The Lord’s Chosen Devotional Guide
Date: Friday, July 16th, 2021
Text: 2 Kings 5: 9-14
Theme: ONLY THE HUMBLE CAN BE LIFTED
Memory Verse: “When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up, and he shall save the humble person.” (Job 22:29)
It is only when a person is down that he can be lifted. In other words, it is only when a person acknowledges that he needs help that he can get it. A humble person brings himself low to acknowledge that he needs help. But a proud person is too haughty to admit he needs help. A proud spirit hinders a person from receiving any help from God. The Bible makes us know that God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.
In today’s text, we read about the story of Naaman, a captain in the Syrian army who was a mighty man of valor but was a leper. His wife’s maid who happened to be an Israelite told her of Elisha the prophet of God and he went to Israel to seek a cure. Even though he sought help, we can see that Naaman was a very proud person. His pride nearly made him lose his healing. First, being a captain of the Syrian army, he felt slighted that Elisha had not come out to personally acknowledge him.
As a captain, he felt his status should have been acknowledged. Even with a reproachful disease such as leprosy, he displayed a haughty spirit. He also felt that he was too big to do the simple thing he was instructed to do. In his view, how can dipping in the River Jordan seven times be a cure for leprosy? Even if dipping in a river was the only solution to his problem, he felt there were better rivers in Syria. His pride almost cost him his healing. It took the intervention of his servant girl for him to see reason and humble himself. When he showed humility and followed the instruction of the prophet, he was healed.
Have you heard the undiluted word of God and are still resisting it because you feel you are too big to follow the commandments of God or serve Him? Do you think that the word that is being preached applies to others but not you, probably because you feel you have made it? If that is your case, your captivity has just started. There is no ‘big boy’ or ‘big girl’ when it comes to serving God or obeying His commandments.
Whatever you own is given to you by God and He is the owner of your life and can take it away any time. So, it is better to humble yourself before God humbles you. You need to humble yourself and cry out in genuine repentance and plead for mercy.
Worship/praise God and then take the following prayer points:
- O Lord, give me the enabling grace to be humble and not think highly of myself, in Jesus’ name.
- Forgive me, Lord, for any time in which I have manifested pride, in Jesus’ name.
- God, have mercy and look at my humble state and deliver me from any form of captivity, in Jesus’ name.
- I pray that my G. O and Mommy in the Lord will remain grounded in humility, in Jesus’ name.
- As chosen people, we decree that peace must reign in our nation, in Jesus’ name.
Authored By Pastor Lazarus Muoka.
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