Today's Scripture

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Just As You Believe

This is just such a simply profound concept to me:

The Faith of the Centurion
 5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” 7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” 8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9For 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.” 10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.

You'll notice that I actually used this scripture more as a reference than a quote.   "Let it be done, just as you believed"...You have to BELIEVE!   Of course I know that, BUT, you also have to be careful of what you believe, "just as you believe" can be the negative as well... if you BELIEVE you will always be poor, done, you get what you believe.

Another part of that though is, he also had to ask...he believed in Jesus's ability to heal the servant, but nothing happened until he asked.  So there are two parts to get the results.  Ask, pray, speak it out + Believe = Results.

Again, even with the negative, people always put a voice to their negative beliefs, it comes out in almost every conversation... Listen, pay attention to what people are saying,promise, it is what they believe  ( Matthew 12: 34b... For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.)  

.... and again 

"It will be done just as you believe"

The tongue has the power of life and death,
 and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Proverbs 18:20-22 

OU!  Something else about that passage, I just noticed (see why I do this?)  The servant was the one sick (no mention of his believing or asking)... the centurion was the one with the faith! So YES! you can pray and have faith, and expect, for someone else's healing....even if they don't. I honestly always wondered about that. 


Done with Inktense Watercolor Pencils (love), a Sharpie and a paint pen.

later: black added... better

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