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.
These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. Jude 19
One of the best ways to conquer an enemy is to divide the enemy. This is to cause the enemy to fight among themselves in two different battle fronts. When a group is divided among itself, it is no longer at its strongest point. They are weakened and can be easily taken over.
The world knows this concept and knows how to employ it. Jude had just stated that there would be scoffers among the believers in the church. Now he states that it is these very people who will divide the church.
People who are like this follow their own personal, natural instincts. They will talk about how they feel, rather than what God has said. They go off of personal experience, rather than being led by God’s Holy Spirit.
The classic example of this type of division is a church splitting over what color the new carpet should be. Yet, the division is much greater and more dangerous than that in many churches.
There are some in the church who will attempt to throw doubt on God’s word. Or they will throw out parts of God’s word, saying that was for then and this is for now. Living in open sin has been accepted in some churches, because it is a humane acceptable way to live, it is a personal right of the person, rather than what God desires.
Acting like this is done by natural instincts, being led by self and this world’s ways of thinking. It is not allowing God’s Holy Spirit to lead and guide a person or church.
Believers must be aware of people like this. They must always keep their focus on God, His word and be led by His Holy Spirit. This will prevent division from occurring and stop the enemy.
Examine your life and see how you are making your choices in life. Are you letting natural, sinful man instincts to guide your thinking and actions? Or are you allowing God’s Holy Spirit to guide you in everything you think, say and do?
Do not allow yourself to be led astray and be divided by those of this world. The enemy wants to divide, conquer and destroy.
God has come to give life. Accept His Holy Spirit and live the life He has for you.
I pray today that you will be led by God’s Holy Spirit; that God will open your eyes to division occurring; that you will not allow self to get in the way of God’s leading; and that there will be unity with God in your life and church.