7 Key Points From the Story of the Centurion and Widow

 

Step #1: We need to take our burdens to God with humility.  There are some struggles we cannot overcome on our own no matter how hard we try.  The sooner we realize this fact, the quicker we will turn to God to help us.

Let’s look at the heart of the Centurion requesting help from Yeshua to heal his elderly servant who was dear to him, sick, near death and ready to to die–Luke 7:2.  A Roman army unit of 100 back in the time of Yeshua was led by a Roman officer known as a Centurion–“centurion” in Latin means 100. The Centurion’s officer’s humility and desperation really struck me.  When Jesus approached his house, he sent friends out to Jesus to say the following:

Luke 7:6-7 “…Lord, trouble not yourself: for I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof:  Where neither thought I myself worthy to come unto you: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.”

Luke 7:10 And they that were sent, returned to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.

He was so humble he didn’t even think he was worthy enough to come to God.  Well God wants us to cry out to Him so He can help us overcome sin and death that binds us.  He wants to free us from the penalty of sin and death that we deserve and that causes us to suffer.  When we like the Centurion exhibit sincere and heartfelt humility, faith and cry out for Yeshua to help us, we like the Centurion will see miracles too!  

 

Step #2: Faith in God is essential.

The Centurion’s faith amazed Yeshua because he didn’t need to see or touch Yeshua to believe.  He knew Yeshua’s power. Do you know Yeshua’s power?  Yeshua praised and marveled at the faith of the Centurion.  He said to the people around Him in Luke 7:9 the following:

I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no not in Israel.

God can speak life back into both dying and dead individuals!  What state are you in? The three states are the following:

1)Dying

2) Dead

3) Alive in Christ by the power of God’s Holy Spirit living in you

 

Step #3) God sees our tears and loves us.

God does not want to see us weep.  He is here for us to help us overcome our struggles.  Like any parent, God wants the best for His children.  Luke 7:12-13 states,

Now when he came near to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. 

And When the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said unto her, Weep not.

Then in Luke 7:14 Yeshua speaks life into her dead son.  [*A bier a movable frame on which a coffin or a corpse is placed before burial or cremation or on which it is carried to the grave.]

And he came and touched the bier*: and they that bare him stood still.  And he said, Young man, I say unto you, Arise.  And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak.  And he delivered him to his mother.

The truth is that God does not want to see us suffer.  Our bad choices caused us suffering.  He is waiting upon us to humble ourselves and cry out to Him.  He wants us to repent and say that we are sorry that we sinned against Him.  He is waiting for us to ask Him to break us free from sin and suffering and tell Him that we want to live a life free from sin with His help.  Then, He will intervene in our suffering and stop our weeping once we discover the true cost of sin. 

 

Step #4: God shows us compassion and sets us free from bondage to sin.

Yeshua saw the widow’s tears, struggles and showed compassion.  The widow represents us.  We are alone with our problem.  Only God can stop our weeping and suffering and bring life back to us.  

 

Step #5 Yeshua calls us to arise from our dead state.  

The widows son came back to life when Yeshua touched him and called him back to life.  God likewise calls us to emerge from darkness and enter back into life with Him.  We possess an opportunity to arise from our old life of death and sin and to walk in newness and righteousness.   Yeshua’s Holy Spirit gives us life and empowers us from within.  

 

Step #6: An Encounter With God. 

Yeshua heals blind eyes, deaf ears, lame legs, lepers and dead people.  He brings real life and real hope of eternal life to us.  We no longer need to walk in darkness, sin and death.  We can walk in newness of life with God.

Have You Had This Life Changing Encounter With Yeshua?

 

Step 7: God visits His People.  

We know God and God knows us.  We have a friend in God.  God’s name does not offend us; therefore, we become blessed.  We sought God out and discovered that He is with us.  When we follow the six steps to Yeshua, we discover the wonderful truth: God’s word is true and God is real.  He is who He says that He is; He can do what He says He can do.  We discover what the phrase means: the joy of the Lord. As a result, we can recognize Yeshua has stopped by to see us.  We can share this story of God’s visit with us and testify of God’s goodness.

Why Did God Give Me A Dream Of Heaven?

Two or three months after the death of a dear friend that pained me to my very bowels, God gave me a dream in which I found my self walking around in heaven.   This dream immediately comforted me in the midst my storm.  He allowed me to go through this crushing experience that altered my path in life.  He gave me a glimpse of where He intended to take me.

This dream appeared so vivid that I can never forget.  This is one of those rare dreams that sticks with you for a lifetime.

God knew what I needed.  The dream fulfilled those needs.   I know I am to continue to live obediently to His will.  He will guide my life into this kingdom.

I do not feel my words can adequately describe a spiritual world in my dream that physical beings can fully comprehend.  I will do my best.  For some basis of comparison, Beverely Hills or the richest place on the Earth will pale in comparison.  So Heaven juxtaposed to this Earth makes the richest place here on Earth appear like the most dangerous slum imaginable.

We left the kingdom to get lost here on Earth in a slum: the pig slop in the story of the prodigal son in the Bible.  Where we live is like living in a prison compared to Heaven.  Prisoners are always on guard protecting themselves here in our world when amongst themselves.  There is no need for this in Heaven–no one will harm you.  Evil and sin does not exist there.  Wisdom and knowledge flows throughout–you just know.  No one will break into your house–you just know.  You do not need to work and labor for food to eat and a home to live in to care for yourself like most of us here on Earth.  Whatever you think just magically happens.  Night does not exist so need to worry about stumbling in the dark or someone trying to rob you while walking alone in a strange and unknown place. The weather is perfect so no need to grab a coat or look for an air conditioner.  Love takes the place of worry and joy takes the place of pain.  We do not need to look to things to do to entertain us, the place is a wonderland full of excitement, beauty and things to explore.

Heaven reflects a true utopia that is beyond any earthly comprehension.  How is this possible?  It is just perfect–nothing decays.  Everything is full of life and energy.  A sense of love just seems to emanate throughout this place.  First imagine perfection on the earth or in heaven in which death, decay, fear, negativity, sin, iniquity and destruction does not exist. The opposite of all these things pervade the surroundings.  There is a sense of youthfulness in all living things.

Things shine with life, splendor,shimmering color and sing harmoniously their own special tunes.  So when you walk in nature, you can hear the leaves clapping, the birds singing and other unknown living thing joining the orchestra of nature to create a soft and delightful natural outside orchestra.  This  gives one a sense of exhilarating joy and love–music is in the air all around.  This magical and spiritual experience man or woman’s mind could not begin to completely comprehend.  This is Yahweh’s world that He created without sin!  A world overflowing with love and joy–the kingdom of God where sin is not allowed.  A jaw dropping wow is what I experienced innumerable times while walking in my spirit in heaven in my dream!

You literally must see and experience heaven to truly begin to recognize how awesome and loving the creator, architect, designer, mastermind and source of all that exist truly is. Earth is but a bad shadow of the real thing! Heaven essentially represents a kingdom filled with joy, peace, love, wonder, exquisite beauty and every imaginable good thing–a positive aura emanates throughout.  The art and creativity stood out.   It’s a holy, creative and powerful place of light beyond human comprehension.  I did not see a sun in the sky and night did not exist.  I saw streets of gold.  I did not see God, but what I saw in heaven words could never paint a true picture of this magical place.

Shock and awe best describes my experience in Heaven.  Wow, my jaws kept dropping lower and lower as I walked through nature and as I approached mansions jutting high into the sky!  Wow, I looked up to see a sea of glass with sea creatures swimming.   What I saw initially left me speechless and in utter awe!

If God appeared in my dream in heaven, I would predict I would drop to my knees,  bow and sing praises to His name at the sheer wonder and magic of heaven!  Amazing is an understatement!  Heaven is a place that is alive with vibrant colors, melodic and musical sounds within nature, tranquility and an almost tangible aura of love emanates throughout–fear, decay and everything negative is nonexistent.  Everything including colors appear fresh, brand new and alive.   Colors  appear  vibrantly alive and bring joy and exhilaration due to its sheer beauty and perfection!

Mansions and landscaped lawns beautifully project upwards into the sky with exquisite aesthetics.  Imagine stepping into your empty mansion for the first time  and seeing a delightful cream colored room.   You begin to think “I wish the room was yellow.”  Before you complete the thought, the entire room turns a radiant yellow.  In utter shock, your mouth drops once again in awe at the beauty and wonder of what God has in store for you.  You walk into another empty room and wish the room to be larger and immediately the room expands. You then begin to think this size is good, and the room immediately stops to the desired size.  Heaven is an unbelievably amazing place where your jaw just drops continuously and your eyes just bulge wide open whenever you turn your head to see all God’s amazing wonders.

The shock and awe affect gradually subsides a little as I became familiar with the wonders of heaven in my dream.  I saw beautiful peaceful animals  that exist in heaven, but not here on Earth.  I just remember feeling joyful, content, exhilarated, inquisitive and loved.  If we intend to make it into the heavenly kingdom to see the sea of glass shooting upwards into the sky with all the sea creatures living within it, we must stay in relationship with God.

We must seek first this kingdom of God.  Peter says in I Peter 1:14-16 “As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holinessGod said, “I am holy; you be holy.” [MSG]  We must shun sin like God hates sin.  We must change our lifestyles and live for God by asking God to change us so that we develop the Character of Yeshua (Jesus).  We must stop making excuses to allow sin to remain in our lives.  If we don’t listen now, we might discover when we get to heaven that God never knew us though we cast out demons in His name.

Furthermore, I could not make the changes in my life to permanently break the shackles of sin Satan used to control me.  I knew God would help me overcome sin, but I had to repent and turn away completely from my old sinful way of living.  God stepped in when I reached out to Him and begged Him to remove sin out of my life.  What He did for me, He will and wants to do for you.   I turned to the Creator who made and continues to help me make the necessary changes to live a life free from sin.

Let’s shift allegiance from Satan back to God by asking God to help break the chain of sin that hinders your growth with God.  I gave God complete control of my life and authority to remove this addiction to sin.  He crushed sin out of my heart like some people crush a roach.  He gave me a new heart with His commandments written on them.   I no longer serve sin with a stony heart.  I now live through Christ living in me.  God granted my request to help me eliminate sin out of my life.  I stand by my testimony that God is a faithful and loving God!   I am not the same person following this encounter with God.

In seeing heaven in a dream, I know what a gift God has in store for us.  A life of sin bound to Satan cannot compare to what God has to offer us who choose a sin free lifestyle.  I understand Paul’s word when he says the following: 1 Corinthians 2: 9 reminds us of the following: But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ears heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.