AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE

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ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE
LUKE 17:11-19
CBC 11/8/09 SM
R we thankful in every situation?
ILL: 2 men walking thru field/spotted enraged bull/ran for nearest fence/apparent they weren’t going 2 make it/1 shouted to other, “pray”/I don’t pray in public other shouted/U must companion shouted/all right, I’ll say the only prayer I know…”O Lord, for what we are about to receive, make us truly thankful.”
Christians shouldn’t confine “thanksgiving” to just November.
Our lesson in thanksgiving is found in Luke 17:11-19
THE POSITION OF ALL v11,12
· In An Awful Position
o Walking dead
o Evicted from their home
o Forced into leper colony
o Couldn’t work or worship @ the temple
o Hadn’t felt touch of wife…
o Couldn’t kiss their children
o No vacation with friends
o Couldn’t go to church
o Couldn’t go near Jesus
§ b/c of the “law”
(sinners like that – afar off from Jesus & Heaven b/c of the “law”)…
· could have said,
o “we’re not so bad
o we’re all in same condition
o my leprosy not as bad as his, so I’m doing ok
· 2 many today living in “denial”
o won’t admit their need…
o find someone worse than them
o we live in “spiritual” leper colony in America
o I’m not so bad, I haven’t…
o I’m better than the hypocrites at CBC…
(sin puts us in an Awful Position)
· In An Approachable Position
o Thankful Jesus goes where the law can’t tread!!!
o Jesus came to “rescue” sinners
o Jesus can reach us in our awful position
§ Family can’t
§ Friends can’t
§ Church can’t
§ Jesus can not only reach us, but save us
§ He doesn’t stand afar off, ashamed of us
THE PRAYER OF ALL v 13,14
· Their Observation
o The saw & sensed their need
§ B4 Jesus can help U must admit ur need
§ Step 1 of 12 admit your problem…
· Alcoholic
· Sex aholic
· Drug addict
· Rotten sinner
*they cried out for mercy
* Their Obedience
* prayer w/out obedience is useless
* Jesus said go to priest
* priest no power 2 heal
* weren’t healed immediately
* as they obeyed they were healed
* Faith doesn’t need any evidence, it simply obeys
QUOTE: “Faith is coming to the edge of all you can see and feel and taking one more step into the darkness – trusting that God will either catch you or teach you how to fly!”
THE PRAISE OF ONE v 15-19
· The Opportunity of Praise
o Wasn’t content 2 to 2 church & C the priest
o Ran back 2 Jesus 2 give Him thanks
o He wanted a relationship, not a religion
o Do we see a “need” 2 praise
§ How do U praise?
o ten men exposed to power of God, only 1 sought personal relationship w/ Him
o God’s blessing poured out on everybody, not just his children
Mat 5:45 …He makes the sun rise on both good and bad people. And he sends rain for the ones who do right and for the ones who do wrong.
o do U only use God like 911, when you’re N trouble?
o He wants relationship w/ us all the time
· The Object of Praise
o Where are the other 9?
§ Kissing their wife
§ Hugging the kids
§ Down at deer camp
§ Applying 4 a job
o but one had diff. priorities
§ he wanted to do all that too
§ but He put Jesus 1st
§ w/ loud voice he glorified God
§ we same intensity he cried for mercy, he glorified God!
CONCL: FEELING THANKFUL IS DIFFERENT THAN GIVING THANKS!
· man threw himself @ Jesus’ feet and thanked Him
o God saddened by #’s that R 2 busy to stop & give Him thanks
o Or convinced themselves they’ve “earned” it themselves
1Th 5:18 Whatever happens, keep thanking God because of Jesus Christ. This is what God wants you to do.
· diff. between “feeling” gratitude & “expressing” gratitude
Heb 13:15 Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.
· fruit of lips, not a “warm fuzzy” feeling in your heart
o don’t just feel it,
o TELL GOD HOW THANKFUL U R!
INV: 90% settled 4 less/1 got eternal salvation

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