A Centurion’s Example For All of Us — Walk By Faith and Not By Sight

Walk by Faith in Christ and Not by Faith in This World

“Walk by faith and not by sight.” -2 Cor 5:7 (KJV)

The enemy of our soul is waging a war against those of the faith – faith in Christ, that is. The stakes are high and he is amassing his forces to try and take us out. He’s very cunning, has had thousands of years to hon his undermining skills and he’s throwing all kinds of stuff at us to try and derail us from our faith. Fiery arrows are fired at us trying to penetrate our armor and set afire our shield of faith. Folks, this is real in the spiritual world – you must know this and be always prepared to fight back with prayer, reading God’s word and fasting.

That’s right, Satan will do anything to try and take your mind off your faith, off your trust in Jesus Christ. He is flinging stinging darts, flaming darts and biting darts of despair, worry, doubt, guilt, shame, and fear all designed to try and defeat and derail us from our faith. So what do we do? HAVE FAITH AND WALK IN IT!

Eph 6 states it plain – put on the full armor of God and stand your ground. We are not to be intimidated by his devices but instead know his devices – 2 Cor 2:11. We are to know his tactics and defend our territory with prayer, knowing God’s truth and most of all – faith and trust in the Lord. We are to walk by faith and not by our [spiritual] sight in this world.

So are we doing this? Am I … are you?

Who reading this today is downcast? Are you fearful of the future? Guilty of past sin? Worried about this or that? Now folks, is the time to shake up the forces coming against you with knowing God’s word and knowing how to fight with the knowledge of the truth and with the Lord always at our side. 

What is faith then? Consider for a moment Matt 8:5-13…

This parable is about a Roman Centurion, his servant and Jesus. Realize the Roman soldiers were tough and I presume hard-core in their belief of the Roman government being the sole authority and only God in their lives. However, this Roman officer sought out Jesus and explained how his servant was suffering terribly at home. Jesus replied, I will come and heal him. Now look at the Centurion’s reply in vs 8. He displayed a unique [and most likely very rare] humility by a man known for his status and rank. Then he exclaimed that he was a man of authority too, saying to his men – go here or go there. Wow! Did you catch what he knew about Jesus from the git-go? The Roman officer who had at least 100 men in his charge knew the authority of Jesus! Jesus recognized in him humility and amazing faith. He knew Jesus had the power and authority to heal his servant and in and by his faith knew He could do it remotely. He knew it and expressed it from his mouth that all Jesus need do was “but only say the word” and his servant would be made well. Now that friends is a faith that we all need to strive for.

Recognizing that Jesus Christ is a man of power and authority takes pure faith. So then what is faith? Well, it’s trust and confidence, it is being sure of what we hope for of the evidence of things we don’t see – Heb 11:1. Do you have this type of faith today in Christ?

You see the Lord’s word is all we need to bolster and solidify our faith. And we have this word written down for us in the Bible. But do you take the time to search out what He has to say? The following is a extremely powerful verse and one overlooked by many Christians today.

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” -Rom 10:17 (KJV)

It is of primary importance in the days in which we live right now. For faith in Christ will elude those of the end time generation (that’s us) according to the Lord’s statement found in Luke 18:8. Many will live by their own “worldly faith” manufactured by them based on their stuff, their friends or family and so Jesus will be hard-pressed to find people of faith on the earth when He returns. Already this is taking hold all over America and the rest of the world. As Amos 8:11 says:

“Hear this! The days are coming—this is the declaration of the Lord God—when I will send a famine through the land:not a famine of bread or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.” -Amos 8:11 (HCSB)

Did you get that? …Of hearing the words of the Lord.

 

Our faith is weak because many Christians don’t want to hear the words of the Lord. In effect – they despise His word. 

They refuse to make time each day to be fed and nourished by God’s Holy Word. 2 Cor 13:5, states we are to examine ourselves [daily] to see if we are [still] of the faith. That is powerful!

Friends, the Centurion in the parable above was found to be of extraordinary faith so extraordinary, in fact, that Jesus said He found no greater faith of anyone in all of Israel. In all of the Jews – the ones He was sent to specifically. Now that’s amazing and speaks a ton-load of what faith is! The Centurion’s faith met the reality of knowing the authority and power of Jesus Christ. This is huge! A great faith unlike any in Israel, in a Gentile no less!. Just let that settle in a minute…

So what are we to do and what will our faith depth-gage record? A Centurion-type humility in great faith or a medium of the road faith or no faith at all? In other words, you don’t read His word, rarely pray, and never quite seek out His face? And you put Jesus as a last priority in your life. Remember, our faith in Christ comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.

If a calamity or grave personal danger came into your life today or tomorrow would you live and get through it by your faith in Christ? Or would you collapse into fear, dismay and unbelief, forgetting about the Lord?

FRIENDS – There is much coming our way foretold in Bible Prophecy that will shake people’s lives, rattle them to the core of their beings and I dare say only the ones found with faith and hope in our Lord Jesus Christ will prevail. It’s time to walk by our faith and not by what we see, hear and trust in this world. We must be focused on the Lord and put our absolute trust in Him. In light of what’s coming, consider the following verses spoken by Jesus Himself:

“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” -Luke 21:25-26 (KJV)

And

“…for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.” -Rev 17:14b (KJV)

Please consider these things carefully and prayerfully. Faith is of tremendous importance in a believer’s walk with Almighty God. Are you living a life faithful to God and does your life reflect the Centurion’s type faith?

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-BPWatcher, Internet Preacher and Bible Prophecy Watchman

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Two Roads: Narrow and Wide – Which One Are You On?

Two Gates, Two Roads, Two Ways

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14- For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” -Matt 7:13-14 (ESV)

Did you ever try and walk down a 2×4 lengthwise and not fall off? Then did you try a wide board, say a 2×12 or a wide post, say a 6×6. So what happened? I bet it was harder to stay on the 2×4 than on the 2×12. I would assume that to stay balanced and able to walk down the 2×4 was difficult and perhaps you fell off a few times but yet tried to get back on. How about you who have tried to walk the 2×4 but kept hurting your ankle falling off and you just couldn’t stay on?

Friends, the above is an example of the scripture text for this message found in Matt 7:13-14. The two gates and the two ways or roads. Please read it again a little slower and let the message the Lord is giving us, in this very descriptive text, of what course our lives take in our walk with Him. You see we only have two choices for there is no middle of the road or there is no being neutral in spiritual matters. You are either with Him or against Him – “Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.” -Matt 12:30 (NLT)

WIDE WAY – The Easy Road

Listen to what Jesus said about the wide way – wide is the gate and easy or broad is the way that leads to destruction. Did you hear that? And then look what He says about who’s on that road – “many”! Many, folks, many choose to have an easy time of life, of serving Him but are missing the mark. They have fun and play with the things of God. Never admit they’re a sinner, never confess their sin or repent. Oh yeah, some go to church and make a good show or they go to ease their own conscience and punch the “I was there” scorecard. These would take walking on a 6×6 over the 2×4 any day despite that at the end of each of those two planks was a door that led them to eternal life – heaven for real believers and hell for the fake Christians.

In the case of the wide way the final destination is death – death in the physical and death in the spiritual with an eternal destination of hell. Examples of people that are on this path would be those that believe salvation is by works alone and/or follow the traditions of men rather than God’s word. They believe that “other’s” of/in the church can save them – mere men or mere women. They forget that the Bible says that all of us have sinned and fall short of the Glory of the Lord (Rom 3:23) – everyone: past, present and future no matter who you are. Examine also Rom 3:10. These, IMO, are just some of the ones on the broad, easy, wide road that according to Jesus will lead to destruction.

NARROW WAY – The Hard Road

Now read what the Lord says about the other choice, the other gate and way. The Lord is defining the exclusive nature of His kingdom by using the narrow road as a descriptor of its nature  and requirement of entrance. It’s narrow, and the way is hard but it’s the gate to life and friends, He says few find it.

Few!! Let that sink in for a few moments…

That means not many will be able to stay on this road. For one reason or another, some may get on but find following Jesus to be too hard (John 6:66), too difficult and would rather jump back on the easy street of the wide or broad way. This is a fact that many are taking today and apostasy is growing faster and faster. 

Following Jesus takes guts! Takes grit! Takes hard work. Takes courage and determination. Praying, fasting, reading the Bible daily, telling others the Good News of the Gospel. Counting the cost of discipleship is a daily tally – yours and mine. A daily cost to ones self; a daily sacrifice. To stay on the narrow way takes faith with true salvation. It requires a complete surrender and submission to Christ as Lord and Savior. No backing down. And it’s by grace alone. Nothing else and no one else. It’s 100% dedication, not 95 or 90 – all of you or nothing -Rom 6:13. You are all in or you are not in.

If you find yourself on the wide road (easy street) your final destination will not be fun or easy. Jesus explains several times what the result is and where it is for those that play Him, play Christianity, fake their faith. Search it out and read what He says about it.

In my opinion, Christian pastors today are hard at work widening the narrow road to make it more pleasing and easier to travel on when in fact it is not! Don’t let your pastor twist or spin this Gospel doctrine to make it sound easier or more palatable. Suggest to him to back off on the entertainment and teach the tough stuff of the Gospel. If he won’t … get out of there and find a Bible-teaching church, teaching the whole Bible.

Today is the day to let these words digest in in you and introspectively determine which road you are on. You and I have to do this every day for we can only be on one or the other. If you find yourself with one foot on the wide road and one foot on the narrow road then you are lukewarm and Jesus says He will vomit you out of His mouth – Rev 3:16.

So if you are on the wide road – get off it now! Get on the narrow road, go through the narrow gate of Jesus. And serve Him only, believe in Him only and follow His word (the Bible) only. All other methods are cheap, easy, and require little of any faith in the Lord.

So, bottom-line – which road are you on? Things are being shaken all over this planet now and IMO, it won’t be long before He comes to take His Bride, the church (the real born-again, Bible-believing, surrendered, committed, and faithful Christians and not the “pew rocks”) away in the rapture. You ready? 

“Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:” -Heb 12:25-26 (KJV)

-BPWatcher, Internet Preacher and Bible Prophecy Watchman

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Horrifying Pestilences Are Starting To Run Wild All Over The Globe

Editor’s Note: I decided to re-post Michael’s article below. Why? Because SO many people, especially here in the USA, are absolutely clueless, unprepared, disengaged, sleeping, care-less, and for all practical purposes uninterested in what is happening across their street let alone across the world, let alone the US. It’s horrendously sad!

And because of this many will be caught unawares, since they refused to see reality now, and because they failed to prepare and find themselves in a very difficult situation. Please, I urge all who read this to be informed, aware of your surroundings and prepared (yes, be a prepper!) for the inevitable – pestilences, wars, events in the sun, moon and star, mass starvation, societal breakdowns, supply chain woes, and the list goes on.

Read his article carefully and wake up to the realities happening and coming. Get ready today in your heart, mind, body, spirit, soul and preps!! Are you saved right now?

And this excerpt is from Got Questions.com?

“Pestilence is a deadly disaster, usually a disease, that affects an entire community. Pestilence is contagious, virulent, and devastating. For example, the Black Plague in Europe that killed over thirty percent of the population during the late Middle Ages was a pestilence. In the Bible, pestilence is usually a sign of God’s judgment on a nation or people group (Deuteronomy 32:24; 1 Chronicles 21:12; Ezekiel 7:14–15). The God who protects and blesses is also the God who sends disaster and pestilence when it accomplishes His righteous purposes on earth (Isaiah 45:7; Ezekiel 5:16–17; Amos 4:10). Pestilence is promised as part of God’s final judgment on the world in Revelation 18:8.” (SOURCE: www.gotquestions.org, my emphasis added)

The following article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse Blog.  (Used by permission). See his disclaimer below.

Horrifying Pestilences Are Starting To Run Wild All Over The Globe

By Michael Snyder, Dec 22, 2022

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How many millions have to die before people start to realize what is happening?  For years, I have been persistently warning that we would soon enter an era of great pestilences, and now it is here.  Sadly, what we have witnessed over the past few years is just the tip of the iceberg.  At this point we have been perfectly primed for future pandemics because vast numbers of people all over the planet are now running around with compromised immune systems.  That means that diseases will now be able to spread even more easily, and this is a trend that we have already started to see all throughout 2022.

Strep A is the latest illness to run wild in the western world.  The number of children being admitted to the hospital with Strep A is way above normal in the U.S., and this appears to particularly be true in the western half of the country

A deadly wave of Strep A infections in children looks set to take off in the US — weeks after the UK was hit by a spate of deaths.

At least two children have died in Colorado after suffering the normally-mild illness, and pediatric hospitals in five states — Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Washington and West Virginia — are reporting much higher levels of admissions than usual.

At the country’s largest pediatric hospital in Texas, doctors are already handling four times more Strep A patients than last year.

But this has not been a typical Strep A outbreak.

In fact, hospitals are reporting that children are coming in with very strange symptoms that are not usually associated with Strep A at all…

One of the largest children’s hospitals in Missouri is seeing an influx of children with bizarre Strep A symptoms – as the outbreak continues to spread in the US.

Children’s Mercy Kansas City Hospital has had seven children in recent weeks come in with symptoms like a ‘stuck’ eye, lumps behind the ear and trouble swallowing – which led to drooling.

Doctors were initially perplexed by the cases – but further testing found each child was suffering from Strep A. The normally-mild bacterial infection is causing a spate of hospitalizations across the US, UK and Europe.

So what is going on?

Is this a new form of Strep A that is more severe than we have ever seen before?

Right now there is so much that we do not know.

But what we do know is that Strep A is also spreading like wildfire in the UK and elsewhere.

This is an outbreak that we will want to keep a very close eye on, because it could end up killing a lot of kids.

Meanwhile, a “mystery disease” that causes “bleeding from the mouth and nose” has erupted in Afghanistan…

An unknown pathogen has infected more than 80 people and killed two children in the Afghan province of Zabul, Taliban authorities said. The disease causes intense fever and bleeding from the mouth and nose.

Taliban public health chief Abdul Hakim Hakimi said that clinics in the Shahjoy district of the province have seen a sharp increase in the numbers of people suffering from the “suspicious” disease in recent weeks, Afghanistan’s Hasht-e Subh Daily reported on Tuesday.

Hopefully this illness will be able to be contained in Afghanistan, because it sounds like it is really bad.

In China, health officials are dealing with a “thermonuclear” outbreak of COVID.  According to one projection, there will soon be 800 million Chinese cases

CHINA is facing a “thermonuclear” Covid outbreak says one expert, as hospitals and crematoriums start to overflow.

According to one estimate, Covid could spread rapidly until there are 800 million cases in 90 days after the Zero Covid policy of harsh lockdowns was ditched.

Video has emerged showing patients rammed into a hospital sleeping on floors and bodies stored in corridors, in a chilling echo of the when Covid first hit China.

If this is just one of the usual strains of COVID that is currently circulating around the globe, the number of cases should not get anywhere close to 800 million.

So precisely what is going on in China right now?

We are being warned that this new outbreak “could kill up to one million people”, and it is being reported that even now crematoriums are literally running out of space for all the dead bodies that are coming in

Crematoriums across China said Tuesday they were straining to deal with an influx of bodies, as the country battles a wave of Covid cases that authorities have admitted is impossible to track.

Hospitals are struggling and pharmacy shelves have been stripped bare in the wake of the Chinese government’s sudden decision last month to lift nearly three years of lockdowns, quarantines and mass testing.

In Chongqing – a city of 30 million where authorities this week urged people with ‘mild’ Covid symptoms to go to work – one crematorium told AFP they had run out of space to keep bodies.

I am going to be watching developments in China very carefully, because I am not entirely convinced that we are getting the whole story.

On top of everything else, we are being told that the bird flu has become a “worldwide problem” as it continues to spread rapidly across the globe.

Here in the United States, the total death toll has now reached 58 million

The highly contagious bird flu spread like wildfire across the US poultry stock this year, killing about 58 million birds – the deadliest outbreak in American history, according to US Agriculture Department data.

The bird flu is the main reason why turkey, chicken and eggs have become so absurdly expensive.

If you can believe it, the wholesale price of Midwest large eggs actually hit an all-time record high of $5.36 a dozen this month.

It wasn’t too long ago when I could buy a dozen eggs for 99 cents at the local grocery store.

Things are changing so rapidly now, and none of our lives are ever going to be the same again.

Earlier today, I was saddened to learn that life expectancy in the United States fell once again last year

The death rate for the U.S. population increased by 5%, cutting life expectancy at birth to 76.4 years in 2021 from 77 years in 2020. The CDC in August released preliminary estimates demonstrating a similar decline. Before the pandemic, in 2019, life expectancy at birth in the U.S. was 78.8 years. The decline in 2020 was the largest since World War II.

Unfortunately, life expectancy is going to go a lot lower than that as the death rate continues to rise.

Countless numbers of people will die as various plagues and pestilences sweep across our planet in the years ahead.

But most people still don’t understand that conditions have fundamentally changed, and so they continue to expect that life will eventually “return to normal”…

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-BPWatcher, Internet Preacher and Bible Prophecy Watchman

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