- Date: January 9, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19)
- From Great Faith
How many of us approach God like we're worthy? "I'm worthy. I deserve this. I've been serving God for twenty years, I study His Word, I pay my tithes." Can I tell you something? You're still not worthy. You are not worthy for His perfection to come under your roof. Holiness. You are not worthy, but He treats us like we are. The fact that you're treated like you're worthy doesn't make you worthy. That's called grace. Should I say that again? The fact that you're treated like you're worthy does not make you worthy. That's called grace. Faith doesn't feign unworthiness. This man was not putting forth feigned humility. True humility and faith says, "If you want to treat me worthy, I'll embrace it." It takes on that spirit of grace and faith that says, "I'm Jimmy. I'll take all you gimmey, but I'm not worthy." There's nothing worse than an attitude of denying the love and grace of God because of a pseudo humility which is really pride. We take all that God has promised us and this centurion said, "I'm not worthy but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
Jesus is impressed with this. You can only find couple of times when He talks about great faith. What was it that impressed Jesus with this man? His humility and his recognition of the reality of authority. He was there in compassion. He had a love for this man. Most people would have said, "I know how this works, You lay hands on these people and they get healed." This man realized that true authority doesn't have to be present to function. Think about that. True authority. Can I give you an example of that? "Behold, I give you all power and all authority over all the power of the enemy" (Luke 10:19). God is seeing to it that when you and I go out and speak in faith in His name, we are representing His power and His authority. And, He confirms it with signs following.
People who believe that have great faith. Many of us here want signs. We want some type of verification. There is no greater faith than to go out believing that we are ambassadors of Christ and that when we speak, God has spoken. We need to come to that for these days that we're living in. I'm not talking about this so that we can have a healing meeting and set up healing tents like Oral Roberts. I'm not as concerned with people getting healed as I am with us being aware of the presence of God and the promises of God. When we're aware of the presence of God we will be moved with the same compassion of God and we will go out into the highways and byways. That's a product of the presence of God. Compassion is a product of the presence of God.
"Just speak the word. I am a man under authority. I know how this thing works. I'm a man of authority." This was one of the purest understandings of the lordship of Jesus. "It doesn't surprise me that you speak to the wind and it obeys you, that you command storms to cease and the calm comes." Why? "Because all things were made by Him and for Him." Why should I be amazed when He calms the waves? Do you see, beloved, if we could come to really believe in Jesus, the lordship of Jesus, not just the man Jesus, the Son of God, then we'd ask this question: is anything too hard for the Lord? Of course, the answer is no. So, we can believe God for everything, because He is the creator of all things. They were all made by Him and they were all made for Him, praise God! "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made" (John 1:3). In Him is life and the life was the light of men, coming back to that simplicity of knowing Him, calling Him Abba.