2 Kings 5:1 “Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the Lord had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.”
Sometimes, even though there are many good things in your life, that one bad thing overshadows everything else.
By the end of this story, Naaman was no longer known as a leper. He got his miracle and became a worshipper.
James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
Miracles come from God. God does good things.
Gal 3:5 “He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?”
Miracles don’t come from man, they come from God. People will try to work their way into a miracle, but that’s not where miracles come from.
Realize that God does the miracle.
Prov 4:20-22 “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. 21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. 22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.”
This isn’t directed to the lost. This is from parent to child.
Keep God’s Word. It is health to ALL your flesh. God’s Word is Life and Health.
Sometimes, you take man’s medicine and it takes care of a part of your life. Or you have a condition that causes your feet to swell and you take pills to reduce that. Those pills have side effects. Sometimes, those side effects require more medicine, more pills. There is no pill that can heal all your body. The Word of God can heal all of your flesh, with no side effects. The Word of God heals everything, not just flesh.
How do you get that kind of medicine?
Jer 30:17 “For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.”
For the negative words you’ve been given, God will give you a positive Word.
Ex 15:26 “And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.”
Deut 7:15 “And the Lord will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.”
God can heal you even though you take your medicine. Medicine won’t hinder Him.
Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
Matthew 21:21 “Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.”
As you get that Word in you, miracles happen. It’s the Word that heals.
Five Steps to Your Miracle:
- Realize there’s a need. God wants to heal you, physically, emotionally, spiritually.
- Realize and recognize the promise. Phi 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Is 53:5 “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” He was bruised for the sin within and the sin without. The same blood that was shed for your salvation… He didn’t have to go to the scourging post for your salvation. A sheep doesn’t need to be beaten in order to die. Jesus didn’t just go to the slaughter, He went to the whipping post. Jesus was crucified for your salvation. He was scourged for your healing. The promise is for you, today. Acts 2:39 “For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” 2 Kings 5:2-3 “
- Understand the principle of First Mention in the Bible. The first time a concept is mentioned in Scripture sets a precedent. The first time prayer is mentioned in Scripture is when Abraham prays for Abimalech so the whole country can be healed. Abraham prayed for the women of the nation to have their wombs opened while his own wife is barren. What was his qualification? The Bible says Abraham lied and God called him a prophet. The qualification Abraham had was none. God uses the lost and the darkness of this world and brings them out and uses them for His glory. Abraham simply obeyed God. When you act, God reacts. In order to be used of God, you have to be a sinner that is on his way out of sin. Isa 55:7 “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” Mat 5:6 “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” It’s your sin and His righteousness.
- You have to make the first move. 2 Kings 5:6-14 “And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, Now when this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have therewith sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou mayest recover him of his leprosy. 7 And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? wherefore consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me. 8 And it was so, when Elisha the man of God had heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel. 9 So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. 10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean. 11 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage. 13 And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean? 14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.” Mat 14:36 “And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.” James 2:20 “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” You’ve got to move in order to get your miracle. You can miss your healing if you stand still. Bartemeus got his eyesight from Jesus. He shouted, he took off his identity, and he received his healing.
- Thank Jesus and rejoice. There’s doubt sometimes and you need to come against the doubt. That doubt cannot be overridden by an action. Sometimes, we think we can force God to do something. The easiest thing, the one thing you need to do to get rid of doubt, is to bury yourself in that Word and thank Him for those promises. Go back to step 2. It’s not you, it’s already been taken care of at the scourging post. If you’ve got a need, get rid of that doubt by realizing that there is a promise for YOU to have deliverance. Make the move towards Jesus. Then, thank Him and rejoice after He heals you.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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