“THE RIVERS OF DAMASCUS AND THE RIVER OF JORDAN”

2 Kings 5:9-12 NIV
[9] So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha’s house.
[10] Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.”

[11] But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy.
[12] Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage.

And I wonder how many people have walked off from their miracles because of their bedeviled spirit of Pride. I wonder how many young Sisters of the Lord had walked off their God-provided life partner because of their spirit of Arrogance and Pride. I wonder how many young men have walked off, in their heart, from the presence of the woman the Lord had showed them to marry, because they had thought that “Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus” are better than “all the rivers of Israel”.

Naaman had arrived the front of the house of Elisha in his Royal military chariot driven by four or six military-decorated horses and accompanied by some other loyal lieutenants. He had waited outside the house for Elisha to come out and pay him respect as expected and then perform some elaborated signs and heal him. But the man did not even show his face. He only sent a messenger to go and tell him to “go and wash yourself seven times in the JORDAN, and your flesh will be restored.” The General was angry and walked off.

Firstly, it means to get healed would involved getting off all his clothes before his servants. Stripping himself naked to the pant before he could be healed, because he was instructed to wash himself, not just dipping himself into the waters. Washing would involve taking off his clothes.

SO ONE MAJOR THING REQUESTED FROM HIM FOR HIS HEALING WAS HUMILITY.
Readiness to Humble himself before the Lord of Israel.
The rivers of Damascus may be better than the Jordan River, but the rivers of Damascus did not have the resume, the qualities of the presence of God. The Ark of Covenant did not pass through Rivers Abana and Pharpar. Israelites did not pass through the Rivers of Damascus. The Lord did not perform any wonders in the Rivers of Damascus.

The rivers did not roll up like heaps by the mighty hands of God, for the people of God to pass through. So, rivers Abana and Pharpar may be good-looking and handsome and rich or wealthy, but they did not possess the qualities of the Lord as the Jordan River.
HUMILITY in accepting whatever the spirit of the Lord says and FAITH in what the Lord God who had spoken is all that is needed for the miracles you have eagered for. EGO and PRIDE would have deprived Naaman of his long desired miracles. He had to come down from his chariot and remove all his garment of pride to wash seven times in the river that met not his quality standard. His EGO and PRIDE were deflated, before he could get that miracle of the brand new skin of a new baby.

Some Sisters would not accept the men the Lord sent on their way, because they did not meet their standard. Their “Dream Man” had a list of standard that must be met. The Jobs, the Profession, the House, the status, the physical appearance. He must meet the Standards of “Abana and Pharpar”, but the Lord had sent to them the “sub-standard” river of Jordan. Yet, if they want the miracle, they would have to stripe themselves naked of all their Pride and Ego and bow to wash in the River the Lord have showed them.

God is showing you a lady apart from the one you had expected? God had led to you a man different from the type of men you had desired? God is leading you to take the job different from the ones you have prayed for? God is relocating you and your family to a town or place that you least expected or desired?

2 Kings 5:14 NIV
[14] So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.
The Lord reversed his age and gave him a skin of a baby, FOR HUMBLING himself and CASTING DOWN HIS EGO and accepting the provisions of God apart from his choice of Rivers Abana and Pharpar.

– I Cast Down ALL Spirit of Pride and Ego in my life and bow myself at His Feet to receive all my Miracles and solutions to my long time prayers.

Source: Evang. Mike Bamiloye

Jesus loves you, accept Him today, tomorrow might be too late.

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