Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 29, 2015

“But God is faithful, who having conferred grace, mercifully confirms, and powerfully preserves them herein, even to the end.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Kings 5:15-27.  Here is a link to this Scripture –

I quote only the following verses.

“But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, thought, “Behold, my master has spared this Naaman the Aramean, by not receiving from his hands what he brought.  As the Lord lives, I will run after him and take something from him.”  So Gehazi pursued Naaman.  When Naaman saw one running after him, he came down from the chariot to meet him and said, “Is all well?”  He said, “All is well.  My master has sent me, saying, ‘Behold, just now two young men of the sons of the prophets have come to me from the hill country of Ephraim.  Please give them a talent of silver and two changes of clothes.’”  Naaman said, “Be pleased to take two talents.”  And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags with two changes of clothes and gave them to two of his servants;  and they carried them before him.  When he came to the hill, he took them from their hand and deposited them in the house, and he sent the men away, and they departed.  But he went in and stood before his master.  And Elisha said to him, “Where have you been, Gehazi?”  And he said, “Your servant went nowhere.”

Then he said to him, “Did not my heart go with you, when the man turned from his chariot to meet you?  Is it a time to receive money and to receive clothes and olive groves and vineyards and sheep and oxen and male and female servants?  Therefore, the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and to your descendants forever.”  So he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.”  2 Kings 5:20-27.


Gehazi did not turn his thoughts from all the treasure that Naaman brought with him and offered to Elisha.  Eventually, his greed took action.  “But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.  Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin;  and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. ”  James 1:14-15.

Gehazi’s greed and accomplished sin had startling consequences.  “Therefore, the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and to your descendants forever.”  Verse 27.

But, “… From everyone who has been given much, much will be required;  and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.”  Luke 12:48.  Gehazi had been given much, the privilege of witnessing Elisha’s miracles and being taken care of by Elisha, and so much was required of him.

There is a warning for us today who also have been given much, the privilege of being able to read all of Scripture and having many preachers and teachers and so many other resources available to help us.

But, there is hope!

“Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.  For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.

Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.  For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them.”  Colossians 3:1-7.

More hope!

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;  seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.  For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.”  2 Peter 1:2-4.

And, there is even more hope beyond the proper focus and resources to escape lust!  

There is the hope of “Preservation of the Saints”, the “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation, as stated in the following part of the Canons of Dordt.

Article 3.  By reason of these remains of indwelling sin, and the temptations of sin and of the world, those who are converted could not persevere in a state of grace, if left to their own strength.  But God is faithful, who having conferred grace, mercifully confirms, and powerfully preserves them herein, even to the end.  FIFTH HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of the Perseverance of the Saints.


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