First Words Are Important

In the natural world, you only get one chance to make a first impression, but with God . . .

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Matthew 8:5-6 – And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.

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In the natural world, we often find ourselves in places where the first words from our mouths are keenly important.  For instance, if you were to meet the President of the United States, you probably would not greet him by saying, “Hey pal, what’s happening?”  Such a greeting would not likely get you any desirable attention.  In the light of this conversation, we must realize that the Word of God reveals to us a prescribed manner in which we are to come to the Lord.

In the case of the centurion in our Text for Today, he initiated his approach to Jesus with a title of honor and personal recognition.  His first word was “Lord.”  He did not call Him Jesus, or carpenter.  He called Him Lord.  The centurion’s first word to Jesus recognized His authority, His position, and His ability.  “Lord” is a title signifying great authority.  It also represents someone who hold a title of high position.  And thirdly, it represents ability, for the Lord over anyone is ultimately responsible for that person as their source in life, having the ability to provide whatever is needed in one’s life.  One word, the first word from the centurion recognized all that, and more.  And it is important to note that Jesus honored that recognition, as He still does today.  The centurion’s word of approach was not mere a word spoken, but a word indicating his willingness to submit to whatever the Lord said.

To that end, I’ve a query for you.  How is your approach to Father?  For your edification, allow me to share a few thoughts with you.  I’m sure you’ll recognize the source.  Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.  By Him let us offer the sacrifice of praise continually, that is the fruit of our lips giving thanks unto His Name.  Come to Him in faith, for without faith it is impossible to please Him.  What things soever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them.  Whatsoever you shall ask the Father in His Name, He will give it to you.  If you ask anything in His Name, you shall have it.  Ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be made full.  Ask in faith, nothing wavering.  The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much  Yes, all these statements are Scripture.  It is the Word of God by which Father is upholding all things.  When you approach Father’s throne, make sure your first words, and in fact, all your words, come from this foundation of faith.  Selah!

Manna for Today – Matthew 8:5-13; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; 1 John 1:9; John 14:12-14; John 16:23