Faith In God's Healing Power: Naaman

When I was struggling to overcome addiction I didn't understand how powerful God is and that if I would listen to him and act He had the power to heal. I found that I was like Naaman. (2 Kings chapter 5)

  •  Naaman had leprosy, which meant certain death - I had a sexual addiction. I always felt guilty and wondered if I was ever going to be able to stop. 

  •  A little maid suggested Namaan go see the prophet - I often missed opportunities because answers came from seemingly minor places. 

  •  A servant of Elisha told Naaman to wash in the Jordan River seven times, and Namaan was wroth - I often times visited with church leaders about my addiction. I never was mad at the advice they gave me, but I didn't have enough faith that their advice would fix my huge problems.

  •  Naaman's servant said if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? - This was certainly part of my problem. I was searching for huge solutions to my huge addiction that I couldn't control, but the solution lay in the small and simple things that God new would help me.  

  •  Naaman finally pulled it together, washed seven times and was healed - When I finally became disciplined enough to do the small and simple things I knew I should, the temptations I experienced became much more manageable. 

Take Away - Only God knows what you need. The solution to your addiction may be prayer, counseling, introducing small changes to your daily habits, or addressing deep emotional wounds. Everybody's path to healing is different, do some honest soul-searching and try your best to act on what you feel God is telling you to do.