asked Jesus to come and heal his servant?

2.    Did you notice the centurion stopped Jesus from coming to his home in verse 8?

3.    In verse 10, Jesus said, I’ve found someone who gets it and understands their authority.  The centurion received what Jesus was looking for the children of Israel to receive: I’m leaving soon and won’t be able to be with you, but I’m leaving you my authority and word, which is all you need.

4.  The same principle mentioned in verse 13 is recorded in Mark 11:24; Jesus said, “Therefore I say unto you, what things soever you desire when you pray [ask] believe that you receive them, and you shall have them.” The centurion understood and believed this.

5.  Did you notice Jesus never prayed for the centurion servant?

So, the next time you need your pastor or prayer partner for yourself or a loved one, remember it’s not necessary for them to come and pray.   Tell them you understand your authority and the power of the spoken word.  All you need them to do is “speak the word only” [give the command], and we shall be healed.  In today’s passage, Jesus said this demonstrates “great faith.”  Amen!

Have a great day, and keep chewing on God’s Word.

Additional references:  Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; 1 Peter 2:24; Psalm 103:3 and 1 John 5:14-15

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Today’s Recommended Reading John 18

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