You will not
move on until God moves in
The transfer of the anointing
in 2 Kings 2 was in the context of two simultaneous actions in heaven and
earth. Elijah was translated and Elisha transformed. Elijah
had already escalated the heights by the Carmel victory, by stopping and
opening the heavens and will return to earth as one of the two witnesses
in Revelation 11. (See Malachi 4:5 where the contest is immediately
prior to the return of the Lord Jesus). The prophetic farewell was
so unusual – a whistle stop tour of Gilgal, Bethel, Jericho and Jordan
– on the very day of his departure. As Elisha followed the man of
authority a deep silence and solemnity distilled as dew upon them.
Often God does the deepest things in our lives when we say nothing.
Glibness, flippancy, much talk over trivial things spoil our walk with
God. Pray to the place of breakthrough into the sanctuary stillness,
where revelation flows. Stillness precedes knowledge and knowledge
precedes revelation precedes the mantle of the anointing. The will
of God cannot be achieved without the anointing, that makes us do what
we cannot do by human means.
How did Elisha receive the
on the essential will of God refusing to be diverted………choosing to be fixed
on the condition of spiritual discernment (v.10);
Valedictory was vital for Elijah,
but God prepares his successor, for the prophetic office. Everyone
used by God in the Bible had an experience of holy fire. We cannot
move on in the purposes of God unless God moves in with FIRE. Luke
3:16 is as essential for the church as John 3:16 is for the lost.
John the Baptist said “He shall baptize you in Spirit, Holy in fire.”
That’s the order of the Greek grammar. The fire destroys the vermin
in the forest, the sins concentrated on our lips, the confused thinking
of a pre-Pentecost condition. After Moses went to the burning bush,
he could take nearly two million Israelites to the burning mountain.
We move on only after God moves in our lives that as common and useless
as that desert bush, where the sanctifying flame arrested Moses.
(b)He didn’t stay at Gilgal,
Bethel or Jericho, but pressed on to the perfect will of God. He
didn’t want to miss the full benefit of the relationship with the older
(c)He refused to live in
the emotions of excessive sorrow in losing his mentor. As a true prophet
he lived by the word of the Cross.
What do the places signify?
That was where the filth
of the world rolled away and you became born again, washed in the blood
of Jesus. Also a place of renunciation of sin and the world-spirit
that refuses to acknowledge Jesus as Lord. So many believers stay
here with the basic truths of salvation and never move on. They argue
doctrine or enjoy entertaining services or refuse the call to discipleship,
remaining unchanged, untamed, untrained. Elisha could pastor the flock!
He could introduce them to some liberating truths, but he must concentrate
on the essential and travel on to
Here was the house of God,
where Jacob got the dream of reality. The Bible college students seemed
to be in the know of the momentous event. The youths, however, verbally
abused him there (v.23 – v.25) by wanting him to disappear into heaven.
Here is a picture of an apostate church refusing new truths and a fresh
move of the Holy Spirit. How painful the persecutions, when believers
refuse to enter more fully into their inheritance. I have suffered
this and rather than wipe the dust from your feet and move on, the temptation
is to stay and prove you are right. Elisha was a prophet not a teacher-pastor,
so he had to travel on to
Jericho means fragrance and
charismatic renewal can be very lovely……..the presence of God, people falling
down, and doing “carpet time”, healings and deliverances and gifts of the
Holy Spirit. However, what begins well can end badly with barrenness
(v.19 – v.22). The salt of holiness must be branded on our spirits
if blessing is to be permanent. Elisha could be a conference speaker
spellbinding crowds to displays of power, and full of mind-boggling teaching,
but he must travel on in together guidance to
Here they crossed on dry
ground, reminding them of Joshua when the waters were heaped up as far
as Adam. Jordan means “descent” and death to self changes a person
from functioning in the gift of prophecy to a prophet or prophetess.
Here is the threshold of the new anointing where Elisha made the daring
a double portion of your spirit be upon me.”
I want to be used for the glory
of God twice as much as you. God was pleased to answer “yes.”
Elisha was of double significance.
If you are over 50, and really love God, you will want to prepare the next
generation and be a FACILITATOR. You will not feel threatened or
They want to be used twice
as much as you!
At Jordan there is the exchange
of the mantle – that equipment in relation to the will of God. The
sons of the prophets dissipated the sublime moment with chat (v.15 – v.17).
The facilitator is a man of God, dead to self, delivered form the diseases
of his mind, determined to pass on the anointing.
Is there nothing
else in your life except the will of God?
Remember the lack of spiritual
discernment today prevents God’s people from victory. Be one in a
thousand and seek God’s face for discernment of spirits. The gift
usually comes after a period of suffering…so we can distinguish the soulish
area from the truly spiritual. Don’t miss the point of recognition.
Elisha SAW it (v.12) and the eyes of our heart can be enlightened to live
in the unseen. He saw the fiery chariots in Elijah’s farewell.
Faith bets your life on the unseen and turns dreams into deeds. Now
Elisha would prove the prophetic anointing with double significance.
God raise a younger generation today who are zealous for the works of God.
Do you discern what God
is doing in your life?
Are you fixed on the conditions
that surround the anointing?
When I read
biographies of AW Tozer and Watchman Nee recently it amazed me how two
much older women took their young charges and daily encouraged them with
Bible study and prayer. This became a solid foundation in their lives.
Elijah nurtured Elisha and in 1 Kings 19 : 19 we read the younger man was
humble – in the twelfth position with the plowing oxen. Today pride
pushes many young ones too far forward too quickly, and pride brings shame
and destruction. Sodom was destroyed because of pride (Ezekiel 16
; 49), and this abomination always links to self – idolatry; the very sin
that caused Satan to fall.
Look for humility
in a young believer and give your life for such in discipling. After
humility, honour comes as day follows night.
The modern stamp of getting
saved in order to get, will never produce a prophetic people. Moses
mentored Joshua for 40 years. Timothy was under Paul for many years.
Who will be submissive and learn? Who will humble themselves to receive
the mantle of a proven ministry? Who will be faithful in what belongs
to another man? Who will submit to authority with a humble heart?
Only the Elisha generation who desire to be mentored, who desire beyond
anything else the purpose of God, and who desire to govern their lives
by the living Word of God. The yearning ambition to be of double
significance in the Kingdom than the older generation comes at a cost of
being pruned for leadership and promotion.
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