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RETURNING TO GIVE GOD GLORY
Luke 17 :17 “Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine—where are they? 18 Was no one found who returned to give glory to God, except this foreigner?”
Recently, as I meditated on the Lord and was just praising Him, He brought my mind back to this portion of scripture. A simple story of Jesus healing the 10 lepers and only 1 man came back to thank Him and give Him the glory.
Makes your heart sad doesn't it, to see how people can receive such a blessed touch of God; relieving them of horrific pain, and even death and be ungrateful. It's that 'heart' who God is richly blessed that see's WHO and WHERE their blessings come from!
"Leprosy is a terrible condition where a person’s skin begins to rot and fall off. Many lepers lose all of their fingers and toes because of the disease. It is very painful and smelly. You could tell if a person had leprosy because their body would be covered with sores. People with these sores are commonly referred to as lepers." [From: bible.org] This still exist in many countries in the world.
Sin still exist too today; the result of sin is separation from God. Sin leads to depravation and destruction. Jesus shed His Blood to save all man, woman and child from sin and death. PtL for an open door to HOPE and LIFE! Yet, many just simply don't care. God breathed life into each of us, where is the thanks and appreciation He deserves? Human nature see's only within the realm of 'SELF' and selfish needs and desires. To stop and see LOVE that was defined by self sacrifice is frightening! To give homage to this may mean I have to stop thinking about 'ME'.
May I say; LIFE BEGINS WHEN WE ACKNOWLEDGE JESUS and then PRAISE HIM FOR ALL HE IS AND DOES!
Another observation the Lord revealed to me was so many don't want TO SEE AND ACKNOWLEDGE HIS MIRACULOUS TOUCH! For example; when someone almost runs into you with their car as your driving. Instead of seeing God's protecting Hand, the response usually is; it's good driving. When we find a job, instead of giving God the praise we chop it up with all our hard work looking for one.
We start feeling better, we just say; "Well, all in due time we have recovered." We lean more to flesh for what is truly a gift from God.
Look at this story and understand it was the Samaritan that came running back to Jesus. Jews had nothing to do with Samaritans; so much they wouldn't even touch one another. The other nine that were healed were Jews. For Jews to be declared 'unclean' in leprosy, as well as 'clean' it all had to be done by the Priests which was a long, long ceremonial process. This was not so for the Samaritan. He didn't have to be 'unlearned' from the ceremonial/religious ways. He just fell down and worshipped Jesus!
I like what one of my favorite preachers (David Wilkerson) shared; "Of the many multitudes He has cleansed and made whole, only a remnant are drawn back to Him! So where are all the others? I'll tell you where - they are in the same place the nine healed lepers ended up: lost in the church! 90 percent of those who are touched by Jesus end up going back to some dead, dry church. They never get into Jesus - because they get lost in religion! "
'The other nine went back to the priest, to church, society, respect and the good life.' Do we see this today? God blesses in various ways; by answered prayers no matter how big or small, then what?
The question is; 'Who do we want to be?' Self-centered, religious, or like that crazy...passionate happy Samaritan; and FALL DOWN AT JESUS FEET? So many are embarrassed to raise their hands in worship at church, shout an 'amen' or praise the Lord. People turn red when they are hangin out with me and I am in a public place smiling, laughing and sharing God's Love with even strangers.
God has done so much for me; Jesus died for me...He still puts up with my messed up life and LOVES ME. I have seen, and received many blessings AND miracles; YES, I am going to praise Him in the most passionate way, as He receives the Glory.
So, you can pay your bills because ya work hard every week. Praise Him...tell all how much He has blessed you in this way.
You are able to be athletic and exercise cause you work out daily. Thank Him for the breath in your lungs and the body to move.
You have a wonderful marriage that wasn't always that way; PRAISE HIM! Tell others because of Jesus our marriage is amazing.
MY CHALLENGE THIS THANKSGIVING SEASON ...WHICH IS ALL THE TIME:
RETURN TO GIVE GOD GLORY!
"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, and his loyal love endures! 2 Let those delivered by the Lord speak out, those whom he delivered from the power of the enemy,"