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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Isaiah 41:15-16 Power And Praise

“See, I will make you into a threshing sledge, new and sharp, with many teeth. You will thresh the mountains and crush them, and reduce the hills to chaff. You will winnow them, the wind will pick them up, and a gale will blow them away. But you will rejoice in the LORD and glory in the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 41:15-16

Through Isaiah, God tells the Israelites that they will be made into a threshing sledge. This was not for threshing weeds or wheat, but mountains and hills. They would destroy mountains to the point the wind would blow them away.

Moving a mountain implies that they would have great power. People have removed parts of a mountain in the past in order to put a road through the mountain. It takes a lot of explosives, heavy equipment and a lot of work to accomplish that.

Believers today have that kind of power. It is found in faith. Jesus said that all a person needs is a little faith in order to move a mountain and cast it into the sea.

Most people would love to have that kind of power. The world strives and fights to have that kind of power. However, the power is not just for your own personal use. It is not just to help you have power.

The purpose of the power is to be a witness of God’s power to this world. The last part of today’s verses says that they will rejoice in the Lord. Yes, they will destroy and crush many mountains that stand in their way, but they will not boast in it. They will rejoice in God.

As you go through life, you most likely will not destroy a literal physical mountain, however, God will give you the power to destroy mountains of sin, addictions, and obstacles in your life. As that happens, do not boast about it, but rejoice in the Lord. Give God praise for what He is doing or has done.

Remember, it is not you who destroyed the mountain, but God through you. God gave you the power. Allow God to use you to destroy the mountain, then rejoice in Him for doing it.

I pray today that you will know the power of God in your life; that God will use you to destroy many mountains; that you will be a witness of God’s power; and that you will rejoice in God always for all things.

Isaiah 37:5-6 Do Not Be Afraid Of Reports

When King Hezekiah’s officials came to Isaiah, Isaiah said to them, “Tell your master, ‘This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid of what you have heard–those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.” Isaiah 37:5-6

Sennacherib, king of Assyria, had come up against Jerusalem and laid siege to it. The city was threatened to be overrun and everyone killed. He boasted about the power that Assyria had and all the other nations he had overcome already. The people were afraid of him, because his army was much stronger and Assyria had destroyed many other nations.

King Hezekiah sent some people to Isaiah to find out what God had to say about the situation. Basically Isaiah said that they were to ignore the reports that were being delivered by Sennacherib’s men. God saw what he was saying and how Assyria was blaspheming Him.

Since that time the methods of delivering messages have changed, but the messages often being delivered are the same. Watch any news channel and you will see many reports of danger and threats. One nation is always threatening another nation. One group of people is threatening another group of people. Governmental laws threaten some people. Reports of epidemic sickness arise. Reports of economic collapse are everywhere. Reports of violence, rape, murder, theft are always out there. Fear is found everywhere.

As a believer in Jesus, you will hear these reports on a regular basis. There is nothing to stop these reports. However, you do not have to live in fear because of the reports being made. God is greater than any power in this world.

Just as Hezekiah did, you must bring those reports to God. He is the one who is really in control of everything. Without His permission, nothing can happen.

Instead of running in fear of those reports, give them to God and trust Him in how to deal with them. Trust that God knows what is best to be allowed or stopped. There is purpose for everything that happens in this life, both the good and the bad things. God will use everything, but all of it will be used for your benefit, if you allow Him to use it that way.

Are you fearing those reports?

Or are you trusting God with those reports?

I pray today that you will know that God is in control; that God will help you to not fear any bad reports; that you will bring all reports before God to deal with; and that you will be a witness of God’s great power to this world.

Isaiah 16:6 Empty Boasts

We have heard of Moab’s pride–how great is her arrogance!–of her conceit, her pride and her insolence; but her boasts are empty. Isaiah 16:6

As Israel was being punished and crushed under the hand of God, Moab was boasting about their power and abilities. Moab was a powerful nation, even though not the largest or most powerful, and felt that they were among the best. They were very proud of what they had accomplished and let everyone know about it.

However, God said that all their boasting and pride was empty. There was very little truth in what they were boasting about. Later in this chapter, God says that within three years they would be wiped out and destroyed.

Everywhere a person goes, one can hear of boasting. It starts in the kindergarten playground when one boy or girl is boasting to another about something. They may boast about a parent or it may be about winning a game. The boasting continues in life, usually, until they are dead. For many people it is a way of life.

Adults will boast about their great accomplishments in life. Businesses will boast about their product. The boasting usually goes beyond what is actually truth. Just as with the fisherman talking about the fish that got away, and each time it is told the fish is larger, so it is with boasting. The more one boasts, the more it moves away from the truth.

Boasting in one’s own power, abilities or accomplishments is an empty boast. The real truth about everything that you accomplish is that it was God who has given you the strength and ability to accomplish it.

There is nothing that you have done, whether good or evil, that God has not given you the ability to do it.

So all that boasting that you do and pride that you feel about what you have done, needs to be re-directed to God. God is the one who is really in control and has the ability, not you.

As you boast, boast about what God is doing, boast about what others are doing. Do not boast in yourself. Boasting in yourself is an empty, worthless boast. God can change any situation you are in, in one second. You, on your own, cannot really change anything, but your trust in God.

Don’t waste your breath on empty boasting today.

I pray today that you will know God’s power in your life; that you will know it is God who is working in and through you; that you will not boast except in God; and that you will allow God to work in and through you in all situations.

Isaiah 11:1-3 What You Have

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him–the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD–and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. Isaiah 11:1-3

God had promised David that he would have a son on the throne of Israel forever. At the time of Isaiah, the nation had been split and was about to be destroyed. It did not look like there would be anyone to sit on that throne.

In this passage, Isaiah gives a prophecy about one, who was from the lineage of David (Jesse was David’s father), who would sit on the throne again. This one would have God’s Spirit resting on him, giving him wisdom, understanding, counsel, power, and knowledge of God. He would delight in fearing God–following and obeying God. The one to come was Jesus.

As Jesus walked on this earth, all of these things described Him very well. The people saw that He was one who delighted in God. Jesus became the root for those who would come after Him.

One of the things that Jesus said was that He was the vine and you are the branches. Jesus is the original branch, and you are to be like Him.

This means that everything that Jesus has, you can also have. You are attached to Him and are nourished by Him. When Jesus left the earth, He sent His Holy Spirit to be upon you, just as He was on Him.

Having God’s Holy Spirit on you gives you wisdom, understanding, counsel, power, and knowledge of God, just as it gave all those things to Jesus.

Do not rest your wisdom, understanding, counsel, power and knowledge on yourself, or in that of other people. Look to God’s Holy Spirit to guide you. God is with you and wants you to be just like Jesus. Jesus was the perfect example of how to live a life for God.

How are you living your life today?

Are you living it in the ways of this world, under your own power?

Or are you living and walking in the Spirit of God?

I pray today that you will know God’s Holy Spirit in your life; that you will trust in God’s counsel; that others will see God’s Spirit in your life; and that you will delight in serving and obeying God.

Power In Suffering (Celebrating Homeschool Moms)

Some of you may not have been able to get on Facebook last night to see my FB Live video. I spoke to homeschool moms about power in suffering.

Although this video was focused on homeschool moms, anyone may get some good truth from it for his own personal life. Everyone goes through some suffering and needs some strength in it. I would encourage you to view this video and see what God has to tell you about having power in suffering.

Here is a link to the video: Power In Suffering.

May God bless you and guide you in your life today.

Celebrating Homeschool Moms Live Video

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there reading this!

All mothers are very hardworking. One group of mothers that many people overlook and see as not working that hard are homeschool moms.

Many in the workforce see homeschool mothers as ones who do not really work and just sit around all day at home. While looking at homeschool moms from the outside, it mayappear that they do not do that much, but it is not true.

My wife is a homeschool mom, so I can attest to the fact of all the hard work that she puts in on regular basis.

On Facebook I am a part of a group called Celebrating Homeschool Moms. They will be doing a Facebook Live set of videos this week celebrating and encouraging moms. Each session will be about 20-30 minutes in length and at different times each day.

I have been asked to be a guest speaker at doing one of these videos. I will be speaking on Power In Suffering. This will be tonight, Thursday, May 18th, at 8:30 CT. I want to invite you to be a part of watching this video. It will give you a chance to see and hear the man behind this blog.

Please let any homeschool moms you know, know about these Facebook Live videos.

This is something new for me to do and ask for your prayers that many mom’s lives will be touched and encouraged in the Lord when watching mine and the other’s videos. Pray that I will be able to clearly state what God has placed on my heart to speak.