2 Kings 5:11 Mad At God’s Methods

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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 5:11 

Every person has an idea on how something should be done. The method that they think that something should be done is based off of past experience, what they have seen in the past, or preconceived ideas as to how it should happen.

Having these ideas are not necessarily good or bad ideas, but may not always be the best idea on how things should occur. Often the person does not have the bigger, longer term picture in mind.

Naaman was the head commander of the army for the king of Aram. He had developed leprosy and sought to be cured. He had went to Elisha to be cured by God. Elisha told him to go and dip seven times in the muddy waters of the Jordan River. Naaman was very angry. He wanted Elisha to call on God and do some miraculous sudden healing. Elisha was just doing what God had showed him to do.

It is very common for believers to have a preconceived idea on how God should do something or have them do something. When God does it differently or points them in a different direction, many get upset. They cannot understand how God would do it the way He did.

God has His own reasons for choosing the path that He does for each believer. He sees the grand picture from beginning to end and knows what is best for each individual and the group as a whole. He is able to do great things through very simple methods or very complex and grand methods. Either way the work is done.

There will be times God will work in your life in ways that are not ‘normal’. Do not be alarmed, but know that God is doing what is best in your life. God is bigger than you or anyone in this world. He knows what is best.

Be willing to step forward in the method God has set before you, trusting His Holy Spirit’s guidance in your life. Do not allow yourself to get angry or disappointed because God did not do it your way. It is not about you, but God, and God is about taking care of you in the best way.

Today I pray that you will accept God’s path for your life; that you will trust God’s methods in your life; that you will walk the path God has for you; and that God will do great things in and through you.

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Numbers 12:13 Full Of Humility And Grace

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So Moses cried out to the LORD, “Please, God, heal her!” Numbers 12:13

Humility is something that is not seen a lot in this world. People often think that they are the best. It is found in individuals, groups and even nations. Everything is about self and being seen as the best, regardless of others. Every one likes to take pride in himself. Children are always told to take pride in themselves, in who they are and what they do.

Along with that being rare, is grace. Grace is not seen a lot among most people. Grace is not giving someone what they deserve when it comes to punishment. Most people are very quick to dole out punishment or correction upon someone else when that other person does wrong.

Mariam and Aaron had been complaining against Moses. They wanted to know why Moses thought that God only spoke to them through him and they challenged his authority.

When God heard this, He immediately questioned them and pointed out that Moses was the most humble man on the earth. God, then, strikes Mariam with a skin disease.

When Moses saw this, he could have been like most people and state that she only got what she deserved. He could have stated that it was God’s doing, not his. Yet, he did not do that. He immediately cried out to God to heal her, pleading with Him for her life. This shows great humility and grace.

Even in the church, many people are quick to ‘throw the book’ at a person who has made a mistake. They want the person locked up and the key thrown away. They are fast to say that the person only got what he deserved and that it was God’s punishment for doing wrong.

Humility and grace will plead with God for healing and restoration, not destruction and punishment.

At some point someone will do something wrong against you. You will see that person fall into a difficult time, whether by his own doing, or by God’s hand. At that point you will have a choice to make, will you plead for the person before God? Or will you pick up a stone and throw it at the person?

Jesus did not go around condemning, but was full of grace. He had grace upon you, when He saved you. Will you have grace upon others who have messed something up?

I pray today that you will know the grace God has given you; that you will know the humility of Jesus in your life; that you will show God’s grace to others; that you will plead for others before God; and that you will be known as humble in God. 

Acts 3:12 Why Are You Surprised?

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When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?” Acts 3:12

There was a lame man who was sitting down begging for money from people passing by. He had asked Peter and John for some money. Peter told him that he had none, then told the man to get up and walk in the name of Jesus Christ. As the man did so, the people around were amazed at what had happened. Peter asked them why they were amazed, because they should have expected this to happen.

When things happen that are good and are unexplainable, people are amazed. They look at what had occurred and wonder how it happened. They are excited about it happening, even though they do not understand how it happened. They believe it was luck or coincidence, not God.

People who do not believe in Jesus have a good reason to be amazed and not fully understand it. The world does not believe Jesus is alive and so they cannot believe that He can do miracles. Most really do not believe in the supernatural, so when something supernatural happens, they are amazed and want to know how it happened. They believe that an individual has those super powers.

In the church, believers should be different, however, very often they are not. God does a miracle in their life and they stand amazed and shocked at what had happened. The miracle can be a healing, a provision, safety, or some other amazing thing to happen.

Although most believers believe that God can do miracles in their lives, many do not expect it. Once God does do a miracle, they are amazed.

God is the same God as He was in Peter’s time and will be the same through the rest of eternity. If He can and did do miracles nearly 2,000 years ago, He can do them still today.

When you are praying for a miracle in your life, believe that God can and will do it. When you see a miracle occur in your life, believe that it was from God.

God is still in the business of doing miracles in the lives of people. Do not stand amazed, but give God praise when you see a miracle being done.

I pray today that you will know the power of God; that you will see God’s miracles in your life; that you will give God praise for all miracles done; and that you will be a witness of God’s miracles to others. 

John 9:25 What Do You Know?

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He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One things I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” John 9:25

One day, on a Sabbath, Jesus came up to a man who was blind. He healed him and then left. The leaders of the Law were upset and tried to find out what had happened and blamed the man who had been blind for following someone who was not a believer. The former blind man said that he did not know anything about the man being a sinner or not, but knew that he had been blind and now he could see.

At times when a policeman comes to a scene of a crime, he must ask questions of what had happened. He will ask anyone who was at the scene or connected with that location what they had scene and know about the situation. He will often ask people who knew the suspect or the victim what they know about the situation and each other.

The people he asks can only state one thing, and that is what they know. Without telling a lie, no one can say anything other than what they know and have directly experienced.

Some people will make judgment calls upon someone else based off of what another person has said. Or they will speak of another person’s experience rather than their own.

Every believer has his own experience as to what God has done in his life. He has his own experience of who Jesus is in his own life.

One of the great things about God is that He can show Himself to each person in a different way. God does not work exactly in the same way every time, with each person. One time God spits in mud to put some mud on the eyes to heal the person, while the next person, Jesus just says the word to heal him.

You have your own testimony of what Jesus has done in your life. It is unique to you. No one add or take away from what you have experienced with God in your life. You know exactly how God has changed your life.

Think about how Jesus has touched you. Now you must go and tell others what He has done in your life. Do not argue with others about Jesus, just say what He did.

I pray today that you will know how Jesus has touched you; that you will not fear telling others of what Jesus has done; that you will believe in Jesus regardless of what others think; that you will tell others about Jesus.

Luke 5:20 The Highest Priority

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When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” Luke 5:20

As Jesus was talking at someone’s house, some men brought a friend who was paralyzed to be healed by Him. They could not get into the house, because of the crowds, so they lowered him through the roof to Jesus. Jesus saw their great faith, and told the man that his sins were forgiven.

Some of the people who were there were upset about Him forgiving the person, thinking that He was just a regular man. Jesus then heals the man on the spot.

Although the leaders were upset with Jesus forgiving the person, many people are upset because that is not what the men brought their friend in for.

People often pray for healing. They go to pastors or other speakers to get prayed to be healed. Which is what  person is supposed to do. However, they do not always receive healing. They get upset that the healing did not take place.

Since people are human and finite, they look at the here and now as the most important thing. The immediate situation appears to be the need for healing or some other physical provision from God. Healing is something that can be seen and felt immediately, thus taking priority over everything else.

God does not look at things the same way man does. God’s first priority is looking at eternity. He could bring healing immediately to the person, but then the person goes to hell because his sins are not forgiven. That means the healing was worthless and a waste of time.

Jesus came to seek and save the lost. In order for people to be saved, they have to have their sins forgiven. Forgiveness of sins allows a person to be accepted into heaven. Whether a person is healed or not, has no bearing on whether he gets into heaven or not.

There will times you will seek for God to heal you. As you go to Him for healing, make sure that you have sought forgiveness first. God’s highest priority is getting rid of your sins. This should be your highest priority also.

Once sins are taken care of, seeking healing can take place. Do not gain healing without eternal life, it is worthless.

Allow God to take care of all your needs in the correct order of priority and need.

I pray today that you will seek God’s forgiveness first; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers; that God will hear your prayers for healing; and that you will know the salvation Jesus offers.