1 Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum.
2 And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die.
3 And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant.
4 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this:
5 For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.
6 Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof:
7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.
8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
9 When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
10 And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.
As a follow up to the study of last week on the hindrances to profiting from God’s word, we shall provide solutions to overcoming these hindrances using the scriptures as our guide. First, we must be convinced that the word of God is God and profitable. We must develop spiritual hunger for the word of God realizing that everything man craves for in this world is vain and destined to pass away. We should always ask for the grace to be attentive avoiding distractions whenever we hear the word of God. We must endeavour to please Him by mixing the word of God that we hear with faith.
- Believe that the word of God is God and profitable:
John 1:1 & 2 Timothy 3:16
2 Peter 1:20-21
1 Thessalonians 1:5
1 Thessalonians 2:13
- Develop spiritual hunger:
Psalm 42:1-2 & 7
- Avoid distractions whenever you are hearing the word of God:
1 Kings 18:21
- Mix it with faith:
1 Kings 17:13-16.
“For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard itHebrews 4:2
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