II Kings 6:8-23 / Hebrews 11:27
The results of a single heavenly vision helped Elisha to endure throughout his life.
1. He was known as a man of God (v9)
He warned the king of the enemy’s secret plans
2. He saw a chariot of fire once before ( II Kings 2:9-15)
That vision dominated his life. He knew there were divine forces at work in his life. He expected miracles: Jordan River divided; Moab defeated; widow’s oil; Shulamite’s son raised from dead; poisonous stew healed; fed 100 men with 20 loaves; healed Naaman from leprosy.
3. He knew God was with him (v.16)
He didn’t panic in a crisis. He feared God; not man. He had complete confidence in God. He was aware of the chariots of fire around him – at all times! (v.17) those who are for us are more than those who are against us.
Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
4. He showed mercy to his enemies (v.22)
5. He could open the spirit realm for his young servant. (v.17)
He didn’t keep things to himself, but willingly shared what he knew. He knew visions were granted in answer to prayer. (John 20:29 – blessed are they…)
Elijah was ordered to anoint Elisha as prophet in his place. He found him busy ploughing in the field and threw his mantel over him. Elisha insisted to greet his family before he followed Elijah and then Elijah took back his mantle and carried on walking. Elisha sacrificed some of his oxen on his ploughing instruments and greeted his parents and caught up with Elijah. But Elijah tried to shake him off. Elisha insisted following him. Then the old prophet asked him what he wanted.
‘I want a double portion of your anointing,’ he replied.
‘That is a hard thing you ask, but if you see me when I am taken up from you then you can have what you desire.’
A chariot of fire and fiery horses separated between Elijah and Elisha and Elijah was taken up into heaven in a whirlwind. It must have been hard for Elisah to keep his eyes on Elijah while the fiery chariot and horses became sunc a spectacle! Christians often get their eyes on the spectacle and take their eyes of Jesus!
But Jesus’ own disciples kept their eyes on Him when He was taken up in a cloud. And 50 days His mantle, the Holy Spirit, fell on them on the day of Pentecost! They kept their eyes on Him just like Elisha kept his eyes on Elijah.
Elisha took up the mantle and smote the Jordan River with it and cried out:
‘Where is the God of Elijah?’ The waters opened and the river was divided. The God of Elijah was right there!
Today you may ask: ‘where is the God of Elijah?’ I tell you if you keep your eyes on Jesus the God of Elijah will be right there for you! Hallelujah! He is the same yesterday, today and forever!
Because Elisha saw the new dimension of the spirit open and saw the fiery chariots and horses he could open that dimension for his servant. He simply prayed: ‘God open the eyes of the young man!’ and the servant saw they were surrounded by fiery chariots and horses and realized they that are with them were more than those who were against them!
Today the Lord reminds us that He that is in us is greater than he that is in the world!
I pray that the Lord open your spiritual eyes so that you can see that the Lord of hosts, the Captain of all the armies of heaven is with you as well. He is for you; not against you! Believe it today and let Him grant you the victory you desire!
He will give you victory over sin, sickness and disease and over all the power of the enemy for He is the Greater One that is with you!
Once you have a clear vision of He that is with you it will dominate your entire life. You will never be the same again!
Praise the Lord!
II Kings 6:8-23 / Hebrews 11:27