Thursday, July 22, 2010

Directions For Healing - 2 Kings 5:1-17

We have been sharing "Directions For Healing" for the month. The characters in this passage show us multiple ways to move towards healing. The servant girl is the one who knows where true Health comes from. She points the way to the Prophet ( the one who leads to God). The servant girl should represent all servants in the kingdom. God created us healthy. God sent Jesus to take the stripes of pain upon his own body so that we are healed. The way to health is still left in the hands of those who will obey 2 Corinthians 7:14 with its secrets: humility, pray and seek my face, (Return to God), turn from disobedience (wicked ways), And I (God) will heal your land. HEALING IS THE CHILDREN'S BREAD.

Naaman is a great leader. He is renown in his country. He lives his life on the edge. He is sure about his game. But, Naaman has a head and heart problem. He believes his own hype. He thinks too much of himself . Now, make sure you understand that we must think of our selves with grace. We are the sons and daughters of the King. We are progressive kings and queens. But, don't get it twisted. We are great because we come from greatness. We have not made ourselves. We are operating out of gifts that came from the gift giver. Therefore, we humble ourselves before the creator God who created us in thanksgiving for what He has done to, with, through, for, and around us. Naaman's victories have caused him to become callous and arrogant. Naaman lives his life for the cheers of the people, but within he carries dis-ease. Dis-ease will cause us to withdrawn from the mainstream people and in that hibernation we sometimes find ourselves having pity parties.

Naaman's comments about his idea of healing also gives us a clue to why we are sometimes not healed. He is expecting a particular show. Have you ever thought that we deal with surface issues rather than looking for root causes of our dis-ease? We spend billions of dollars for prescriptions that have a million or more side effects. We take medications that will never heal us that leave us dependent upon taking them. We like the idea of discussing with each other our particular medications and illnesses. Even, in the church, we prefer someone grabbing us, hollering and spitting in some dramatical way to command our healings. I believe in the laying on hands. I also believe that we need to drink water. I also believe that we need to check out our diets. Many Christians say that we just have to bless our food. I say, if we are blessing it as God says, then it should not come with a disease attached to it (i.e. high blood pressure, high cholestrol). There is a distinction between blessings and cursings. So is our diet blessed or cursed? God can not lie... so what does blessing our food look like in these marvellous bodies?

When we think of God who is Himself wholeness and healing we neglect to image him. We often refuse to follow his prescriptions for our healing. It is said that a great precentage of healing lies in the one command, FORGIVE! Forgive your momma, poppa, sister, brother, neighbor, husband, wife, child or whomever. UNFORGIVENESS is a direct root to bitterness and hatred which has been known to be connected to headaches, arthritis, heart problems, high blood pressure and a few other conditions. Forgiving on a daily basis is over ruled by, take this pill once a day, twice a day, or three times a day.

Am I suggesting that we should not take medications. God forbid. There are instances in the scriptures for taking medications, herbs, and cleansing potions. I am suggesting that we do not follow instructions. We resist the simple. We want to tell others about the calamities of our situations. We often project sickness unto ourselves so that others will notice us. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. It makes sense to ask the Creator of these bodies what to do. He tells us how to live daily. We choose to live in stress. We choose to worry. We choose to speak ill of each other. We make choices that are detrimental to our health.

We give ourselves daily doses of: I am getting old therefore I am supposed to feel bad, My momma died from this so I will probably have it too, Well, we all got to die from something therefore I'll take my own kind of poison, or any number of other thoughts that become true because we believe that it should be so. Do you believe that high blood pressure belongs to you because you are an African American? Listen to your self talk. What are you telling your body about your life in it? We are fearfully and wonderfully made. By his stripes we ARE healed! Command your healing (curing). Search out those attitudes and habits that you have created that are keeping you from your healing. God can not and will not lie. "By his stripes I am healed!"

Monday, July 5, 2010

Naaman's Wife's Servant Girl: Directions To Healing

2 Kings 5: 1-19

A little servant girl who spent her days doing what others told her to do had the answer for her employer’s wholeness. Sometimes those who are under obedience know better how to gain access to the answers of life. This servant had the answer for wholeness. She shared the remedy for wholeness with her mistress. Apparently, they accepted what she said. Although a servant, she had set herself aside as a person of integrity and truth.

However, as we look closer at the story, we realize that oftentimes we add to or subtract from the instructions given us. She told them to go to the prophet. They went to the King. Today, we are searching for ways to guarantee good health and good health insurance for the people of America. Our president, President Barak Obama has made health care a priority in his agenda. While most have agreed that we must offer Americans a fair chance at good health care, others have stood in opposition to the passage of laws concerning the American peoples right to health care. And, we the people have continuously left the decision for better health in the hands of the king, (our government).

Yet, this servant girl told them that they should go to the Prophet. The prophet had the answer to Naaman’s healing. Naaman is diagnosed as having leprosy. Scripturally, leprosy enters the earth, first, as a disease of disobedience, arrogance and rebellion (Numbers 12:1-18). Too often we are asking the government to do what should be done through our own spiritual revelations. “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land,” (II Chronicles 7:14.)

Remember the television series of old, Dr. Wellby? Remember the doctors with the old time bedside manners, who would ask you how you were doing? How is the family? What’s happening with your wife, husband, and children? When is the last time you felt cared for? Bound in these questions were often the roots and realities of sickness and disease. How ever we have gotten away from searching out our true heart.

Healing is the children’s bread. Naaman decides that the remedy to his illness is too simple. We would rather take pills than agree that we have removed ourselves from truth, forgiveness and love. Am I suggesting that the modern diseases of our times should be taken lightly? Am I suggesting that the horrors of HIV, Cancer, Strokes, Heart Conditions, Kidney and Lung failure are to be ignored? My answer is NO! I know through the loss of a mother, brother, and a host of love ones that these diseases demand the attention of our generation. But, I must agree with the Word of God. I do suggest that multiple reasons for our sicknesses can be found in the roots of rejection, unforgiveness, disobedience, and lack of faith.

Naaman’s servant girl directed him to the Prophet. Yet, the prophets themselves have felt overwhelmed by the diseases of our times. However, we must come together. We must seek out the truths that lie with God. We must according to the Word (James 5:14-19) maintain FAITH, as we pray.

Healing is the plan of God for our lives. A restoring of right nutrition, right exercise, right thinking, right relationships, and REAL loving, the agape kind is found with the Prophet. This servant girl directs us back to God because the prophet has a word for the healing of the nations. “These are the signs that follow them that believe, In My Name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt
them, they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover (Mark 16:17-18).” The simplicity is that there truly is healing in the NAME of JESUS.

Thoughts For Discussion:

How much power does your Jesus have?

Should Prophets introspectively look at their lives?

What represents illness through the eyes of God?

What are you believing?