MADE WHOLE

MADE WHOLE
Luke 17:18 “There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.”

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

The statement of Jesus shows us that the ten lepers were all healed but were not “made whole”; that’s very interesting. Even though the healing took place, they were not yet restored back to the original body condition.

Leprosy is a tropical disease mainly affecting the skin and nerves that can cause tissue change and, in severe cases, loss of sensation and disfigurement. Many leprous people lose their fingers, toes and sometimes other parts of the body depending on the severity.

These ten lepers had varying types of disfigurement as a result of years of leprosy but when they followed the instruction of Jesus, they were healed.

Many people that suffered from leprosy who later got healed couldn’t do what normal people do. Many have lost the usage of several parts of their body and even though they were healed they needed support of others to live a normal life. Some needed men to bath them, feed them and do other chores.

Many healed lepers also suffer from stigmatization due to the side effects of the disease. These were the challenges those guys confronted after they were healed.

However, the one leper that went back to give thanks got something special in addition; he was made whole!

The word “whole” as used here means complete, unbroken, not damaged, unimpaired, not wounded, not impaired, or incapacitated.

This simply means that, every trace of leprosy was eliminated from his body. He was restored back to normalcy in all ramification. Missing body parts (if any) were restored. He also regained the full use of every part of his body. When you see him, it was as if he had never had leprosy.

Friend, every time you approach God in praise and worship, He always add something to you. You can never thank God and remain the same. Know that there is always more where whatever God gave to you came from.

Don’t short change yourself, let God make you whole. There is always a “space” in the life of man that only thanksgiving can fill!

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ACCOUNTABILITY-2

ACCOUNTABILITY-2
Luke 17:17 “And Jesus answering said Were there not ten cleansed but where are the nine?”

…From yesterday…

Beloved, the Holy Spirit once told me that; “The reason the Book of Numbers was kept in the Bible is because He keeps records!”

If you think God is not interested in what you’re doing, you’re a joker and only deceiving yourself. God loves details and pays attention to it.

Another thing accountability helps us to do is planning. God plans and employs us to do same. We must be able to give a vivid account of whatever is committed into our hands.

Friend, you cannot afford to live your life on your own terms. If heaven keeps records, you should too. You must be accountable for your life, destiny; miracles received and even finances. A man that lacks accountability is an unfaithful man.

Faithfulness is accountability and responsibility combined.

1 Corinthians 4:2 “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.”

We are all stewards and as such required to be faithful. This is what God said about a faithful steward:

Matthew 25:21 “His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”

God rewards faithfulness with fruitfulness. When you are accountable to God, he gets committed to your course. On that faithful day, Jesus asked them, “…Were there not ten cleansed but where are the nine?” (Luke 17:17).

Friend, in the same vein he is asking us today; Have you not been sleeping and waking up over the past ten days, why is it that you only remembered to thank him once! On the financial miracle he gave you, where is your tithe?

Has God not been faithful to you in every area of life? Where is his praise and thanksgiving? Of the friends he has given you, where are the ones you’ve preached to?

Hear me: God knows what he has done for you, you cannot fool him. Heaven keeps record and will hold you accountable!

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ACCOUNTABILITY-1

ACCOUNTABILITY-1
Luke 17:17 “And Jesus answering said Were there not ten cleansed but where are the nine?”

Jesus paid attention to details. He was aware of every miracle that took place. He was accountable to the Father. The principle of accountability has to do with faithfulness.

It will interest you to know that another word for accountability is responsibility! This talks about the ability to explain and be answerable or liable for whatever is committed into ones hand.

When this particular leper returned, the first thing Jesus asked was, were are the remaining nine. He knew the details of what left the banks of heaven the moment their healing took place.

Beloved, heaven keeps record, they know the details of the miracles you have enjoyed which you refuse to acknowledge. The number of tithes and offering you didn’t pay. The principle of accountability is one that is very paramount before the Father.

Jesus showed us throughout his earthly ministry this principle. Hear this:

John 6:12 “When they were filled he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain that nothing be lost”

John 6:13 “Therefore they gathered them together and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten”

John 17:12 “While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept and none of them is lost but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled”

Can you beat that? Jesus after feeding the five thousand men excluding women and children asked them to gather up the fragments so that nothing will be wasted. Is it that the One who used five loaves and two fishes to feed the multitude cannot reenact the miracle?

Of course he can, but the truth is that he was teaching us accountability, responsibility and wastage prevention.

He also went ahead to show us in John 17:12 that everyone the Lord gave to him in ministry were all saved and none was lost except the son of perdition.

To be continued…

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WORSHIP AND PRAISE

WORSHIP AND PRAISE
Luke 17:15 “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed turned back and with a loud voice glorified God,”

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

There are two things that always trigger heaven to act on behalf of a man, they are worship and praise. Another word for these two are glorifying God and giving him thanks.

This one leper use these combo for Jesus. Glory or worship and praise or thanksgiving are forces that always provokes heaven to action on behalf of man. However, what do they mean?

Giving God glory or worshiping Him is a sign of honour and adoration. When glorifying God, all you’re doing is telling Him who He is and letting the whole world know. This is just talking about and showing forth His might and power.

When you adore God, you’re declaring His awesomeness, capacity and capability. This comes from a deep knowledge of God’s attributes. That is why you hear David say things like:

Psalms 24:8 “Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.”

Those are expressions of worship or giving God glory. You do this not because of what God has done but because of WHO HE IS!

Praise and thanksgiving on the other hand is thanking God specifically for what He has done. In order words, “Saying THANK YOU to GOD”. This is a full expression of gratitude. One of the most powerful words in the world both to God and man are these two words, “Thank you”.

The world is full of ingrates. People who think they deserve whatever God or man does for them. These are people who takes things for granted. They are ungrateful folks who behaved like the other nine lepers.

Those other nine lepers equally got healed, they knew it and felt it. Assuming they went to show themselves to the priest why didn’t they come back to the one that sent them? Very simple “ingratitude”.

Why not pray that: Lord, I receive a grateful heart in Jesus name.

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LOUD PRAISE

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

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

When this “one leper” saw that he was healed, he didn’t just return to Jesus, he returned with a loud voice glorifying God. Not only that, he fell on his face at his feet. This guy was genuinely shouting and glorifying God.

I noticed something very funny in our days, we use the word “the Lord has done it” carelessly. When we say “thank God”, we just say it as a general statement not one of intent. When we have a miracle and tell our friends that it is God that did it, they still go ahead to add, “We know it is God but can you really tell me what you did?”

That shows they didn’t believe it but most times I don’t really blame folks that talks like that, it is not just their fault, it is the way we communicated our thanks!

Friend, if you are truly grateful, there is a way you shout it that even the devil and hell knows you mean it. This particular leper wasn’t just happy, he was truly grateful beyond words. The Bible even says he prostrated! This is the exact picture of a grateful man.

In case you don’t know, shout is a potent part of praise and thanksgiving. You cannot contain a man that is truly grateful. Have you ever had an experience that blew you away such that you celebrated without caution? That is an expression heaven want to see from time to time!

Hear this:

Psalms 47:1 “O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.”

Ps 47:5 “God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.”

Friend, even God shouts, so we cannot afford to be quiet. The winning side is always the shouting side. When you’re quiet in victory, it simply shows you’re an ungrateful fellow.

Spontaneous praise should always ooze out of our lives. You must never allow the enemy keep you quiet.

Friend, SHOUT to the LORD!

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HE TURNED BACK

HE TURNED BACK
Luke 17:15 “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed turned back and with a loud voice glorified God,”

This one leper that turned back is just so unique. He has a beautiful spirit. He knows how to stay connected to the source!

Immediately he realized he was healed, he didn’t continue on the trip to the priest to observe religious rights, he simply returned to the healer! He must have reasoned that the one who sent him was of more value than the one he was going to meet.

Luke 17:14 “…Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass that, as they went, they were cleansed”

Earlier on, the ten of them were asked to go show themselves to the priests, but he suddenly realized that the one who sent them was not just a priest but the High Priest!

The problem many people have in life is that they have very short memories. They easily forget their source and never return. It must have occurred to this leper that he was already connected to the source of life, power, breakthrough and miracles, why look for alternatives!

Although the Bible didn’t tell us what happened to the other nine but I presume they simply went to the priests, got their healings confirmed and returned to their homes and regular lives. Unfortunately, they got detached from the Source!

Friend, there is more where that one came from. God is inexhaustible, he never finishes, what he did for you is just a tip of the iceberg. Hear what Paul said:

Ephesians 3:20 “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that worketh in us,”

What you are asking God to do is infinitesimal compared to what he can do! Don’t be so engrossed with a microscopic miracle that giant ones evade you.

A popular adage says, “Any river that forgets its source will run dry”. You must endeavor to stay connected to your Source. God is the source of all things and nothing must replace HIM in our lives.

It will take the source of your miracle to retain it, always return!

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ONE OF THEM-3

ONE OF THEM-3
Luke 17:15 “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed turned back and with a loud voice glorified God,”

…From yesterday…

That one leper left the midst of his friends and heaven noticed him!

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

He became the “one out of ten”! You must build yourself to such a level that you’re so outstanding that heaven becomes proud of you. Hear this:

Job 1:8 “And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?”

Here, God was boasting about the uniqueness of Job to the devil! When your name come up in heaven what do they say?

Heaven takes note of the outstanding ones and always move to assist them! There is a uniqueness about you that the whole world is waiting for, when you find it, the universe stands at attention for you!

Hear what was said about Daniel once again:

Daniel 6:3 “Daniel soon showed that he could do better work than the other supervisors or the governors. Because he was so outstanding, the king considered putting him in charge of the whole empire.” (GNB)

Daniel 6:3 “Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.”

The Bible says, “…an excellent spirit was in him…” Excellence is the ability to do a common thing in an uncommon way. Excellence talks about becoming outstandingly good!

There were ten lepers when the story began, but by the time it ended there was the outstanding one. Heaven noted him as the one who came back to give thanks. His heart of gratitude was his uniqueness.

When men think about you, what do they remember? What quality sets you apart from the crowd? What do you do excellently well? In what area of life do you outclass your competition?

May you become the positively standout one from today in Jesus name.

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ONE OF THEM-2

ONE OF THEM-2
Luke 17:15 “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed turned back and with a loud voice glorified God,”

…From yesterday…

There are positions at the top but do you qualify for them? You must decide where you want to be and begin to develop your capacity. Hear this:

Daniel 1:20 “And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.”

Daniel and his friends were in the midst of hundreds of others but they were ten times better than all their contemporaries. They were head and shoulders above the crowd. They were highly distinguished.

The Holy Spirit once told me that if they were ten times better than their contemporaries, it simply means they put in ten times more effort than their folks. If their mates read one book, they read ten! If their mates prayed and fasted for one day, they did for ten days.

Results always gives an idea of the efforts. A farmer that cultivated one hectare of land and the one that cultivated ten hectares will definitely not have the same yield. What efforts are you putting in today in order to get ten times the result of your colleagues tomorrow?

Life rewards, and seed determines harvest! Work on your mind, your character and polish your skills in order to become the standout one tomorrow.

One good way of measuring your standout capacity in a place is what happens in your absence. When you’re not in a place do people miss you?

The level to which your absence is felt determines the level of your uniqueness, relevance and importance. If you leave a place and nobody seems to care, you didn’t make any impact. Your relevance is determined in your absence.

That one leper left the midst of his friends and heaven noticed him! He became the “one out of ten”! You must build yourself to such a level that you’re so outstanding that heaven becomes proud of you. Hear this:

To be continued…

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ONE OF THEM-1

ONE OF THEM-1
Luke 17:15 “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed turned back and with a loud voice glorified God,”

There were ten lepers who came to the Lord asking for mercy. The ten of them received the same instructions and obeyed. The ten of them were suffering from the same condition. They ate together, stayed together and approached Jesus together.

They all looked similar but along the line, one stood out. Friend, I want you to become like that one leper who has the ability to stand out.

At your place of work, in your family, community and school you must make up your mind to be the stand out guy. It doesn’t matter the number of people gathered, you need to find your uniqueness and demonstrate it.

Life will only reward and remember the one who stood out. There were ten lepers but today we keep reading about the one who stood out. No one seems to bother about the remaining nine.

You must make up your mind that you won’t just be part of the number anywhere you are found, but you will count! The world seems to always find a way to celebrate the standout ones. History never forgets them.

What will distinguish you at work, business and career is your uniqueness. You must find it, master it and use it to benefit humanity. Several hundred Jewish boys were captured and taken as slaves to Babylon, but Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stood out. Among the four of them, Daniel was equally exceptional.

Daniel 6:3 “Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.”

There is always the preferred one among the lot, and my counsel to you today is to become that “one”. Even though Daniel was already among the presidents and princes, the king started thinking of creating another position for him.

There are positions at the top but do you qualify for them? You must decide where you want to be and begin to develop your capacity. Hear this:

To be continued…

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MIRACLE IN MOTION

MIRACLE IN MOTION
Luke 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”

Just as we saw yesterday, these lepers ignored their feelings, reasoning, what people will say and set out for the trip to the priests’ place. The Bibles says, “… AS THEY WENT, they were CLEANSED”!

The miracle didn’t happen to a bunch of stagnant lepers, it happened to them when they became dynamic. Their movement triggered the supernatural. Motion played a great role in the cleansing of these lepers.

Hear me; miracle is obedience in motion. To every miracle there is an action of faith. Stagnant water stinks. Until you set about doing something in the direction of your faith, your obedience will not be complete. God marks faith by action. Hear this:

Mark 2:3 “And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.”

Mark 2:4 “And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was and when they had broken it up they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay”

Mark 2:5 “When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.”

A significant part of faith is motion or action. These guys didn’t sit down at home, they brought their sick friend to Jesus and uncovered the roof of the house where he was. The Bible then said, “When Jesus saw their faith…”

What did Jesus see? Jesus saw their action, the motion in their obedience was tagged faith and it healed their friend.

Beloved, could it be that your stagnancy has been the bane of your miracles? Heaven cannot release your blessings if they cannot see your motion.

The Red Sea didn’t part until the children of Israel moved towards it. Hear this:

Exodus 14:15 “And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they GO FORWARD” (Emphasis mine)

Obedience is measured in motion. Until you move nothing moves!

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