2 Kings 6:17 Open Eyes To Really See

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And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2 Kings 6:17

There is a difference between seeing and really seeing. People see with their eyes all the time what is physically happening in front or around them. Yet, they do not see what is happening underneath the surface of things. They do not see the mental or spiritual battles that are occurring.

On the surface a person may be looking like he is doing one thing, but underneath the surface, at the real heart, the actions are something totally different. Organizations in this world claim to love people and are doing good for women, yet are committing murders all the time against people. There is a different spirit at work.

The Arameans were surrounding Elisha and his servant to kill them. The servant was scared, because they appeared to be surrounded by the enemy and all alone. Elisha prayed that God would open his eyes to see the real picture of what was occurring. When his eyes were opened, he saw the hillsides filled with chariots of fire. God had His spiritual army fighting for Elisha against the enemy.

Individual believers often feel like they are all alone, no other believers or help anywhere. Yet, God is with them. Along with God is all of His great host of angels to help. God alone with someone is more than all the rest of the world without God. Then add in the number of angels with God and the number with the believer is astronomical.

A believer does not need to ever fear the enemy when God is on his side. Yet, in order to see that, the believer must have spiritually opened eyes to see what God is doing.

God is also in control of your life. If you open your spiritual eyes you will be able to see God at work in every area of your life. Life may look like you are on the losing side and are about to be destroyed, yet, God is with you.

Allow God’s Holy Spirit to open your spiritual eyes to reveal who is with you and how small the enemy really is in comparison to God and His host with Him. Know that God has everything under control and there is nothing to fear.

I pray today that God will open your spiritual eyes; that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; that God will remove all fear of the enemy; and that God will use you to touch this world. 

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2 Kings 4:43 God Of Provision

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“How can I set this before a hundred men?” his servant asked. But Elisha answered, “Give it to the people to eat. For this is what the LORD says: ‘They will eat and have some left over.’ ” 2 Kings 4:43 

One thing every person needs is food. Food is one of the basic necessities of this life that no one can do without. People work to have food set on their table.

Along with working for food, people also worry about having their needs met. Some people work extra hard, putting away money all the time for retirement. This is often done out of fear of provision during retirement.

A man had come with just twenty loaves of bread and had to feed at least one hundred men. He did not know how he was going to feed all them and satisfy their hunger. Elisha told him to give it to them and trust God to provide what was needed.

After giving the bread out to the men, they ate and still had some left over. Years later, Jesus would feed 5,000 men plus women and children on less food than what that man had.

God knows what people need. He knows that every person needs food to survive. God created people to need to eat, so He understands that. Yet people often live in fear of not getting what they need.

It is easy to look at what little one has and not see how it can provide for the needs. Yet, God created the entire universe out of nothing except His voice. If God can create, even just this world, out of nothing, He can provide for each and every need of each and every person. Look at how small one person is compared to just this earth, then take into consideration the entire universe.

There will be times that you will have only a little of something. You will have some large need that is greater than what you can provide. Trust God for that provision.

You already are trusting Jesus for forgiveness of sins and salvation. If you can trust Him with something that large, you can trust Him to provide food or anything else you need.

It is ok to work for what you need, but don’t worry about it. Go to God in prayer and trust Him. He will always provide what you need, when you need it and in His time. He is the God of provision, always has been and always will be.

I pray today that you will see God’s provision in your life; that you will trust God for His provision; that you will not live or work out of fear; and that you will know the abundant life God has for you.

2 Kings 2:9 More For God

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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. 2 Kings 2:9 

Over the years there have been occasions where a wealthy person or a person of high position offers his help to someone with a blank check. The person will ask someone in need if there is anything that he can do for him, and really mean anything.

The person being asked has been given a blank check to ask for whatever he wants at the time. Some of those that are offering it, mean anything and are good on their word at doing it. What people ask for is a very wide variety of things. While many ask for a certain amount of money, others will ask for help or something else.

Elisha had been following and learning under Elijah for some time. As Elijah was about to be taken away by God, he offered to do anything for Elisha. The one thing that Elisha wanted was a double portion of his spirit.

The spirit of Elijah was one of total, sold-out service and dedication to God. He was able to hear from God directly and God did great things through him.

Often when asked what a person wants, most people are thinking of physical and temporary things, money, food, housing, cars, or something like that. Seeking to have a heart after God is greater than anything else. It shows faithfulness and dedication to God. It shows trust in God. It allows God to use the person in mighty ways, greater than could be dreamed up.

The purpose of Elijah’s spirit was to serve God and do what He wants and desires. Believers today can have that same spirit and now with God’s Spirit in them also. Through God and His Holy Spirit believers can do more now than ever before.

Jesus has opened the door for you to have His Spirit in you. He wants to give you a double portion, just as Elijah gave Elisha. His Holy Spirit will guide you and lead in you in the paths of righteousness and God’s ways.

As you trust in God and are led by His Spirit, you will do greater things than anyone else can. No money or things in this world can achieve what His Spirit can.

What are you seeking for today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have God’s Spirit in you; that you will serve God to build His kingdom; and that your life will be dedicated to serving God. 

2 Kings 6:17 Open Eyes

And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2 Kings 6:17

The king of Aramea was trying to attack the Israelites. Every time he made a plan, God revealed that plan to Elisha, who then revealed it to the Israelites. The king of Aramea then sent an army out to kill Elisha. Elisha’s servant saw the army coming and was scared because there were so many. He told his servant not to be afraid because there were more with him then with the enemy and asked God to open his eyes. Once his eyes were open, he could see a large host of chariots of fire all around them.

It is easy for a person to think that there is more of the enemy than of friendly people. This becomes especially true when you look at enemies of Christians. Very few, if any, nations, as a whole, are Christian and serve God. All around sin is promoted openly and freely as the best way to live.

Often, many Christians feel like they are the only believers in their workplace. They feel like they are all alone against the devil and those with him.

While it is very true that there is a very large army out there against every follower of Jesus, there are more with the believer. God has legions of angels there by the side of every believer.

As a believer, you also have God and all of His angels on your side. There are many physical enemies and physical friends, but the majority are those not seen, the spiritual enemy and spiritual friends.

The only way you can see your help is with spiritual eyes. God has to open your spiritual eyes to see who is with you. God is with you, along with all the angels of heaven.

When things are looking bad, and the enemy looks like he is going to beat you down and win, open your eyes to who God is and what He can do. God has more angels than there are people on this earth, here to help when needed. God is also more powerful than anyone on or off this earth. He can help you in all of your needs. Trust Him today.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to see His hand in your life; that God will remove your fear of the enemy; that you will trust God in your situations in life; and that God will do miracles in your life.

2 Kings 5:13 Follow The Directions

Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” 2 Kings 5:13

Naaman, who was the commander of the army for the king of Aram, came down with leprosy. He was told to go and find the prophet, Elisha, in Samaria to be healed. When he did see Elisha he was told to go wash in the Jordan river seven times. He was angry and did not want to do that, he wanted to have something great happen. His servant told him that he should follow the directions of the prophet. Naaman does and was healed of his leprosy.

People will often ask God for a touch in their lives, desiring a miracle in some area of their life. As they ask, they often have a thought on how that miracle should occur. Many desire to see the miracle in some great way with lots of excitement, publicity, and God doing it on the grand stage around others. The desire is also that the miracle will occur immediately with nothing to be done to get that miracle.

God can, and does, work some miracles in those ways, with a lot of fan-fare and excitement. Often, however, He works miracles in quiet simple ways behind the scenes. In Naaman’s case, it was the simple way of washing seven times in a river, and a dirty river at that. It was not done with a lot of publicity, though in public.

You may be seeking answers to some situation in your life. As like most people, you probably have a way that you think God should deal with that situation. You may have already heard something from God in how He wants to meet that situation in your life.

Listen to what God tells you to do. Be willing to follow His directions. Do not place God in a box and tell Him how to meet your needs. Allow God to be God and to be in control of the situation.

God may be wanting to do it in a way that someone else is involved to build their faith; or He may be doing it in a way to keep you from being filled with self-pride; or He may be doing it in a way build your trust in Him. In any case, follow His directions fully, no matter how small or great they are, to see His hand at work in your life.

I pray today that God will reveal His plans for you to you; that you will follow all of God’s directions to you; that you will allow God to meet all of your needs in His way and time; and that God will do mighty miracles in and through you.

2 Kings 4:3 Don’t Stop With Just Enough

Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few.” 2 Kings 4:3

A prophet’s widow had come to Elisha because she was about to have her two boys removed from her due to past due debt she owed. Since she was a widow, she did not have the means to support herself to pay the debts. She told Elisha that she only had a little bit of oil left in a small jar, so Elisha told her to go and get as many empty jars as possible.

Once she had received many jars, she had to pour the oil from her small jar into all the other jars. The oil did not run out until all the jars were filled. She was able to sell the oil and pay her debt and live off of what was left.

It is very common for people to pray for various needs that they have. The prayers are usually to for God to fix a situation in their life. Most of those prayers are very specific to the need that is visibly seen at the moment and stops right there. Rarely do the prayers focus on the long-term or the eternal consequences of the situation.

God loves to fix the situations in the lives of His children, but He fixes them with a long-term goal, not just for the moment. When God provided for the widow through Elisha, it was enough for her to survive on after paying the immediate debt. In order for God to do that, however, she had to go out and get as many jars as possible.

In your life, there may be times when you have to go out and get something for God to use in your life. Give it your best effort and get as much as possible. The item that God may have you get is a job, or a new location, or new friends, or a new ministry, but in and through all of these things, you need God’s Holy Spirit for strength and guidance.

It is good to be touched by His Holy Spirit on Sunday in the church service, but that is not enough. Throughout the week you need to be continually filled with His Holy Spirit to overflowing. As the oil kept flowing for the widow as she poured it out, so will God’s Holy Spirit flow in and out of you as you seek Him.

Seek God’s presence in your life throughout your week, each and every day. Grab to the overflowing of His Spirit in your life. Don’t just stop with “just enough” for now.

How much of God are you asking for?

Do want all of God?

Or just a small part of Him?

Don’t ask for “just enough”, get all that you can and see what God can do in and through you today.

I pray today that you will know God in a greater way; that you will seek to have all of God; that God will fill you daily with His Holy Spirit; that you will not settle for a little with God; and that God will use you to do great things in this world to build His kingdom.

2 Kings 2:9 What Do Others Want From You?

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. 2 Kings 2:9

Elisha had been faithful in following Elijah to the very end. As the final day of Elijah’s walk on this earth came, he asked Elisha if there was anything left that he wanted from him before he was taken away. Elisha asked for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit.

Some people know when their time on this earth is about to end. Sometimes it is during a sickness that the doctor has given no hope with. Other times it is when a person has been in a major accident and does not expect to live.

During these last moments of their life, people often try to finish any unfinished business in life. They will ask family or friends for forgiveness or give some last advice on how to live in this life. Other people will often ask last minute things from the dying person, desiring houses, money, positions, or other things the person has.

Elijah did not seek forgiveness, but wanted to know if Elisha needed or wanted anything more from him. His focus had been on doing God’s will and training Elisha to be God’s next prophet.

Elisha could have asked for fame, or power, or many other things, but he asked for the spirit that was in Elijah. He wanted God’s spirit upon him and in him.

Two things can be drawn from this. First, is that Elijah walked so closely to God, that Elisha and others knew it. God was flowing from him.

Second, Elisha wanted God’s Spirit to be upon him in the same way it was with Elijah. He knew that he was to become the next prophet and would need to know God directly.

If you were about to be taken from this life, what would others see in you or want from you?

Would they see that you walk closely with God and that God works in and through you?

Or would they just see hard work, money, fame, or other things centered on self?

Seek to know God personally. Seek to walk with God so closely that others see it and want to be a part of that walk. Allow God’s Spirit to work in and through you to the point that God shines in this dark world through you.

I pray today that you will know God in a very personal way; that God’s Spirit will be with you; that you will do only what God shows you to do; and that people will see God living in you.