TUESDAY, JULY 3
Scripture: 2 Peter 3:11-12, 2 Kings 5:9-16
When perilous times come we need a secure relationship with the Lord that comes from walking a path of holy conduct. 2 Peter 3:11-12 state, “Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat.” The fruit of holy conduct is faith for the supernatural. The prophets displayed it consistently and it is available to us as well. In 2 Kings 5:9-16 we encounter Naaman the Syrian who was told that there was a prophet in Israel and that prophet’s name is Elisha. This account says, “Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha’s house. And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, ‘Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.’ But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, ‘Indeed, I said to myself, “He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.” Are not the Abana and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?’ So he turned and went away in a rage. And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, ‘My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, “Wash, and be clean?”’ So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. And he returned to the man of God, he and all his aides, and came and stood before him; and he said, ‘Indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel; now therefore, please take a gift from your servant.’ But he said, ‘As the LORD lives, before whom I stand, I will receive nothing.’ And he urged him to take it, but he refused.” As we study the issue of holiness we have to ask ourselves, how do we maintain that holiness that Elisha walked in as we walk with God? The answer to that is our ongoing obedience to the Holy Spirit. This is where the prophets walked, this is where Moses walked, and this is the way Jesus walked. We have numerous examples in the Bible of those who walked in relationship with the Lord. Elisha is the current example. Baalim failed the money test while Elisha passed it! Can we pass today’s tests?