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:

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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:

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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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FAITH AND INSTRUCTION-2

FAITH AND INSTRUCTION-2
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”

…From yesterday…

What Jesus asked them to do was not an easy task but they made up their minds to go all the same. It takes courage and faith to obey God’s instructions and you must know it!

Friend, the reason why many people fail in the place of prayer is not because they didn’t hear the instructions of God, they know that the Bible is our instruction manual but the challenge is that, they couldn’t take the necessary steps towards the miracle.

The ability to act on the instructions given in what is called faith. These lepers took a leap of faith. They refused to let the risks involved in the venture stop them.

Acting upon the word of God is something nobody can do for you. Hear this:

Habakkuk 2:4 “Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.”

Hebrews 10:38 “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back my soul shall have no pleasure in him.”

If the just shall live by faith, it simply means faith to the believer is as vital as oxygen to man. A believer cannot exist without it. It is our life line.

These lepers didn’t just hear a good sermon loaded with instructions, they figured out what needed to be done and did it. They didn’t procrastinate, they took that step immediately.

One challenge many have after receiving such instructions and acting in faith is that they check out their situation and if it has not changed, they get discouraged and stop acting in faith.

These lepers were still leprous after setting out to meet with the priests but they didn’t quit. They ignored their feelings and kept going. That you still feel feverish after standing in faith on the word of God does not mean you’re still sick!

Faith is not a feeling, it is a spiritual actuality that transcends physical realities. Do not let your feelings deceive you, hold on to your confession of faith.

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FAITH AND INSTRUCTION-1

FAITH AND INSTRUCTION-1
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”

There were two things involved in our focal scripture; faith and instruction. When Jesus saw the ten lepers he gave them an instruction that takes serious faith to obey.

As we saw earlier, lepers are not permitted to go to the Temple and must not be seen near a priest. The instruction that Jesus gave them was completely against the order.

The only time a leper can be sighted near a priest or in the Temple is if he or she is whole or cleansed from leprosy. It is only the priest that has the authority to declare a leper whole.

Leviticus 14:2 “This shall be the law of the leper on the day when he is to be pronounced clean: he shall be brought to the priest [at a meeting place outside the camp];”

Leviticus 14:3 “The priest shall go out of the camp [to meet him]; and [he] shall examine him, and if the disease is healed in the leper,” (AMP)

We see this in Leviticus 13:13 as well. Once the priest examines the leprous man and see that he is clean, he is reintegrated into the society.

What the instruction Jesus gave them translates to is that they are already cleansed, so they should go and show themselves to the priests so that they can be pronounced cleansed and reintegrated into the society!

They understood that Jesus is the Master over sickness and disease, and also knew that the Mercy of God was the One speaking to them but the issue is this, the leprosy was still evident in their bodies.

These folks understood that if they appear before the priest unclean, they can be stoned and even excommunicated permanently from that vicinity.

It was not an easy task but they made up their minds to go all the same. It takes courage and faith to obey God’s instructions and you must know it!

To be continued…

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MERCY

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

There is a side of God that he always uses when he relates to man. It is called mercy. This is the attribute of God that makes it easy for him to relate with men on terms that even the devil cannot comprehend.

Mercy is God’s compassionate disposition towards man. It is what makes man obtain what he does not, and cannot qualify for. It is what makes God go out of his way to help a sinful man.

Mercy and grace comes from the same root word and as such can be used interchangeably. Someone said, “Mercy is a love that responds to human need in an unexpected or unmerited way”.

These lepers were not qualified to talk to the priest, appear in the Temple or mingle with other people but yet they got their healing because they invoked the power of the mercy of God. They actually knew the side of God to touch in order to provoke him to act on their behalf.

Hear this:

James 2:13 “…Kind mercy wins over harsh judgment every time.” (MSG)

Mercy always upturns harsh judgment against a man. These ten lepers knew there was a very harsh judgment against them.

This judgment has kept them out of the mainstream society. It made it difficult for them to go to the conventional market. It had made it impossible for them to visit family and even prevented them from going to church.

They were outcasts in their own town. They were denied access to the basic things of life. Leprosy was indeed very harsh on them.

But then, on this faithful day, Jesus the convener of grace, mercy and truth showed up, and mercy prevailed over harsh judgment.

Beloved, I have news for you, whatever harsh judgment is against your life and destiny will be upturned by the mercy of God today. Whatever has caused you shame and sorrow must give way today.

The mercy of God will show up and restore you back to good health, and to your place in life and destiny. You will never be a destitute. Mercy turns your shame into double honor today, in Jesus name.

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MASTER-2

MASTER-2
Luke 17:13 “And they lifted up their voices, and said Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”

…From yesterday…

They knew that an invocation of the name of Jesus summons the Master of situation and circumstances!

We saw in Philippians 2:9-11 that, the name of Jesus supersedes every other name. Whatever has a name must bow to the name of the Master. The ten lepers knew that leprosy has no choice but to bow to Master Jesus, so they simply called on him.

Anytime you call the name Jesus, you must know what you’re saying. The challenge most people have is that they call the name of Jesus in prayer because they “think” it is supposed to be used to end the prayer.

Friend, you can use it to end prayer as a vehicle for enveloping your requests to the Father, but I want you to know that, much more than that, it the believers authority. It is a gift to us to subdue contrary elemental forces that confronts us.

I want you to be deliberate and intentional about the usage of the name. It is the name that forces opposition to bow. The name of Jesus is the master of every other name. When it is released by a believer, demons, sickness, principalities and powers scamper for cover.

Matthew 1:21 “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”

The name of Jesus has the saving grace entrenched in it. However, it doesn’t just save from sin, it saves from diseases which includes leprosy. Those lepers understood this and they simply ask the Master to use his authority for them and they received their miracles.

Jesus is the Master and commander; nothing can resist his authority. Hear him:

Matthew 28:18 “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”

In order words, any other power that does not emanate from him is a phony.

Beloved, sickness, demons, challenges and the likes, knows Jesus as Master, why not introduce them to Him today!

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MASTER-1

MASTER-1
Luke 17:13 “And they lifted up their voices, and said Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”

When these ten lepers saw Jesus, the shouted to him saying, “Master, have mercy on us.”

They could have called Jesus by any other name but they rather chose to use the name “Master”. The word Master has used here means, “Commander” and “the one others and things prostrate before”. These folks invoke the meaning and authority in the name of Jesus which many people knows nothing about.

A Master is somebody in control. He is one that makes others or something submit. He is one that has the power to control or influence events, other things and men. He is one that can change the outcome of a matter or situation.

These guys though leprous, knew that all they needed to change their situation is the Master. They knew that Jesus can easily influence the kind of result they’ve been getting.

Friend, I have news for you; whatever is wrong in your life has a Master. There is “One” who can change the outcome or results you’ve been getting. That contrary situation or circumstance has a Boss or Master that it listens to and obeys without asking questions. That situation has remained unchanged not because you didn’t do anything about it, but because you’ve not told the Master to handle to it.

Let me show you something those lepers knew about Jesus:

Philippians 2:9 “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:”

Philippians 2:10 “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;”

Philippians 2:11 “And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Note that they didn’t just say Master, have mercy on us, they started with the “spiritual” name of the Master. His name is JESUS!

The book of Philippians was not yet written but these lepers already have a revelation of the name. They knew the capacity, capability and possibilities in the name.

To be continued…

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WRONG ASSOCIATION

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

You cannot see ten men standing and frolicking together except there is something common that binds them together. Remember, “Birds of the same feather flock together”.

A common denominator between these guys was leprosy. If you check the ten of them, nine were Jews and one was a Samaritan. They do not have anything in common. As a matter of fact their hatred for each other spans over a thousand years. They were sworn enemies but leprosy brought them together.

They became united by a negative common cause. These association was a union of failures and low lives. They go out together, eat together and face their shame together.

Friend, which union or association are you because of situation and circumstances? No man can rise above his association. It is said that, “If a man walks with five millionaires, he will definitely become the sixth”.

It therefore holds that, “If a millionaire walks with five paupers, he will definitely become the sixth!”

Our association and relationships can either make or mare us. One wrong person in your life can take you out of destiny while a right person can connect you to a life of joy and fulfilment.

Beloved, do an audit of your relationships. If there are people you need to drop, please drop them fast. Always reevaluate your inner circle. The way that story ends shows that the Samaritan leper has been in the wrong company all along.

When they were healed he came back to thank Jesus while the remaining nine never did. This goes to show that he has been moving round with a group of ingrates. He doesn’t belong there in the first place, situations of life pushed him there.

I don’t know where life has pushed you against your will, but I pray for you today: You are coming out in Jesus name.

Every wrong union and relationships in your life are terminated now. The Lord will rescue you and set you among kings and nobles in Jesus name!

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