Why I went off is a message about losing pride, getting goals and understanding that God can do great things through you.
We are on the fourth sermon of this series called Triggered where we’re going to get back our lives in this age of anxiety.
This time we’re going to use the famous story of Naaman to stop our pride because is most likely that it’s our main obstacle to reach our blessings.
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Why I went off
1 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 5.1 NIV
I had to make a little more of research to understand the context and it seems that leprosy was something common in Syria and you could still be with the society.
Even though it wasn’t deadly leprosy, it was a problem for him.
That’s something we can expect. There’s nobody who wants to be sick and stay sick.
Another thing we can take about that first verse is about the description of Naaman. They say that he was awesome BUT had leprosy.
We all have our own buts and I’m not talking about the body part. For example, you’re great with people BUT you don’t take care of yourself.
In this story, we’ll see Naaman in three different stages.
2 Now bands of raiders from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. 3 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 5.2-3 NIV
I forgot to explain. When in verse 1 it says that God used Naaman is saying that Naaman won battles against Israel because God allowed it so Naaman could deliver his people.
By this time there was no war but it was not a real peace neither. Let’s think about it as a tense situation. It is important to understand this to get what will happen in the next verses.
Now you can get why they took captive a young girl from Israel.
Seems like a weird situation because she’s trying to give advice to those who have her captive but it is a powerful reaction of hers.
We are going to learn that we’re not blessed based on the word of God that we hear or the word of God that we understand, we’re blessed in accordance with the word of God that we apply, obey and act on.
4 Naaman went to his master and told him what the girl from Israel had said.2 Kings 5.4 NIV
Naaman is definitely a great man. He goes and talks to his king about what his servant told him that he should do.
Can you imagine what that actually means? That girl told him to go to an enemy nation (Israel) for the search of a miracle. That’s crazy and brave for me.
Are you willing to obey God even if He speaks through someone that seems smaller than you? For Naaman, it was his servant. I’m sure most of us won’t.
You’ll come up upon situations that will expose something that you would prefer to hide. What you do next determines whether it gets solved or not.
5 “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. 6 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.”2 Kings 5.5-6 NIV
This chain of communication has polluted the message itself because the servant girl didn’t say that the king of Israel could heal him. She said that the prophet can.
Sometimes we run to the wrong people because we have our own ideas about where our help comes from.
The king gets the letter and Naaman shows up with all the accumulated wealth that he believes it’s gonna take to get him healed but…
7 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 5.7 NIV
Have you ever felt like life brought you something that was above your pay grade to handle?
That’s how the king of Israel felt when he received the letter.
We allow our past experience to contaminate our perspective of the present moment. I say this because the failures of the king of Israel made him forget that he’s a son of God who can do all things through God.
Sure, he doesn’t have the power to heal Naaman, but he knows the ONE who can.
The king’s response is out of place. Sometimes our level of offense doesn’t match the level of the outrage.
We not only live in the age of anxiety but we also live in the age of outrage too.
The same event that triggered the king and made him go into fear mode, made Elisha go into faith mode.
8 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.” 9 So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 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.” 11 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.2 Kings 5.8-11 NIV
When your heart is filled with pride, you write your own prescriptions. You write a way for God to do things.
Naaman had it all planned out but he didn’t know that passage that says “my ways are not your ways”, because the Lord has higher plans for you.
12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage. 13 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’!” 14 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 5.12-14 NIV
That’s the story of Naaman that we all know but the main message you should take this time is that your help comes from the Lord.
Don’t let the exposure of your disease, your bad experience or your expectation, set you apart from the healing that comes from the Lord.
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- Why I went off | Steven Furtick | Triggered | [Link]