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Manipulating Christians

Manipulating Christians
 
2 Kings 5: 20. Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said to himself, “My master was too easy on Naaman, this Aramean, by not accepting from him what he brought. As surely as the Lord lives, I will run after him and get something from him.” 21. So Gehazi hurried after Naaman. When Naaman saw him running toward him, he got down from the chariot to meet him. “Is everything all right?” he asked. 22. “Everything is all right,” Gehazi answered. “My master sent me to say, ‘Two young men from the company of the prophets have just come to me from the hill country of Ephraim. Please give them a talent of silver and two sets of clothing.’”
 
The other day I had someone demand that I do something to help a family going through a horrendous problem.  The wife was hooked on drugs, and things got a little ugly, between the husband and wife.  She pawned furniture, TV and over drafted their account.  Because there was a three year old daughter involved, and in the past, due to the drug habit the Mother has left the child un-attended, the father decided to tell her to leave.  She leaves and then presses charges that he hit her.  Well you probably guessed by now, he went to jail! The mother keeps the daughter!
 I knew this person very well, and in the past have helped, but because the Lord did not give me direction to do anything, the only thing left for me to do was to pray.  But, innuendo’s, with sharp cutting words began to flow.  Things like: “you call yourself a Christian! You are supposed to be a Minister, and if you don’t help God will judge you! And lastly the quote from the Word of God; “The Bible says, when you do it to the least among you, you did it to Jesus! These judgmental words were not from God, they were from the very pit of hell. Trying to manipulate me to do something that I was not clearly led by God to do!
 
This was Gehazi’s problem, he manipulated the situation. When Naaman was healed by the Power of God, under Elisha’s ministry, the Prophet of God did not want any money or gifts.  He sent Naaman away not receiving a dime.  But instead of being obedient to the Lord, Gehazi followed Naaman and greed got the best of him.  He manipulated Naaman, using words that did not come from God or the Prophet Elisha’s mouth.  He literally lied and when Naaman asked Gehazi what he wanted, this is what he said: 22. “Everything is all right,” Gehazi answered. “My master sent me to say, ‘Two young men from the company of the prophets have just come to me from the hill country of Ephraim. Please give them a talent of silver and two sets of clothing.’”He asked for the two sets of clothing and money!  Thinking he had fooled God and the Prophet, when he returned home Elisha confronted him.  Read what happened: vs. 25.  Then he went in and stood before his master Elisha.“Where have you been, Gehazi?” Elisha asked. “Your servant didn’t go anywhere,” Gehazi answered. 26.  But Elisha said to him, “Was not my spirit with you when the man got down from his chariot to meet you? Is this the time to take money, or to accept clothes, olive groves, vineyards, flocks, herds, or menservants and maidservants? 27. Naaman’s leprosy will cling to you and to your descendants forever.” Then Gehazi went from Elisha’s presence and he was leprous, as white as snow. Manipulating people take advantage and if not careful, can cause many problems.  Listen to God, rather than man and He will instruct what we should or should not do.

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