Imagine, now, having enough faith to impress God. Does that seem a little far-fetched?
In Matthew 8, a centurion, a commanding officer of the Roman army, came to Jesus on behalf of his servant who was sick and tormented.
When Jesus offered to go to the centurion’s home and heal his servant, the officer said, “Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed” (verse 8).
Now here was a man who understood the power of words. He was, after all, an army officer. When he spoke, everyone listened—and then they did what he said. In this case, so did Jesus. Why was Jesus so quick to respond? Because the man’s words were full of faith. In fact, when Jesus heard the centurion’s reply, He was astonished, and said, “I tell you truly, I have not found so much faith as this with anyone, even in Israel” (verse 10, The Amplified Bible).
The faith that so impressed Jesus was the centurion’s willingness to believe without requiring a spectacular sign or wonder from heaven. All he needed in order to believe that Jesus could heal his servant was The WORD. “Speak the word only,” he said. And within the hour his servant was healed.
I was studying about this “more sure word” when I heard the voice of the Spirit say, This Book is not about Somebody. This Book is Somebody.
Think about that for a moment.
John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was The WORD, and The WORD was with God, and The WORD was God.” God and The WORD are One and the same. They cannot be separated. But now, notice this: “And The WORD [or God] was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).
The WORD—God—became flesh among us. It—He—came alive (see Hebrews 4:12), and was full of grace and truth. Notice the word truth. Jesus, in praying for His disciples in John 17:17, said, “Thy WORD is truth.” So we see that God, The WORD and Truth are all One. They are the same. When Jesus lived and ministered on this earth, He walked according to the written WORD of God. He literally lived by The WORD, or by the truth, as His Father taught Him. He didn’t have a free ride because He was the Son of God. He didn’t live from miracle to miracle.
No, Jesus walked by faith in His Father’s more sure WORD. That’s good news for us because if Jesus could live life to its fullest by walking by faith in The WORD of God, so can we. In fact, when Jesus appeared to His disciples after having been raised from the grave, He told Thomas, “Because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29).
Thomas had already been told by the others that Jesus had indeed risen from the dead, but he didn’t believe them. Jesus Himself had told Thomas and the other disciples several times that He would rise again on the third day. Then there were all the writings of the prophets telling of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.
The point is, Thomas had plenty of WORD on the matter. Still, his attitude was, “If I don’t see a sign or wonder of God myself, then I won’t believe.” Well, Jesus didn’t say, Blessed are those who receive a miracle from heaven and believe. He said, BLESSED are they who see no signs or wonders, and yet believe. BLESSED are those who walk by faith in the more sure WORD My Father has given.
How much more WORD did Thomas need?
How much more WORD do we need?
There are things we cannot see, but that does not mean they’re not real. Your body may be telling you that you’re not healed, but God’s WORD says you are. Your creditors may be telling you that you’re not debt free, but God’s WORD says you are. So it’s simply a matter of getting those things we cannot see over to where we can see them, which is where faith comes in. Hebrews 11:1 tells us that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
You and I don’t have to wait for a miracle. We have the opportunity to lay hold of Almighty God any moment of any hour of any day, and without any uncertainty. We can do it through His WORD. It’s here. It’s real. And it’s literally God Himself. It’s God talking to us.
Faith, then, comes by hearing that more sure WORD of God (Romans 10:17). When we listen to The WORD, when we listen to Him talking to us—and then we talk it, we think it, we dream it and we do it—faith will rise up. Faith will rise up and lay hold of those things in the supernatural realm, which cannot be seen, and it will draw them into this natural realm.
When the supernatural manifestation of God’s BLESSING becomes real in our everyday lives, to people around us, it will look like a miracle. But to us, it’s just a way of life…it’s just the way of faith.
– Dream Big, Talk Big, and Turn Your Faith Loose!