Reaching Your Faith Potential

The story of the Centurion’s faith in MATTHEW 8:5-11 continues to inspire me regarding the level of faith we can all reach, our “faith potential.” No one starts the faith walk with “great faith”, we all have been given a “measure of faith” that can grow as we gain revelation knowledge, believe, speak, and act on God’s Word.

ROMANS 12:3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

2 THESSALONIANS 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other,

It is interesting to see that faith is “measurable” and can be increased to reach the fullest potential of “great faith.” Jesus measured people’s faith when ministering to them. He would make statements like, “according to your faith be it done to you”, indicating that some people had greater faith than others. He also located the faith level of Peter in MATTHEW 14:31 when he said, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt.” Peter tried to walk in the level of faith that Jesus was operating in but was not quite ready to believe beyond the five sense realm longer than a few minutes. The phrase “little faith” here actually means “faith that didn’t last long enough, or short faith.”

Jesus not only measures our faith when we are wanting to receive from God, but He looks for faith when we approach Him as proved from the story of the paralytic who was lowered through a roof by his friends, “When He saw their faith”, LUKE 5:20. Faith that can receive from God is so vital that Jesus will be looking for it when He returns, I surmise that He will be expecting to see a lot of “great faith” by that time, “Will the Son of Man find faith on the earth when He comes.” LUKE 18:8

Here are four keys in the development of “great faith” that we can see clearly in the life of the Centurion that amazed Jesus with his faith.

1. Recognition of the Lordship of Christ

MATTHEW 8:5-6 Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”

Someone has correctly stated that “if Jesus isn’t Lord of all, He is not Lord at all.” A full surrender to His Lordship, giving Him full reign over our life is the first step to developing Great faith.

2. Humility

MATTHEW 8:8 The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.

Humility is a “proper estimation of self.” Pride is an “overestimation of self.” This Centurion knew that he was not “deserving” of God’s help because of who he was or what he had done, but all that God does for us is done as a “free gift.” ROMANS 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

3. Understanding God’s Will

MATTHEW 7:7 And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”

Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.” A great apostle of faith said, “Faith begins where
The fill of God is known.” We must be convinced of God’s will before we and pray in faith.

1 JOHN 5:14-15 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

4. Understanding The Nature of Faith

MATTHEW 8:8 The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.

“Speak the Word only and my servant shall be healed.” Real faith requires no proof or evidence from the five sense realm, but believes with the heart. Faith is a “sixth sense” that is independent of the five physical senses. The man with great faith said in effect, “If you say it, it’s done.” He went his way believing his servant was healed before he ever saw him.

Notice what Jesus said in MATTHEW 8:13, Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed (past tense), so let it be done for you.” In MATTHEW 8:10 we read the astounding words of the Master affirming the level of faith of this Roman Soldier, “I have not found so great faith, not even in Israel.”

HEBREWS 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

One thought on “Reaching Your Faith Potential

  1. This is a lot of encouragement to the spirit man that Loans for the encouragement from the holy spirit. To have a servant but more than that he spiritual father they had to live the life to be able to reveal gods hidden word. It is food for the soul but more than that it is a spiritual Life that continues to grow every day. As we come closer in knowing him in His fondness each day regret more like him to do his work on earth as it would be done in heaven. What a Plazier.

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