I was so happy to be in church this last Sunday. I had been sick for several days and missing church is not something I like to do. It really is an opportunity and privilege to be able to come into Gods place of worship with other believers. There is something we can all gain from one another. The Bible says, iron sharpens iron, and it is crazy how dull one can get when out of fellowship with other believers. There truly is strength that can be built into our lives as we meet together, singing to the Lord and listening to God’s Word really brings life to a weary soul. I was very blessed and thankful that I have a place to call home in my church family. It’s a place I can go and be me without judgement and condemnation. Let’s face it we all feel empty, lonely and ugly at times, and how wonderful it is to have a church family that loves us when we are good, bad or ugly, truly this is the grace of God.
So the message was, “it’s your move, moving in humility” As Pastor Doug began his message Sunday he spoke out of 2nd Kings. It pertained to Naaman who was a leper. If you read the story you will find out he dealt with many things in his life, being a leader, a leper and yet one who also needed to come into submission to the words of the prophet Elisha. The story also involves a young lady who was taken captive by Naaman’s men, however she is the one that brought the message to Naaman to go and seek the prophet for his healing. Wow! There truly is a lot here in this story, pride, leprosy, anger and a little lady who could of kept the answer for Naaman to herself.
I begin to think how I would respond in this situation? The servant girl being stolen away from her family and homeland. Would I have thought, well he can just suffer. After all look what he has done to me and my family. However this young lady moved into a different thinking pattern, she looked out for the very one who had taken her from the loves of her life. As I think about this I believe it would be much more beneficial to my life to forgive, to help when I need help myself.
These are steps to change. Letting go of the leprous mindset that eats away at our soul and steals the hopes and dreams to a better future. I am finding out that most bondage starts in the mind and we have the power to break it and allow Gods cleansing power to do a healing work in our lives. So I believe it is up to us individually. So as the preacher said, Hey it’s your move!