FOCUS TEXT: 2 Kings 5:1-14–Naaman is cured from Leprosy AND HIS BAD ATTITUDE)
–2 Kings 5:1-4 – Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper. 2 And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman’s wife. 3 Then she said to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.” 4 And Naaman went in and told his master, saying, “Thus and thus said the girl who is from the land of Israel.”
–-2 Kings 5:9-14 – 9 Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.” 11 But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’ 12 Are not the Abanah and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage. 13 And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 14 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.
Naaman had a bad attitude. Do you have a bad attitude with God? Some of us are carrying the baggage of a bad attitude.
- POINT 1 -Reset your attitude and reset your life.
- POINT 2 – Reset your attitude toward others (just because someone is a lower status in the natural doesn’t mean
- POINT 3 – Reset your attitude toward yourself (we can think more highly of ourselves than we ought)
- POINT 4 – Reset your attitude towards God’s method of deliverance
Naaman thought God was going to deliver him a certain way. When the prophet told him something different, to dip in the dirty Jordan River 7 times, Naaman was offended.
–Philippians 2:2-4 New King James Version – 2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
–Philippians 2:2-4 Living Bible – 2 Then make me truly happy by loving each other and agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, working together with one heart and mind and purpose. 3 Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. 4 Don’t just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and in what they are doing.
- God is not going to change for you or me.
- If you want a breakthrough, you must do things the way God said to do it.
- WHAT’S WRONG WITH OBEYING WHAT GOD TOLD YOU?
- God loves to use vessels you have a problem with.
Stubbornness and a bad attitude are married together.
WE HAVE TO FOLLOW GOD’S FULL INSTRUCTIONS TO GET A THE BREAKTHROUGH.
- 7 is the number of perfection and rest
- Naaman learned how to be obedient and walk by faith AFTER HE HUMBLED HIMSELF
- It took faith to dip into the dirty Jordan River 7 times.
WHAT RIVER IS GOD TELLING YOU TO DIP IN 7 TIMES? If we humble ourselves and repent, God will deliver us too.
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 New King James Version