We’ve learned since we were a baby how to receive things. If we wanted milk, we cried or fussed. If we wanted a toy, we asked. As we grew we learned how to receive more and more of the things we wanted and needed. It’s a basic in human development. The things of the material world are not different from the things of the spiritual. We first discover what is available, then we find out how we have to receive it.
We have discovered over the last few posts that the abundant life is available, as promised by God through His son Jesus Christ. Now, it’s up to us to find out how to receive it. Below is a situation in 2 Kings, where an enemy general needed a healing. God provided a step by step process for him to receive it into his life. Look as you read, how God showed him what was available, then how he had to go about receiving it.
“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.
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.
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.
And [one] went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that [is] of the land of Israel.” 2 Kings 5:1-4
Wow, do you see how that came about for Naaman? His wife’s maid who was from Israel their enemy. That’s quite a leap. First, why would the maid help her captive? She was his slave. It all sniffs of God doing a mighty work here, don’t you think?
“And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand [pieces] of gold, and ten changes of raiment.
And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, Now when this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have [therewith] sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou mayest recover him of his leprosy.
And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, [Am] I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? wherefore consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me.” vs. 5-7
Is that King walking with God? Hmmm….
“And it was [so], when Elisha the man of God had heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.
So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.
And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.” vs. 8-10
Do you see the two parts of the first step to your abundant life? Naaman discovered what was available and the next part was learning how to receive it. He had to dip in the Jordan a specific number of times. Wow. It was simple instructions and tomorrow we’ll finish with the third step of this wonderful miracle.
Every need is like this. There is a procedure involved. Just like in the material world when you want a passport, or driver’s license or simply learning to paint. You must find out what is available, and then the steps for how to receive it.
Do you need something? Here is the first two things to find out before you do anything else. Ask God, is it available? And…how do I receive it? It’s that easy.Tomorrow we’ll go over the next important part of the first step towards your abundant life.
God bless you today!
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