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Christ's Method of Medical Evangelism- Visual Impairment

Phil Mills Sr.


Phil Mills Sr.

Dermatologist in Northern Georgia



  • December 7, 2014
    2:00 PM


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I love to study dermatology in the Bible. Perk at perhaps the greatest dermatology story from antiquity is a story that was referenced this morning the story of name and it's a story about ending in contrast a muddy river that plains and clean rivers that don't. One man with leprosy comes to a prophet and leaves cured of leprosy another man without leprosy comes to the prophet but leaves cursed with leprosy. It shows one man seeking to give away a fortune ends up keeping it while a different man seeking to gain fortune ends up only with misfortune. It's the story of a Hebrew slave who has answers in the Hebrew King who does not. It's a story that speaks to a serious Dermatologic problem in name and that uncovers a more serious Cardia logic problem in Giza. It's a story that speaks to all medical missionary workers in some respects Maimane is every patient we see and his is the medical missionary we must not be let's powerhead their Lord as we study again delving into a familiar story I pray that you'll give us unfamiliar thoughts in Christ's name we pray Amen. Now naman. Captain of the host of the king of Syria was a great man with his master an honorable because by Him the Lord had given deliverance on the Syria like Cyrus after him God could say of this heathen gentleman I will strengthen you though you have not acknowledged to me any success either saint or sinner has comes from God in every area of life the most high rule within the kingdom of man and give it to whomsoever he will Josephus tells how naman gave deliverance to Syria and became a great man he states that naman was the certain man who drew a bow at a venture and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness resulting in the. Death of King. I am Ellen White hints at this in the book prophets and Kings his deadly aim was not simply a lucky shot and a lucky day the verse continues He was also a mighty man in valor he had the world by the tail everything was going well. He was successful popular wealthy but if the story quit there there'd be no story naman would have simply been one of the countless unknowns he would have lived he would have died. His grave would be lost he would be forgotten there would not be a trace of him all his past successes would mean nothing. Worldly fame and prosperity ladies and gentlemen brothers and sisters means nothing it's not lasting. I'm not able to tell you whether a life violated HIPPA in recording this story but after telling of name and valor a life adds He was a leper in leprosy was both incurable and deadly naman could conquer the enemies of Syria without but he couldn't conquer the enemy within. Here is in so many areas of life fame and fortune mean nothing. So often we look at life backward. Name and thought his leprosy was a tragedy his wife thought it was a tragedy. The king of Syria thought it was a tragedy but that leprosy was to bring naman his greatest blessing in the future life the mysteries that here have annoyed and disappointed us will be made plain. We shall see that our seemingly unanswered prayers and disappointed hopes have been among our greatest blessings. Christ will work through those who can see mercy in misery gain in loss. When the light of the world passes by privilege will be discerned in hardship order and confusion success in apparent failure calamities will be seen as disguised blessings woes. It's mercies. David put it this way before I was afflicted I want to stray but now have I kept my word. The Syrians and the Israelites were in a state of war maimings leprosy did not make him slack in his warfare against the Israelites in the least. We're told in the Syrians had gone out by companies they stole They pillage they rob they rape they murdered the Israelites were crying out to God for him to raise up and destroy this old Assyrians and deliver his people they were looking for God to provide a hero soldier a Joshua Gideon a Jap to lead his people to victory. But God had another plan. He would bypass the Syrian's prejudice he provided a hero slay like name ans leprosy her capture appeared to be a great tragedy we don't know or her aid and Hebrew expression in the passage would mean the youngest daughter she would have been unmarried but could have been of marriageable age. Perhaps she was a teen. The Hebrew word translated little could be emphasizing her size petite. Or it could be emphasizing her age her youthfulness. The word means in sickness. OK She was an insignificant nobody she was still a nobody a nameless slave. But the God who delights in using worms to thrash mountains delights to take the unimportant things marginalize the insignificant be ignored in the poor to accomplish great things for him. This girl was kidnapped and like Joseph was sold as a slave to the enemies of Israel. This was more frightening and far more dangerous for a girl than a fellow. She had no right. She was despised property she could not hope for justice. But like Joseph his story she had heard from her mother. As ne she determined to be faithful to the God of heaven. As a teenager she would have been born about the time of the revival of primitive godliness among the remnant in Israel following the showdown at Mount Carmel on Sinai by a lighter I should say by Mount Carmel by a lighter. Her parents may have been in the crowd that saw the fire of heaven flashed on the altar and consume it and the message God sent to the prophet Alija was not in vain. It produced a young person that God could trust on an important but dangerous mission to Syria. Naming him his wife observed this label lived her religion she worked hard she was uncomplaining. But as the children's storybooks says when they worship their idols she prayed to the God of heaven. She not only lived her religion she talked about her religion as well. And she said to our mistress what God my Lord we're with the prophet that is in some area for he would recover him of his leprosy. Bible religion you see is practical religion as James assured us Bible faith is not simply advising someone to be clothed and fed it seeks to clothe and feed. It seeks the good of our enemies and prays for them and Bible religion is not ashamed of the Spirit of Prophecy. She didn't hide her belief in the spirit of prophecy though she could cite no peer reviewed literature for her statement with full confidence she presented the spirit of prophecy as the solution the name and health problem name and did not dismiss this information. He had never heard it before and may have thought he had uncovered a carefully guarded secret in Israel. Those words of the Hebrew slave were carried all the way to Ben hated the second and then king of Syria and after the king listened a name and he told him go and I. Will send a letter on to the king of Israel name and departed in the official chariot surrounded by soldiers and attendants guarding both him and the payment for his healing you brought with him it was a several day journey from Damascus to some area on would require food and lodging in addition he took with him ten talents a silver and six thousand pieces of gold and ten changes of Rayment. I looked this up in the worth of this seven hundred fifty pounds a silver would be over four hundred thousand U.S. dollars today and a hundred fifty pounds of gold would be over four million one hundred forty thousand U.S. dollars. Maimane was willing to give a fortune for his health. Nearly four hundred for more than four and a half million dollars. That is quite a doctors with a letter and with the cash name and set off to Israel an official ambassador on official business. There was little communication between the warring kings of Syria and Israel. It would be humbling for the king of Syria to ask a favor of the king of Israel it would obligate the Syrians to Israel. So Ben hated disguised as a request in the form of a command shortened to the point he wrote. Now in this letter is come under the Behold I have there with name and my servant to the that thou mayst recover him of his leprosy. It was equally difficult for the king to receive naman leprosy you see was the Ebola virus of Israel. There were strict public health rules isolating lepers that were rigorously enforced. In Israel there was not only loading there was fear and the king was being asked to receive this high Syrian official who should not even be within the city walls let alone. On the king's court the king of Israel saw a name and both an insult and a trap. The letter was not asking that the king of Israel himself he'll name it was requesting that the king of Israel open up the resources within his kingdom for a healing lepers then head out assume the king of Israel would know how to do this you assume that a king would know what a captive slave would know but the shameful truth was that King Johore on the youngest son of a have been jazz a Belle knew less about the benefits of the spirit of prophecy than a slave girl and because he didn't understand God's comprehensive medical missionary evangelism he couldn't recognize a witnessing opportunity when it stared him in the face. He should have taken a man's eyes off the king of Israel and focused them on the God of Israel. But he failed to do this when the king of Israel had read the letter. He ran to his clothes calling his counselors together he began to talk about his favorite subject his favorite thing in himself. Am I God to kill and make alive that this man should. Mandela sent to me to recover a man of his leprosy wherefore consider I pray you and see how he seek a quarrel against me. Me I me poor me. He took the letter seriously not as an opportunity to help he couldn't even imagine a real request for help. He took it as a pretext for the next Israeli Syrian war and he was very upset. It was a big deal when a king tore his clothes his expensive clothes you only tore your clothes in the greatest distress is death or disaster and the news spread far and wide and it was so went to life the man of God had heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes that he sent to the king saying wherefore hast thou rent buy clothes there was no reason to be of. That introduce a name into the spirit of prophecy. Let him come now to me and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel the king granted permission for a name and to see a life entering a life his address into his G.P.'s name and left the palace for the humble hold of a life so naming came with his horses and with his chariot and stood at the door of the house of a life what a contrast between the simple small dwelling of the prophet and the O.P.L. and power of the name and the defense minister of Syria. There were no visible guards at the door of a lifeless home naman expected to be greeted the expected red carpet treatment. But there was no red carpet there was no one waiting expectantly for him instead he clambered out of his chariot and walked to a life his door and knocked. No history was taken there was no physical examination no biopsy was done to confirm the clinical impression he wasn't even sent for nerve conduction studies the important profit a life that didn't even come to the door. Instead name and saw a lifeless P.A.. Sometimes we think that we need to be more important more credentialed to effectively minister to important people but in this story we are reminded again that God often interests simple people with important messages for the wealthy. First it was a slave girl then it was a lie she was assistant that communicated with the high and mighty name and I said name and saw life as a physician's assistant is P.A. but that's not really true. He saw a light in his medical assistant who gave him a prescription which read go in washing Jordan seven times and a wonderful promise was given him by flesh will come again to the end. Our shall be clean. Again that was it. Ten second encounter drug prescription. But deep an important spiritual lessons were taught in this encounter. God did not simply want to cure in a man's body. He wanted to cleanse his soul in the sign language of the Bible to be clean physically was to illustrate being wholly spiritually lepers were excluded from the commonwealth of Israel because they were unclean. They did not have access to its blessings and privileges naman need not remain excluded. He could be clean but naman didn't understand this. He felt insulted his pride was wounded in a felt there had been no respect for him and his position in Syria. You don't just send a medical assistant to care for a V.I.P. Elijah was not providing naman the community standard of care besides Babson is the drug of choice not hydrotherapy name and swift reaction was completely predictable. Naman was Roth and went away and said Behold I thought he will surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord is God and strike his hand over the place and recover the leper. Even three millennia ago people had a certain idea in mind for a miraculous healing's the healer comes out praise puts his hand on the side of the disease the healing power flows through the healer's hands to the sick. That is what the so called faith healers have always done. Naman may have already been to see the Syrian Benny Denny hand of his day but he had not been healed but God uses all sorts of ways to heal people. He may use health education he might use a poultice of figs he might use spittle to make and I paste. He may use herbs or hydrotherapy he may use sunlight exercise and fresh air he may use diet he may use surgery he may use radiation therapy he may use topical. Creams or internal pills he may use injections he may use the laying on of hands. Don't make a name of his mistake. Never limit God to how he must heal someone twice the inspired writer mentions name and rage first to scowl then his muttering under his breath and finally his angry outburst are not a bond. And Barbara rivers of Damascus better than all the waters of Israel may I not wash in them and be clean so he turned and went away in a rage over the highway anciently the distance between Samarian Damascus was about a two hundred kilometers indirectly on the route about a hard day's journey seventy kilometers from some area they would cross the Jordan. The servants knew they had some time they watched his name as anger slowly dissipated and finally the opportune moment to talk came and they respectfully ask my father if the prophet did the do some great thing would not have done it. How much rather then when he said to the wash and be clean name and may have said nothing. Pride was struggling with humility. But when they finally arrived at the Jordan then he went down and dipped himself seven times according to the saying of the man of God and His flesh came again like end of the flesh of a little child and he was clean. The record doesn't tell us if you saw a little response after each wash. But on the seventh wash it was clean with the skin as healthy and smooth as a child's. His heel skin was now younger than his liver and his heart. Gratitude replaced his anger and he returned to the man of God He and all his company in came and stood before him in the presence of all his. Servants he confessed his belief in the God of Israel the God of a nation he had been seeking to overthrow. He confessed his disbelief in the gods of Syria the gods he had been worshipping all his life and the gods whose cause he had been attempting to promote with conviction he said Behold now I know that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel. And then he offered a life rich gifts. Now therefore I pray to take a blessing of thy servant but the gifts of God are free naman slapper C. represents our sinfulness and Jesus offers to cleanse us from sin without money and without price and a life without hesitation instantly replied with the firmness and even the very words of Alija his former master as the Lord liveth before whom I stand I will receive none. A life of the servant of a light you had taken not just a lie just words but his principles to heart he was a worthy successor to that great prophet. He lived in the very presence of God before whom I stand. No name an urge he could not turn a life from this refusal there was another important lesson that should not be overlooked in the life his refusal Eliza had extended no great expended no great effort in this cure and he would accept no payment for small services rendered name and then asked for something amazing. He ask for the dirt from Israel. How entirely changed he was the dirt of his room muddying the waters of the Jordan was what he had angrily denounced. Now we request the same israel israel dirt. He was a new creature his taste were changed when he once loved the now hated what he had. Hayden now love medical evangelism is such a versatile tool in the hand of God It's the entering wedge of medical evangelism but it's also the reaping tool of the harvest and name and now desires to make an altar to the Lord publicly acknowledging his entire conversion. He told a lie by servant will henceforth offer neither burnt offering or sacrifice and other gods but on to the Lord. Elijah servant watched this amazing transaction but instead of seeing souls one for eternity he saw only dollars lost for time the haze of the servant of the life of the man of God said not out loud but to himself. Behold my master hath spared naman the Syrian I imagine gay Hazel almost spit out the hateful words in his mind this Syrian. The Syrians under namings command had been robbing and plundering the Israelites this was a God given opportunity for a life. Even the score. My master has spared naman this Syrian in not receiving it his hand that which he brought even in his thoughts over to Hazel was confused although he referred to a life as my master. Oh I sure wasn't his real master for he did not perform his Master's will. The words my master should have stopped him right there but they didn't like those who pray to Christ. Lord Lord his real master was himself he lived for himself he served himself but he was self deceived. He thought he was serving God and the life. There's something interesting about his next words. But as the Lord liveth I will run after him and take somewhat of him. How unlike Elijah and a life he had adopted their words as the Lord liveth. But he had reached. Their principles he did not live in the presence of God He did not say as the Lord liveth before whom I stand the mantle that had passed from a lighter to a life could never be passed to gays or to Hasan may have rationalized that a life she had mistake providential opportunity to further their missionary work but he was to learn the truth of proverbs he that is greedy of gain trouble of his own house but he that hadith gifts shall live putting his thoughts into actions to his it begin to run after a name in and with a name and saw him running after him in a lighted down from the chariot to meet him and said he is all well OK his A replied All is well. Then the haze of begin his tale. Professing to be on an errand from allies he said my master hath sent me saying Behold even now there to be come to me from Mount Ephraim to young men of the sons of the prophets give them I pray thee etalon a silver and two changes of garments. How easy it is to cover our greed with some good purpose. What better purpose the giving to the poor the poor need to be helped it's our duty we do need to assist with worthy student funds. But I repeat how easy it is to cover our greed with some good purpose. Judas did it. The great religious isms do it. Revolutionaries claim to be helping the poor populist politicians claim to be helping the poor governments use the same line the worst laws the worst taxes all supposedly to help the poor except poor seem to get poor people cover their greed with some good purpose because it works. It fools people and it worked with name and his response was everything that God has or could have hoped for he offered to give more than days I had requested a name and said Be content take two talents though inwardly delight. Did the haze affected reluctance as Maimane urged him and downed two talents of silver in two bags and with two changes of garments and then came a problem with a name and sent two of his servants to carry the gift you know the story. Kayser thought he solved this problem by sending the servants back and hiding is fraudulently obtained booty though the Bible says He that covered his sins shall not prosper. Hazel thought he could cover his sins and still prosper but he couldn't because you see his actions had been videoed. When my oldest daughter became a teenager I realized I needed family time so I stopped my hospital practice drop hospital committees and responsibilities and begin doing independent medical examinations for judges. This left my weekends and evenings free for the family. I saw patients with work comp injuries and other personal interests and insurance companies and private investigators secretly videoing about ten percent of these patients. Sometimes I was given the surveillance videos to watch these people. I'll never forget one video that I reviewed just before examining the patient. It showed the patient only two days before working on his house carrying heavy objects moving is NATCA around lifting back freely without any apparent difficulty or pain the patient was completely unaware he was being videoed and he was still unaware of the video when I saw him in my office when I examined the patient he came into my office moving slowly couldn't move his neck couldn't move his back and when I asked him if he had ever been able to do activities I just watched him do he said he had not been able to do them since his injury. Of course he was why I had a video that proved it. In the haze It didn't realize. He had been videoed. He didn't know that this was going to be his last day of work. He didn't know that this fraud would ruin his future his reputation and his family. He did not guess that the pittance of silver and changes of garment he received would cost him everything of value in his life. Still acting the part he came in to see a life affecting nonchalance in commenting on days that we are told it is seldom that one san will stand alone or be restricted in the range of transgression to one precept or one prohibition of the moral law there's ever a complication of disobedience which leads the perverted conscience to a greater length of entanglement by entering to greater temptations and sinning more and more like the most effective mouse traps we've found that our glue and the more the mouse struggles to escape the more his body gets in tangled in the glue and Satan sans mouse trap glues. When a life task quints come a stargazer gaze it didn't dream this simple question was his final offer of repentance Nobels toiled told no trumpet player had no siren sounded how little we recognize the importance of seemingly insignificant transactions of a life to his answer revealed his major concern was not for his sole salvation but to escape detection and punishment for his crime. Day by day year by year in the little decisions of life he is a compromised his principles little by little the creeping crud of covetousness and avarice took over more and more of the cases soul for years a life he had seen this plague spot and get his character gaze or should have been terminated. Long before but Alicia kept praying for him like a father and his son a life along forget his conversion with a sadness and soberness that we can imagine a life to listen to his reply. I serve it went nowhere there with that lie. The sunset on the haze is a day of opportunity. God was not interested in his lip service God's mercy so long despise with in with fearful judgment and sorrowfully a lie she had to declare the decision from the judge of the universe a judgment that could never be reversed a judgment for time and for eternity. Went not mind heart with the when the man turned again from his chariot to meeting is it time to receive money and to receive garments and olive yards and vineyards and sheep and oxen and man servant and maid servants the leprosy therefore of the name and show Cleave onto the and ended by seed forever and he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow. We can hear a license question echoing through the corridors of time to our own day. Is it a time to receive money. Is it a time for wealth building to Hayes's seeking wealth was first foolish and second it was fraudulent it was foolish for a moment to Hayes's apparent gains were seen to be lost in a moment his treasures were swept away. Moses in his prayer said so teaches to number our days that we may apply our hearts and the wisdom of life on earth is temporary death certainty since the introduction of sand there's never been a time to focus on uncertain and perishable riches. The Bible has left a number of biographical sketches. It teaches this truth. Esau Dale and the rich young ruler Judas and I as a Safira salmon maggots all joined with the gays in foolish investments. Jesus asked us to consider his question What shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul. And if gaining the entire world is not worth losing our soul for what about losing our soul for a mere two talents or so over. Paul reminds us we brought nothing into this world and it is certain we can carry nothing out the only way we can take something with us into eternity is to send it on before us. But if it was not a time to seek for a well think a haze Azhar day is even less of a time. Not only is our life uncertain our entire monetary system in the world is uncertain. When the unthinkable was talked about just a few years ago people were whispering that the venerable three hundred seventy year old Harvard could collapse when their investments completely failed. This is no time to dream and scheme for future security and wealth and we place facing deflation and depression are we facing hyperinflation and capital flight or do we in fact face the danger of both who knows. There is gold a safe investment or is this bubble two right now in a bubble. Have we passed peak oil or do we have another fifty years for the petroleum industry. There are a thousand voices and ten thousand opinions but one thing is certain this is not a time to focus on wealth building which can be swept away in a moment. If our income is our security if our portfolio of investments and land as our security we have brothers and sisters no security whatsoever because this is investment was not only foolish it was fraudulent. Fans were willingly given by name and it was none the less fraud. The HAYES It was the servant of the prophet a life he sought to take advantage of his position in the work to make a buck. He pretended great conscientiousness he pretended sacrifice while he called for offerings and sacrifice to advance God's cause he secretly appropriated these offerings for his own use. This pickpocketing of name and was not to his first. This has been going on for years. He was now becoming more bold and brazen and behaves as leprosy was a result of his correctness of principle avarice fraud in this seat while professing love and loyalty to God he manifested the love of the world he mingled the sacred with the common leprosy is. An important disease in the Bible because it teaches so many spiritual truths in the Bible why it represents purity and holiness while leprosy represent sin and unrighteousness in the sign language of the Bible a leper as white as snow represents the hypocrite. The profession of a purity like snow hiding sin of the darkness to you. I am aware of no other disease in the Bible that is discussed in depth like leprosy. There are more records of Jesus healing the leper than any other single disease. We could say Jesus' primary specialty then was dermatology. Moses devotes an entire chapter of Leviticus to the diagnostic signs and symptoms of leprosy. It was not just the doctors that would diagnose leprosy the priest would diagnose it as well. Every leper is to present himself to the priest. This diagnosis was not to be made lightly. This is not an off the cuff thoughtless diagnosis. There was to be careful investigation over a period of time. But if after close observation the signs and symptoms were found in an individual. The priest however reluctant must give him the diagnosis of lepers leprosy and. Pronounce him utterly unclean Leviticus thirteen forty four and there were consequences to this diagnosis. Lepers were to be put out of the camp of Israel to teach us what God regards a spiritual leprosy God sent leprosy on four individuals Moses Maryam to Hayes and King desire. We've looked at the hater but let's quickly look at the other three Moses Merryman King as I had to better understand Giza before Moses could deliver Israel he must learn an important lesson about leprosy and he is called to lead Israel God told him Put your hand in your bosom that is Place your hand over your heart. When Moses did this his hand became lepers. God would teach him that the uncleanness of his heart would contaminate all the actions of his hand. They Hasan's leprosy wasn't skin deep it wasn't a momentary lapse a simple failure it was a systemic disease. The actions of his legs in running after the things of this world the words of his mouth and requesting the things of this world the grasping of his hands and unrighteously taking the things of this world originated in the and resisted thoughts that desired this world until our thoughts or clans our actions will always be unclean who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean. Not one not even God will bring a clean thing out of an unclean his solution is to cleanse the found not guilty of the water and Moses is to have a hand without leprosy he must have a heart that is clean and if he is to have a clean heart he must cry out Create in me a clean heart oh god with a clean heart Moses good places hand back over it the leprosy will be gone the actions of his hands would be right because the heart is now clean in medicine. Leprosy is a Dermatologic problem a neurologic problem an infectious disease problem but in. God's word leprosy is a cardiac problem. Jesus said that which cometh out of a man that defiles the man for from within out of the heart of man proceed evil thought adulterous fornications murders thefts covetousness wickedness deceit lasciviousness neva lie blasphemy pride foolishness all these evil things come from within and defile the man. Paul exclaimed for I know that in me that is in my flesh dwelleth no good thing. Parents sometimes will bring their children in to my office. They have acne and they'll ask me to tell the child to scrub their face with a lot of a soap but I have to tell the parents is the only irritate the child skin to make their acne worse. The problem is not dirt on the outside. It would not matter what so pilot used to wash his hands his hands could not be clean when I had my surgical rotation we were taught the ten minute scrub. But even a ten minute scrub will be no help. Blind Pharisee Jesus said cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter at the outside of them may be clean also. Teenage female act acne patients usually come in with their make up trying to hide the pastor's inflammatory power bills and sis. They may succeed with a partial hiding of the obvious skin lesions but the underlying acne is unaffected and often worsened by the make up and legal religion is useless for cleansing from leprosy The problem is not on the surface and the solution is not cleansing the surface the best Phariseeism can produce is the make up of hypocrisy to partially conceal the sand teenage male acne patients may ignore their acne but this does not solve the problem any better than the girls make up the lesson from most. Just leprosy is that the heart must be cleansed before the hands are pure. We are carnal sold under sand true cleansing must involve the heart and only Christ can cleanse the heart. Have I seen my sin my through and through heart uncleanness it is this that is the cause of my sinful actions in until my heart is cleansed my actions will never truly be reformed. At best I will have a few moments of not doing this or that sin but quickly the sins will resume my resolution Saturday in discouragement I may quit trying or continue the ineffective struggle have I cried out to the Lord cleanse me Lord or do I self righteously say like Peter Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus told Peter if Peter would not let Jesus wash his feet Peter would have no part with him. The only way we can be clean. We must let him clean us since cleansing is the Bible sign language for holiness. Christ was illustrating through Peter that we can have no part with him if we refuse to let him wash us that is make us clean make us holy. Merriam is the second person to be struck by leprosy she was the rescuing sister of Baby Moses she was a leader in Israel but like her brother Moses she too needed to learn spiritual lessons from leprosy Miriam's leprosy was a result of her thinking that her private opinion was just as good perhaps superior to God's inspired word for a prophet. She thought Moses words were being influenced by man and she spoke evil against God's prophet Moses. There are some who are like a haze a claim to be loyal to the prophet they claim to be speaking for the prophet. They claim to be on a mission from the prophet they claim their apostasy is supported by the Spirit of Prophecy there are others like Marianne who think that the Spirit of Prophecy is devotional but they hold their own opinions to be superior to a prophet. They seek. Bring the counsel of the Lord into harmony with their ideas instead of bringing their ideas into harmony with the counsel of the Lord. They show their contempt for God's message and messenger by neglecting to carefully study and know its counsel by their lives by their words. They be little God's prophet they damn the Spirit of Prophecy with faint praise. Do you want to know what arouses God's anger and his indignation the sin of Maryam the anger of the Lord was kindled. It's a big deal when the Lord's anger can build some to twelve tells us kiss the sun mostly be angry and he perished in the way when his wrath is scandal but a little God says touch not mine anointed and do my prophets no harm. God save us from the sin of belittling the Spirit of Prophecy. Kinda Ziad became proud of his accomplishments and he is the third that was struck by leprosy. He felt that the Prophet's instruction was for a different era and didn't apply. Times have changed. All the neighboring Kings offered sacrifices to their gods he felt out of date out of step he was embarrassed by the old fashioned ideas in the church. He felt the ancient prophets were too restrictive they were for a less than light and generation he felt his position his successes experience his education could be trusted more than the prophetic writings he was progressive disdaining counsel from the Brethren he violated God's command and suffered his judgments. The disease may have a variety of presentations and underlying pathogen may manifest itself in different ways behave as a professes loyalty to the Spirit of Prophecy Mary and belittles that King as I openly defies it is contemptuous of it but it is all the same disease. It is spiritual leprosy the anaesthesia of the disease makes the victim unable to feel the dangers in every case though the heart is seen in. Hand it proceeds though the problem is seen in the hand it proceeds from the hard days ahead lust of the eyes with covetousness. Mariam had a lust of the flesh with jealousy. KING As I had pride of life pride is taking undeserved credit for our successes like never can as there is not this great Babylon that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power and for the honor of my Majesty with David we must learn all things come of the end of dying known Have we given day to haze. Maryam as I share a common problem they greatly overvalue the present life and the things of time and greatly undervalue the things of eternity. What a contrast between a life and a life prepared for his great work by faithfulness in little things fog a haze of prepared for his great failure by covetousness in little things. Day by day ally she became more and more like his master well day by day gaze it was growing less like his master. A license saw his business of serving gays a sauce serving as a business a life in a season heels again he's a seasoned steals Aleister refused to take money for a little service case it took enough money for two people. Elijah will not take money for what God did gays it takes God's blessings on others and uses them to enrich himself. Elijah you see was a medical missionary to his it was a medical mercenary so interesting going to depart from my nose for two seconds but the water that flowed out of his equal came from the sanctuary and Ellen White says that was a representation of medical ministry mission. Very work. But where did it end. Did say all of the advantages that flow from the sanctuary sooner or later get corrupted all of them. They sooner or later if they help people people figure out a way to make money off them and hear God's call for medical missionaries this afternoon in the story of name and there was a medical missionary who was a nameless nobody but that sympathetic young person was able to point a sip to the Spirit of Prophecy with satisfaction God saw this captive made from heaven we hear his approving voice well done for her missionary spirit. There was another another medical person go hazy his name means valet of a visionary. How appropriate. He was a visionary not who look from a mountain peak. He was a vision far below down in the valley though at first he followed the advice of the Spirit of Prophecy and offered the sick hydrotherapy he was not content with the saving of souls and sought to make merchandise of God's grace. What kind of medical missionary am I. Like a haze. I'm being videoed. When the patient enters my exam room I'm being videoed while I examine the patient's skin. Christ is examining my heart. He notes my motives how I interact with the staff as being videoed. Even when I am home with family and being videoed God socking Johore I mean his failure to help the sick his impatience with the patient his failure to direct him to the Spirit of Prophecy. There was no condemnation for a job well done because there was no job well done. Day by day patient by patient and building my character investing for time and for eternity. God has in his archive. It's every patient transaction of my medical career. Lord keep me a Christian even though I am a doctor. Give me your love so I will not do anything merely to legally get a higher level of service on my charges. Lord I never take advantage of my position to defraud another I want to answer your call to reform every practice that is not in harmony with your word. The example of the haze of serves as a warning the Lord will not serve with the sins of his people. Many times you suffered calamity and defeat to come upon them because they have glorified themselves weaving false principles into their practice and grateful for the next phrase he willingly forgives those who repent but he will remove his favor from those who go on sinning exulting self and mangling the sacred with the common terrible judgments will destroy those who have misrepresented him saying the temple of the Lord the temple of the Lord the temple of the Lord are these when their example is misleading. Calling at the temple of the Lord doesn't make wrong right carrying the name of Christian doesn't make it Christian. Doing wrong in the temple doesn't sanctify wrong and make it right leadership doing wrong doesn't make wrong right right is right and when we use the name of Christianity to foster evil when we justify our evil practices in the name of Jesus we have the leprosy of gays or gays or saw a name in sickness misfortune and need an opportunity to advantage himself. Those who are like him are his children. In the Bible lineage is not based on ancestry but on whiteness the paternity test. God's D.N.A. testing of who the father is is on our actions. If I act like the milkman the milkman is my daddy. They answered and said unto him Abraham is our Father. Jesus said in the end if you were Abraham's children you would do the works of Abraham. God has declared that name and children shall be cursed to spiritual leprosy through all time. You think of it what the hey did was passed on to his children. I don't want my evil to be passed on to my children do you. Because I have examined myself in the past few weeks and meditating on this story I have discovered the alarming spots of leprosy on my skin though it is painless it infects my entire body. But I'm grateful like naman I have found a cure though I cannot cleanse myself I am not content to remain unclean and there is no reason that I should be unclean for a moment. And it happened when he was in a certain city that behold a man was full of leprosy he saw Jesus and he fell on his face and implored him saying Lord if you are willing you can make me clean. Then he put out his hand and touched him saying I'm willing be cleansed mediately the leprosy left him and I remain unclean only if I refuse the cleansing Christ offers the name and brought with him over four and a half million dollars to pay for his cleansing from Malaysia. He almost went home and clean not because he could not be cleansed but because he would not be cleansed he was willing to do something great something difficult he was willing to make a show of sacrifice but washing between seemed too easy. He almost refused the offered cleansing pride almost kept him from Cure he almost chose death over over life. But how many are doing that today. If they could buy their cleansing they would do it if they would choose the works they think are acceptable they would do them. But they will not wash and be clean. Cleansed this is not a wash once but again and again and again seven times for a name and maybe five trillion times for me but I want to dip until the debt thing is accomplished its goal don't you. Before we are part of the church we must be baptized. God is teaching us about his cleansing us before we are permitted in this way He cleanses us yet some remain unclean Jesus sadly said to His disciples a year clane but not all. How Jesus wanted to cleanse them all even Judas but he refused. We are cleansed by the blood of the Lamb and the water of the word how can we be clean. Now you are clean through the Word which I have spoken to you where with all surely young man cleanse his way by taking heed there to according to the word Moses was cleansed Mariam was cleansed name and was cleansed but the haze it was not cleansed. King of Zion was not cleansed and there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet a lie sure none of them was clans but only name and the Syrian this afternoon which category will I be in. Well I seek the Lord now and. When I find him say Lord if you will you can make me clean. If that's your desire. They just bow your heads pray with me dear lord. Story of name and there's a familiar one but it's particularly. Conflicting one for me. I want to ask forgiveness for the times that I have misrepresented to let a pretense be in place of reality seeking to make others think that I was better than I am and not concerned that the video is running. Lord cleanse me. I pray that you will help me see the needs of people as an opportunity to serve people an opportunity to have freely that what is freely given to us to freely give to others or and I pray that a deep revival and reformation will take hold of your people particularly those of us in medicine and dentistry or changes transforming us. Help was not to be self conceived self complacent. Think everything alright when it's not all right and then when the whispers of mercy cease probation closes the harvest is past. Nor not saved or not be true of anybody here. We thank you for hearing and answering his prayer and price name in there. This media was brought to you by Adil purse a website dedicated to spreading God's word through the sermon audio. And much more if you would like to know more about what you'd like to listen to Senator Clinton is a W W W audio tours dot org.


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