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Sunday March 30th 2014 - BE GRATEFUL


Memorise: And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God. Luke 17:15
It is not a big deal for God to perform miracles in the life of anybody. The problem that hinders the working of miracles lies with the children of men and is multifaceted in nature. It has to do with ignorance of what the Almighty is capable of doing and lack of faith among others. However, there is one problem that seems insignificant to many people but it a big hindrance to the manifestation of God’s power: it is ingratitude! Many times I have to compel people to clap in praise of the Almighty God when fantastic testimonies are being given during our meetings. The problem is evidence in the story of the ten lepers. Jesus in Luke 17:17b-18 asked in dismay:
“were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.”
Through all of the ten lepers were cleansed, only one was made perfectly whole why? The faith of the nine was lopsided! They had faith that Jesus Christ could heal them; that was why they cried to him for help in the first place. Unfortunately, their faith did not go beyond receiving their miracles, hence they discharged themselves permanently! Instead of coming to show gratitude to the One who healed them and get their healing certified by the infallible High Priest as required by the law of Moses (Leviticus 14:1-4), they went their own various ways. But to the one that returned to show gratitude, Jesus in Luke 17:19 said:
“Arise, go they way: they faith hath made thee whole.”
In other words Jesus perfected the leper’s healing and certified him permanently healed.
Showing gratitude is one secret to receiving perfect miracles. You should show gratitude to the one and only miracle Worker, Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God. Let us cultivate the habit of worshiping God for who He is, thanking Him for what He has done in the past, in anticipating of what He will continue to do. Never trivialise even the miracle of sleeping and waking. Like I often tell members of our church, when you see people who can’t use the toilet to ease themselves without the aid of medical gadgets, you will know how to praise and thank God. The good thing about being grateful to God is that you receive more blessings from the one from whom all blessings flow. One way of saying thank you to God for His providence is by paying your tithes according to Malachi 3:10. God bless you as you obey today in Jesus’ Name.
Action Point:
Count your blessings before God and appreciate Him for them.

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