Preparing for a Miracle!
Sermon shared by Bob Hunter
Summary: Miracles donít just happen, they are the work of Godís constant intervention in our lives. Prepare yourself to receive one. ppt outline.
Audience: General adults
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"Preparing for a Miracle"
By Pastor Bob Hunter
Miracles rarely just happen. They are the work of Godís constant intervention in our lives. So how can we prepare ourselves to receive one?
Turn with me to 2 Kings Ch. 5. I want to read you a story today about man named Naaman. Heís not a believer, & he doesnít live in the Holy Land. In fact, when it comes to spiritual things, heís on the outside looking in. The story begins in verse 1. (read 2 Kings 5:1-14)
Namaan is a desperate man, seeking answers to an incurable problem. He has leprosy. Which is a disease that affects the skin. A person with leprosy didnít have much of a future. Itís a very painful disease to say the least, that has serious physical and social consequences. A Leper finds himself alienated and ostracized from the rest of society. All the while, his body aches from a process of deterioration that occurs from the inside out causing the loss of limbs and legs.
Namaan needs a miracle! Heís got a problem, a big problem. He has an issue that canít be resolved. Thatís the first thing you need to know about miracles. All of Godís miracles have one thing in common, and you know what that is? They all start with a problem. Namaan has a enormously big problem in his life! Now, how many of you here tis morning have a problem? Maybe, your problem is sitting right next to you? Donít tell! Truth be told, You have problems, I have problems, all Godís children have problems!!! If you have a problem your candidate to receive a miracle.
All the miracles you read about in the Bible have this one thing in common. They all start with a problem or a need. Thatís the starting point for Godís action. If you donít have any problems then you donít need God.
Namaan wakes up one morning and realizes that if he doesnít get help with his problem, itís all over. Heís going to lose his career, his family, his fortune, his position. Heíll forever live in isolation and alienation. So heís got to do something about it.
The first thing that Namaan did with his problem was this: He admitted it. Namaan was willing to look at things for what they were, not what he wished they were. He was willing to bring his problem into the light.
STEP ONE. ADMIT YOU HAVE A PROBLEM.
Now for many of us, this is a very difficult step to take. We donít like to admit some of our problems do we? We would rather pretend our problems donít exist. We falsely think, that If we donít talk about them, maybe they will go away. And when weíre confronted with them, we have all kinds avoidance strategies like blaming others, getting defensive, or just plain denial.
Namaan, however, was far more realistic. He was beyond the denial stage. His problem was so bad, he couldnít escape it. It changed his appearance, threatened his career. Who could deny it? Everybody knew that Namaan a problem. Realizing his predicament, Namaan resolves to do something about it.
Thatís the second step in the process of preparing yourself to receive a miracle.
STEP TWO: BE WILLING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!
You see, Namaan was not only willing to admit his problem, but he was willing to do some radical things to get the problem fixed. So Iím going to walk you through some of the radical steps that Namaan took toward getting his problem solved and receiving a
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