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The Language of Faith

If we are believing God for healing, we don’t say that we are going to be healed, but we say that we are already healed. Our ways and God’s ways are different and it is better to trust in the Lord, than to put our confidence in men. God will assign people to bless you and will even make them uncomfortable until they do so. In 2 Kings 5, we read about Naaman, who was a Commander of the army of the Syrian King. He was a mighty man of valour and God had used him to give victory to Syria, but he was a leper. No matter how a person thinks that they have everything in life, there is something that they are still lacking. People can envy someone and consider them to have a lot, while that person may not have sleep at night.

The Syrians, after one of their raids, brought back a young woman from Isreal who served Naaman’s wife. “She said to her mistress, “Would that my Lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy”” (2 Kings 5:3). God has prepared for us at the appropriate time what we need. God has promised not to put any of the diseases of the Egyptians on us. As such, if we come to God when we are sick, he will heal us. Sometimes we may design our own deliverance plan, which is not in alignment with what God has said. We have to trust God to do things his way. Naaman told the king of his plans to go and see the prophet and he told him to go and sent a letter to the king of Isreal.

“And when the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? Only consider, and see how he is seeking a quarrel with me”” (2 Kings 5:7). When Elisha heard that the King had tore his clothes, he sent word to the King to send the man to him, so he would know that there was a prophet in Isreal. Naaman came to Elisha with his chariots and horses and stood outside of Elisha’s house. Elisha sent word to him to go and wash in the Jordon river seven times and his flesh would be restored and clean. Naaman was angry because he anticipated that Elisha would come out to him, call upon his God and wave his hand over him to cure him.

Pride can act as a covering and prevent us from getting what we need from God. Pride can disguise itself as knowledgeable and can cause us to come to the presence of God full, so that God has no space to pour into us. We should not look down on people based on their status or education. Your education and connections can be your own hindrance. Naaman’s servant encouraged him to do what the prophet said. Naaman listened to his servant, went and dipped himself in the river and he came up cleansed and healed. Sometimes we are doing something that we started and it does not mean that we have the faith to complete it. When God mentions a word of faith, it is followed by patience.

“Then he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and he came and stood before him. And he said, “Behold, I know that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel; so accept now a present from your servant”” (2 Kings 5:15). When God says he will bless you, he will not change his mind, but you must conform to the will of God. Naaman heard the testimony of the servant and this caused him to develop faith. His pride almost hindered his faith until he did what God said and did not rely on his feelings.

Bishop Louis Arku – Eagle House Ministries

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