Don’t Forget To Say Thank You

5th & 6th September

Weekend Edition

One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet thanking Him for what He had done. This man was a Samaritan.

Luke 17:15-16

The Lord is gracious, kind and compassionate. His love for the lost runs deep and wide. He showed that when He came to the earth in human form. Yet how often do we thank God for the kindness, grace and compassion He shows? Furthermore, is thanks on our lips when He so lovingly answers our prayers? Is our thankfulness ‘shout’ louder than our cries for help?

As we return to this passage in Luke 17 we read that unfortunately, only one of the 10 lepers that were healed in this passage took the time to thank Jesus for His healing. The one man’s response is of someone who knew that Jesus was more than just a healer. As the man approached Jesus, He fell to the floor at His feet, shouting “Praise God!!!” What a response. A healed man, recognising his healing was from God and falling at the feet of Jesus in gratitude.

Yet Luke includes an important piece of information. This man was a Samaritan! Not only was he an outcast because of his disease but also because of his race. A Samaritan leper was surely the biggest outcast in Jesus’ time. Yet Jesus saw straight through his earthly identity and saw the man how He created him to be and in response to Jesus’ loving and kind heart towards him, he returned and gave thanks to Jesus for all that He had done.

Jesus, is as alive today as He was when this story happened 2000 years ago. His healing power is a true today and it was then. Let us believe God for His healing and remember to thank Him. For in thanks, even more blessing are received. Thankfulness enables our heart to recognise God’s goodness. Let us cry out to God in thanksgiving; not just in our requests. God answers our prayers and deserves our thankfulness.

Sometimes thankfulness means you need to stand out from the crowd!

Tell God Your Needs And Thank Him For His Deeds

13th March

“Don’t worry about anything: Instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace… ”

Philippians 4:6-7a 

Part of trusting God for all your needs is thanking Him for all He has already done. It is in the moments of getting caught up in your needs that we can often forget who God is and what He has been doing in our lives.

Yet it seems so hard that when we are in our darkest moments, when we feel like all hope is gone, that we should trust God and start thanking. However this attitude of gratitude is the key to living a worry and stress free life.

Paul encourages the church in Philippi to also trust in God and thank Him whilst bringing their requests to Him. He then states that it is only when you are exercising a thankful heart that you can really know the peace of God. The great thing is that that peace of God is a supernatural peace. A peace that says there is a storm raging around me, but because I know God is at hand, because I am thankful for all He has done and is going to do, there is a stillness in my heart that anchors me and gives me the strength to carry on. It gives a whole new dimension to the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ slogan. In truth that keeping calm and carrying on, only comes when we are fully grounded, fully submitted and fully thankful to the will and desires of our Loving and Caring Heavenly Father.

Do you trust God with your worries enough to be thankful for everything?