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“Just Say the Word”

“But the officer said, ‘Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed.’”

Matthew 8:8 NLT

When Jesus told a Roman officer He would come and heal his servant, the response was, “Just say the word!” That officer knew about power and authority. If his superior officer said, “Go!” he went. If he told an officer under him, “Come!” they came. So, the Roman knew Jesus’ authority had power—just say the word and my servant will be healed!

Why don’t we believe like the Roman? After all, Jesus showed us the power of His simple commands. When He rebuked the storm, it became calm. When He told demons, “Go!” they went. When He said, “Lazarus, come forth!” he came out of the grave.

One simple command from Jesus can change everything. It did for the Roman’s young servant who lay in bed paralyzed, in terrible pain. He was healed the very hour his master believed in Jesus’ simple command.

On August 8, 2010, I wrote in my journal how desperately helpless I felt in a “stuck” situation. However, I then read Jesus’ response to the Roman officer, “Go back home. Because you believed, it has happened.

Whether I’m paralyzed by fear or laid low by pain, miracles can happen when I simply believe—not in words, but in the power and authority of the One Who spoke the words!

Jesus, I believe in YOUR authority, just say the word!


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