Guess what girls? The Lord is not afraid to deal with our ugly stuff. No matter where we are, what we are going through- it may look bad, it may even stink. God’s able to and willing to do the work, to touch the untouchable, and love the unlovable.
Look at vs. 14. Jesus had told them to “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” Now, I know most of them were not carrying around mirrors, but they could look at each other and their own extremeties and see they still had their spots. They walked “by faith and not by sight.” They were healed on the way. Oh, what a message here! They went in faith, not looking at their circumstances. They stood on His word! I can just imagine as they were walking they were probably encouraging each other to keep walking. Amazingly, all ten stood on faith and begin walking to see the priests. If there were any doubting, they just kept walking, because it says in vs.14 “as they went, they were cleansed.” How sad it was that only one “Leper” returned to thank Jesus. My Mamo (Grandmother- now with Jesus) used to say, “Just praise Him even before He answers our prayers, believing He will.” Now that’s faith to the test! Sara Trollinger wrote that someone had written a little saying that said, “Faith that fizzles before the finish had a flaw from the first.” Let’s keep the faith to the finish!
Beth writes that she wondered “if the leper with the most spots was the one who came back to thank Him.” Leprosy is leprosy whether you have a few spots or not, kinda like chicken pox – you either have it or you don’t, and sin is sin whether we feel it is a big sin or not, it still makes us a sinner. But praise God, for forgiveness! (I said this in a loud voice, as I “fall down on my face at His feet giving Him thanks”)
Sisters, have a great day. Remember to thank Him every day- not just on Thanksgiving. He alone is worthy of all our praise. Thank you for joining us today. So glad to have you back Gail!
Lord, I come to you today to say thank you. I love you with all my heart! I thank you for this Bible study, I’m learning so much more about you and my love for you grows deeper. Thank you for allowing us to feel your presence with us. Bless the dear sisters in our study and their families. Minister healing to those that need a healing and miracles to those with financial needs or whatever the circumstances they may be facing… touch them- hug them- hold them and remind them you care. All these things I pray in Jesus Holy name–Amen.
Keeping the Faith,