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Such Great Faith

September 8, 2018


Such Great Faith

Faith is a  “knowing”  thing  and a  “growing”  thing.     Most certainly  we are not absolutely perfect  in faith,  and so we grow  as we continue  to experience  and remember  how God has done things  in the past.

In the  “knowing”  part of faith,  we learn about God  through His word.     We learn  to know  how He has helped people  through the ages — and we learn  to know how God made the promise  of a Savior  from sin  in the Garden of Eden,  and then kept that promise  in Jesus Christ.    In seeing  how God keeps His promises  right down to intricate details,  we come to know  that He truly is LORD of lords  and God of gods.     We come  to know  that there is no other god  that can even come close  to doing what God does.

The  “growing”  part of our faith is a part  of our  “knowing“.     When we know for certain  that God has done all  that has been said about Him,  we grow  in the strength  of our faith — just because we see and understand  that God’s word actually proves  its own trustworthiness  through history.     With open and honest hearts  we accept God’s truths.     We don’t try  to find ways  to deny  what has already been historically proven  as true.     And,  we don’t blatantly deny God’s truths  without actually reading them  for ourselves.

During His ministry on earth,  Jesus found a man  of great faith.     That man wasn’t even a Jew.     He was a Roman centurion.     This centurion had heard accounts  of how Jesus was able  to heal  and he then believed  that Jesus was a true man of God  and was given authority  by God  to do whatever He deemed right.     And so we read  in Matthew 8:5-13,

And when He had entered Capernaum,  a centurion came to Him,  entreating Him  and saying,  “Sir,  my servant is lying paralyzed  at home,  suffering great pain.”

And He said to him,  “I will come  and heal him.”

But the centurion answered  and said,  “Lord,  I am not qualified  for You  to come under my roof,  but just say the word,  and my servant will be healed.     For I,  too,  am a man  under authority,  with soldiers under me;  and I say to this one, ‘Go!’  and he goes,  and to another, ‘Come!’  and he comes,  and to my slave, ‘Do this!’  and he does it.”

Now when Jesus heard this,  He marveled,  and said  to those who were following,  “Truly I say to you,  I have not found  such great faith  with anyone  in Israel.    And I say to you  that many shall come  from east and west,  and recline at table  with Abraham,  and Isaac,  and Jacob,  in the kingdom of heaven;  but the sons  of the kingdom  shall be cast out  into the outer darkness,  in that place  there shall be weeping  and gnashing  of teeth.”

And Jesus said  to the centurion,  “Go your way;  let it be done  to you  as you have believed.”     And the servant was healed  that very hour.

It was God’s will  to heal this Roman centurion’s  servant  from a distance.    This account shows  that God honors everyone,  who puts their faith  in Him alone.     The unbelieving Israelites  were given a warning  about their lack of faith,  because they were choosing  to not believe,  in spite of all sorts  of evidence proving  that Jesus was the promised Savior.     The Israelites had all  of the Old Testament  which pointed  to the Savior.     So,  they  “knew”  about the Savior,  but, chose to not  “grow”  according to the evidence  in front of them.     The centurion  “grew”  in faith  as soon as he  “knew”  about Jesus’ authority.

We are not to take this account  and judge someone’s faith  or lack of faith  by whether or not  their prayer for healing  has been answered,  because not everyone  who desires healing  receives it.     Everything does need to be  according to God’s wisdom  and will.     An example  would be  Paul’s prayer,  which was denied  because God said  to him,  “My grace  is sufficient for you,  for power is perfected  in weakness.”    (2 Corinthians 12:9)     Paul certainly had faith,  but God’s wisdom  knew it was better  for him  to rely on grace.

So,  either way,  we thank God  that His will be done  in our lives  to His glory,  as we come to “know”  Him better  and  “grow”  in His love.

Seeing the wisdom and love  in all  of God’s ways  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You know us  so intimately  with our every feeling and desire.     Thank You  for patiently and faithfully  helping us  to grow  in the true faith.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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