Centurion Faith Power – Matthew 8:13


And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.”

And the servant was healed at that very moment.

Matthew 8:13

My Pondering:

God is omncient and omnipotent. There is no denying that. Yet, He often chooses to work with like minded people to accomplis His sovereign and permissive will.

We so often read in many of the interactions with Jesus and in Scripture in general that God often partners with people of faith. Jesus commended the Centurion for his faith.

His response to the Centurions plea was, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.”

Jesus coupled doing this miracle with the Centurion’s faith, his belief in God.

Within God’s permissive will, it is multiplication.

God power is infinite but He seems to wield it as we can handle it.
Kind of like a step down power transformer.

For simplicity, consider this formula as an example;

God’s Power Applied (GPA) × My Faith Factor (MFF) = Power Watts (PW)

1,000 GPA x 0 (no faith) = 0 PW
1,000 GPA x 1 (little faith) = 1,000 PW
1,000 GPA x 100 (max centurion faith) = 100,000 PW

So the closer we get to God’s will with the greatest amount of faith will result in the best outcome and maximising our combined effectiveness. Obviously, in many respects it isnt just that simple but on the other hand it is that simple, as we see in Scripture.

Its one thing to read, another to comprehend, and lastly to do; to apply.

I know have a long ways to go but yet a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

Won’t you join me? And may I join you in this great adventure called life?

My prayer:

Lord of life, aid me in my work and being. I know in my heart of hearts you are real and love me.

Faith and work, works and faith.

Jesus’s imputation of righteousness upon us believers is paramount, for sure!

Yet, I also read of performance based rewards (not regarding salvation because no one should boast of it).

Such as the Parable of the Talents.

And James also speaks of Faith and Works.

God gave Adam work to do before the great fall.

We also are told we reap what we sow.
Solomon built great things and God blessed him greatly (the blessing no doubt was foremost).

With that said, are we Christians not wise to first ‘receive’ then ‘do’ our best, next ‘rest’, and then ‘repeat’ until we are called home?

After all, God created for 6 days then He rested. Six days of work, 1 day of rest for a weeks cycle with holidays mixed in.

A cycle of giving our ‘best then rest’ seems right. Faith and Works. One without the other seems incomplete to me.

“You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected;” James 2:22

“and continually recalling before our God and Father your work of faith, your labor of love, and your enduring hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1st Thes 1:3

Work of faith
Labor of love
Enduring hope

I think think its more of a WHY and what’s our motivation. Is what we do about the old man, the selfish one or living in the new man who is partnered with the Spirit for His glory. We are blessed best when our first fruits are go to God.

That is Holistic living: Holy / Whole

By Faith – Romans 1:17

“The just shall live by faith.”

Romans 1:17

This verse triggered Martin Luther to leave a works based doctrine to one where faith reigns supreme. Nonetheless, faiths outputs are good works, good fruit.

Faith is only as good as to what’s behind it.

What, or whom, is behind yours?

Ponder this:

If aren’t exercising your God given faith, it’s a warning sign.
Read and re-read this powerful verse, if you will.

Catch that: LIVE BY. In a society where we have learned a lot about the world ESSENTIAL we discover and confirm the word FAITH is ultra essential to being JUST (aka justified, deemeed righteous or imputed with Christ-likeness).

This little passage is mighty! There is power in it IF
WE LIVE BY IT,
BY FAITH,
BY GOD.

PS… Self, other people, good works, noble intentions, human heroes are all insufficient as the Bible reports (and yes, it is inspired Word of God… I know that a trippy thought but it is… and faith is its active ingredient as yeast is to bread).

The substance of faith to walk by

For we often are called, tested and required to walk by faith NOT by sight. Things are not always black and right nor contrasted in bright colors. Sometimes to we need to discern between shades of gray. Sometimes we just need to wait and be patient for God to build a bridge or shine His light.

Walk by Faith

Scripture reminds us that many righteous men and women didn’t see the fruition of their hope until their faith had been severely tested. In some cases, they never saw concrete answers to some of their prayers within their lifetimes. Yet this didn’t stop them from believing God day after day.

There was no writing prophet in Israel for four centuries, yet men and women like Simeon and Anna—godly people waiting expectantly for the true Messiah—still held to their belief that the Lord would do exactly what He said He’d do. They hadn’t given up hope, even in their old age. No wonder they recognized the long-awaited one immediately when they saw Him in His mother’s arms—even though no one else did.

It didn’t matter that this young family was clearly poor, bringing to the temple the least-expensive sacrifice. Simeon and Anna recognized royalty right away because they were in constant communion with God, walking by faith rather than sight.

Journey to the manger, In-touch Ministry

No doubt we are closer to Him and His will by diligently engaging in the spiritual disciplines and abiding with the Spirit, the more faith and vision will will have.