DCLM Daily Manna Devotional For October 6, 2019 : TOPIC – THE POWER OF FAITH
SUNDAY OCTOBER 06, 2019
TOPIC: THE POWER OF FAITH
TEXT: Luke 7:1-10
“When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel” – (Luke 7:9).
Faith in God makes great optimists. Over in Burma, a story in the Presbyterian Advance stated that Dr. Judson, a missionary, was lying in a foul jail with 32 lbs. of chains on his ankles, his feet bound to a bamboo pole. A fellow prisoner said, “Dr. Judson, what about the prospect of the conversion of the heathen?”, with a sneer on his face. His instant reply was, “The prospects are just as bright as the promises of God.”
The faith of the centurion in the text was described as a ‘great faith’. Jesus applauded this kind of faith because He had not seen this kind in Israel. There are several components of the centurion’s faith that made it such a marvel. First, he obviously had not been a regular worshiper at the synagogues of the Jews, though he built one to show his kindness and ease relations with the Jews. But he was a Roman soldier and did not know too much of Scriptures. Secondly, he believed Jesus could say the words and his servant could be healed, even if Jesus said it from a distance. Lastly, he rested his mind on Christ’s healing ability without any worry or anxiety. Eventually, the servant received divine healing.
From this incident, we conclude that your faith is about how much trust and confidence you have in God’s words you have heard and believed. The paradox of unbelief and fear in Pentecostal circles today, despite all the sermons, is clearly worrisome. Worry and anxiety has pushed many believers to remote mountains for prayers, backed up with dry fasting without a strand of faith in it. Simply, we are not putting our faith to work as much as we should. If we believe God’s word as much as this centurion, our faith can move mountains.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Faith is the essential tool for unlocking God’s wonders.
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