David CerulloBy David CerulloApril 6, 20227 Minutes

One Word from God Changes Everything!

If you have some long-standing problems in your life, you probably think it would take God quite a while to turn things around—if He’s even willing to do so. However, there’s an important story in Matthew 8:5-13 that shows why you may need a whole new perspective.

When Jesus entered the town of Capernaum one day, He was approached by a man desperate for a miracle: “A centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, ‘Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented’” (vs. 5-6).

“The voice of the LORD is powerful.” -Psalm 29:4

This man was a Roman. He hadn’t grown up in the Jewish synagogues, so He didn’t have any background with Old Testament scriptures like Exodus 15:26, where the Lord promises to be our Healer if we listen to and obey His voice. And it’s very unlikely he had ever heard Psalm 107:20, where the psalmist says, “He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.”

Yet somehow this man recognized that Jesus held the key to his servant’s healing. And sure enough, the Lord told the centurion without a moment’s hesitation, “I will come and heal him” (v. 7)

Although most people would have rejoiced in Jesus’ willingness to come to the servant’s sickbed and heal him, the centurion came up with an even better plan: “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed” (v. 8).

The centurion recognized there was no need for Jesus to come and lay hands on his servant. Nor was any lengthy prayer time needed. He realized Jesus only needed to “speak a word,” and the miracle would come.

You see, the centurion understood that one word from the Lord can change everything.

Speaking with Authority

How did the centurion have such a profound insight into the nature of faith, when many of the religious people of Jesus’ day totally missed it? The next verses give us the answer:
For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, “Go,” and he goes; and to another, “Come,” and he comes; and to my servant, “Do this,” and he does it (v. 9).
You see, the centurion understood the principle of delegated authority. And Jesus “marveled” at the centurion’s insight on the true nature of faith.

When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! (v. 10).

Jesus told the centurion, “As you have believed, so let it be done for you.” Friend, I’m convinced He is making this same promise to you and me today, so let’s be sure we’re believing the truth of His Word, not the lies of the devil!

The centurion’s story has a beautiful ending: “And his servant was healed that same hour (v. 13). Jesus could have told the man that his servant was going to die or would only get better after a lengthy illness, but instead the breakthrough came SUDDENLY…

When the Lord spoke, everything changed in a moment’s time!

One word from Jesus changed everything for the centurion’s servant, and He can reverse your negative circumstances in the same way. When you invite Him to speak into your difficult situation today, you can be released from…

  • Poverty or debt
  • Sickness or depression
  • Loneliness or hopelessness
  • Addiction or family strife
  • And so much more!

Preparing for Your “Suddenly” Moment

One of the best ways to get ready for your breakthrough is to follow the example of Paul and Silas after they were beaten and thrown into a jail in Philippi (Acts 16:22-34). Instead of grumbling and complaining, they prayed and passionately worshiped the Lord. The Bible says it was a “midnight” hour for these heroes of the faith, but everything was about to change for them:

Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed (v. 26).

My friend, are there some doors you need God to open for you today? Are you being oppressed by chains of the enemy that you’re desperate to break? Then worship the Lord, believe His promises, and get ready for a “great earthquake”!

When Paul and Silas prayed…gave thanks…and sang God’s praises, the Lord suddenly responded with an earthquake that totally transformed their circumstances! What a fantastic picture of the overwhelming victory God will give you and me as we worship and obey Him today. He will unleash a tidal wave of blessings to reverse every negative situation.

This is such good news. No matter what kind of difficult situation you may be facing today, your miracle breakthrough may be a lot closer than you think.

I am blessed to receive many letters from Inspiration Partners who’ve been SET FREE from tormenting situations that had held them back from God’s best in their life. Some have been freed from some sickness or enemy stronghold. Others have miraculously received an open door in a relationship, career, or ministry.

You may have waited for a long time, but your breakthrough can come “suddenly,” just as it did for Paul and Silas. Even when it seems like your “midnight” hour has come, God will turn around your circumstances when you trust Him and give Him praise!

God bless you,

David Sig

David Cerullo