Yesterday I returned from the Living Proof Live conference in Long Beach, and it was amazing! Beth Moore has a deep love for women of all cultures, denominations, and their purpose for the kingdom of God. It was 2 days of rich blessing and growth.
We were studying in the book of 2Kings 5:1-8 where an incredible man by the name of Namaan is living with a not so incredible malady, that if not healed, will eventually kill him.
Here is the exact text.
“Now Namaan, 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.”
There are some great points Beth made. I wrote down a few of them.
1.) “Greatness finds its sole validity in the eyes of its master.”
Namaan was highly regarded by his king. He had his respect, and was treated honorably. Beth goes on to encourage us to ask this question. If you have a child, or grandchildren, or great-grandchildren, and they were one day writing a biography about you, what would it say? She was (noble thing), but she was (ignoble thing). He was a mighty man of valor, but a leper. What is your leperosy?
2.)”Our lives feel like a squirming concoction of misfit parts.”
Namaan had leperosy. Obviously his condition was highly functioning, and allowed him to still stand before his king. What is it in my life, and in yours, that allows us to be highly functional, but will ruin us in the end? Make no mistake, we all have something that needs to go…needs to be healed. We’re all misfits. Deep down we all know that there’s something wrong with us. What in your life says, ‘If this wasn’t there, I could be that?’
What is irreconcilable to our calling?
What is irreconcilable to our purpose?
You can never have virtue without courage.
3.) “We really can become great women of valor. Despite our maladies. Because of our maladies. By handing over our maladies.”
4.) “Sometimes we refuse to do what healing requires. Rebellion doesn’t get us anywhere. It’s rebellion that gets us in trouble.”
“The prophet Elijah told Namaan that to be healed he needed to go and be dipped seven times in the Jordan River. But Namaan 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. 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.”
Do what it takes. God requires of us something! “Don’t be an obstacle to your healing and purpose.” Why don’t we do what it takes? Perhaps it seems ridiculous, or perhaps we feel too much self-importance. Our pride. We’re too sophisticated. We’re too busy. It’s inconvenient. It requires too much repetition. 7 times?! Why not 3 times, or just once for Pete’s sake. Listening to God takes having an obedient heart.
5.) “Men and women of true greatness go down to the healing waters.”
Verse 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?’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.”
He had to go down to the healing waters to be clean. He had to humble himself. He had to go and dip seven times. He had to obey the words of God. Seems easy enough, and we sit back and wonder why this task was so difficult for him to accomplish. What’s taking you so long Namaan?
For those of us who are already trusting Jesus let me encourage you to think about that thing, or those things in your life…that leprosy..that will ruin you. It will invade your life if it’s not healed. Ask the Great Physician to treat and clean it out. Let him know you don’t want it anymore. He is faithful to complete the work He’s started in you.
For those of you who have not yet allowed the saving, healing power of the Lord Jesus into your life, let me encourage you to do so today. Like Naaman’s instructions, ours are very simple as well. Come to the living water. Come to Jesus. It may feel ridiculous. You may feel much too self important. Your pride may be in the way, or you may feel like there’s too much required of you to let go of your sin. But Jesus can heal. He can take a broken man and treat him like a king. Or take a broken woman, and make her a mighty woman of valor. But like Namaan this simple surrender takes obedience. And in that obedience, He can make you clean.