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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER

OCTOBER 2016 SERMONS

 

OCTOBER 2, 2016

 

“FOUR THINGS TO REMEMBER”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 40:1-5

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 40:2

 

   He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

 

INTRO: The partaking of Communion is a time for reflection.

 

   The thoughts and reflections of the Communion Table should fill our hearts with joy and peace.

 

   When life becomes difficult our memory plays an important part on how we react.

 

   There are four things that we need to remember when we come to the Communion Table.

 

1.     WHAT CHRIST HAS DONE

2.     WHERE HAVE COME FROM

3.     WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE HAVE TODAY

4.     WHERE WE ARE GOING

 

I. WHAT CHRIST HAS DONE

 

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

 

   Remembering what Christ has done will give us the faith and strength we need to wait on Him.

 

Psalm 40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

  

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

 

Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

NOTE: When we are faced with hardships and painful situations we often get in a hurry to find a solution

 

Psalm 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

 

II. WHERE HAVE WE COME FROM

 

1.     God has delivered us from the pit of sin

 

Psalm 40:2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

 

NOTE: It is good to remember what we once were and what or who brought us to Christ.

 

2.     He has placed us on solid ground

 

Isaiah 28:16 (NKJV) Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily.

 

2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

 

3.     We have been given a song of joy

 

Psalm 40:3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

 

Revelation 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

 

III. WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE HAVE TODAY

 

Psalm 103:2-5 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.

 

1.     We are the children of God

 

1 John 3:1-3 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

 

2.     We are joint heirs with Christ

 

Romans 8:15-16 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

 

3.     We have the power of the Holy Spirit to equip us to live a victorious life.

 

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

 

IV. WHERE ARE WE GOING

 

NOTE: The Communion Table has removed the fear of death

 

1 Corinthians 15:19-20 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

 

Proverbs 14:32b… but the righteous hath hope in his death.

 

1 Corinthians 15:55-57 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

ILL: The boy and the hornet

 

John 14:1-3 (KJV) Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

 

   There is nothing in this world worth hanging on to

 

Revelation 21:1-4 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

 

CONCLUSION: The Communion Table gives us a great incentive to remember.

 

WHAT CHRIST HAS DONE

WHERE HAVE COME FROM

WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE HAVE TODAY

WHERE WE ARE GOING

 

 

OCTOBER 9, 2016

 

“FAITH FOUND IN UNEXPECTED PLACES”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: MATTHEW 8:5-13

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Matthew 8:10

 

   When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

 

INTRO: Life is filled with surprises; you expect one thing and end up with something quite different.

 

   Sometimes the surprises are good and sometimes they are bad.

 

   We often judge things by their appearance expecting to find something good, only to be disappointed.

 

ILL: The Box Social

 

   We often have a preconceived idea who has faith and who doesn’t.

 

   We must remember that without faith we cannot please God.

 

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

 

   Four who are unlikely will have faith:

 

I. THE CENTURION

 

Matthew 8:8-10 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

NOTE: What made his faith so unexpected?

 

   A. HE WAS A ROMAN NOT A JEW

   B. HIS FAITH WAS FOR HIS SERVANT

   C. THE STRENGTH OF HIS FAITH

 

Matthew 8:7-9 (NLT) Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.” But the officer said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it.”

 

NOTE: Distance makes no difference to the All Powerful God

 

   D. THE CENTURION CAUSED JESUS TO MARVEL

 

Matthew 8:10 When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. 

 

II. RAHAB: Joshua 2:8-14

 

Joshua 2:9, 11 And she said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you…And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.

 

   A. RAHAB WAS NOT AN ISRAELITE

   B. SHE WAS A HARLOT

   C. SHE HAD FAITH IN THE GOD OF THE HEBREWS

   D. SHE HAD DARING FAITH

   E. HER FAITH SAVED HER FAMILY

   F. HER FAITH BROUGHT HER INTO THE LINEAGE OF JESUS

 

Hebrews 11:31 (KJV) By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

 

III. ZACCHAEUS: LUKE 19:1-10

 

Luke 19:2-3 And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.

 

   A. HE WAS A PUBLICAN (A TRAITOR TO ISRAEL)

   B. HE WAS RICH

   C. HIS FAITH REACHED INTO HIS BANK ACCOUNT

   D. HIS FAITH BROUGHT SALVATION

 

Luke 19:9-10 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.  For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

 

IV. THE SYRO-PHOENICIAN WOMAN: Mather 15:21-28

 

   A. SHE WAS A GENTILE

   B. HER FAITH SOUGHT GOD’S MERCY

   C. HER FAITH RECOGNIZED JESUS AS THE SON OR GOD

   D. HER FAITH WAS NOT DISCOURAGED BY JESUS’ SILENCE

   E. HER FAITH WAS CLOTHED IN HUMILITY

   F. HER FAITH WAS REWARDED

 

V. THE LACK OF FAITH

 

Mark 6:1-3 (NLT) Jesus left that part of the country and returned with his disciples to Nazareth, his hometown. The next Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. They asked, “Where did he get all this wisdom and the power to perform such miracles?” Then they scoffed, “He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.” They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him.

 

   The lack of faith was not found in the heart of the non-religious, but was found in the heart of the religious.

 

NOTE: The lack of faith did two things;

 

   1. It kept Jesus from doing many miracles.

 

Mark 6:5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.

 

   2. It caused Jesus to marvel

 

Mark 6:6 And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.

 

   The lack of faith has disastrous results

  

Matthew 8:11-12 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

 

CONCLUSION: We must choose faith over un-belief.

 

   If we lack faith we must ask God to increase our faith.

 

Luke 17:5 (NLT) The apostles said to the Lord, “Show us how to increase our faith.”

 

Romans 10:17 (KJV) So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

 

   The more we read and hear the Word of God, the more our faith will increase.

 

OCTOBER 16, 2016

 

THE DANGER OF FALLING ASLEEP

 

SCRIPTURE READING: Mark 13:32-27

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Romans 13:11

 

   And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

 

INTRO: Have you ever had to battle falling asleep while driving?

 

   The burning question in the hearts of many Believers is, “When is Jesus coming back.”

 

   It was in the hearts of the disciples just before Jesus’ Ascension.

 

Acts 1:6-8 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

 

   Why are we so preoccupied in trying to predict when Jesus will return when He tells us, “No one knows”?

 

Mark 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

 

   Instead of trying to figure out when Jesus is going to return, we need to be busy working for His Kingdom.

 

Luke 19:13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

 

ILL: Working on an assembly line watching for the foreman.

 

I. FOUR THINGS TO DO IN PREPARATION FOR JESUS’ RETURN

1.     We are to be witness

 

Acts 1:8 (KJV) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

 

2.     We are to pray

 

Mark 13:33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

 

3.     We are to watch (be prepared)

 

Mark 13:35, 37 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

 

4.     We are to keep awake

 

Mark 13:36-37 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.

 

II. THE DANGER OF FALLING ASLEEP

 

NOTE: Not all sleep is bad

 

   A. PHYSICAL SLEEP

 

   God has provided us with the ability to sleep and be refreshed.

 

Psalm 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

 

Proverbs 3:24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

 

   B. SPIRITUAL SLEEP

 

   Spiritual sleep is a different matter

 

1.     We can miss out on important matters by sleeping

NOTE: When we are asleep we are unaware of what is happening around us.

 

Luke 9:32 But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him.

 

   When we are asleep we are unaware of the needs of others

 

Matthew 26:40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?

 

2.     Spiritual sleep will lead to spiritual poverty

 

Proverbs 24:30-34 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.

 

3.     How does a person fall into spiritual sleep?

 

NOTE: Spiritual slumber comes on gradually

 

·         Spiritual sleep comes as we stop doing the things God calls us to do.

 

Ecclesiastes 10:18 (BBE) When no work is done the roof goes in, and when the hands do nothing water comes into the house.

 

·         Spiritual sleep comes as we no longer seek God’s help

·         Spiritual sleep comes as we begin to find comfort in the things of this world

 

III. GOD CALLS FOR HIS CHURCH TO AWAY FROM SLEEP

 

1.     We are to awake to righteousness and not to sin

   1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

 

2.     We are closer to the coming of Christ than we have ever been.

 

Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

 

3.     We are not to be asleep as the world, but to be awake, alert and busy for Christ

 

1 Thessalonians 5:6-10 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

 

CONCLUSION: We are to awake from our spiritual sleep and seek to wake others.

 

Ephesians 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

 

 

OCTOBER 23, 2016

 

BEING AT THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME

 

SCRIPTURE READING: ESTHER 4:10-16

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Esther 4:14 and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

 

INTRO: Esther is a strange book; it is the only book in the Bible where neither God nor prayer is mentioned.

 

   Have you ever found yourself in a difficult situation wondering why God has allowed this to happen?

 

   The Bible tells us that we may make plans but God directs our steps.

 

Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.

  

Proverbs 16:9 (GW) A person may plan his own journey, but the LORD directs his steps.

 

   We may not always understand why things happen the way they do but we can rest in the assurance that God is in control and He seeks the best for us.

 

Jeremiah 29:11 (GW) I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope.

 

I. CONSIDER THE STORY OF ESTHER

 

NOTE: The story of Esther takes place sometime following Daniel

 

   We can only see the here and now, God sees the whole picture

 

   A. THE STEPS GOD TOOK TO BRING ESTHER TO THIS PLACE

 

1.     The removal of the queen Chapter 1

 

ü  The king held a banquet 1:1-9

ü  He commanded queen Vashti to come 1:10-11

ü  Queen Vashti refused to come. 1:12

ü  Queen Vashti action threaten the peace of the kingdom 1:13-18

ü  Vashti was no longer queen 1:19-22

 

2.     Esther becomes queen Chapter 2

 

ü  A contest for a new queen 2:1-4

ü  Mordecai is introduced 2:5-7

ü  Esther is entered into the contest 2:8-14

 

NOTE: Esther does not reveal that she is Jewish

 

Esther 2:10 Esther had not shewed her people nor her kindred: for Mordecai had charged her that she should not shew it.

 

ü  Esther is chosen to be the new queen 2:15-20

 

Esther 2:20 Esther had not yet shewed her kindred nor her people; as Mordecai had charged her: for Esther did the commandment of Mordecai, like as when she was brought up with him.

 

ü  Mordecai sits at the King’s gate 2:21-23

 

NOTE: This indicates that Mordecai was a high official for the king

 

3.     Haman’s plot Chapter 3

 

NOTE: God will sometimes use evil and sinful people to fulfill His plan

 

ü  Haman is promoted to the highest office 3:1

ü  Mordecai refused to bow or honor Haman 3:2-4

ü  Haman became angry and sets a plot to destroy all the Jews 3:5-7

ü  Haman persuades the king to make it a law 3:8-15

 

4.     Mordecai’s reaction Chapter 4

 

ü  Mordecai and all the Jews mourn 4:1-3

ü  Esther is unaware of Haman’s plot 4:4-5

ü  Mordecai informs Esther of Haman’s plot 4:6-7

ü  Mordecai asked Esther to go to the king 4:8-9

ü  Esther’s dilemma 4:10-17

 

o    If Esther went before the king un-invited it could cost her, her life 4:11

o    Mordecai suggests that God has placed her here for a time such as this

 

Esther 4:13-14 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more than all the Jews. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

 

ü  Esther asks Mordecai and the Jews to fast for three days then she would Go before

the king 4:15-17

 

   B. GOD’S PLAN OF DELIVERANCE Esther 5:1-7:10

 

ü  Esther invites the king and Haman to a banquet 5:1-5

ü  Esther invites the king and Haman to a second banquet 5:6-8

ü  Haman was filled with joy and pride until he sees Mordecai seating at the gate 5:9-13

ü  Haman’s wife suggest that he build a gallows 75 feet high

 

Esther 5:14 (NIV) His wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, "Have a gallows built, seventy-five feet high, and ask the king in the morning to have Mordecai hanged on it. Then go with the king to the dinner and be happy." This suggestion delighted Haman, and he had the gallows built.

 

ü  The king could not sleep 6:1-3

ü  The king asks Haman how he should honor someone special 6:4-6

ü  Haman thought the king wanted to honor him 6:7-9

ü  Haman was instructed to do as he suggested to Mordecai. 6:10-11

ü  At the second banquet Esther reveals Haman’s evil plot 7:1-6

ü  Haman is hung on the gallows he had built for Mordecai 7:7-10

ü  Haman’s plot against the Jews was turned against him 8:1- 9:32

ü  Mordecai was placed next to the king. 10:3

 

NOTE: Haman took the place of Mordecai on the gallows and Morde­cai took the place of Haman in King Xerxes Court.

 

   God had placed Esther to be at the right place at the right time.

 

II. OUR STORY

 

NOTE: God is a God of details, we see this in creation

 

   This fits in with our life, God has a purpose for each of us and we must seek to fulfill His purpose

 

NOTE: Esther has to possess three things in order to succeed; we must have the same three things:

 

   1. Faith:

In the power of God

In the will of God

 

   2. Trust:

Faith says if it’s You Lord, bid me to come, trust will give you the courage to climb out of the boat

 

   3. Obedience: is putting Faith and Trust into action

 

CONCLUSION: God has called each of us to this place, at this time, to fulfill His purpose

 

 

OCTOBER 30, 2016

 

NOT EVERYONE HAS THE SPIRIT OF THANKSGIVING

 

SCRIPTURE READING: LUKE 17:11-19

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Luke 17:17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?

 

INTRO: This story has two powerful lessons to teach us:

 

1.     God is ready and able to meet our deepest needs

2.     The sin of ingratitude

 

   Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem to face the cross

 

   He went through Samaria

 

NOTE: Most Jews would avoid going through Samaria 

 

   Jesus came to minister to the needs of everyone not just a select few

 

Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

 

I. THE TEN LEPERS

 

A.    ALL TEN HAD THE SAME NEED

 

NOTE: Throughout the Scriptures, leprosy is a symbol of sin

 

   Leprosy starts small but grows until it effects the entire body

 

Isaiah 53:6a All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way…

 

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

 

   Their disease bound them together

 

   Sin, whether it is large or small, binds us together with all other sinners.

 

B.    THEY WERE ALL OUTCAST

 

Leviticus 13:45-46 And the leper in whom the plague is, his clothes shall be rent, and his head bare, and he shall put a covering upon his upper lip, and shall cry, Unclean, unclean. All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be.

 

NOTE: Some believe those with leprosy had to stay 100 feet from others

 

   Sin is a barrier that separates people from God. The un-repented are alienated from God due to their sins.

 

C.   THEY WERE WITHOUT HUMAN HOPE

 

NOTE: As there was no cure for leprosy, there is no cure for sin outside of the Blood of Jesus Christ.

 

Proverbs 20:9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

 

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

 

D.    THEY ALL CRIED OUT FOR MERCY

 

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

 

NOTE: God is always ready to answer a cry for mercy

 

   We need mercy when we deserve judgment

 

   There was nothing they could do to deserve Christ’s mercy

 

E.     THEY WERE ALL HEALED

 

NOTE: Their healing came by their faith and obedience

 

   Jesus neither touched them nor said a healing word

   Their healing didn’t take place until they obeyed Jesus

 

   Sometime between leaving Jesus and reaching the priest they were healed

 

II. ONE OUT OF TEN

 

Luke 17:15-18 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.

 

·         Ten had leprosy

·         Ten cried out for mercy

·         Ten were healed

·         Only one came back to give thanks and to glorify God

 

A.    A LACK OF GRATITUDE CAN LEAD TO SIN

 

NOTE: It can be very dangerous to have a spirit of non-thanksgiving

 

Romans 1:21-22 (KJV) Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

 

·         THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL

 

Judges 8:34-35 And the children of Israel remembered not the LORD their God, who had delivered them out of the hands of all their enemies on every side: Neither shewed they kindness to the house of Jerubbaal, namely, Gideon, according to all the goodness which he had shewed unto Israel.

 

·         NABAL

 

1 Samuel 25:21 Now David had said, Surely in vain have I kept all that this fellow hath in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that pertained unto him: and he hath requited me evil for good.

 

·         JOASH

 

2 Chronicles 24:22 Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his father had done to him, but slew his son. And when he died, he said, The LORD look upon it, and require it.

 

B.    WE ARE TO HAVE A SPIRIT OF THANKSGIVING

 

o    For all material things God has given to us

 

Deuteronomy 8:10 When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.

 

o    When we gather together for worship

 

Psalm 100:1-5 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

 

o    For all the spiritual blessings God has given to us

 

Colossians 1:12-14 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

 

CONCLUSION: The one who came back to give thanks was given a special blessing

 

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

 

   How often do men come to God to have their physical needs met, but fail to come to Him for their spiritual needs.

 

reacher's Outline and Sermon Bible - Commentary - The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible – Hebrew, James

Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible - Commentary - The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible – Isaiah II.

 

Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible - Commentary - The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible – 1 Kings.

 

[1] Matthew Henry Concise Bible Commentary.

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