Article: Faith of the Centurion

faith2In studying the words of Jesus I marveled as I read only 2 chapters.  For in these two chapters I believe we discover an important truth.  In Matt 8:13 “and Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way, and as thou has believed,so be it unto thee.”  He had not found such faith in all Israel as this centurion had shown.

Now look at Matthew 9:2, “and behold they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed.  And Jesus, seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy…”  These words first forgave his sins, and then healed him.  Why?  Because He saw their faith!  Now turn to Matt 9:22.  Here Jesus is talking to the woman with the issue of blood.  He says to her, “Daughter be of good comfort, they faith hath made thee whole.”

And finally turn to Matt 9:28-29.  Here we have two blind men who came to where Jesus was.  “Jesus said unto them, believe ye that I am able to do this?  They said unto Him, yea Lord.  Then He touched their eyes saying, according to your faith be it unto you.”

Here in just 4 verses we have 4 examples of healings.  Each done according to their Faith in Jesus and His power.

We can have what we BELIEVE God for.  We come to salvation by How?  By Faith!  We really do believe that Jesus is the Son of God.  That He paid the penalty for our sins.  And that is the starting place, it is fundamental faith.  Everything else is appropriated by faith in both the supernatural and the spiritual dimensions.  We cannot BUY our way into heaven.  We cannot pay God or “be good enough” for God to heal us, raise our loved ones, and cast a demon from someone we care about.  Yet, ALL these thing can and do happen.  How?  By really believing Jesus for them, knowing that your know that you know He will do it.

Now each of our 4 examples above had a type of action accompanying their healing.  The centurion first ASKED, because he was so sure Jesus was ABLE to do it, that he said, “You don’t need to come to my house, just speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed!”  He KNEW in his heart.

The men who brought their paralyzed friend first BROUGHT him to Jesus, and even opened up the roof tiles to let him in.  They KNEW!

The woman with the issue of blood said to herself, “If I may but TOUCH His garments I shall be whole.”  And so she touched the hem of His garment.  She KNEW!

The two blind men following Jesus cried out, “Thou Son of David” have mercy on us.”  They KNEW he could do it, if they could follow Him and were able to ASK Him.

Oh how we fill our hearts and minds with so much doubt and unbelief.  Jesus could do no mighty miracles in His home town because of their unbelief.  How could this carpenter’s Son whom they’d known for so long do any miracles?  They were trying to use LOGIC.

Faith is NOT logical.  Our minds mess our hearts up with fear and doubt, so unbelief  keeps our hearts from grasping hold of REAL faith.  Jesus said, If a man believes in his heart that Jesus died on the cross for his sins, believes that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God, and confesses this fact with his  mouth, he shall be saved.  Faith by-passes the mind and go right to the heart.

Now faith 1st comes to you by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.  So first we hear so that we can know what is possible.  Salvation, healing, deliverance, help, guidance, release, or whatever.  Then once you have heard, then the heart takes over unto belief.  Yes!  I really BELIEVE  THAT (whatever it is you believe) and  you say to yourself,” that is TRUE”!  And something down inside of us KNOWS and understands that it is true.  Your heart perceives or grasps a hold of the fact through the eyes of FAITH.

These 4 had no struggle with doubt.  They KNEW if they could touch, speak with, follow, and get the man down through the roof  that Jesus WOULD do it for them.

This is the kind of faith Jesus healed.  I know He went about and was moved with compassion and healed the multitudes.  But He also illustrates how faith in His power brought deliverance from bondage.

Jesus CAN DO ANYTHING!  He is the great Creator of the universe, of all dominions, principalities and powers, of all nature, and He is still creating!   It is His divine and loving nature to set us FREE, from whatever afflicts or blinds us.  It doesn’t have to be physical.  It can be mental or spiritual as well.

But He is looking for FAITH, not only to save you from your sins, but faith that goes on from there.  He said in Matt 17:20, “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

He also indicates in the next verse that a life of regular prayer and fasting accompany mountain moving faith.

When He finds faith, then His power flows!  In James 1:5-7 the Word says to those who want wisdom, “Let him ask in faith!  Not wavering! for he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven by the wind and tossed.  For let not that man think he shall receive anything of the Lord.”

You can have ANYTHING from God that you can truly believe Him for and is according to His will.  So go to Jesus and BELIEVE Him.  “For if we being evil know how to give good gifts unto our children–how much more shall your Father which is in heaven–give good thing to them that ask Him?”