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One Small Step, Part 2

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March 2, 2021 9:00 am

One Small Step, Part 2

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March 2, 2021 9:00 am

Many of us like to think we’d follow God to the ends of the earth, but we haven’t even taken the first little steps of faith!

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Today on Summit line Gina Greer says it's really quite simple to say by a simple act of obedience.

Name it only to believe in subversive himself in the river to be healed. What I am going to trust in Jesus and submerged herself into his fountain to be healed. Pulses of anyone is in Christ is a new creation. Old things are passed away. Behold all things are become new. You have a terminal disease you got Jesus to light after JD and Molly minutes. I think it's safe to say that most people have high aspirations so what are your works, maybe dream about running a marathon or starting your own business but easy to talk the talk, you know it's a lot harder to take the little everyday steps needed to reach that goal.

Like jogging regularly or getting a business degree and sometimes the same is true in our walk with God. We like to think that we'd follow God to the ends of the earth, but we haven't even taken the first little steps of faith today. Pastor JD wraps up our study of the prophet Elisha, something greater, and he stresses the importance of one small step needed to move forward in relationship with God. So grab your Bible and like to hear what God has to say to chapter 5, verse one. Naaman, commander of the Army of the king of Syria is a mighty man of high favor because by him. The Lord had given victory to Syria victory over whom by the way, Israel was a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper. Leprosy was the most feared disease in the world began. In those days during today's novel answers as he began a small patch of white skillful powdery that would break out into a rash it would slowly spread over the whole body until it dead and the nerve endings are bodily extremities begin to fall off like your fingers and your toes is highly believed it was highly contagious.

There was no cure for it all. So you report outside it was just the worse it was a death sentence to be outside rehabs for the next 10 or 20 years and you died in isolation first to know the Syrians and whether rage and carried off a little girl from the land of Israel. She worked in the service of Naaman's wife. She said her mistress would my Lord were with the prophet who was in Samaria. He he would cure him of his leprosy. Naaman went in and told his Lord means the king bus and so spoke the girl from the land of Israel, the king of Syria said go now and I will send a letter to the king of Israel will write you a cover letter to Naaman when taking with him 10 talents of silver 6000 shekels of gold and 10 changes of clothing five or six women brought a letter to the king of Israel, which read when this letter reaches you know that I sent you, Naaman, my servant, that you made sure of his leprosy on the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, my God, to make alive at this man's sins word to me cure a man of his leprosy only consider and see how he is seeking a quarrel with me when Elisha, the man of God her the visual tour is closely sent to the king you I see she did live near the policy was way out of the backwoods, he said to the king saying why did you join your close let them come now to me that he may know that there is a prophet in Israel. Elisha get this perceived by the spirits that there was a greater purpose in Naaman's leprosy in a greater purpose was that Naaman come to know God. So Naaman came with his horses and his chariots probably notice the plural.

This would not of been a subtle thing and this would not of been impressive to the children of Israel did not help looking at other with one look at that cavalcade of Escalade that it must be important to first analyze a set up. Watch this messenger to him, saying, go wash majority seven times in your flesh will be restored. You shall be doing will Naaman as you can imagine is angry and he went away. Verse 11. Behold, I thought he would surely come out to be a standout call on the name of the Lord his God and waved his hand over the place and cure the lever verse 12 are not Obama, and far far the rivers of Damascus are not better than all the waters of Israel, could I washing them to be clean, baccarat live when I made this journey so he turned and went away in a rage.

Verse 13 but when his servants third is again his servants came near and said to him, my father if it was a great war, the prophet spoken you when you have done it.

So we went verse 14 he dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God, and on that seven time. His flesh was restored like the flesh of baby verse 15 then he returned to the man of God first time face-to-face.

Elisha stop a minute would you say Ms. Bender said your life right. Was he sick, behold, I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel, not the first mention of leprosy to accept now present from your servant says Naaman Elisha, but he Elisha said as the Lord lives, before whom I stand, I will receive nine Naaman urged him to take it, but he refused. Remember, Naaman had started this process thinking that he could purchase this miracle by his riches and the one thing the one thing that has to be understood about the gospel is that it is a free gift of grace. Here's what I wanted to use rest of my time to show you two things, so you first of all why Naaman came to God and the second llama show you how Naaman came to God, let's think about Naaman for a minute. Naaman was the ultimate insider was not he was he was a very successful general. He was a hero. He was a celebrity. What is highly regarded. That's what it means every ghost people buy dinner pay for his grace, leprosy, put you on the outside faster than anything else. Leprosy was a sentence of banishment and death. Naaman had found the spot of death. We don't know when. Where was he took off his armor one day and there was that little patch but Naaman would never have found God if it had not been for that spot his spot of death became his portal of eternal life.

That's why Naaman came to goddesses God put them on his back assured of a deeper problem and that was the spot. A leprosy on his art number two how Naaman came to God how Naaman came and got wanting to kindergartner how mimicking the godly identify, three things here. The first one will call searching humility searching humility. Did you notice that throughout the story. The druggist renaming to try to go to Kings in God seems to send him the slaves with the sword because of the Hebrew servant girl, which is about as low as you can get in Syria. She's Hebrew, which means you Barbara, despise race. She's a servant she's a female and she's a kid you can get lower than that she's the one that tells Naaman where his healing will be found to what is Naaman ago to go to get know he goes to the king since into the other team who is terrified to know what to do when Naaman finally gets to Elisha, he is greeted by an assistant and in turn, when Naaman rejects the prescription want to talk him back from the edge and convince them to finally do something our room.

The service Naaman shows up with a massive money and power that no one else in his day would've been able to put together an Elisha dismisses it out of hand and says don't wanted don't need it to be any good at all why she tells him to give a muddy Creek seven times name is the sum of the mighty rivers Syrian licenses.

We do that all day long.

He wants everyone to change anything to your diplomat Creek in obedience was the message and all that God does not save to the strength of men your money, your strength, your moral rectitude your righteousness your religion your goodness your culture, your upbringing or hydropower all worthless side of God. God saves by grace through faith. Salvation for man was not found in their ingenuity not found in their achievements is not found in their morality is not found in their religion is not found in their science is not found in their education is not found in the indomitable spirit of man salvation for the human race was found in a despised man who died on the cross we thought so little of.

We crucified and just forgot about the first thing the cross does when it comes to you as it destroys your pride. The cross shows you the God's verdict on your life was death.

Everything about that because the less the gospel has really insulted you. You probably never understood the first thing the cross does goes to war if you're right, what's the verdict on your life but we backfill you here from over was God's verdict on your life, condemnation, death. You know God sums up you like, you know what obituary he would write a victory for the picture across their back. That's what you deserve, and it destroys your pride because it shows you that not only was that the condemnation that you deserve.

That's God's verdict on your life pictures you are powerless to do anything about it.

Grace is hard and the reason most people are not profoundly changed or they never really thought about race would never consider what it means your soul hates grace, and you guys can become beautiful to you one day but only after it's taken you to this path of humiliation and if you've never felt the sting of the cross. When I survey the wondrous Cross on which the Prince of richest gain I count but what a little trite phrase throughout the what your riches gain you Canada's loss, and pour contempt on all my pride that whole like line that I heard growing up about how you got it you get to crowding yourself and you gotta be your man.

You gotta be all that you respect yourself.pour contempt on all that because the call said that God's verdict on my life was not theirs.

Amanda respect is there is a man to condemn and I fell at Jesus feet and he gave me grace and grace became sweet, but only after I tasted the bitter pill. The girls do you have the humility to come to Jesus. She mostly let's will never come to him and on the humility to get there to admit that God saves they can't save themselves, usually one other place in Maine assert humility. Think about how much humility it took for Naaman to cross the border. Basically what he was saying is healing for my disease is not found in all things not taken pride in them and confident in a mighty Syrian doctors file is found in those despised people that I been looking down on all my life.

Naaman had to be open to the idea that the salvation he saw would come from outside the things you normally took pride in which he usually found confidence in you just feel like you build an identity on a certain thing but there's something in you and maybe God for you.

Maybe where like the Israelites in your light Naaman and the question is, you have the humility to cross the border in question your convictions and maybe doubt whether or not you're wrong. Louis said the reason most people never find God's mercy for always looking down on others in her life and God only speak from above. Is it because you're always looking on others. You never see the face of God or hear the voice of God and Dukes of Mayor my question. You have the humility to be open to the fact that you might be wrong and maybe the things that you found so much confidence and have not given you what you need and maybe it's a despised people to you. Maybe it's a despised group that God can use to give you the most important message of your life. You have the humility to do that. That's the first element is a searching humility. Here's the second element. This is so subtle y'all. You probably read right over top of that, this is a character in the story that is seeing some minor but she the whole story depends on her suffering servant, not a Syrian someone of the rage he carried off a little girl can imagine the horror of that this girl is a victim of human trafficking. The fact that she is a captive means that lesson at best. Her family was taken captive and sold slaves somewhere else in Syria.

At worst, it means she watched them butchered in front of her eyes. This is the little girl and she worked in the service of Naaman's wife will probably indicate conducted the raid, Naaman right.

He's a captain of the Syrian army somehow remarkably, she seems to been able to forgive him. She doesn't say how things got leprosy serves him right now get to watch his decrepit old body fall apart in sheer as every digit falls from his body. God is given him what he deserves. What I would not write you from she was suffering through no fault of her own. If anything, her suffering was caused by Naaman sin and is some great irony.

Her suffering caused by Naaman. Sin became Naaman's salvation. If you're saved, see you will be saved by a suffering servant. This sweet little unnamed girl gave us one of the clearest Old Testament pictures of Jesus. Jesus suffered like this little girl like her. He's the ultimate outsider income as a Katie came as a carpenter like her.

It was not his own sin that he suffered for it was hours unlike her.

The entered into that suffering voluntarily. She had the joy she was taken captive. She was stripped from her family involuntarily. Jesus left his father voluntarily to come to earth to save us no mention of his life or maybe said elated down of his own accord. This girl was just a girl. Jesus was a mighty prince who ruled the universe who chose to become a slave, though he was in the form of God did not consider equality with God a thing to be held onto but instead turned his back on that took the form of a servant humbled himself and became obedient, obedient to the point of the death of the cross. This girl simply told Naaman about Elisha who told him about the river.

Jesus filled his blood to become the river in which we would bathe and wash ourselves away. Dr. Matthew chapter 3 John the Baptist is baptizing in the same river right the Jordan River Matthew chapter 3 and as he is baptizing is called a baptism of repentance and so essentially what that means is you going to water you would confess your sins or your center and the job would say, I baptize you insert name as a sinner and I baptize you when you come up symbolizing start a new life. God was watching you claim it start some new was God's doing all this 1 Day Man Works His Way to the crowd and steps in the water and says I want to be baptized, and John the Baptist sees this is Jesus, and rightfully objections this why would you want to be baptized in a baptism of repentance we got repent of. You never said that's a good question and was Jesus say let it be so. Because I need to fulfill all righteousness fulfill all righteousness easily as righteousness can be. They can be more righteous than here. So whose righteousness of the filling is filling my righteousness is easy to get into be baptized in repentance for my repentance and for my sin.

Imagine that everybody had to wear their sins on their chest with the name Jack your name in all your said it was as if Jesus was walking to the crowd pulled all peoples nametags and put them on himself when he got in the water even represent himself anymore. He was repenting for our sin, so he took our sin and our sorrow, and he made his very own Shirley is more recent carried our sorrow. We esteemed him, sent by God afflicted because Abby would come out of that baptism to go the rest of his ministry here live in the life you and I were supposed to live print prayer for your service to pray walking away. We were supposed to walk within the vision of God together.

We were condemned to die in our place so that his blood when it came out would be a river in which we can wash our sins away.

So we would sing a song like this. There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel's veins consider floods believe that flood lose all their guilty saying that dying thief rejoiced to see that fountain in his day, and there may either violently watch all my sins away. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows, yet we esteemed him smitten by God, afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon him by his stripes we are healed.

If you're to be saved and be saved by humility which also would be saved by a suffering servant is going to do it in your place so that he can give you his righteousness because God made him who knew no sin to become sin for you as you become the righteousness of God.

See essay by searching humility are saved by a suffering servant number three you're saved by a simple act of obedience you're saved by a simple act of obedience. Naaman had only to believe and submersed himself in the river to be healed. What I am going to trust in Jesus and submersed herself into his fountain to be healed right because God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him. That said, believe and trust in him, and surrender to him would not perish but have everlasting life. Naaman came about. I want to stand like a baby. Paul says if anyone is in Christ is a new creation. Old things are passed away behold all things are become new. You have a terminal disease. You got it. Jesus took it to look at any totally buried and took it away so that when you would trust in him you would get his righteousness is healing the power of his resurrection go to work in you because you taken your center corruption may put it away in those waters. It's a simple act of obedience. What it really so life-changing he turning changing result after you do that the Bible says the first thing you're supposed to do not want this person you have to do after your say this must be baptized that this is a picture of what just happened to me hundred printer your name and right water coming up clean.

Baptism is a is a symbol of how Jesus took you into himself and wash you have your said I had done this long enough to hear the number one we allow people listening right now never baptized.

And here is what they say they're always like well I just don't see it being unimportant. It's inconvenient. It's a little embarrassing don't get soaking wet runner body and adjusting to being in all this, do you hear the spirit of Naaman in that door you telling God what he's commanded is not is not is not important, if not of the commandment obeyed. It does anything to you if that God uses out of four is a portal in which he begins to pour his power, his presence into your life that was going on there.

Jesus. Maybe it's the same thing all over again.

I told you there's nothing magical about the water as Durham city tap water, you dirty money from him when he went in when I know that it set a small act of obedience becomes a portal for life is what God because of oneself out to you, but in some of you to make that decision to no trust in Christ.

That's a decision you make should be baptized.

Maybe believer either some other act of obedience. Maybe just tell you to stop something you understand. Why is that important you know God telling you that maybe You Break up Somebody and See What You Will Realize the God of the Rest of Your Life. Unbelievable Blessing, but You'll Never Experience It until the Sunblock of Obedience. You Do This, God Can Give You This Trifle with Obedience Because God Always Has More for You Than You Probably Realize Maybe He so Just Start Something but It's a Ministry Mentor New Career. Maybe It's Maybe Join the Church Start a Small Group or Start to Give Generously and Guess What God Is Speaking about a Certain Sacrifice.

You Have No Idea What God Has Waiting for You but It Comes to a Simple Act of Obedience. You Never See This Is Not the Commandment It's Not Water It's It's What God Begins to Do Same. Maybe, This May Be like a Schoolgirl. God Told You to Share Christ with Somebody You're Scared to the Somebody Important Missile Girl Shifted What the Name and She Has To Share Christ with a Guy Who Could Have Killed Us without Saying to Say I Need to Tell This Person about Me and You're Not Doing It Because You're Afraid You Realize What Could Happen in Their Life and in Your Life You Would Open up That Portal for Life Simple Act of Obedience Leads to an Attorney Change for Them in Many Ways like Changing Transfer You about This Got Told You to Forgive Maybe like a Small Girl Got You Got Forgiven. You're Hanging on Fish like I Got a Nurse This Morning a Nurse You Realize What God Can Do in Your This Girl Gave Us a Picture Jesus Will Talk about 3000 Years Later You Know What a Blessing God to Put in Your Life If You Would Obey That and You Would Forgive. Not to Mention the Blessing That You Come from the Person to the Person That You Forgive Such Great Blessings of God Complete Small Acts of Jesus Promised to Dissuade John 1421 He Said That Whoever Has My Commandments and Keeps Them, He Will Be Loved by My Father and I Will Love Him and Manifest Myself to Him yet Manifest Is a Whole Lot More Than You Thought You Obey the Commandment and Also God Himself Known to You, God Reveals Himself to Small Act Was the Obedience That You Need to. Most Likely It's Just One Small Step. Are You Ready You're Listening to Senate Life with JD Greer and the Conclusion of Our Series Called Something Greater If You Miss Any Part of This Study.

You Can Find Every Message Free of seven JD speaking of God revealing himself through these acts of obedience we've been seeing how God revealed himself to Elijah and Elisha over the past three weeks, and specifically how as Elijah's Guild got expanded. He learned to trust God more and that's the focus of our complementary study as well. Right absolutely knowing God for who he really is. That's the key. Just because you can't make up truth about you and say well this is the Molly that I prefer to know so let me make up some characteristics and qualities about you. I would have to just know you as you are right when the same way God has to be known for who he is. Many people have that kind of a deity they assemble. I called it a build a bear deity. Words like you assemble the God that makes you feel warm and fuzzy but that's that's not the true God, the true God has revealed himself and that's battleground that Elijah stepped into this a part study that we produce the just. It just goes along with the stories about Elijah and Elisha that you're hearing about a summit life or that your reading of the Bible, it's a resource I think really help you having to find yourself wanting to give it to somebody and say hey let's go through this together you'll reach out to us and allow you to get connected to our ministry like part of what we do and give your resources just waiting. We left to get you a copy of this resource today to help you learn more about the only time getting to support this ministry is something here for something better something greater study of Elijah, Jamie, when you donate $25 and 33565. Where might be easier to get online. She finally benefits inviting again tomorrow when we renew study very mad and turns. You don't want to bring them in my Jamie

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