The Power Of Elijah

Here is a post that my son, Kyle, wrote:

When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; the Lord has sent me to Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel. The company of the prophets at Bethel came out to Elisha and asked, “Do you know that the Lord is going to take your master from you today?” “Yes, I know,” Elisha replied, “so be quiet.” Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here, Elisha; the Lord has sent me to Jericho. ” And he replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So they went to Jericho. The company of the prophets at Jericho went up to Elisha and asked him, “Do you know that the Lord is going to take your master from you today?” “Yes, I know,” he replied, “so be quiet.” Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.” And he replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them walked on. Fifty men from the company of the prophets went and stood at a distance, facing the place where Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan. Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up and struck the water with it. The water divided to the right and to the left, and the two of them crossed over on dry ground. When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied. “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours—otherwise, it will not.” As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his garment and tore it in two. Elisha then picked up Elijah’s cloak that had fallen from him and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. He took the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and struck the water with it. “Where now is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” he asked. When he struck the water, it divided to the right and to the left, and he crossed over. The company of the prophets from Jericho, who were watching, said, “The spirit of Elijah is resting on Elisha.” And they went to meet him and bowed to the ground before him. – 2 Kings 2:1-15

Spirit of Elijah

I often contemplate the story of Elijah and Elisha. I want to focus on the fact that Elisha requested and received a double portion of Elijah’s spirit. Is they were on their way they got to the Jordan River Elijah took his cloak and struck the water and the water was divided. As Elijah was taken up into the Whirlwind his cloak fell to the ground Elisha then picked it up. This is symbolic meaning that Elisha received the double portion of Elijah’s spirit. Meaning that the same Authority except greater rested on Elisha. Later on when Elisha was crossing the same obstacle at the Jordan River he took the same cloak and struck the water and it split just like it had before. This is the confirmation that his spirit did in fact enter his body. See we all want to be like Elijah we all want to have the same kind of power. The good news is we do because the power from Elijah came from God.

And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. – Romans 8:11

See not only do we have the same power that rested on Elijah and that rested on Jesus. But we have greater power.

12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. – John 14:12-14

So just like Elisha who inherited a double portion of the spirit of Elijah we inherit a greater power from the Holy Spirit.
This means we can watch the dead raise the blind see the lame walk. We have the power to move Mighty mountains any obstacle in our way just like Elijah separated the Waters of the Jordan. But we do not just have the authority of Christ in his name we are fit to fight his battles.

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. – Ephesians 6:13-17

Oh but we are weak. We have taken the sword that he has given us and used it like a toothpick, the Shield as if it were paper, the breastplate as if it were a shirt, the boots as if they were sandals, the helmets as if it were a hat, the belt as if it were a string.
And we ask ourselves why? Because the creation without the Creator will never work. We do not have the strength we don’t have the power we don’t have the wisdom. But this is where it gets interesting.
Because he does. The holy spirit is our intercessor he’s our guide he’s our teacher. And without him we cannot yield the sword we cannot hold the armor and we become susceptible to the blows of our enemies.
The biggest problem with the church today is they believe that they can pick and choose what they want to believe out of the bible. People think that they don’t have to listen to the Holy Spirit if they don’t want to. And even if they do listen to the Holy Spirit they don’t believe that they should listen to everything he says if they don’t want to.
But this is a selfish love that is brought on by Society it’s all about the pursuit of happiness. Jesus is Love Without Love you do not have Jesus. You do not have the Holy Spirit and you are against the laws of God. And without the Holy Spirit Jesus and God the Blessed Trinity you cannot have love.
Grace is sufficient but not just for you. God has called us to way more than we are. The sad part is We Know It And yet we don’t do anything about it. Why? Because we allow fear to set us in Chains. We worry about what people will say or do. But we don’t admit it because we know better than that. But knowing better and doing better or two different things.
So God begs you not to leave his sheep lost but how dare we once lost sheep and found would keep another from being found. What right do we adopted by Christ brought into his family under his house and supervision do we have to justify that someone cannot be covered by the blood of Jesus because we ourselves would not be here if it were not for the blood of Jesus.
So Let your light shine do not hide it under a bushel and do not let Satan blow it out. This is the commission given to us by Jesus empowered by the Holy Spirit under the law’s of God.

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