2015

ST

 A Double Portion

Now Elijah took his mantle, rolled it up, and struck the water; and it was divided this way and that, so that the two of them crossed over on dry ground.  And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?” Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.”
So he said, “You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so.”
Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.   And Elisha saw it, and he cried out, “My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen!” So he saw him no more. And he took hold of his own clothes and tore them into two pieces.  He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan. Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, and said, “Where is the LORD God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the water, it was divided this way and that; and Elisha crossed over. 2 Kings 2:8-15

The Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:17

The Bible says Elijah was a mighty prophet of God whom the Lord used to perform mighty miracles to manifest His power. He had a servant called Elisha who was faithful to him. Elisha knew that the Lord would take up his master Elijah into Heaven by a whirlwind, and he asked Elijah to impart a double portion of the Lord’s anointing to him (Elisha). As Elisha saw his master being taken into Heaven, the mantle of Elijah fell upon him which signified a double portion of the anointing on him (I Kings 19:19; 2 Kings 2:9-10). The Lord performed mighty miracles through Elisha as his master Elijah.

Although Elijah said it Elisha had asked a hard thing God put a double portion of the Spirit that was upon Elijah upon Elisha and the bible records that Elisha did double the amount of miracles that Elijah did. Now God in Christ Jesus is no respecter of person and He is more than willing to give His children a double portion of anointing that they had lost for whatever reason to revive their spiritual life and use them for His glory!  If they ask in pray for the Lord to fill them with the Holy Spirit He will answer their prayer. And when they have faith in Him they will do mighty things like the Lord Jesus Christ who said “He who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also.” (John 14:12). The Bible says that he who asks will receive. So they must ask and receive.

God is a God of Miracles and Hope. The bible says in Acts 10:38 “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. It says in Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. It says in Hebrews 11:1-2 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.

The Lord Who came seeking Job and blessed him in a double fold manner has come seeking the hopeless. People may have forsaken them and they may live in a hopeless circumstance. But the Lord says He will embrace you and bless them. He will not only comfort them  but He will prosper them with His love as they invite Him into their heart and they shall become a blessed person in this world.

In the dark times that we live in we must be zealous and trust in the Lord and be deeply rooted in His love and manifest His love to others.  We must be filled with His goodness and lovingkingdness as we wait upon Him in His word and in prayer.  As we have taken the Lord as our Strong Tower, in our day to day life, and depend on Him totally, He will give us victory in our lives. No weapon formed against us shall prosper (Isaiah 54:17).

We may be oppressed by various burdens and troubled on all sides. Yet, when we place our whole trust on the Lord He will help us, protect us and deliver us. The Bible tells us of Job who went through the path of tribulations. He made the Lord His only trust and as the Strong Tower and boldly proclaimed, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him (Job 13:15). “When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23:10). For this reason, the Lord blessed him in His divine name, prospered his life and made Him the most blessed person on earth.  When problems crush us, we are not to be disheartened but trust in the Lord casting all our cares upon Him. Then the Lord will give us victory and our mouth shall be filled with praises of thanksgiving for as He fought the battle and gave victory to Kings Asa, against the huge army of one million men, He will fight the battles in our life and give us victory. His word is unchanging:

Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion!  For He has strengthened the bars of your gates; He has blessed your children within you.  He makes peace in your borders,  And fills you with the finest wheat.  He sends out His command to the earth; His word runs very swiftly. Psalm 147:12-15

People rich or poor, high or low are in pursuit of peace because there is no peace in their lives and in their borders. But the peace of the Lord shall rest in the lives of His children. So, as  we seek the Lord faithfully and He shall fill our borders with peace. He will enlarge our borders, place His bountiful blessings upon the borders and make them peaceful. When the peace of God rests upon our borders, no thief or evil power can enter your borders.  The Lord Jesus Christ says, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).

So, when we are filled with the peace of God, we shall work in peace; we shall raise up our children in peace; us shall receive your blessings in peace. Everything shall be a blessing to us and everything we shall enjoy in peace. Anger, strife, hatred, blasts of the wicked ones, vain words etc., shall never enter our borders. This peace shall always be in us, no matter what comes against us.  The Lord who is the source of every good thing shall bless us more abundantly and keep us in perfect peace as we put our trust in Him and Him alone. If we humble ourselves and follow the Lord without giving up our faith in Him, He Lord shall bless us  with the needed  miracle and make our faces radiant with joy. He does not and will  not disappoint those who trust in Him but will also restore all things that they have lost including joy! the Lord became poor for our sakes so that we might become rich. He forsook everything for us on the cross so that we would be blessed in life.  God’s word is unchanging:

Return, O LORD!  How long?  And have compassion on Your servants.  Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy, That we may rejoice and be glad all our days!  Make us glad according to the days in which You have afflicted us, The years in which we have seen evil.  Let Your work appear to Your servants, And Your glory to their children. And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us,  And establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands. Psalm 90:13-17

Return to the stronghold, You prisoners of hope. Even today I declare That I will restore double to you. Zechariah 9:12

For those who may have lost  their  dear ones and languish in sorrow, or them may live in depression due to loss in their business or debts may crush them  or them maybe in any other distress, whatever maybe the reason, the Lord will restore joy to them  in a double measure. The Lord says, “Today I declare that I will restore double to you” (The Bible says, “He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.” (Isaiah 53:3). So, He understands our sufferings and agony that rob us of our joy and restore joy in a double measure.

We are to cheer up and seek the Lord Jesus Christ who scarified Himself on the cross for us to give us a blessed life. The Lord says, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick (Matthew 9:12).” The Lord Who loves us shall descend as a physician and deliver us  from our problems and bless us. He will restore joy in a double measure and prosper us!  He will  bless our life and as He gave King David victory over his problems, will do to us likewise. In answer to our prayers He will fill our days with  His  joy in double measure like Moses prayed.  And His mercy and goodness will fill our  life. He will break all bondages that make our life miserable. When His Holy Spirit comes into our lives, we are set free from all that which binds us and torments us. He shall deliver us totally from all kinds of bondages. His word is true:

O LORD, truly I am Your servant;  I am Your servant, the son of Your maidservant; You have loosed my bonds. I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, And will call upon the name of the LORD. Psalm 116:16-17

Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.  2 Corinthians 3:17-18
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