Monday, May 17, 2010

The Simple Word

In Matthew, chapter 8, we read the story where a Roman centurion came to Jesus with a request to heal his servant. Jesus' responded, "I will come and heal him." The centurion then said something that Jesus was really impressed with.

He said, "Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed."

The centurion then goes on to explain his understanding of authority.

I think what I really like about this story is the simplicity of the centurion. He wasn't looking for magic acts and thunder and lightning. He just knew that if Jesus spoke the word it would be done. He had a very simple but very rooted faith.

There's a lesson there for us. While I do believe that certain people and ministries are anointed and gifted to certain tasks, I also believe that we can make a mistake chasing after people instead of simply believing what God has said in His Word. The Word of God is true for you today!

Jesus marveled (Matthew 8:10) at this man's faith. He simply believed. The enemy wants to complicate and obfuscate faith. He works on our fear, anger and disappointment. He uses bad theology and intellectual straw men against us. He reminds us of our mistakes and sins. He uses any weapon at his disposal to propagate doubt and unbelief, but we're not stuck.

God's Word is true for you today. Stand on it. Don't war against it and don't let the devil rob you of the promises found in it.