TOPIC: The Samaritan Leper! His Gratitude Made the Difference
Basic Scriptures: Luke 17:12-19; 1 Thessalonians 5
MESSAGE: Beloved, one foundation we must lay for a better understanding of today’s devotional is to differentiate healing from wholeness. Now, healing means the stoppage of sickness-induced symptoms like pain, body degeneration, discomfort, inefficiency, lack or excesses in the body system. But wholeness is not just the stoppage of symptoms, like pain, body degeneration, discomfort, inefficiency, lack or excesses in the body system,but it means the complete removal of any sign, scar or indication that a person has suffered a particular sickness or disease.
Wholeness is simply becoming brand new, like a new born baby.It means EXTRA BLESSINGS YOU DID NOT EVEN ASK FOR! It means EXTRA BLESSINGS BEYOND JUST SICKNESS! This is what the Samaritan got, while the nine other lepers only got healing. But what could have made the Samaritan get wholeness, instead of the healing that the 9 other lepers got? The answer is gratitude. The Samaritan appreciated the healing he received from Jesus, so much so that he came back to say, “Thank You’”and this moved Jesus to make the pronouncement that He was made whole. The remaining 9 simply went their way when they were healed, according to Luke 17:12-19.
One very good way to move heaven to do more concerning the issues of your life is through gratitude. And that is why Zig Ziglar once penned: “Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.’’ But unfortunately, too many of us have become over familiar with God that we begin to take Him and His works and miracles for granted. This explains why it was only the Samaritan, a total stranger, that came back to say: “thank you.’’ The other nine must have been Jews.
Today’s 2nd Basic Scripture says: “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.’’ It doesn’t matter what you are going through or who you are, as long as you have breath in your nostrils, there is always something to be grateful for and that God expects gratitude for. Apart from fulfilling the will of God by being thankful, you are sure to move the hand of God concerning the issues of your life when you express gratitude to Him. So, be like the Samaritan leper, be grateful and God will do more for you. GRATITUDE MAKES YOU WHOLE!
1. Take any song of adoration as led.
2. In your own words, pray about today’s word as you are led now.
3. Oh God my Father! Even in my ingratitude, let Your mercy prevail over judgment, in Jesus name.
My Father and my God! No situation will or is permitted to take Your praise out of my life in Jesus name.
My praise shall cause God to move away every mountain on the path of my destiny, in Jesus name.
Our Daily Manna 23 June 2021 ODM Devotional Message. Bishop Dr. Chris Kwakpovwe (author of ODM) is a dynamic man of God with strong prophetic, healing, preaching and teaching ministries. Since he met the Lord and got born again on February 3rd 1976, as a student at the prestigious government college Ughelli, Delta State of Nigeria, he has been preaching the word in Creeks, Villages and Cities with signs following.