9th October 2013


“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.’ … 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 8:8, 13 (NIV)

Our attitude affects every aspect of our character.  It affects the way we respond to situations, people and circumstances.  Our attitude, in fact, determines whether or not we are happy.  How is it that two people can go through the same difficult situation and one is happy while the other is depressed?  The answer is in the attitude of each one.  Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV) says that as you think in your heart so are you.

Anne Frank said, “I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.” The happy person has learnt how to focus on what is important in life.  He meditates on his relationship with a loving God and knows that God will work things out.  The unhappy individual becomes negative and struggles to gain control of his circumstances.  He is unsure of the love and concern that God has for him and endeavours to work on the situation himself. Also, he often beats himself up for failing.

There have been times when I have tried to be in total control of my own situation. One example was after giving birth to my daughter.  It was a difficult pregnancy and I was happy when it was over. But I became ill and had to remain in hospital being treated for an unknown illness two more weeks.  I asked God the reason why after everything I had been through that this had to happen now. I was deeply unhappy convinced that God couldn’t possibly love me after all that he had allowed to happen during a supposedly happy event.

My father-in-law visited and gave me a scripture to help me through this experience:  Psalm 40:1-3, which says that if we wait upon the Lord He will hear our cry.  As I read and then committed my situation to God, a sudden peace came over me and I knew that He had heard my cry, that I should not worry but wait in quiet confidence for him to do His great work.  I was sent home completely healed and secure in the knowledge that God watches over me and is in complete control over my life.

When we are stressed, unhappy or troubled let us remember the attitude of the Centurion who asked, “Lord… just say the word” and heal my servant. He came believing that Jesus had the power to heal, compassion to restore, and the desire to make whole.  This soldier did not doubt because by making his request he acknowledged the authority and supremacy that Jesus holds over everything.

We too must believe and know that God has that same authority over every aspect of our lives, including the outcome.  Like the faithful centurion, march straight to Jesus and ask him to take control.  We are instructed to go boldly to the throne of grace. Eventually we will see a change in our attitude as we realize that we are no longer the one who has to fight the battles because God fights and wins them for us.

Dear Father, help me to remember that  you care deeply for me no matter what is going on. Thank you for the gift of faith and the renewed mind. In Jesus name.

Study by Alberta Gibbs


David & Alberta GibbsAbout the Author:
Alberta Gibbs attends the Birmingham Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, where she assists her husband, David, an Elder in Birmingham.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
B23 7QB

Meeting time:
Saturday 2pm

Local Congregational Contact:
David Gibbs
Phone: 01213420609 (answer phone)
Mobile: 07974440580
Email:  david_gibbs@wcg.org.uk

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