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Proverbs 24: 15-16 MSG

“Don't interfere with good people's lives; don't try to get the best of them. No matter how many times you trip them up, God-loyal people don't stay down long; Soon they're up on their feet, while the wicked end up flat on their faces.”

Psalm 31:24 KJV

“Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.”

Psalm 27:10 NLT

“Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close..”

Psalm 69:18 KJV

“Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies.”

John 14:6 KJV

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life…”

2 Kings 5 NLT

1 The king of Aram had great admiration for Naaman, the commander of his army, because through him the Lord had given Aram great victories. But though Naaman was a mighty warrior, he suffered from leprosy.

 2 At this time Aramean raiders had invaded the land of Israel, and among their captives was a young girl who had been given to Naaman’s wife as a maid. 3 One day the girl said to her mistress, “I wish my master would go to see the prophet in Samaria. He would heal him of his leprosy.”

 4 So Naaman told the king what the young girl from Israel had said.

5 “Go and visit the prophet,” the king of Aram told him. “I will send a letter of introduction for you to take to the king of Israel.” So Naaman started out, carrying as gifts 750 pounds of silver, 150 pounds of gold, and ten sets of clothing.

6 The letter to the king of Israel said: “With this letter I present my servant Naaman. I want you to heal him of his leprosy.”

 7 When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes in dismay and said, “This man sends me a leper to heal! Am I God, that I can give life and take it away? I can see that he’s just trying to pick a fight with me.”

 8 But when Elisha, the man of God, heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes in dismay, he sent this message to him: “Why are you so upset? Send Naaman to me, and he will learn that there is a true prophet here in Israel.”

 9 So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and waited at the door of Elisha’s house.

10 But Elisha sent a messenger out to him with this message: “Go and wash yourself seven times in the Jordan River. Then your skin will be restored, and you will be healed of your leprosy.”

 11 But Naaman became angry and stalked away. “I thought he would certainly come out to meet me!” he said. “I expected him to wave his hand over the leprosy and call on the name of the Lord his God and heal me!

12 Aren’t the rivers of Damascus, the Abana and the Pharpar, better than any of the rivers of Israel? Why shouldn’t I wash in them and be healed?” So Naaman turned and went away in a rage.

 13 But his officers tried to reason with him and said, “Sir, if the prophet had told you to do something very difficult, wouldn’t you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply, ‘Go and wash and be cured!’”

14 So Naaman went down to the Jordan River and dipped himself seven times, as the man of God had instructed him. And his skin became as healthy as the skin of a young child’s, and he was healed!”

1.Accept what the man of God says….

2 Kings 5:8 KJV

“…Send Naaman to me, and he will learn that there is a true prophet here in Israel.”

2 Kings 5:11 NLT

 “But Naaman became angry and stalked away. `I thought he would certainly come out to meet me!’ he said. “I expected him to wave his hand over the leprosy and call on the name of the Lord his God and heal me!”

2 Chronicles 20:21 KJV

“And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.”

2.Put pride aside

2 Kings 5: 11 KJV

“But Naaman became angry and stalked away. “I thought he would certainly come out to meet me!” he said. “I expected him to wave his hand over the leprosy and call on the name of the Lord his God and heal me!”

2 Kings 5:12 KJV

12 Aren’t the rivers of Damascus, the Abana and the Pharpar, better than any of the rivers of Israel? Why shouldn’t I wash in them and be healed?” So Naaman turned and went away in a rage.

2 Kings 5:13 KJV

 13 But his officers tried to reason with him and said, “Sir, if the prophet had told you to do something very difficult, wouldn’t you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply, ‘Go and wash and be cured!’”

Proverbs 13:10 KJV

“Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.”

Proverbs 29:23 NLT

“Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor.”

3.Forget what everyone else thinks

2 Kings 5:10 KJV

“But Elisha sent a messenger out to him with this message: “Go and wash yourself seven times in the Jordan River. Then your skin will be restored, and you will be healed of your leprosy.”

Job 15:2 NLT

"You are supposed to be a wise man, and yet you give us all this foolish talk. You are nothing but a windbag.”

4.Ignore your circumstances and simply obey

2 Kings 5:14 KJV

“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.”

Psalm 84:11 KJV

“No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”

5.Wash away your sins and past

2 Kings 5:14 KJV

“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.”

Matthew 3:8 AMPC

“Bring forth fruit that is consistent with repentance [let your lives prove your change of heart].”

Matthew 9:13 AMPC

“Go and learn what this means: I desire mercy [that is, readiness to help those in trouble] and not sacrifice and sacrificial victims. For I came not to call and invite [to repentance] the righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with God), but sinners (the erring ones and all those not free from sin).

Luke 3:3 AMPC

“And he went into all the country round about the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance (of hearty amending of their ways, with abhorrence of past wrongdoing) unto the forgiveness of sin.”

2 Corinthians 7:9 AMPC

“Yet I am glad now, not because you were pained, but because you were pained into repentance [and so turned back to God]; for you felt a grief such as God meant you to feel, so that in nothing you might suffer loss through us or harm for what we did.”

6.Don’t quit—or give up when it looks like all is lost

Psalm 27:13 MSG

“I'm sure now I'll see God's goodness in the exuberant earth. Stay with God! Take heart. Don't quit. I'll say it again: Stay with God.”

Psalm 37:27 MSG

“Turn your back on evil, work for the good and don't quit. God loves this kind of thing, never turns away from his friends.”

Romans 12:11 MSG

“Don't burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don't quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.”

7.Receive the victory and Give God the glory

2 Kings 5:15 AMPC

“Then Naaman returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and stood before him. He said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel. So now accept a gift from your servant.”