Great Faith is Possible

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The Centurion ordered them to go get Jesus to heal his servant

Luke 7:1-10
When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, 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.” 10 Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.

The Lord told me to share this story today. It‘s a very powerful story and has been on my heart for weeks…but today is the day that someone needs to be reminded of this powerful story.

This compassionate man first humbled himself in the presence of Jesus….he was a Roman soldier and He was giving honor to a Jewish man (Jesus) in front of everyone. He had heard about Jesus and believed He could heal….He believed Jesus had authority to do powerful things. He also saw the value in his servants life…..he cared enough about someone to humble himself and reach out for help. This is a good example of interceding for some else’s suffering.

This centurion truly had faith that Jesus could help his servant and there were powerful 4 words he spoke by way of his friends…….”BUT SAY THE WORD”….and my servant will be healed. Jesus response here is something for us to meditate on……”I HAVE NOT FOUND SUCH GREAT FAITH EVEN IN ISRAEL.”

We have the word of the Lord….the bible which is packed with everything we need to help us. It is a living book and when we humble ourselves, read it and believe in what God says He can do and will do for us….blessings will follow us.

What kind of faith do you have today?……Great faith?…..You know…this is a special story and God included this story in His word along with many other true stories of biblical people great faith. He wanted us to be positive about His abilities to meet our every need….but He also knows we will struggle to keep our faith at this level.
Mathew 17:20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

You can start out with a little faith like when you first came to the Lord….you had saving faith….but over time as you grew in the Lord and studied the word of God your faith began to grow. A mustard seed starts out very tiny, but overtime it grows into a large plant.

Our faith needs to continue to mature and grow. Great faith….I love the way that sounds….great faith. I need it…I want it.

Right now my faith is at an all time high. Yes…God has done some really big miracles for me recently and has been doing that all the time for me….but since I have been doing this blog for almost a half of year my faith has really increased. I have cut way back on TV and spent much more time wanting to be in His presence.

All the prayer, daily seeking God and studying His word has been responsible for increasing my faith.

We don’t lose our faith like a lost wallet….. There is no lost and found with faith…..Either you have it or you don’t.   There are times though when my faith does get weak. It can happen when I’m extremely tired, have had many very difficult trials in a row or I’ve been very sick. At these times I feel the prayers of my family, friends and church sister and brothers. That’s why the bible says to pray for one another. The Holy Spirit ALWAYS is with me and leads me back to a higher place in the Lord. I recover and my faith recovers and is even greater when I realize what the Lord just did for me.

Message for today: I know you want to have great faith….and you know what….you do have faith….and it will develop and grow. Don’t beat yourself up and say….I wish I had faith like him or her…..Study Gods word and trust in Him with all your heart and your faith will increase.

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Mathew 13:58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.

In this scripture above Jesus was in His own hometown preaching and doing miracles. His own townsmen and family really didn’t believe in what He was doing and saying. Jesus could have told them off…..But he was really cool about it. I think He might have thought this….”well I’m not going to do miracles here except for a few who I know really needed it and they believed in me…..I’m not pleased with the other folks lack of faith…it doesn’t pleases me or my Father…..too bad I wanted to do so much for them…..but I cannot deal with their LACK OF FAITH!” Yes this is my interpretation….but knowing Jesus the way I do….I know He doesn’t like it when we don’t believe in Him and His Father’s ability to take care of us and we will be hard pressed to get any of our prayers answered that way.
I have so many personal stories of faith and my two best examples involve my two sons. I will tell my son Joshua’s story today.

I had 3 daughters who were 4, 7 and 10. I never wanted any boys and was very happy with my 3 daughters until….I came to the Lord. I don’t know what happened to me….I think it was because reading about the people in the bible…. it seemed important to have sons….so I tried to get pregnant again but after 3 ½ years nothing was happening. So I started praying and praying. I got to the point of literally begging God everyday in prayer. I told Him that He had a Son and I wanted one too. The doctor told me I needed a hysterectomy so He scheduled it…but before I could go ahead with it one of my daughters needed to get her tonsils out. About two months later I wasn’t feeling well so I went back to this doctor to reschedule the hysterectomy and after the exam the doctor informed me I was pregnant. I asked him what happened and He said….you tell me! I knew it was a miracle and that it was my son that I asked God for.

God told me to name Him Joshua and for the next 7 months I told everybody I was having a boy named Joshua. My mom and mother in law thought I had lost my mind. I was in the Hospital for the last weeks of the pregnancy and all the doctors, nurses, lab techs…everybody knew about Joshua. They even sent a social worker to talk to me because I was so adamant about having a boy. When I was in the delivery room and He was born the staff was all yelling Joshua is here and they were cheering…even though he was only 3 lbs. You see there were no sonograms back then! I had faith!!!….I believed what God spoke to me!!….I had faith that God could and would do it!! I never doubted not for one minute!!

This is the kind of faith that God wants us to have every day. Do I?……No….I’m just being honest here…there are times that my faith gets low…tiny…weak….but that’s my fault.

My faith gets weak when:

1. I stress about a situation.
2. I think the problem is really big and seems impossible…this is called…DOUBT.
3. I’m sick or very tired and drained.
4. I haven’t been in the word enough I haven’t been keeping my eyes on the Lord.
5. I think I have figured out the answer myself…this is lack of TRUST.
6. I pray out of God’s will.
7. I take my eyes off the Lord and focus on the situation.
8. I let people convince me what to do.
9. I pray and pray….God answers me but I keep praying thinking it’s not exactly what I asked for.
10. I may have unforgiveness in my heart.
11. I may have an unconfessed sin.
12. I’m too busy doing a million things and preoccupied with life’s daily challenges.
13. Neglect my prayer life

Faith knowing your father will be there to catch you!

In our Christian walk with God we need faith like we need air to breathe. God is not moved to answer our prayers because we hope He can do it…but if we know and trust He can do it.
When my kids were little…they didn’t run up to me and say they hoped I could buy the ice cream off that truck….they were ALWAYS CONFIDENT that I could and would buy them that ice cream. They Knew I had money…they knew I could do it if I wanted to and their confidence in me got them that ice cream most of the time.
Are you confident today in God’s ability to answer you when you call to Him? If not I have the perfect answer for you today….you can take this answer to the bank and cash it:

Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.

Faith grows as you read and know Gods word

When you know what God says through His word…when you hear Gods word, when His word gets into your mind, heart and spirit…it is ALIVE in you because of the power of the Holy Spirit…this builds faith in you! The bible is not a book with black and white pages of writings that you read and that’s it….It is alive….living…active…life changing….faith increasing!! There is one catch….if you don’t know what it says….your faith will be lower and life will be more challenging for you.

When Jesus was tempted by the devil…He used scripture to deal with him. Why did God put this true story in the bible…yup…you guessed it…so we can follow what Jesus did when faced with the devils taunts.

Message for today: Know scripture… know help…No scripture…satan’s gonna kick your butt! ( Hate to put it that way….but….somebody needs to hear this today.
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