This week we had a special guest worshipping with us, Matt Redman, and he sang his song “10,000 Reasons“. That was followed by a baptism and singing “Build My Life” by Housefires, followed by a spontaneous rendition of “On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand”. (I missed the first song due to technical difficulties so I’m not sure what it was.)
My notes read:
Naaman’s Leprosy Healed
5 Now Naaman, 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. 2 And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman’s wife. 3 Then she said to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.” 4 And Naaman went in and told his master, saying, “Thus and thus said the girl who is from the land of Israel.”
5 Then the king of Syria said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.”
So he departed and took with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing. 6 Then he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which said,
Now be advised, when this letter comes to you, that I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may heal him of his leprosy.
7 And it happened, when the king of Israel read the letter, that he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to kill and make alive, that this man sends a man to me to heal him of his leprosy? Therefore please consider, and see how he seeks a quarrel with me.”
8 So it was, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Please let him come to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.”
9 Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.” 11 But Naaman 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 Lordhis God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’ 12 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. 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’?” 14 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.
- God works through us, not by us.
- Sometimes you are more familiar with someone’s victories than vulnerabilities–where you see someone depends what you see.
- You are blessed based off the word of God you apply, obey, and act on.
- We don’t know how to be intimate; we know how to be impressive.
- Are you willing to obey God even if he speaks through something smaller than you?
- Situations in life will expose what you try to hide and how you respond determines if you get healed.
- Sometimes we run to the wrong people because we have our own ideas about where help comes from.
- Whenever life presents you with something you’re not equipped for, it can be exasperating enough that you let your past experience invade your present.
- Don’t inflict the opportunity of your present moment with the pain of your past.
- Sometimes people don’t “go off”, they “tap out” because of a series of unmet expectations.
- When you’ve had to fight over and over again, everything looks like a fight.
- When your heart is filled with pride, you try to write your own prescriptions.
- Maybe what “I thought” is what’s standing between me and peace today.
- God is not held hostage to what you think.
- Often when you’re the process of obeying God, you see no immediate effect of change.
- As long as you try to stay in control of situations, it will consume you.
The experience ended with singing “I Surrender All”.
As always, if you have time this week, watch the sermon! These notes are just an overview; there was so much goodness in this message.
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