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Blessed, regardless (with podcast episode #8)

This blog post is a "transcript" of podcast #8. Listen to podcast or/and read blog post.

I would like to tell you about how God blessed a man in the bible, who was overlooked and cast aside. For some reason I identify with such people. Maybe it's because that's how I've felt on occasions -- misunderstood and lied about. How about you? Have any of you ever felt that way? If so, I'm here to tell you that God is aware of what you've been through or going through and it is my prayer that these words will be a comfort to you that there is still much more for your life. Focus on what God is going to do for you and weed out all the negative. You are blessed. Know that. 

Have you ever heard the story about the leper? Luke 17:11-19, says that when Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem, He passed by a group of 10 lepers. They cried out to Him to have mercy on them and to heal them. And Jesus did -- He healed them all. And they went away rejoicing. Then something happened. Only one of them glanced back after realizing what a blessing it was to be healed and cleansed of his ailment. He turned back to thank Jesus and got on his knees to gave thanks. Jesus then asked him where the other 9 lepers were and they were nowhere to be found -- couldn't even thank Him. So Jesus told the only wise and grateful leper to rise up, because his faith had made him well. What do you think this meant? I believe it meant the leper was going to do big things, because he knew who his father was. His place with Jesus was now secure because he now lived in the kingdom of God. And you know what I also believe? I believe no one would ever overlook him again. When God has called you for something there's no need to get clearance or approval from anybody. You're blessed regardless of any man signing off. As long as God is good with you, you're good to go.

So if you have been left out in the cold at some point in your life, know this: Jesus will blessed those who calls upon Him. Romans 10:13 says, "whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved." That's what happened with the leper and if it happened with him it can happen with anybody. It can happen with those who give the Lord honor and praise and those who thank Him for all He has done and will do. Such was the case with the leper, the outcast, the one who was overlooked. Yet, Jesus didn't overlook him and Jesus isn't overlooking you. Be encouraged in the Lord. He has more for your life. 
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