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Say The Word

This passage come from a wonderful section of scripture that talks about the amazing faith of a man in leadership. This man was a centurion. He was a soldier in the Roman army and had 100 men under him that he instructed and lead. Can you imagine being in charge of such a large number of people and having them under your authority?

Let me give you a brief look at this story of the centurion and Jesus. The centurion comes to Jesus with with a plea for help. His servant is sick, paralyzed, and is suffering. Jesus responds to his need for help by saying, “Shall I come and heal him?” Then the centurion responds, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word and my servant will be healed.” He says to Jesus that he is a man under authority. “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.” Jesus responds in amazement. “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such faith.” “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.” (Matt. 8:8-10,13)

I along with Jesus was amazed by the centurion’s faith. He put his trust in the authority and power of Jesus. He knew from his own experience of telling others what to do that Jesus could do the very same thing with his servant’s sickness. The centurion was also a humble man. He said I don’t deserve for you to come into my home. I see him here elevating Jesus and placing himself in a more submissive role.

There is a lot we can learn from this Roman official. How can we have similar faith that he exhibited with Jesus? Think on the things you pray for and take to God on a daily basis. Do you believe that Jesus can move, work, and heal in your situation?

How can we have the same submissive posture that the centurion showed? Reflect now on your own posture with Jesus. Do you elevate Jesus in the way you respond to Him or how you speak to others about Him. Is he in is rightful place, enthroned on high, the name above every name?

Let’s be men and women of true faith and humility. Let us come to Jesus believing that He can do anything we ask according to His perfect will. What a wonderful Savior and King we can come to who modeled perfect humility to us. (Phil. 2:5-8). Let’s learn more about His submission to the Father so we can become like Him in every way.

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Perseverance

The word that God laid on my heart today is perseverance.  In the dictionary it tells us that it is “the steady persistence in a course of action, especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.”  I was reminded today as I journaled that adversity has taught me a lot about persevering in my faith and not giving up or losing hope.  I would love to share about a time in my life when I needed to persevere.  I hope it encourages you when you are facing a trial and need to keep on going by faith.  

Back in 2007 we moved our family to the Philippines.  It was a big step of faith for our whole family to take.  Not long after we arrived we faced some challenges that lead me to struggle greatly with fear and anxiety.  We lived off of a road that the locals called the highway of death.  Buses would speed their way down the road and get themselves in tragic accidents.  A second thing that scared me was a bomb that had gone off 5 minutes away from where we lived.  A terrorist group succeeded in taking out a government official.  The sound of it shook our home.  

Those experiences left me feeling very uneasy and fearful about our safety.  As time passed I began to struggle with anxiety.  I would have anxiety attacks that would make it hard for me to breathe.  I also began to battle acid reflux that couldn’t be controlled by medicine.  For 14 months I went on a downward spiral.  It wasn’t until I went to see a dr that things began to get better. After sharing how I was feeling with my Dr. he put me in the hospital for a week.  There I met with a great psychiatrist that began to put me on the right track.  There were many times through these trials that I could have given up or quit but instead I kept a steady determination and preserving spirit.  

Today think about how you have persevered through trials.  Praise God for his hand in your life and for giving you victory in the mist of some dark and trying places.  Share your story of perseverance with a friend and see how it can spur them on in their faith journey.