December 2, 2018
Sermon Title: "Preparing for a Miracle"
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2 Kings 5:1-14
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Scripture Text: 2 Kings 5:1-14
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.
2 And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife.
3 And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.
"Preparing for a Miracle"
Miracles rarely just happen. They are the work of God's constant intervention in our lives. So how can we prepare ourselves to receive one?
Namaan is a desperate man, seeking answers to an incurable problem. He has leprosy. Which is a disease that affects the skin. A person with leprosy didn't have much of a future. It's a very painful disease to say the least, that has serious physical and social consequences. A Leper finds himself alienated and ostracized from the rest of society. All the while, his body aches from a process of deterioration that occurs from the inside out causing the loss of limbs and legs..
All the miracles you read about in the Bible have this one thing in common. They all start with a problem or a need. That's the starting point for God's action. If you don't have any problems then you don't need God.
Step One: Admit You have a Problem
For many of us, this is a very difficult step to take. We don't like to admit some of our problems do we? We would rather pretend our problems don't exist
Step Two: Be Willing to do Something About It
Naaman was not only willing to admit his problem, but he was willing to do some radical things to get the problem fixed.
Step Three: Be Willing to Sacrifice
Naaman's willingness to sacrifice further established the groundwork for this miracle. Naaman gathered up all his belongings, gold, silver, and ten sets of clothes and a whole entourage of people and set out on a journey with hopes of receiving a miracle. He spared no expense.
Step Four: Be Open to Change!
You have to, because when God supernaturally intervenes, everything is going to change anyway.
Step Five: Look for the Unexpected!
God performs miracles his way, not our way.
Note: Anything that stands between you and God is closer to God than you!!!
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