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OPEN HEAVEN DEVOTIONAL 2017

Saturday January 28, 2017

TOPIC: BE THANKFUL

Memorise
: Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with
praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. – Psalm 100:4

Read: Luke 17:11-19

17:11 And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.

17:12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:

17:13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

17:14
And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the
priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.

17:15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,

17:16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

17:17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?

17:18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.

17:19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.


MESSAGE :

One
great expectation of the Almighty God is that man, whom He created in
His image and likeness, will appreciate His benevolent deeds to them. It
is unfortunate, however, that from generation to generation man has
been ungrateful. This is even more pronounced in these last days (Romans
1:21, 2nd Timothy 3:2).

From today’s reading, we can see how
expectant our Heavenly Father is for us to express appreciation whenever
He does us good. Our Lord Jesus Christ, who came to show us the
character of the Father, revealed this expectation to us through His
reaction when only one leper returned to say “Glory to God in the
highest”, even though ten were healed.

“And Jesus answering said,
Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? There are not
found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.” Luke
17:17-18

When we fail to appreciate God for who He is and for
what He continuously does for us, we rob Him of His rightful glory and
honour. Indeed, ingratitude is an act of robbery against God. It is also
dangerous, because your joy cannot be full if you are unthankful. Of
the ten lepers that were healed, the only one we can consider to have
received the fullness of joy is the one who returned to give glory to
God, because Jesus crowned his healing with wholeness.

There is
another dimension to being grateful to God, which has to do with our
appreciation of what He did for us when He gave His only begotten Son as
atonement for our sins. The only way to show our gratitude for this
gift is to accept His offer of salvation, which is free for us but which
cost the life of the immaculate Son of God. We must embrace this offer
with every sense of gratitude because there are consequences for
rejecting it. Hebrews 2:3 says,

“How shall we escape, if we
neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the
Lord, and was confirmed into us by them that heard him;”

Beloved,
the most profound gratitude we can show God, for all the things He has
done for us, is to accept the Lordship of Jesus Christ and to live by
the ideals He brought from His Father. God bless you as you do so
today.

PRAYER POINT :
Father, I thank you for the salvation
of my soul through Christ, my Lord. Help me to live by His teachings to
the glory of your Holy Name.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR :
Luke 7;
Isaiah 24:21-25:12

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