Where is our faith?

Mathew 8:5,13

All men have not faith, some have no faith according to (Mk.4:40). Let me say this,Trusting in the goodness and power of God is the best relief amid the sorrows of life. “thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee.”( Isa 26:3). Some have little faith (Mt. 6:30) “ O ye of little faith?”

This Centurion was one who had great faith. Those who have faith are rich. Faith will buy all our needs from God, (Jh.14:14) “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”

Yet there are certain qualifications righteously required of us who pray. We must have faith (Mt.21:22); we must forgive the trespasses of others (Mt. 6:14); and we must obey the commandments of God (I.Jh. 3:22),

Because we keep his commandments” by loving the Lord and loving our neighbour. These are the great commandments both of the old covenant and the new.

Who ever is filled with this love to God and man will do those things which are pleasing to him; for love is the very soul and principle of obedience.

This man’s faith was Great when you think of who he was. He was a Roman not a Jew, yet he must have been familiar with the Scriptures.

How would his faith grow so great if he had not believed all that he heard of the truth concerning Jesus?

Great faith is often fostered in the midst of the greatest difficulties.

Divine grace extends itself to all sorts and ranks, to all orders and degrees of men, without exception. Even the bloody trade of war yields worthy clients to Christ: he does not so much regard who we are, and with what dispositions and inclinations we come unto him, “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (Jh.3:15).

Let us note the words “Should not perish.” Many are in danger, by nature, of perishing–that is, of sinking down to the gates of hell; that of “being punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his power,” (II.Thes. 1:9).

All who believe on Jesus shall be saved from this condemnation and be raised up to eternal life.

Poor circumstances are not specially favourable for poor faith. If your faith would grow exceedingly it

must be exercised abundantly.

This man’s faith was great when you think of the occasion of it. His slave was sick. He believed that Christ’s compassion was deep enough and broad enough to reach the poor and the ignorant.

Not like the Pharisee in (Mt.9,11). What a grief it is to wicked men to find others brought in to Christ; the wicked pharisees murmur, repine, and envy, instead of admiring Jesus’s grace and adoring his divine goodness: they censure him for conversing with sinners; but Christ tells them in the following verses, that he conversed with them as their physician, not as their companion.

Great faith always brings the little and the disputed things toJesus.

Little faith never carries little troubles to God.

It takes great faith to bring the negligible details of life to Him in prayer. S.OS.2:15 “Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines,”

Little sins are the parents to greater sins. Beware of the little foxes.

This man’s faith was great when you think of the need mentioned, “His servant was sick of the Palsy, grievouslytorment.”

Afflicted both in body and soul, and helpless incurable, as far as human skill and power were concerned.

But his faith in Jesus surmounted all. Nothing is too hard for Christ.

Great faith lays hold on the greatness of Christ.

Faith is no miraculous gift. Faith means no more nor less than belief; and a man believes the Scripture facts in the same manner and by the same processes that he believes any other facts.

Christ declared in this sitting that he had not found such strong faith, even in Israel, where it might have been most expected; no, not so much as among his own disciples!

We as gentiles have become fellow-heirs with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, of that heavenly happiness, to the enjoyment of which they had attained; while the Jews, the children of the kingdom, who had so long enjoyed the peculiar privileges of God’s people, to whom the gospel was first to be preached, and who supposed themselves exclusively entitled to the blessings of Messiah’s kingdom, would be excluded from the church, and left in a dark and wretched condition: and that numbers of them would be shut out of Heaven, and left to final wickedness, misery, and despair; where they would in vain weep, and gnash their teeth in rage and anguish, recollecting what happiness they had lost, and what ruin they had incurred by their unbelief and folly.

The power of Christ is sufficient for all the emergencies of a believer.

This man’s faith was great when you think of the quest made, Speak the word only. ” No visit asked, no means trusted. All his desire will be met with Hisword only.

I am not worthy, This was an expression of great humility.

It refers doubtless to his view of his personal unworthiness, and not merely to the fact that he was a Gentile.

It was the expression of a humble spirit; a conviction of the great dignity and power of the Saviour, and a belief that he was so unlike him, that he was not fit that the Son of God should come into his dwelling.

It was Martha who made this statement In (Jh.11:21), “Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.” Martha also stated,“ But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee,” (v.22).

It is always so. Great faith asks for no signs, but is satisfied with the promisealone, knowing that Jesus is

faithful.

This man’s faith was great when you think of the argument used, “I am not worthy;” Great faith is always humble, for it sees so much grace and goodness in Jesus that, proud, boastful self is shame, it is Jesus’ word only, “for he is Lord of lords and King of kings “the King of glory,” and “the Lord of all, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” (Rev.1:8).

Demons and disease will go as quickly as we obey him, “certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,” (Lk.8:2).

Mary Magdalene, by her faith and conduct, and constant company with Jesus in his life-time, she was at his crucifixion, she was at his grave side, she seems to have surpassed all the other women in the pass, in duty and respect to our Lord.

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