Summary: Health and Healing
Breakthrough to Blessing (Part 3)
Health and Healing
Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper.
—2 Kings 5:1 NKJV
So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
—2 Kings 5:14 NKJV
Disease humbles even the most proud person. Naaman was the top military officer in the nation, but yet he was a leper.
All of us have things that come into our lives that our power, our position, and our money cannot fix. Often it is that very thing that pushes us to a miracle.
God wants to heal our bodies, but He also wants to change our hearts and get glory for Himself.
1. Healing comes from faith.
“If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy” (2 Kings 5:3 NKJV).
A little girl started the miracle. She believed that Elisha would heal her master if he could just get there. All miracles begin with someone’s faith, either the faith of the afflicted or someone else’s faith.
Four friends lowered a man through the roof in front of Jesus, and when He saw their faith, He responded (Matt. 9:2).
Naaman’s faith was raised to expect a miracle by the faith of this little girl. God’s Word builds faith and expectation.
2. Healing comes from grace.
“He departed and took with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold” (2 Kings 5:5 NKJV).
Healing is a free gift, something money cannot buy. Naaman thought he had to buy his healing, do something to earn it.
Jesus paid for our healing on the cross: “By His wounds you were healed” (1 Pet. 2:24 NASB). We need to banish from our minds every thought of unworthiness and works and just receive.
3. Healing comes from obedience.
“But Naaman became angry and stalked away. “I thought he would certainly come out to meet me!” he said. “I expected him to wave his hand over the leprosy and call on the name of the Lord his God and heal me!” (2 Kings 5:11 NLT).
God’s ways are not our ways. We imagine that God will use a certain thing or heal us at a certain time or use a certain person. Jesus often did very unorthodox things in obedience to God, but each time a person obeyed Him, that person was healed.
Do what God commands you to do: humble yourself, forgive others, be anointed with oil, confess your faults. These are easy things to do, but they put you in a position for a miracle.
4. Healing comes from perseverance.
“So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan . . . and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child” (2 Kings 5:14 NKJV).
In the Bible, the number seven is a number of repetitive obedience. For example, Joshua went around Jericho seven times on the seventh day (Josh 6:15), and Elijah prayed seven times for the rain to return before a cloud the size of a man’s hand appeared (1 Kings 18:44).
Healing can be a process of perseverance. Symptoms may disappear instantly or gradually, but disappear they must! If your healing has not yet come, keep on believing!
5. Healing remains through faithfulness.
“So Naaman said, ‘Please let your servant be given two mule-loads of earth; for your servant will no longer offer either burnt offering or sacrifice to other gods, but to the Lord” (2 Kings 5:17 NKJV).
“Sin no more” (John 5:14 NKJV). After you are healed, you must give God the glory and live a life of dedication to God for the rest of your days. Healing is intended to bring you to God forever!