Half of the human race has been raised to believe that they need to be Superman. The world thinks guys have it together, we feel no pain, and we've got it under control. As a man, you know there's a "real you" behind the mask.

You're a wounded warrior, bleeding a lot on the inside, or maybe a scared little boy inside underneath a mask of macho confidence. The truth is you don't have it all under control. Superman, in reality, is breakable.

There is an example from the Word of God that introduces us to a "Superman" of another time and the dark secret that was beyond his mask. 2 Kings 5:1 says, "Now Naaman was commander of the army of the King of Syria. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded because through him the Lord had given victory to Syria." One of his servants said, "If only my master would see the prophet of God, who's in Samaria. He would cure him of his leprosy." So Naaman goes for that cure, but it required humility. He didn't like the cure prescribed, which was to wash in the dirty Jordan River. He says, "Couldn't I wash in one of the streams back home and be cleansed?" It says he went off in a rage! He was proud, and dying from it. Finally, he chose to be well rather than be in charge. 2 Kings 5:14 says, "He dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and he became clean like that of a young boy."

Maybe you're a modern day Naaman. God knows the dark spot behind your mask and He wants to cure it, but you'll have to accept His diagnosis and His cure. The diagnosis is that you've got a terminal spiritual cancer called sin. No matter how religious, no matter how respected you may be, you've broken God's laws and you've run the life that your Creator was suppose to run and it has left you fatally separated from God.

The cure requires humility and the admission that you cannot save yourself. Then you must take a trip, not to a dirty river, but to a dying Savior's cross. There you say, "Jesus, it's my sin you're dying for. I need to be forgiven and I need a Savior. I put my trust in You." The result will be the same as it was for Naaman. You will be restored, clean, and new!

You've run from Jesus long enough. Let this be your day to run to Him! Don't make the eternally fatal mistake of being proud, but dying. The Savior is waiting!

            

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