The Attitude of Gratitude
Where Were The Nine?
I. Where Were The Nine?
1.”One day Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem…” (Luke 17:11 NIV)
a. And on HIS way, Jesus came to a village where ten lepers were. (Read Luke 17:12 & Leviticus 13:1-14:31 & Numbers 5:1-3)
b. As Jesus was a distance from them, “They cried out in a loud voice, ‘Jesus, Master, have pity on us!’…” (Read Luke 17:13-18:4 & Matthew 8:1-5 & 9:33-36)
2. What a tremendous testimony there is of God’s grace at work in the lives of those who would cry out to God for help.
a. There is and invitation given unto all who believe, “To whosoever will come”. (Read Matthew 11:28-30 & Romans 10:9-13 & Hebrews 4:1-16)
b. The ten lepers came boldly to Jesus and they received a generous portion of God’s grace. (Read Matthew 7:7 & Luke 17:15-16)
II. How is your attitude of gratitude?
1. It’s a pretty miserable person who has an ungrateful heart.
a. Without doubt, we’ve probably met some.
b. How many of you enjoy being around ungrateful people?
2. God appreciates it when you tell him, “Thank You!”
a. Jesus was shocked when, only one of the ten lepers came back and said, “Thank You!” (Read Luke 17:17-19)
b. The Bible is full of exhortation unto praise and thanksgiving unto God. (Read Psalms 100 & 103:1-2 & 1 Chronicles 1:1-8 & Ephesians 5:19-20)
c. A grateful attitude grows out of faith in the fact that God won’t forsake us, and it is the key to experiencing peace in the midst of troubled times. (Read Philippians 4:4-8 & Psalm 22:3 & John 14:27 & John 16:33 & Galatians 5:22)
III. Do you desire the presence of God in our midst?
1. Let’s take this opportunity to stand up and say “Thank You!” to God, and to those who have been a blessing to us in these past months.
2. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)
Seeing the need around us for revival and awakening.
Discovering the ultimate goal of revival: that Christ will be returned to His rightful place and honored among us.
National awakenings begin with personal reviving.
Understanding the judgment of God in the cycle of spiritual awakening.
The power of a single, humble cry.
The irresistible power of a united cry.
The necessity of faith in our passion for revival.
Where to from here? How can our repentance and prayers be sustained until revival and awakening come?
The One Cry Highway (MP3)
Isaiah 40:3-5 A voice is calling, “Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God. Let every valley be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; and let the rough ground become a plain, and the rugged terrain a broad valley; then the glory of the Lord will be revealed; and all flesh will see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken!”
One Cry is a united plea from God’s people to prepare a sure FOUNDATION in our hearts, homes and communities through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.
A highway for God is laid through personal efforts to PRAY, SHARE and LEAD a movement of revival.
Galatians 6:8-9 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
Luke 10:2 “The harvest is great, but the workers are few, so pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask Him to send more workers into His fields.” – Jesus