Receiving a double portion

Posted by rccgnj on Oct 25, 2013 in spirit of Faith, spirit of Courage, Law, double portion, great power

2 Kings 1 records the home going of one of the greatest men in the word of God. Elijah was greatly used of the Lord in his generation, but his time on the earth came to an end. The day came when it was time to pass the baton to a new generation. Our text tells us about a young man named Elisha. He was a man hungry for all God could give him. He wanted the Lord and His power in his life and he was willing to pay the price to get it. This passage tells us what it took for Elisha to obtain the double portion he asked for. What we learn here from him is valuable in our own lives as well. Like it did for Elisha, the mantle of ministry in these days rests upon you and me. If we are going to be as effect as we should be for the glory of the Lord, then we too need the power of God’s Spirit. Let’s look into these verses together:

 

The Content Of His Request - Elisha asked to receive double portion of Elijah’s spirit!. The request was to be recognized as Elijah’s replacement. Of course, he had already been selected by God for that position - 1 Kings 19:16. It was common for firstborn children to receive a double portion of their father’s estate. This was mandated by the Law, Deut. 21:17. (Note: He called Elijah “my father” inverse 12.) Elisha was asking for the right of the firstborn! He was asking that the same Spirit that had empowered the ministry of this great man of God be given to him as well. What kind of spirit was he asking for?

 

1. A Spirit Of Faith - Elijah learned to trust in the presence and power of God in this world. He knew that God was in absolute control of every situation. He walked by faith.

2. A Spirit Of Obedience - Elijah instantly and without question obeyed God, even when the commands of God made no sense at all.

3. A Spirit Of Courage - His faith in God and his obedience to God combined to give him the courage to stand for God, even when others ran away.

 

The Condition Of His Request - Elijah tells Elisha that if he sees him when he is taken out of this world, then he will have the thing for which he is asking. The idea here is that this blessing can be his, but Elisha must remain faithful unto the end. It would have been far easier for Elisha to have stayed in one of the town they passed through, but had he dropped out along the way, he would never have received the blessing he desired and desperately needed.

If there was ever a day when we needed people with a heart like Elisha’s, it is today. Beloved, we need to seek the Lord for spiritual power in this end time. We don’t need to get concerned about numbers. We don’t need to be concerned about becoming seeker friendly. We don’t need to get caught up in the many debates that are engaging the hearts and minds of church folks. What we need to do is to carry out the command of Eph. 5:18. We need to be filled with the Spirit of God. We need to get before the Lord and request an influx of His power and His glory in these days. If we are to get the job done, we must have Him. This kind of blessing and power does not come upon the uncommitted. It is reserved for those who will pay the price in pray and holiness before the Lord. If you are willing to go all the way with the Lord, He will bless your life with His power and glory. It would do us well to remember that all those great men of God we venerate from the past are gone. The mantle has been passed to us and we are responsible for serving the Lord for ourselves in these days. We need God, not the stories about what He did for someone else. We need Him to do it in us today.

 

 Opposition Did Not Shake His Resolve - At every turn the sons of the prophets ask Elisha the same question, “Knowest thou that t he Lord will take away thy master from thy head to day?” This question is literally this: “Why are you still following that old man? The Lord is through with him and is calling him to heaven today. You would be better off to stay with us, or to strike out on your own.” They tried to talk him out of his resolve. If you decide that you are going after God until you obtain the double portion, you have better look out. All around you there will be people who will do there best to talk you out of it. I don’t know if they are bothered or offended when someone progresses farther than they have, but you can be sure that they will attack you and oppose you if you go with God.  Don’t let that crowd shake you, just run with God.

 

So, do you want the double portion in your life today? Do you want to be in a position where the God of Heaven is using you for His glory in this world? All that is required is a consistent and focused walk with the Lord that follows Him in spite of everything. When you get to the place where all you want is God, you will find God is all you need.

 

     It is interesting to watch the sons of the prophets. They see Elisha part the Jordan just like Elijah did and they know the mantle has passed to Elisha. They also know that Elijah has been taken away from them, yet they are determined to go look for him, v. 16-18. It seems these young men thought they needed Elijah to go on for God. Maybe they just wanted to find his body and bury him. Either way, Elisha has encountered the God of Elijah and when you have the God of Elijah, you don’t need Elijah any longer! How did Elisha receive the double portion? He asked for it. He was totally committed to it. And, he received it! How bad do you want it?

 

     Where are you in your spiritual journey today? Are you hard after God? Are you seeking the double portion? Do you long to see God move in great power? If so, then get focused and stay focused. In His time, He will move in power in your life. God bless!

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