And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. 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. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole – Luke 17:15-19
It pays to understand the signals of the Spirit! The Lord Jesus on a certain day encountered ten lepers who importuned Him to have mercy on them. In response, He said to them, “…Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed” (Luke17:14). Notice that Jesus didn’t tell the lepers, “You’re healed.” He just gave them an instruction, and they went in obedience to the Word. As they went, they were cleansed!
Then one of the lepers, who realized he had been healed, returned to give glory to God and the Lord 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. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole” (Luke17:17-19). In giving God thanks, you receive more than healing; you receive wholeness!
Some people fail to notice the supernatural things God does for them, and therefore fail to give Him thanks. Remember, they don’t have to be spectacular to be supernatural. Your ability to recognize His blessings in your life, and glorify Him as a result, will take you from “being healed” to “being made whole.” As our text reveals, the Samaritan that returned to give thanks received much more than healing; he was made whole. Everything he had lost because of the leprosy was restored to him.
This is particularly significant because leprosy eats up the victim’s extremities and leaves scars. The fact that someone is healed of it doesn’t mean he’d have his affected body parts restored. But the grateful Samaritan positioned himself for more when he returned to give the Lord thanks. In giving God thanks, you open the door for more miracles and blessings in your life.
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Dear Father, my heart is full of thanks and gratitude to you for the blessings of your Word and the impact of your Spirit in my life. Thank you for your grace and loving-kindness, and the wonderful privilege to be called by your Name. I worship and glorify you today, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: Psalm 69:30; Jonah 2:9