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Summary: Complaining and murmuring make for halitosis, bad breath. We need to give thanks and develop sweet breath.

APPROACH THE kING WITH HALITOSIS

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr.

Kyfingers@aol.com

TEXT:

Luke 17:17-20 (quickview) 

Luke 17:17 (quickview)  And Jesus answering said, " WERE THERE

NOT TEN CLEANSED? WHERE ARE THE NINE?

18. There are not found that returned to

GIVE GLORY to God, except this stranger.

19. And he said unto him,

(The Thankful one)

ARISE, GO thy way: your faith

(teamed with giving thanks) hath made thee WHOLE...

DARE WE APPROACH THE KING WITH HALITOSIS?

Fetid, bad breath?

In the days of Kings one had to approach the King pleasant , smiling, and joyful. If one approached the King with a bad attitude or in the wrong attitude his life could be in danger.

Esther knew to approach the King properly!

I ponder giving thanks.

I ponder, why don’t they call it Thanks Taking?

Thanks is giving!

You can give without loving ...

but you can never love without giving.

God loves a cheerful giver, one that does not give out of necessity,

2 Corinthians 9:7 (quickview) ,

further clarifies ... purposed or planned giving.

We often practice accidental or coincidental

thanks giving.

Is giving thanks just because of a proclamation that one Thursday in November we gather to eat turkey?

Only TURKEYS are not thankful?

Giving thanks should be humble service everyday

of the year?

1) GIVING THANKS IS A HEM.

We understand that a hem,

a border of a piece of cloth is doubled back

and stitched down,

is so to restrict the edge from coming UNRAVELED.

Giving thanks in daily life has the same purpose

as hemming.

Daily living hemmed with giving thanks is far more

less likely to come unraveled.

Unthankful, demanding, expecting words will

tend to cause separation.

Confusion thrives in the soil of unthankfulness.

2) What does the Word say:

Psalms 92:1 (quickview)  It is a good thing to GIVE THANKS

unto the Lord...

Psalms 100:4 (quickview)  Enter into His gates with

Thanksgiving and into His courts with praise.

Psalms 107:1 (quickview) O, GIVE THANKS unto the Lord,

for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever.

3) FAITH MUST BE TEAMED WITH GIVING THANKS FOR A COMPLETE WHOLENESS!

As faith without works is dead, faith exercised

without thanksgiving is empty.

Luke 17:17-20 (quickview) 

Luke 17:17 (quickview)  And Jesus answering said, " WERE THERE

NOT TEN CLEANSED? WHERE ARE THE NINE?

It appears ten were touched, but nine had a

lacking?

What were they lacking?

An attitude of lack of praise and appreciation

will hinder a completeness!

Luke 17:18 (quickview) . There are not found that returned to

GIVE GLORY to God, except this stranger.

The other nine knew better than run away,

but they had a religious commitment to fulfill.

We must guard against duty becoming so

binding, that we miss the GLORY!

Luke 17:19 (quickview) . And he said unto him,

(The Thankful one)

ARISE, GO thy way: your faith

(teamed with giving thanks) hath made thee WHOLE...

While nine were touched, only one was made WHOLE,

free from wounds and injury.

One was totally restored.

One became sound physically, mentally, emotionally,

and spiritually...

What was the difference?

An attitude of gratitude!

One definition for this wholeness is having the

same Father and Mother.

The rewards and dividends for giving thanks is well

worth it.

4) WITHOUT GIVING THANKS THERE IS A VOID!


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