PREVAILING VOICE DAILY
19th April, 2021.
Topic: THE FAITH OF THE CENTURION …part 3.
Text: Matthew 8:10.
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.
There is a lot to learn from this bible passage, Jesus made vital points while making reference to the faith of the Centurion. Look at verses 11 and 12
11: And I tell you this, that many Gentiles will come from all over the world—from east and west—and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the feast in the Kingdom of Heaven.
12: But many Israelites—those for whom the Kingdom was prepared—will be thrown into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
If you are good student of the bible you will discover that Jesus was always complaining about the level of faith of his disciples. Many times Jesus rebuked them for their faithlessness; he said
In Matthew 6:30 O you of little faith.
In Matthew 8:26 O you of little faith.
In Matthew 14:31 O you of little faith.
In Matthew 16:8 O yosoof little faith.
In Luke 12:28 O you of little faith.
Those were his statements to his disciples, and now see what he said about a stranger in verse 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. Even his disciples didn’t have that level of faith. Theirs were classified as little faith while the Centurion’s faith was classified as great faith.
Let me show you another passage where Jesus was bothered about faith in the heart of the people. Luke 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
This subject of the faith is the basis, the foundation, the bedrock of christianity. I can give many scriptural passages to buttress this point.
I need to say something that is important here: heaven does not answer prayers as a result of pity, prayers are not answered out of sympathy, the language of faith is the only language heaven recognizes.
Weeping, sobering, mourning are not conditions for answering prayers, but exercise of faith wroughts wonders. When there is a problem, positioning yourself as an object of pity will not bring you solution, but getting up in your mind to exercise faith brings you miracle.
Do you know the Centurion could have thought like ‘ what if Jesus prayed for his servant and he is not healed? ‘ Someone would have thought that since it is not everyone that comes to church receives miracle, what if I am not among those that will receive miracle ‘, but the Centurion didn’t think that way. There was no room for doubt in his heart, the actions of the Centurion show that he is rest assured that Jesus will heal his servant.
Faith is our heart is the ticket to accessing the treasures of heaven. God can’t deny a man of faith his grace and power. God bless you.
* Help my unbelief Lord.
READING THROUGH THE BIBLE (RTB)
1 Samuel 15, 2 Galatians 5.
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