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Sunday AM Remix – 7.24.11

Have you ever done the right thing even when it felt wrong?  Or better yet, have you ever had expectations and then saw God answer them in a different way? Naaman did.  This is a powerful story of one mans pride and Gods healing!  It’s a picture of ourselves and our battle with sin.  Here are my notes from todays message.

HEROES
Naaman: When the right thing seems so wrong
2 Kings 5:1-15

QUESTION: Would you pray more if you saw immediate answers?

* The answer is probably yes! However, God would become like a genie & he would become our instrument instead of us being His.

* We must realize that God will do things His way, in His time and many times it will not make sense to you and I!

* If you have a God who is limited to your understanding, you’re in trouble, and you have a God that’s only as big a you are.

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 (NLT)

* God is saying His perspective on or with our life is far more extensive than what you and I can understand.

* Our life can be described with a puzzle. We see one puzzle piece at a time when God sees the whole masterpiece.  Sadly, many times we try to make decisions on our life based on the puzzle piece we see at the time instead of the masterpiece God sees.

* TRUTH: God sees our life from beginning to end!

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)

* The over arching theme of this series has been the fact that – We have limited knowledge but God has all the knowledge.

WHEN YOUR LIFE SEEMS TO BE TURNED UPSIDE-DOWN WHAT DO YOU DO? 

“The king of Aram had great admiration for Naaman, the commander of his army, because through him the Lord had given Aram great victories. But though Naaman was a mighty warrior, he suffered from leprosy.” v. 1 (NLT)

* Naaman was a mighty man, a man of valor, who has it all, BUT he has leprosy. Leprosy doesn’t care how popular you are … it’s still going to kill you!

* Naaman has a death sentence.

* TRUTH: Death brings life into clarity.

* God uses Naaman’s leprosy to give him a sense of urgency.

“And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,” Hebrews 9:27 (NKJV)

* REALITY: Death brings clarity to what’s important.

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37 Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” Mark 8:36-37 (NKJV)

* FAST FACT: Leprosy in the bible represents sin.

* Leprosy and Sin are both fatal, incurable, and causes isolation.

“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.” 1 John 1:9-10 (NLT)

* Naaman’s only hope is God!

* All of us are like Naaman because of our sin disease and our only hope is Christ!

“At this time Aramean raiders had invaded the land of Israel, and among their captives was a young girl who had been given to Naaman’s wife as a maid. 3 One day the girl said to her mistress, “I wish my master would go to see the prophet in Samaria. He would heal him of his leprosy.” v. 2-3 (NLT)

* God loves to take the weak and humiliate the strength of the strong.

“Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. 27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. 29 As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 (NLT)

* God uses this insignificant little girl to help Naaman in his greatest time of need.

* This little girl, did the right thing even when it seemed so wrong. She could have easily with held this info and resented Naaman!

* BIG IDEA — *God can use anyone at any time if they are willing.

“So Naaman told the king what the young girl from Israel had said.” v. 4 (NLT)

* 6 months earlier Naaman would have never listened to this little Girl.

* God is orchestrating the hearts of others to be ready to hear what we have to share … we just have to be obedient … We share, God saves.

“Go and visit the prophet,” the king of Aram told him. “I will send a letter of introduction for you to take to the king of Israel.” So Naaman started out, carrying as gifts 750 pounds of silver, 150 pounds of gold, and ten sets of clothing. 6 The letter to the king of Israel said: “With this letter I present my servant Naaman. I want you to heal him of his leprosy.”

 7 When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes in dismay and said, “This man sends me a leper to heal! Am I God, that I can give life and take it away? I can see that he’s just trying to pick a fight with me.” v. 5-7 (NLT)

* In todays lingo Naaman took anywhere between 1-4 million dollars with him.

* The king sent Naaman to another King to be fixed.

* TRUTH: God always brings us to a point where we can’t do it on our own.

* By doing this God is inviting us to step down from our kingdom and enter into Gods kingdom.

* God always brings us to a point of being powerless. The problem is that many of us don’t want to step down from our Kingdom to experience His Kingdom

“But when Elisha, the man of God, heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes in dismay, he sent this message to him: “Why are you so upset? Send Naaman to me, and he will learn that there is a true prophet here in Israel.”

 9 So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and waited at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 But Elisha sent a messenger out to him with this message: “Go and wash yourself seven times in the Jordan River. Then your skin will be restored, and you will be healed of your leprosy.” v. 8-10 (NLT)

* Elisha hears that the King has his panties in a wad and tells the king to send Naaman to him so he can prove there is a Living God.

“Some nations boast of their chariots and horses, but we boast in the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7 (NLT)

* Naaman shows up in all his pride expecting to buy his healing

* REALITY: there are people today who are trying to buy their salvation instead of receiving it freely.

* TRUTH: If you get the privilege 2 go 2 Heaven it has 2 be done Gods way – Jesus!  You can go 2  Hell anyway you want!

* Elisha sent a message to Naaman 2 go wash 7 times in the river.

“But Naaman became angry and stalked away. “I thought he would certainly come out to meet me!” he said. “I expected him to wave his hand over the leprosy and call on the name of the Lord his God and heal me! 12 Aren’t the rivers of Damascus, the Abana and the Pharpar, better than any of the rivers of Israel? Why shouldn’t I wash in them and be healed?” So Naaman turned and went away in a rage.” v. 11-12 (NLT)

* Because of his pride, Naaman gets mad that Elisha sent a messenger to him instead of coming out himself.

* Naaman almost missed the whole thing because God’s expression was not his expectation.  Our expectation isn’t always gods expression.

* If we limit God to doing things that only we can understand we are toast and have a small God.

* God can do, and does, things we don’t expect!!!

* Naaman’s mad because he doesn’t only want to be healed, he wants to be honored. (pride)

* God will not honor you until you humble yourself.

* God has to humble us before he will Heal us.

* THOUGHT: Maybe God is revealing himself in ways we may not be expecting.

* TRUTH: Naaman was either going to die in his pride or to his pride

* REALITY: Many times it’s our pride that keeps us from the Lord.

“But his officers tried to reason with him and said, “Sir, if the prophet had told you to do something very difficult, wouldn’t you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply, ‘Go and wash and be cured!’” v. 13 (NLT)

* Naaman listens to the soldier and does what the prophet said he should do.

* With each dip Naaman humbled himself.

* What seemed foolish and easy to Naaman is what Healed him.

* TRUTH: Salvation seems foolish and too easy for some people. They aren’t healed because of their pride.

“So Naaman went down to the Jordan River and dipped himself seven times, as the man of God had instructed him. And his skin became as healthy as the skin of a young child’s, and he was healed!

 15 Then Naaman and his entire party went back to find the man of God. They stood before him, and Naaman said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel. So please accept a gift from your servant.” v. 14-15 (NLT)

* Half obedience is full disobedience.

* FAST FACT: The word Jordan means decision or judgement. Naaman was told to go to the Jordan to dip 7 times. Throughout the Bible we see this true of the Jordan River

* Naaman says, after humbling himself and obeying,  Now I know that there is a God! Even though God shows up in a way he never thought possible and even a little foolish!

There is a lot we can learn from the life and story of Naaman.  The major question we have to wrestle with is this: What area is God wanting to heal in my life? What decision do you need to step out in faith, humility, and obedience in today?

If you missed this weeks message, I encourage you to get it here.  While you are there, browse around our website … we think you will like it and find it to be a great tool in inviting friends to FBC Harvester.

As always, I hope you make plans to join us at FBC Harvester next weekend! If distance is a problem, you are always welcome to listen to any of the teachings from our worship service from our website. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us here. We would love the privilege of helping where we can and seeing God do amazing things in our lives together.

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