Ten lepers met Jesus. They called out, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” “Go, show yourselves to the priests,” Jesus responds. All ten were healed but, One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him. — Luke 17:15-16 “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?” Jesus asked. “Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” I wonder how thankful the other nine were. Jesus welcomed and praised this man as someone who truly knew how to praise God, even though the man was a Samaritan. We have received so much from the Lord, is our heart overflowing with thanksgiving and gratitude, or are we taking His blessings, His healing, His provision for granted? Let gratitude take root in our heart and life as we praise Jesus for all He has done for us!
Jesus is your Good Shepherd, and you are not just a number to Him. In fact, He knows everything about you. He knows when you were born and how you were raised. He knows who’s hurt you. He knows every scar; He knows every pain; He knows every rejection you experienced as you were growing up. He knows where you’re strong mentally and spiritually, and He knows where you’re weak He knows when you’re in trouble and when your emotions and your nerves are raw. And He cares about you. If you need a word from the Lord in this time of your life, you need to come close to Him and listen. Perhaps He has something special to tell you. Read His word and spend time in His presence. He said “My sheep hear My voice.” John 10:27
But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth.” (John 16:13)Who better to teach us about God’s Word than the person who wrote the book?Many a times I read the Bible, and I get stuck. What is God trying to say? I can’t get it. Then I ask the Holy Spirit to open my eyes to the truth of His word, and He faithfully does. What our finite mind cannot comprehend, the Spirit of God brings to surface the truth , the treasures hidden in His word. He reveals God’s heart, God’s love, His plan and purpose and above all His salvation to us.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you…” (Isaiah 43:2 ) God doesn’t say if you pass through the waters, but when you do. It’s inevitable. So what do we do? Live our lives cringing in fear? No! You must never fear.God wants us to remember two things: Firstly , when we’re going through trial, we are not alone. God is with us. We may not see Him or feel Him, but He’s there! Secondly, when we go through the rivers, they will not sweep over us. The battle may be fierce, but we will not be swept away. Jesus will be with you. He has promised that however strong the current, He will not let you drown!
In the midst of the Covid crisis, have you ever wondered how many people feel lonely and isolated? How many people struggle to connect because no one is willing to take time to understand them? The pain of physical isolation can be excruciating. Christ experienced this on the cross. Hear the agony of Christ: “My God, my God! Why have you forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46) For those who have no one to talk to, no one to help, God is saying to you, never will I leave you and never will I forsake you. I love you with an everlasting love, you are Mine, I will strengthen you and I will help you. I am with you, even to the end of ages, I will give you peace that the world cannot give.Trust Me.” Reach out to the living God through Jesus Christ His Son. For those who have family, call someone who would be lonely, pray with them over the phone, make sure they are well, if they lack supplies help them if you can.
We sometimes think that certain people deserve judgment and mustn’t “get away” with the wrongs they have committed, let’s stop and ponder, “Is that how God has treated me?” If He reacted to our sins against Him as we often react to the sins of those who offend us, where would we be today? The truth is, we have all been mercifully forgiven countless times in ways that no one but God knows… Rather than remembering the wrongs committed against us, we would be far better off remembering this promise of Jesus: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” (Matthew 5:7).
We have never faced something like this in our life-time, no matter how old we are, have we? All of us face the unknown. When the Israelites came out of Egypt they too faced the unknown. Moses had died and Joshua had to lead the people into the Promised Land. They knew that the Land was full of giants. They were terrified, but God directed them to follow the ark of the covenant which signified the presence of the LORD. As shocking as the news reports are, this didn’t take God by surprise. He knew it was coming, and He will help us through this. Let’s not give in to fear. Let’s boldly enter the throne of grace to receive mercy and grace to help us in our time of need. What made Joshua strong and courageous? It was God’s promise: “The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) That same promise is ours today.
King Ben-hadad of Syria had laid siege to Samaria, Israel’s capital. The siege was protracted, with Samaria surrounded supplies were cut off. Conditions became indescribably horrible. There was a severe famine.. Four lepers were loitering in front of the city gates, forced to live as outcasts. They said, “Why should we stay here until we die? Let’s go to the enemy camp. If they spare us, we’ll live. If they kill us, we’ll die.” They entered the camp. To their amazement the enemies had fled leaving everything as it was. The lepers ate and drank and carried away silver, gold and clothes. But then they said, “What we’re doing isn’t right. This is a day of good news. And we’re keeping it to ourselves. Let’s go at once and report this to the royal palace.” The news soon spread through the city of Samaria, and in a few hours all the city was at the gate. When the food was brought in from the camp, there was abundance for all the people. During these difficult times, like the lepers, share good news of the gospel with those around you and share what you have with those who have nothing.
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again, but you received the Spirit of sonship, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15 Have you been fearful of what is happening around you? Fear is one of satan’s tools to send us running from our purposed lives, goals, and dreams. If the enemy can convince us to fear the journey ahead (fear of the unknown), we will invariably start doubting God’s promises and will not be able to move forward in the path God has set for us. Instead, we will become locked up in a lonely prison of fear.You are a child of God and no longer a slave to fear. You have been released from the prison of fear and freed to trust Jesus. Fear wants you back in bondage, but God’s love sets you free. Cry Abba Father, and fear not!
In the Old Testament, God said, “I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (Jeremiah 31:34). And to emphasize its importance under the new covenant, He repeats the same verse in the book of Hebrews. You’re not being holy and humble by doing penance or by continuing to remember what God has forgotten! God’s Word says, “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). But when we want to bring again before the Lord that fault that has already been confessed, God says to us, “What are you talking about? There’s no record of that here in heaven. No, you confessed that. I see you through the blood of Jesus. I see you perfect through My Son.” That’s the gospel message! Let’s rejoice in that truth today!