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. 

Numbers 8:14 Set Apart For God

“In this way you are to set the Levites apart from the other Israelites, and the Levites will be mine.” Numbers 8:14

God had set up a series of sacrifices and ceremonies to be done that would cleanse the Levites. This was to prepare them for the work He wanted them to do in the tabernacle. Once all the sacrifices were done, they were set apart from all the other Israelites. They were to belong to God and God alone. Their whole purpose was to serve God in the tabernacle. They were God’s priests for the people.

In the Old Testament it was people who had to do the work to set others apart for God. There was a variety of sacrifices offered that would cleanse a person. The person had to be cleansed from sin in order to approach God. Anyone who went into the tabernacle was approaching God.

Jesus became the sacrifice to cleanse people. His blood was shed in order to remove all the sin. The difference is that Jesus is not just coming to saving one line of people, but to save everyone. Any person who believes in what Jesus said and did, and repents of his sins will be saved. Every person who is saved is now a priest before God.

As a priest you have the ability to go before God. You have been cleansed and set apart. Not every person in the world will be set apart. You are bought by God and are now His.

What does this mean for you?

It means that you are God’s and God’s alone. You are here to do whatever God wants you to do. You are in service to God. You are to be different in the way you live and act. You are to no longer live like the rest of the world.

Think about the great honor this is. Many people think it is a great honor to serve some famous person. Here you are in service of the creator of the world. You are in service to the one who owns it all.

Are you set apart for God today?

Are you serving God today?

I pray today that God will reveal His plans for you; that you will be set apart for God; that you will live to serve God; and that God will guide and strengthen you by His Holy Spirit.