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Today we are exploring the Biblical account of Elijah and Elisha, focusing on the double portion Elisha received and its significance in our walk with God. Let’s read 2 Kings 2:8-15. We will use this passage and other related Scriptures to gain insight into the lessons contained within.
The Miracles of Elijah and Elisha
The lives of both of these men were marked by God’s miraculous power, and they were anointed with the Holy Spirit to carry out incredible acts. Elijah, the prophet of God, performed at least 8 miracles, demonstrating God’s authority over creation and His care for His people. Likewise, Elisha, his devoted servant, experienced a double portion of Elijah’s anointing and went on to perform 16 listed miracles, revealing God’s continuous work though His faithful servants.
The 3 Levels to Receive the Double Portion
There are at least 3 levels to achieve before we get to experience the double portion in our own lives. The first level is Gilgal. Joshua 5:8. Gilgal was a place of circumcision, representing the cutting away of our old life and total surrender to God. It involves wholeheartedly deciding to live for Jesus both inside and out of church, leaving behind the vices that once held us captive.
A Personal Encounter with God
The second level on our journey to get that double portion is Bethel, symbolizing a one-on-one encounter with God. Genesis 28:12-18. It is essential to develop a deep, personal relationship with our Creator rather than relying solely on church encounters. It’s all well and good for someone to prophesy to us, but we need to actively seek God’s voice and guidance for ourselves. We need to desire His will above all else, and discern His voice from that of the enemy.
Overcoming Jericho’s Walls
The final level is Jericho, a place of overcoming obstacles. Joshua 6:20. Just as the walls of Jericho came down through faith and obedience, we too must overcome the doubts and limitations set by the enemy. Remember, God is the same God in every situation, and He can tear down any walls that stand in our way.
Gehazi’s Tragic Mistake
The story of Gehazi serves as a cautionary tale of unfaithfulness and greed. Elisha’s anointing should have been passed down to Gehazi, but despite being Elisha’s servant, Gehazi’s desire for personal gain led to disastrous consequences. He missed the opportunity to receive the double portion due to his lack of selflessness and genuine dedication to God’s work. 2 Kings 5:20-27.
In conclusion, the journey towards the double portion is one of complete surrender to God, personal encounter with God, and overcoming obstacles through faith and obedience. We must follow the examples set by Elijah and Elisha, embracing a life of complete devotion to God and His plan. Let’s be vigilant, guarding our hearts and allow God to work through us in mighty ways.
As we seek the double portion of anointing, may we remember the words of Apostle Paul, who understood the significance of dying to self and living for Christ. Let us daily crucify our old selves and live as new creations, filled with the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 2:20 – “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
Romans 6:3,8 – “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?…Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:”
Colossians 3:3 – “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”
Let us press forward with determination, seeking for the double portion of God’s anointing, and impacting the world for His glory. May we live as faithful servants, committed to proclaiming the Gospel and showing God’s love to all!
Thank you so much for reading. I pray this word encouraged your walk with God and strengthened your resolve to seek God’s will for your life. To listen to the sermon this blog was based on, click the play button below on the video. God bless you, Dear Friend!