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“The Faith of the Centurian’
 
We talk about faith, we want to have faith, we desire to have a strong faith.
 
But how strong is our faith?
Life presents us with daily challenges to test our faith.
 
Please read the following verses and see a man with strong faith.
 
Matthew 8:5-13
5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help.
6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.”
 
7 Jesus said to him, “I will go 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.
9 For 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 astonished and said to those following him, “I tell you the truth, 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! It will be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that very hour.
 
The Roman Centurian was not a Jew or a believer, he was a Gentile.
And yet this Gentile shows some of the strongest faith that the Lord Jesus had seen in this world.
Certainly, as believers on Jesus Christ, we have faith. We have different measures of faith.
 
With the Holy Spirit’s help, I pray that our faith grows, that the Lord Jesus would be happy with our level of faith.
One of the ways we develop a strong faith is by keeping our eyes on Jesus.
 
I will end this thought with the lyrics of this well-known hymn.
 
Be Blessed, Be a Blessing
“Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”
1 O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
 
2 Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
O’er us sin no more hath dominion
For more than conqu’rors we are!
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
 
3 His Word shall not fail you, He promised;
Believe Him and all will be well;
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

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