Well No Wonder…

When thinking of this guy Gehazi (see 2 Kings 5 and also see my last post, “Why Would He Take the Money”) several things leap of of the pages of the Word that should serve as a warning to you and I.

Gehazi was around the Word of God, God’s number one prophet, miracles, and even healings…but did not know what he was seeing (see Matthew 6:19-24) and Secondly, he prostituted himself for a little pocket change.  Literally.  Now, I know that the text in 2 Kings tells that he actually received, “two talents of silver” and before you go and Google it, a talent of silver is more than $20,000 by today’s standards.  Hardly pocket change, but when you read the penalty for Gehazi’s sinful choices — it’s not that much.  As Gehazi returned back to Elisha’s place he was going to do what every red-blooded-consumed by the flesh-around spiritual things-knows just enough about Christ and His Holy Word-man-woman-boy or girl does.  He was going to hide it and lie.  The Prophet Elisha met him as he came and asked him, “Where’ve you been?  Did I send you?  We are not providing a SERVICE!” (my paraphrase).  The most damning words that Gehazi would ever hear followed. “The leprosy that Naaman had shall never leave you and your seed forever.”

Nice.


I don’t know about you, but  I have the shakes because of the adrenaline flowing in my veins right now.  How could he? Why did he think that he could get away with it?…sigh.  Truth is, millions of people everyday CHOOSE to give in to their sinful flesh.  Having said all that, are you ready to see (err…be reminded) how to avoid acting like such a bastard child of the flesh?

1.)  You must have a personal, intimate and relevant relationship with The LORD Jesus Christ. In other words, you must be born-again (Don’t like that phrase?…consult the Gospel of John chapter three and hush)

2.) Spend time each day in prayer and personal study of the Word of God (Not for your Sunday School lesson, or for chapel, or for small groups. for you…just you and the Holy Spirit up to your ears in scripture).  Start off with 7-10 minutes a day and grow from there.

3.) Put together a system that makes sense for you to memorize verses. Not just to commit it to your brain, instead memorize it so its an ingrained part of your heart and your daily life.

4.) Tithe. (Its commanded in the OT and implied in the NT…don’t even go there)

5.) Pass out something with the Gospel on it everyday to three strangers

6.) Keep track of your prayer requests. Everyone is good at giving them – ever thought of tracking them and recording the when/how God answers them?  Try it.

7.) Get involved in Christian Service. The needs of others always trumps our own needs.  Becoming others focused is “WJD” (What Jesus Did).

8.) Respect the spiritual authority in your life. You will not agree nor have to agree with everything they say.  Shut up and listen.  Pay attention and watch.  (Ever thought of how Jesus himself spent 30 years getting ready for 3.5 years of ministry?)

9.) Surround yourself with GODLY counsel. SOOOOOOO important.  A lot of good people will give good advice-but they can have it.  To avoid being caught red-handed with $40k in silver, let the Word of God be the final authority in your life.

10.) Remain teachable. When we think we’ve arrived and know it all we go from being humble and grateful to being grumbly and hateful.

Oh yeah, three more things from the life and flesh-driven choices of a man whom we never hear about again:

~Really close is still really far away

~Left to ourselves, we will make poor choices

~Sin’s price cost Jesus Christ his life.

That old dog needs to die.  It’s time to lay the flesh…your flesh to rest.

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