Click on the following link for previous layout and posts: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/
DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, April 9, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
Jesus sent the ten lepers to the priest before they were healed—and they went! They responded in faith, and Jesus healed them on the way. Is your trust in God so strong that you act on what he says even before you see evidence that it will work?
Jesus healed all ten lepers, but only one returned to thank him. It is possible to receive God’s great gifts with an ungrateful spirit—nine of the ten men did so. Only the thankful man, however, learned that his faith had played a role in his healing; and only grateful Christians grow in understanding God’s grace. God does not demand that we thank him, but he is pleased when we do so. And he uses our responsiveness to teach us more about himself. (NLT)
Luke 17:11-19 – As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, their leprosy disappeared.
One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God, I’m healed!” He fell face down on the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.
Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Does only this foreigner return to give glory to God?” And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has made you well.”
Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! — 2 Corinthians 9:15 (NRSV)
Mark A. Carter (Texas) titled his story “SMALL EXPRESSIONS;” here is a portion of Mark’s story:
“I had never formed the habit of saying grace before meals. I had always just assumed that if I could earn the money to buy food, why should I thank anyone else for it? But after a series of physical and financial setbacks I began to be more grateful for what I had. My wife and I now give thanks before each meal as a sign of gratitude for the ways God has blessed us.
“One day in a local restaurant . . ., I felt a hand on my shoulder. Looking up, I saw a man smiling at me. He said, ‘It’s so refreshing to see someone giving thanks to God, when so many others just take what they have for granted.’ Even small expressions of gratitude can have a powerful effect. It doesn’t take a lot of effort. For all God gives us and for the example we show others when we express our appreciation for God’s gifts, giving thanks is truly worth the time.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Saying “thank you” to God is never a wasted effort.
Prayer: Dear Lord, may we never forget that you are the source of our every blessing. We pray as Jesus taught us, saying, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. They will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4, KJV). Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
For more Helpful Inspirational Material:
May you find comfort, encouragement, guidance, hope, inspiration, love, and peace – https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/. May you also find answers to your question(s) through the Scriptures that address every situation you face, and help with your problems: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/topics-a-g/ ; https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/topics-h-n/ ; https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/topics-o-u/; https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/topics-v-z/