THEME: POWER OF THANKSGIVING
Luke 17:12-19 NKJV
“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? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.””
-Thanksgiving is an act of faith that makes us whole. The spirit of thanksgiving is scarce, and many people do remember to give thanks to God, whether through prayer, praise or offering. Nine among ten lepers did not come back to give thanks to Jesus when they got healed. Leprosy also known as Hansen’s disease (HD), is a long term infection that damages the nerves, respiratory tract, skin, eyes, and may lead to the loss of ones body parts. In this above narration, only one Gentile among nine Jews gave thanks, and his limbs which possibly were rotten because of his leprosy were restore, and he was made whole. Thanksgiving causes a restoration to take place in our lives. The Lord causes a restoration to take place in our lives when we give thanks to Him. God causes us to receive a double portion instead of shame, and rejoicing in our inheritance instead of disgrace, and everlasting joy forevermore (Isaiah 61:7).
It is good practice to give thanks for the little and much we receive from God and other people. It is imperative to give thanks to God because He deserves all the glory, praise, honor and power; for He created all things, and they have their being (Revelation 4:11). God deserves to be praise for Who He is and thank Him for His wonderful deeds (Psalm 9:1). God cannot praise Himself therefore He inhibits the presence of worshippers (Psalm 22:3). God’s presence makes all the difference in our lives and situations. The degree of our gratitude determines the magnitude of our journey. 1 Corinthians 10:10 says that, “And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel.” Complaining and grumbling is the recipe for failure. David praised his way after the heart of God. He praised God seven times, “Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws.” (Psalms 119:164), and prayed three times, “evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.” (Psalms 55:17). When we pray God answers, but when we give thanks God manifests Himself and enjoin in His divine presence. The force of thanksgiving most potent and gives us access to the heart of God and He gives us supernatural victory. King Jehoshaphat was invaded by troops from Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, and when they gave thanks to God, they obtained victory (2 Chronicles 20:20-24). Thanksgiving is a weapon of deliverance. When Paul and Silas prayed and gave thanks to God, there was an earthquake, their chains broke loose and the doors flew open, and they were set free (Acts 16:25-26). Thanksgiving is a secret to multiplication. When the disciples could not fathom how two fish and five bread could feed five thousand people, Jesus gave thanks and performed the miracle (John 6:6-13). Jesus also gave thanks and the dead Lazarus came to life (John 11:41-42). When we give thanks, whatever is dead in our lives comes to life in Jesus name. Thanksgiving should be done always, and it is the will of God in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18). We need to give thanks always and in all situations for we are not alive by chance, many have passed on before us. God has kept us alive by His mercy and grace and this reason enough to give thanks to Him.
We praise You Lord our God for only You deserve our praise. We sing to You a new song, and praise You in the assembly of saints. We rejoice in You God our Maker, for You Lord take pleasure in Your people, and beautify the humble with salvation. God You have blessed us and cannot thank You enough. We cannot count everything that You have done for us. We thank You for the gift of life and air that we breath. We thank You for providing for us, protecting us, healing our wounds, sustaining us, guiding our steps, giving us peace in our nation, making our plans succeed, and for the gift of salvation. We thank You for when we became faithless, You remained faithful. We count our blessings and name them one by one. We thank You Jehovah for making us whole through You Son, and when we were still sinner Christ died for us. May You cleanse us with Your precious blood and establish us in Your divine will. May You make a way of salvation for all those who do not know You among us dear Jesus. May You heal all those who sick, weak, depressed, stressed, anxious and settle them with Your peace that surpasses all understanding. Thank You Lord for enabling us to come this far and for the far that You are taking us. We count our blessings and name them one by one. We know that You are able to complete the work that You began in us, and it shall not tarry nor delay. We find joy, love and favor under Your care. Thank You for loving us and choosing us dear Jesus. May You bless us and keep us Lord. May Your face shine upon us and be gracious unto us. May You turn Your countenance towards us and give us peace. Come Holy Trinity one God, we welcome You into our hearts during this season and forever more. Amen
Further reading: Psalms 136, Isaiah 53:5
We shall resume next year God willing
Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year