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“Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said,

‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!’ So when He saw them, He said to them, ‘Go, show yourselves to the priests.’ And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, ‘Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?’”—Luke 17:11-17

There is a legend of a man who found the barn where Satan kept his seeds ready to be sown in human hearts. The man saw that the seeds of discouragement were more numerous than others, and learned that these seeds could be made to grow almost anywhere. When Satan was questioned he reluctantly admitted that there was one place in which he could never get them to thrive. “And where is that,” asked the man. Satan replied sadly, “In the heart of a grateful man.”

Now, many may forget to show appreciation for a favour done them, but one man did not. He was one of the ten that were cured of leprosy by the Lord Jesus. In every society, particularly among the Jews of Bible times, those who suffered from this chronic, infectious disease were considered as outcasts and were ostracised. In other words, they were neither allowed to touch anyone nor live among people.

It was on one of His many journeys that Jesus met the ten lepers at the outskirts of a village. For them it was an opportunity to be healed. Though they could not get close, there was something they could do: they could shout! So they shouted for help, and Jesus responded.

Today you may be hindered by a lack in any area of life, a feeling of inadequacy or a non-possession of the requisite qualification to achieve a desired goal in life. But always remember, like the ten lepers there is always something you can do to get around the barrier. And that you can discover only in the presence of the Lord Jesus. You can call to Him for help!

A thankful heart will thank God for anything and everything.

This season, the first way to say thank you to God is by recognizing and appreciating the precious gift of His Son Jesus Christ…

 

Now, Jesus gave the ten lepers a simple instruction: “Go and show yourselves to the priest.” This in itself was a test of their faith. They ought not to see the priest until they were sure of their healing. What that instruction implied was that they were healed already. Their physical healing however came on their way to the priest.

Elated, they doubled their steps to get the confirmation of their healing from the priest. But one of them said, “No, this confirmation can wait. Let me first say thank you to the one who has done this for me.”

Jesus commended his thoughtfulness in glowing terms. In addition, he received total restoration. What he got was exceedingly above what the other nine received. Now, is it not amazing that the much we seek so desperately comes only as we appreciate the little God has done for us? As someone put it, “He enjoys much who is thankful for little.”

In the words of Cicero, “Gratitude is not only the greatest virtue but the parent of the others.” A thankful heart will thank God for anything and everything. And that reminds me of the story of Charles Spurgeon who one day was robbed on the streets of London. When he arrived home he concluded his tale by saying: “Well, thank the Lord anyway.”

His wife countered, “Thank the Lord that somebody stole your money?”

“No, my dear,” answered her husband. Then he began to enumerate some reasons why he was thankful. “First, I am thankful the robbers just took my money and not my life. Secondly, I am thankful I had left most of our money at home and he did not really rob me of much. Thirdly, I am thankful to God that I was not the robber.”

In old Anglo-Saxon, to be ‘thankful’ meant to be ‘thinkful.’ So I want you to stop for a moment and reflect on the goodness of God. Are you adequately appreciative? Do not be like the nine who did not come back to give glory to God. But like the one who returned, you can fall flat on your face this moment and lift up your voice in thanksgiving.

If you are still wondering what you should be thankful for, let me remind you:
Numerous narrow escapes from accidents?
Illnesses that never developed or took your life?
God’s protection over your family?
Divine provision?
The gift of wonderful friends?
The privilege of access to His presence?

In fact, the list is endless. Thinking of your blessings will necessarily stir up a heart of gratitude. Remember, God acknowledges your gratitude to Him with greater blessings. He will astound you with more blessings as you say thank you today.

This season, the first way to say thank you to God is by recognising and appreciating the precious gift of His Son Jesus Christ who came to save you and me from the ravages of sin and death. Why not appropriate what He did on the cross by surrendering your heart to Him today? If you are ready, just pray this prayer:

Lord, I thank you for giving up Your Son Jesus Christ that I might have life. Today, I confess I am a sinner in need of a Saviour. I ask that You forgive my sins and fill me with Your Spirit. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Please share your testimony of outstanding breakthroughs with me. And if you need further counselling, you can contact me at The Fountain of Life Church, 12 Industrial Estate Road (By PZ Industries), Ilupeju Lagos. E-mail: pastortaiwo@tfolc.org Website: http://www.tfolc.org
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