DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By PBS Ministries
Have you ever given a gift to a friend and he/she forgot or chose not to say ‘thank you’? What was your reaction towards that person? A gift is a precious and carefully thought-out present that you have bought or put together for a friend or a special person. Since it is a gift, you do not expect any payment or reward in return. But at least, you will expect a “Thank-you.” Many of us can testify to the fact that we have given gifts, but the receivers did not say thanks. And we wondered, how can people be so unappreciative? But as Christians, let us not hold any animosity against them. We did our part by giving out of love and with a pure heart. God sees the intent of our heart and He will bless us in return.
This brings me to the Scripture of Jesus healing the ten men with leprosy. We read in the Book of Luke Chapter 17, verses 11-19: “Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
Leprosy in the Bible days was a skin disease that was very infectious. The leper was considered utterly unclean—physically and spiritually and had to live alone away from the community. These ten lepers knew of Jesus’ healing power and by faith, they shouted out to Him from afar, to have pity on them. They activated their faith by going to show themselves to the priest as Jesus commanded of them. And as they were on their journey, they were all healed. Thanks be to God. It is important to note, that in everything, we should have an attitude of gratitude because God is taking note. While Jesus never said to them to return to say thanks, out of our own instinct and gratefulness, we should know that it is the correct thing to do. This foreigner was appreciative of the fact that he would be accepted back into society and that his sins were forgiven. So he returned, threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him. The thing is, if we value something or someone’s effort greatly towards us, we should show more appreciation for that person.
The Bible tells us that in everything, not in some things, we must always give thanks. We are to give thanks in the good times and in the bad times, for the Lord’s loving kindness and grace towards us are better than our life. His love is incomparable and immeasurable to anything in this world.
We read in Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” The Psalmist also tells us, “At midnight, I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.” We give thanks for things seen and unseen, we give thanks for seeing a new day, we give thanks for the air we breathe, we give thanks for God’s protection through the busy streets and highways daily, and we give thanks to God for who He is, for His holiness and because His name is great. We also give thanks for it is the will of God for us to do so.
Dearly beloved, inspite of and despite our circumstances, let us learn to give thanks always. Job went through the storm, the fire and the flood waters, and he purposed in his heart to praise and give God thanks. God blessed him by restoring him two-fold of all that he had lost. When Paul and Silas were in jail, they sang praises unto God and suddenly there was an earthquake and all the prison doors were open and the chains fell off the prisoners. Joseph went through a lot, he was placed in a pit and put in prison, yet still, he continued to give God thanks. He was delivered and God’s favor was on him. Have you ever noticed that we worry less when we praise more? Our mind can only do one thing at a time. So if we chose to praise, then there is no chance of worrying taking place. We interrupt the flow of thought that is stressing us out when we choose to sing praises or worship God.
I encourage us to cultivate an attitude of gratitude by giving thanks continuously even when there seems like there is nothing to give thanks for. Let us be like the one leper who returned to say thanks. Let us be like Paul, Job and Joseph and give thanks despite our trying times. As we give thanks, our breakthrough will be closer to us than we can ever think or imagine. The world’s famous poet and educator, Maya Angelou said, “Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” And as the Psalmist tells us, let us always enter His gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise God’s name always. Amen.