When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.
For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes.
I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.
I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.”But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.”(Matthew 8:5-13)
The reason why the children of God are not living a triumphant life daily is because they refuse to submit themselves to authority and the Lordship of their father, the Almighty. Some are like the prodigal son who sought premature freedom and independence from his father.
”The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.” (Luke 15: 12-13).
In the Bible Reading above (Matthew 8:5-13), we see a man who knew what it was to be under authority and the blessings that comes along with it. This man is the centurion, whose faith our Lord Jesus Christ described as great.
After Jesus had decided to go with him to heal his servant, this centurion did not deem it necessary for Jesus to go to his house, because he was a man under authority and he understood the attendant implications of this.
He knew Jesus was under authority and had great authority. He also believed that if Jesus exercised His authority over demons from where he was, they would obey Him. Hear what he said in Mathew 8:8b
“Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.”
It is interesting to note the contrast between the proud attitude of Naaman and the humble disposition of this centurion to spiritual authority. (2 Kings 5:11).
The holy spirit reveals the secret to spiritual authority in James 4:7 where he says,
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
This is where the problem lies with some children of God. First thing first; we must submit to the authority of God in his word before we can resist the devil and his attacks.
When we follow this order, the devil will definitely flee from us because we are operating under God’s authority in his word.
Regardless of who is speaking it, the word of God must be respected and given its rightful place in our lives.
You must submit to the authority of God’s word by being a doer of it if you will experience a performance of its purpose in your life.