Happy Thanksgiving!

On this Thanksgiving Day I want to take a look at the account of the ten lepers that were healed in Luke 17 (KJV).

And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go show yourselves unto the priest. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. 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. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

Now, I’d like to take a moment and look at three Greek words here. The first is ‘katharizo’ which is translated as the English word ‘cleansed’ twice in this passage. It means to make clean or to cleanse, to purge or purify.

The second word is the Greek word ‘iaomai’ translated as the word ‘healed’. It means to cure, heal, make whole.

And finally one of my favorite Greek words, ‘sozo’ which is translated here as the word ‘whole’. Recently I listened to Billye Brim teach on the Hebrew word ‘shalom’ which means peace. The definition she gives for this word is “completeness, wholeness, nothing missing and nothing broken; the peace that comes from being whole.” She said that the same concept is carried over into the New Testament in the Greek word ‘sozo’.

So why use three different words in this passage. It says that these leper were cleansed.Then it says one saw that he was healed. Then it said that the one who returned to give thanks was made whole.

While the ten were cleansed and healed, only the one that returned to give thanks was made whole. He alone walked away with the peace the comes from having nothing missing and nothing broken in his life. He alone walked away not just cleansed and healed, but with the peace, the wholeness, that Jesus alone can give.

I am thankful for my family. I am thankful for my nation and those fighting for her freedom. I am thankful for so many things in my life today. But let us not forget to be thankful for the one that died for us all. Let us be thankful for all that Jesus is to us and has done for us, because nothing in this world can give us peace, wholeness, completeness, healing, salvation, deliverance, and love like He can and like He has!

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son… that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:16,17 KJV)

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Now thanks be to God for His Gift, [precious] beyond telling [His indescribable, inexpressible, free Gift]! (2 Corinthians 9:15, Amplified)

What Would Love Give?

Today I want to share a couple of fun testimonies. God is the greatest gift giver. He knows just what to give. The first testimony involves a man that used to work with my husband, I’ll call him “Max”.

Max was a very interesting and unique character. His uniqueness made it difficult to really understand him. One day, my husband mentioned that Max was leaving the company to take another job. The moment my husband said it, I felt this love for Max rise up in my heart. I wanted to give him something.

I knew very little about him. I couldn’t quite grasp what he was like and what he would like. So I asked Daddy to help me pick out the right thing. One day as I browsed a gold and silver shop for some earrings I spotted a set of silver coins. It was a set of four or five coins with dinosaur heads on one side and a description of them on the back. The moment I saw them I wanted them for Max. They cost a little more than I had expected to spend. But in my heart they seemed perfect.

Perfect? I didn’t even know Max, how could they be perfect? But I knew my Daddy’s voice and He was saying this is perfect for him. So I bought them.

I attended Max’s going away lunch and gave him the gift. When he opened it he looked surprised. He asked, “How did you know?” He proceeded to tell us that he collects coins and that every year for his vacation he would go on dinosaur digs.

Who would’ve known? A heavenly Father that loves him.

The second testimony is about the desire of a mother’s heart. I’ll call her “Angie”. One day as I was browsing the baby section at Dillard’s, I spotted the cutest Baby Dior outfit. It was the softest onesie I had ever felt. It was white with blue stars. I was just looking for fun, but I clearly heard my Father’s voice say, “Buy that outfit.” I was a little surprised to hear this, but I bought it.

Later that day, I received a call to take food to a family whose newborn son was in the hospital. The Lord told me this outfit was for that baby. So the next day I took a meal to the home. I had just missed the parents, so I left the meal and the outfit. A few days later I received a card in the mail. Angie thanked me for the meal and then told me how pleasantly surprised she was with the outfit.

She said she had seen an outfit just like it with gold stars, but she really wanted one with blue stars. She had wanted one just like the one Daddy had me buy for her.

What did a baby outfit matter in the grand scheme of things? It didn’t. But God knew it mattered to this mother.

As I mentioned He is a great gift giver. He always gives the right gift.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:16-17, KJV)