So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. 2 Kings 5:14 NKJV
The commander of the Syrian army suffered from leprosy. He earned the favor of God and king. A young servant told him there was a prophet in Samaria who could heal him.
The commander traveled to the home of Elisha. The prophet told him, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.”
The commander went away in a rage. A servant girl convinced him to return and do as the prophet said. Naaman obeyed the man of God even though he did not understand. And he was instantly healed.
The leader of a powerful army took advice from a slave girl. He traveled to a nation his people held in contempt. He asked for help from the prophet of an unknown God. It was his pride that angered him. He was healed when he humbled himself.
God asks us to do things we do not understand. Our feelings and emotions contradict the commands of God. We must override our feelings and emotions. We must obey God!
The worlds values, standards and morals are evolving. Evil is portrayed as good. Godly character is maligned. The Word of God never changes. Jesus is the same yesterday today and tomorrow. God’s righteous standards never change. His love never fails!
God gave us feelings and emotions. He did not tell us to make decisions based on them. Our feelings and emotions constantly change. We cannot make rational decisions based on them. We must learn to make our decisions based on the commands of God!
Leprosy is symbolic of sin. Sin destroys lives. With our finite minds and limited understanding we cannot always determine which things are sinful and which are not. God provides a clear definition of sin. It is found in the bible.
God is calling us to walk by faith and not by sight. He is calling us to obey His righteous commands even when we do not understand them.
Pride is the sin that led Satan to lead a rebellion against God. It is a sin that so easily besets us. It brings division into the Body of Christ. It brings calamity into our lives!
Jesus wants us to walk humbly and uprightly today. He wants us to obey the Word of God today. When Jesus tells us to do something it is for good and not for evil. Jesus would never deprive us of any good thing.
The world is sliding into an abyss of spiritual adultery and immoral idolatry. Do not be sucked into the cesspool with the multitude. Fellow Jesus. Obey His commands. The Lord will cleanse your soul so that you can stand before Him in righteous robes of Godly character!
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