Day 40 Luke 17:19

” Not By Knowledge, But by Faith”

“As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, their leprosy disappeared. One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God, I’m healed!” He fell face down on the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Does only this foreigner return to give glory to God?” And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has made you well.” (Luke 17:-19)
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“As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, their leprosy disappeared.” I thank God for listening to my cries. Through every situation, the Lord has delivered me. I know for many of us, the Lord has rescued us in our time of need. Promises and prayers go up and the blessings come down. “And as they went, their leprosy disappeared. One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God, I’m healed!” He fell face down on the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done.” One of the ten came back, but what happened to the other nine? Understanding that Jesus did not heal just one of ten or five of ten, he healed all ten of them, but only came back to give him sincere praise. “This man was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Does only this foreigner return to give glory to God?” Now, when Jesus spoke that only a foreigner came back to praise him, this in our day would be someone who has not received him as Lord as Savior! That the other nine were Jewish and understood the laws and promises of Abraham, but even with all the Word that was inside them, they did not return to give thanks to the Lord.
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“And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has made you well.” You know why Jesus loved the lost some much? Because it was not by sight or by hearing that they understood who he was, it was by Faith. See, believer in his time were the Jewish people; the ones who know of the promise of Abraham, but still they reject God’s own word. Even today, you will find Christians who are stiffed necked and believing that they are worthy of the blessing of the Lord because of works. There can never be a point where we feel we deserve the blessings that we received. Through it all we shall gave praise. We are all unworthy to receive any blessings in our life, but his Grace is sufficient. Through all situations, let us humble ourselves so that we not be so bold to receive the blessing of the Lord in vain.

Day 20 John:1-16

“The Last Hour!”

 

“For the Kingdom of Heaven is like the owner of an estate who went out early one morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay the normal daily wage and sent them out to work. “At nine o’clock in the morning he was passing through the marketplace and saw some people standing around doing nothing. So he hired them, telling them he would pay them whatever was right at the end of the day. At noon and again around three o’clock he did the same thing.  At five o’clock that evening he was in town again and saw some more people standing around. He asked them, `Why haven’t you been working today?” “They replied, `because no one hired us.” The owner of the estate told them, `Then go on out and join the others in my vineyard.’” That evening he told the foreman to call the workers in and pay them, beginning with the last workers first.  When those hired at five o’clock were paid, each received a full day’s wage. When those hired earlier came to get their pay, they assumed they would receive more. But they, too, were paid a day’s wage.  When they received their pay, they protested, `Those people worked only one hour, and yet you’ve paid them just as much as you paid us who worked all day in the scorching heat.” “He answered one of them, `Friend, I haven’t been unfair! Didn’t you agree to work all day for the usual wage? Take it and go. I wanted to pay this last worker the same as you. Is it against the law for me to do what I want with my money? Should you be angry because I am kind?’ “And so it is, that many who are first now will be last then; and those who are last now will be first then.” (John 20:1-16 NLT)

“And so it is, that many who are first now will be last then; and those who are last now will be first then.”  Today, as I look upon many people who are held at high esteem in our Christian society, I am in wonder of how God’s Word states that many who are called first, we be last to enter into his Kingdom. As I we read in the Word of the Lord, we read that Heavens rejoices when the Lost are found, even over those who are saved. In the Story of the Prodigal son, the Father through the feast the Son that returned home, as the Son who was Faithful felt like his Father was being unfair by throwing the feast for the Son who left. The Father celebrated the Lost Son who returned home over, just having a feast for his Faithful Son. So why does the Lord give such High Favor for those who are Lost? This has always been an issue even many today in the Church deal with. It is hard to understand why God would give favor to someone who has done nothing but be an enemy to Him, before Repenting and coming to the Lord. But as we read in John 20:13-14, “I wanted to pay this last worker the same as you. Is it against the law for me to do what I want with my money?”

I pray that we get a clearer understanding of what the Lord is trying to convey here. We all have read about Jesus’ Ministry. He has come to heal the Sick and not the Healthy. If I am a doctor, wouldn’t I sick to cure the patient of Cancer? And when I cured him, wouldn’t we rejoice that he no longer had the disease! In this same way, if God has blessed you with great health in your life, why should be upset with those who had were sick before being healed by him. As John reads,” Is it against the law for me to do what I want with my Money?” Salvation doesn’t come from any where else but from the Lord, he is the judge of who shall enter into his kingdom or not. We are all called to do God will at different times in our Life. Let us not be judges, but answer’s of God. When he calls upon your name in that Hour, answer him by saying, “I am here Lord!” For even those who are called in the eleventh hour and paid the same wages.