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Sunday, June 24, 2018 Sermon:

How to be made whole

Luke 17: 12-19 (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 priests. 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. 17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?

18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. 19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

Leper:

Outcast from family and society

Nothing to look forward to

No invitations to parties or weddings etc

No physical touch allowed

All of them facing death

Outer decay falls off first like the nose or the ear or the fingers and toes, then arm and leg Whole: complete, perfect, entire and not lacking any parts.

  1. Thank God for who He is not just what he has done. Vs 15 One of the guys turned around and glorified God for who He was.

He wasn't glorifying God for what He did but for who He was! That's called Leprosy worship.

He didn't thank God because his leprosy was cleansed but because of who God is.

Sometimes we are wondering why my answer hasn't come yet, why we are not healed yet. We need to Thank Him anyway not for what He can do for us but for who He is.

  1. "Go show yourself to the priest" Jesus told them. We need to get into the house of God, that is where the answer is. Counseling won't do it, but the house of God will.

As they went, they were cleansed. 9 of them went on home to show everyone they were cleansed now and could come back into society, but they were not made whole. They still had the effects of the leprosy on their body. It didn't spread, they had no more pain, they were clean and all that was exciting, so they went home to show family.

The 1 who came back and thanked Jesus was made whole! His finger was back on, his nose, his ear, and whatever had been missing, he was now complete and made whole.

Some of you have been through a crazy life, and the devil wants you to look like and smell like all the trials you have been through, but some of you don't look like what you have been through. You've started hanging around church and worshipping and thanking God and you don't look the same as the effects of the crazy life, you have been made whole, lacking no parts.

You don't get good to get God, You get God to get good!

Psalm 23 (TPT)

I The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd.

I always have more than enough.

  • He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love.

His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss.

  • That's where he restores and revives my life. He opens before me pathways to God's pleasure and leads me along in his footsteps of righteousness so that I can bring honor to his name.
  • Lord, even when your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for you already have!

You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way.

Your authority is my strength and my peace.

The comfort of your love takes away my fear. I'll never be lonely, for you are near.

  • You become my delicious feast even when my enemies dare to fight.

You anoint me with the fragrance of your Holy Spirit; you give me all I can drink of you until my heart overflows.

  • So why would I fear the future?

For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life.

Then afterward, when my life is through,

I'll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you!

Joel 2:25 (AMPC)

25 And I will restore or replace for you the years that the locust has eaten

Sermon Notes: Gates

Numbers 35: 15 (AMP)

15 These six cities shall be a refuge for the Israelites and for the stranger and the resident alien among them; so that anyone who kills a person unintentionally may escape there,

A city of refuge had gates

A city of refuge was a place where somebody could flee to for safety. You see, the law in Israel stated that if you killed somebody in wartime, or if you unintentionally killed somebody (not for cases of pre-meditated murder) that the family of the dead person could avenge the blood of their relative without any legal action being taken against them. If the person who committed the "manslaughter" could get inside the city of refuge, then he would be granted safety and refuge as long as he remained in the city; but if he was to leave the city at any time, he was fair game for the revengers of blood. These cities of refuge had gates on them that were always unlocked 24/7. They could go there at any time!

Joab and Abishai had a brother named Asahel that was killed by Abner during a battle. Naturally, Joab and Abishai had never forgotten what Abner did to their brother, and even though the act was committed during a time of war, they wanted Abner to pay for their brother's death. The problem was, however, that they had to get him outside the gates of the city. Notice our text tells us that Joab pulls him aside, in the gate, to speak with him quietly (privately). But why would Abner willingly leave the protection of the city in order to speak with a man that wanted him dead? Because Joab had deceived him into thinking that he meant no harm. As soon as he gets him outside, however, he kills him.

Now let's make application. The city of refuge is a picture of being "in Christ"; and Joab is a picture of the devil. The devil cannot touch us directly as long as we are inside the walls of being "in Christ", so what he does is try to lure us out of the city so that he can kill our ministry for the Lord. The moral to the story is: stay inside the city, Stay "in Christ". Don't stray from God's perfect Wilf for your life. Don't let Satan convince you that life will be better outside of the walls of the city. Stay in the Word of God; stay in church; stay doing what God told you to do. Stay in the City!

Abner should of said n come in here". Once you get in Christ, STAY IN! Acts 16:31: I will be saved and my House! Everything's here in Christ: forgiveness, restoration, healing, peace, Jove, needs met.

Hell has gates - if people go to hell, they chose to go. Matthew

Matthew 16:18 (MSG)

Jesus came back, "God bless you, Simon, son of Jonah! You didn't get that answer out of books or from teachers. My Father in heaven, God himself, let you in on this secret of who t really am. And now I'm going to tell you who you are, really are. You are Peter, a rock. This is the rock on which I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hen will be able to keep it out,

(AMP)

I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the powers of the infernal region) shall not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it].

Heaven has gates

Revelation 21:21 (AMP)

21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each separate gaté was of one single pearl. And the steet (broad way) of the city was pure gold, like transparent crystal.

His presence has gates

Psalm 100:4 (AMP)

Enter His gates with a song ofthanksgiving And His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, bless and praise His name.

Samson pulled gates out

Judges 16:3 (NKJV)

3 And Samson lay low till midnight; then he arose at midnight, took hold of the doors of the gate of the city and the two gateposts, pulled them up, bar and all, put them on his shoulders, and carried them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron.

He put a wall in the place of the gates saying: "I am staying here, never to leave, not going back to what I used to be and to the old crowd!"

31 times in the New Testament it says we are "IN CHRIST".

Remove the gate and don't go back to what you used to be. Stay IN CHRIST!

Isaiah 60: 18 (AMP)

"Violence will not be heard again in your land, Nor devastation or destruction within your borders; But you will cal} your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise [to God].