"Are you one of the NINE?”

"Were there not ten cleansed?”

So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Lk. 17:17 KJV

Which one are you, this morning? This is a question we need to ask ourselves? These ten men had a death sentence and their only hope was Jesus. Like many of us this morning, Jesus had became the hope in their lives. However, there are others who have claimed to have experienced God’s presence. They say they know Him and believe in Him, but they don’t walk with Him.

Not until we find ourselves in trouble, crying out to the Lord, in desperate need of his help, do we experience a relationship with Him. Some experience true forgiveness. Others are moved merely by emotions. When their circumstance is over and they are not threatened by troubles, they stop Praying, reading the Word, going to the Church.

We can experience the touch of the Lord, be healed, and we can take a step further by continuing to follow the Lord . These ten lepers cried out to the Lord and only one truly repented and turned to the Lord.

“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 shew 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. 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” Lk. 17:11-18 KJV

Not until there is true repentance can one be whole (complete) in Christ, What is your desire? To have a touch from the Lord, or to be complete in Him.

Chaplain Mark Maciel

Prison Ministry of America

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