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  1. Lessons From A Leper The Pleasant Man Who Went Away in a Rage 2 Kings 5:1-14

  2. Attitude and God’s Word • Proper attitudes are very important when it comes to dealing with God’s word • Many reject or misunderstand God’s word because their attitude is not right

  3. Attitude and God’s Word • Who was he? A captain; honorable and mighty; leper; a caring servant; came to Elisha for healing • What can Naaman teach us? Let us consider his 5 attitudes toward the word of God

  4. 1. The “I’m Angry” Attitude • Naaman was angry because he heard something he didn’t want to hear • Like the Jews who heard Jesus (Lk. 4:27-29)

  5. 1. The “I’m Angry” Attitude • Like the prodigal’s brother (Lk. 15:28) or the Gentiles who heard Paul (Acts 19:28) • We must be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath (Jas. 1:19-20)

  6. 2. The “I Thought” Attitude • Naaman expected something different than what he was told • Like Abraham who “thought” it was o.k. to lie (Gen. 20:11)

  7. 2. The “I Thought” Attitude • Like the Israelites during the period of the Judges (Judges 17:6; 21:25) • Like Saul who “thought” he should persecute Christians (Acts 26:9)

  8. 2. The “I Thought” Attitude • Many today expect something different when it comes to salvation, worship, morality, etc. • Our thoughts stand in the way to obedience and they need to be removed (2 Cor. 10:5)

  9. 2. The “I Thought” Attitude • God’s thoughts are not our thoughts (Isa. 55:8-9; Prov. 16:25)

  10. 3. The “I Expect More” Attitude • Naaman thought dipping was too simple; he expected some type of special ceremony – expected something “great” • Like those who followed Jesus expecting more food (Jn. 6:26,66)

  11. 3. The “I Expect More” Attitude • Many today expect more or “great” things when it comes to religion and what the Lord’s church offers in preaching, plan of salvation, worship, in work, in organization, etc. • We must not expect more than what God offers (2 Jn. 9)

  12. 4. The “I’m Complaining” Attitude • Naaman had leprosy but he complained about having to dip in that old, dirty Jordan River as the cure; he wanted to substitute his own river and cure • Also called the “I’ve got a better way” attitude

  13. 4. The “I’m Complaining” Attitude • Today, many complain about the Lord’s cure for sin, Christian duties, etc. (1 Jn. 5:3) • Today, many want to substitute their own religion (2 Tim. 1:13; 2:2; 3:14; 4:2-3)

  14. 4. The “I’m Complaining” Attitude • We must do all things without murmuring and complaining (Phil. 2:14) • What is the “better” way? “To obey is better” (1 Sam. 15:22)

  15. 5. The “According to God” Attitude • Naaman finally stopped being foolish, humbled himself, and did “according to the saying of the man of God” and he was clean • Consider the role of the servant in v. 13

  16. 5. The “According to God” Attitude • Like Noah (Gen. 6:22) or the Levites who bore the ark (1 Chron. 15:15) • This attitude is a must if we are to be pleasing to God (Mt. 7:21; Lk. 6:46; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; Heb. 5:8-9)

  17. What Is Your Attitude Today… • “I’m Angry”? • “I Thought”? • “I Expect More?” • “I’m Going to Complain/Better Way?” • “I’m Going to Obey According to God?”