A Centurion’s Faith Example For Us – Walk By Faith and Not By Sight

Walk by Faith and Not by Fear, Doubt, or Worry

“Walk by faith and not by sight.” -2 Cor 5:7 (KJV)

The enemy of our soul is waging a war against those of the faith – faith in Christ, that is. The stakes are high and he is amassing his forces to try and take us out. He’s very cunning, has had thousands of years to hon his undermining skills and he’s throwing all kinds of stuff at us to try and derail us from our faith. Fiery arrows are fired at us trying to penetrate our armor and set afire our shield of faith. Folks, this is real in the spiritual world – you must know this and be always prepared to fight back with prayer, reading God’s word and fasting.

That’s right, Satan will do anything to try and take your mind off your faith, off your trust in Jesus Christ. He is flinging stinging darts, flaming darts and biting darts of despair, worry, doubt, guilt, shame, and fear all designed to try and defeat and derail us from our faith. So what do we do? HAVE FAITH AND WALK IN IT!

Eph 6 states it plain – put on the full armor of God and stand your ground. We are not to be intimidated by his devices but instead know his devices – 2 Cor 2:11. We are to know his tactics and defend our territory with prayer, knowing God’s truth and most of all – faith and trust in the Lord. We are to walk by faith and not by our [spiritual] sight in this world.

So are we doing this? Am I … are you?

Who reading this today is downcast? Are you fearful of the future? Guilty of past sin? Worried about this or that? Now folks, is the time to shake up the forces coming against you with knowing God’s word and knowing how to fight with the knowledge of the truth and with the Lord always at our side. 

What is faith then? Consider for a moment Matt 8:5-13…

This parable is about a Roman Centurion, his servant and Jesus. Realize the Roman soldiers were tough and I presume hard-core in their belief of the Roman government being the sole authority in their lives. However, this Roman officer sought out Jesus and explained how his servant was suffering terribly at home. Jesus replied, I will come and heal him. Now look at the Centurion’s reply in vs 8. He displayed a unique humility by a man known for his status and rank. Then he exclaimed that he was a man of authority too, saying to his men – go here or go there. Wow! Did you catch what he knew about Jesus from the git-go? The Roman officer who had at least 100 men in his charge knew the authority of Jesus! Jesus recognized in him humility and amazing faith. He knew Jesus had the power and authority to heal his servant and in his faith knew He could do it remotely. He knew it and expressed it from his mouth that all Jesus need do was “but only say the word” and his servant would be made well. Now that friends is a faith that we all need to strive for.

Recognizing that Jesus Christ is a man of power and authority takes pure faith. So then what is faith? Well, it’s trust and confidence, it is being sure of what we hope for of the evidence of things we don’t see – Heb 11:1. Do you have this type of faith today in Christ?

You see the Lord’s word is all we need to bolster and solidify our faith. And we have this word written down for us in the Bible. But do you take the time to search out what He has to say? The following is a extremely powerful verse and one overlooked by many Christians today.

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” -Rom 10:17 (KJV)

It is of primary importance in the days in which we live right now. For faith in Christ will elude those of the end time generation (that’s us) according to the Lord’s statement found in Luke 18:8. Many will live by their own “worldly faith” manufactured by them based on their stuff, their friends or family and so Jesus will be hard-pressed to find people of faith on the earth when He returns. Already this is taking hold all over America and the rest of the world. As Amos 8:11 says:

“Hear this! The days are coming—this is the declaration of the Lord God—when I will send a famine through the land:not a famine of bread or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.” -Amos 8:11 (HCSB)

Did you get that? …Of hearing the words of the Lord.

 

Our faith is weak because many Christians don’t want to hear the words of the Lord.

They refuse to make time each day to be fed and nourished by God’s Holy Word. 2 Cor 13:5, states we are to examine ourselves [daily] to see if we are [still] of the faith. That is powerful!

Friends, the Centurion in the parable above was found to be of extraordinary faith so extraordinary, in fact, that Jesus said He found no greater faith of anyone in all of Israel. In all of the Jews – the ones He was sent to specifically. Now that’s amazing and speaks a ton-load of what faith is! The Centurion’s faith met the reality of knowing the authority and power of Jesus Christ. This is huge! A great faith unlike any in Israel, in a Gentile no less!. Just let that settle in a minute…

So what are we to do and what will our faith depth-gage record? A Centurion-type humility in great faith or a medium of the road faith or no faith at all? In other words, you don’t read His word, rarely pray, and never quite seek out His face? Remember, our faith in Christ comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.

If a calamity or grave personal danger came into your life today or tomorrow would you live and get through it by your faith in Christ? Or would you collapse into fear, dismay and unbelief, forgetting about the Lord?

There is much coming our way foretold in Bible Prophecy that will shake people’s lives, rattle them to the core of their beings and I dare say only the ones found with faith and hope in our Lord Jesus Christ will prevail. It’s time to walk by our faith and not by what we see, hear and trust in this world. We must be focused on the Lord and put our absolute trust in Him. In light of what’s coming, consider the following verses spoken by Jesus Himself:

“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” -Luke 21:25-26 (KJV)

And

“…for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.” -Rev 17:14b (KJV)

Please consider these things carefully and prayerfully. Faith is of tremendous importance in a believer’s walk with Almighty God. Are you living a life faithful to God and does your life reflect the Centurion’s type faith?

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-BPWatcher, Internet Preacher and Bible Prophecy Watchman

JESUS CHRIST, HE IS LORD, HE IS GOD!

PJA-Red1


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