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In this message, Lead Pastor John Lindell shares about the power of having “God will do it.” faith in our lives. Our prayer is that this message would encourage you today as you believe him for more.
SeriesX2 – The Life of Elisha
Scripture Reference2 Kings 5:1-15
Miracles in a Muddy River
2 Kings 5:1-15
Luke 4:23 (NIV)
Jesus said to them, "Surely you will quote this proverb to me: 'Physician, heal yourself! Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.'"
Luke 4:27-29 (NIV)
And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed — only Naaman the Syrian." All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him down the cliff.
Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
2. Belief: God Can do it.
3. Faith: God will do it.
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
1. The bold faith of "if only"
2 Kings 5:1 (NIV)
Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded, because through him the Lord had given victory to Aram. He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy.
2 Kings 5:2-3 (NIV)
Now bands from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman's wife. She said to her mistress, "If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy."
2 Kings 5:4-5 (NIV)
Naaman went to his master and told him what the girl from Israel had said. "By all means, go," the king of Aram replied. "I will send a letter to the king of Israel."
2. The unbelief of "I thought"
2 Kings 5:5 (NIV)
"By all means, go," the king of Aram replied. "I will send a letter to the king of Israel." So Naaman left, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold and ten sets of clothing.
2 Kings 5:6-7 (NIV)
The letter that he took to the king of Israel read: "With this letter I am sending my servant Naaman to you so that you may cure him of his leprosy." As soon as the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his robes and said, "Am I God? Can I kill and bring back to life? Why does this fellow send someone to me to be cured of his leprosy? See how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me!"
2 Kings 5:8 (NIV)
When Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his robes, he sent him this message: "Why have you torn your robes? Have the man come to me and he will know that there is a prophet in Israel."
2 Kings 5:9
So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha's house.
2 Kings 5:10 (NIV)
Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, "Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed."
2 Kings 5:11 (NIV)
But Naaman went away angry and said, "I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy.
Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,"declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
2 Kings 5:12 (NIV)
Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than any of the waters of Israel? Couldn't I wash in them and be cleansed?" So he turned and went off in a rage.
3. The blessing of humble obedience
2 Kings 5:13 (NIV)
Naaman's servants went to him and said, "My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, 'Wash and be cleansed'!"
2 Kings 5:14 (NIV)
So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.
2 Kings 5:15 (NIV)
Then Naaman and all his attendants went back to the man of God. He stood before him and said, "Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel. Please accept now a gift from your servant."
1. His humility and obedience resulted in healing & a new heart
2. When God touches your life the automatic and appropriate response is one of generosity and giving back to God