Loosen The Anointing
Thursday, September 8th, 2016
“And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?” Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.”
2 Kings 2:9
2 Kings 2 contains one of the most spectacular passage in all of the OT. This chapter tells the miraculous story of the aging Prophet Elijah and his servant Elisha. I believe in this chapter God has given us a lesson on how to serve His Kingdom in these last days. God wants to do greater things with each succeeding generation by performing miracles and providing more of His Spirit for His people beyond anything seen in the past. He longs to increase and enlarge our faith ……so that, like Elisha, we too may ask for a double portion of His anointing.
In the OT scene Elijah is a type of Christ ascending to the Father. Jesus promises us in John 14:12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
In essence, Jesus is saying that we need more of God’s anointing, power and authority than any past generation to fulfil the call of our lives in this perverse generation.
Why Elijah took Elisha on this whirlwind trip? Why Elijah wanted Elisha to accompany Him to Bethel and Jericho? It is to teach Elisha as well as us today – the need for more of God’s power and anointing. Bethel means “house of God”. Bethel had a great spiritual heritage. Yet over the years, Jeroboam had set up a golden calf and caused idolatry to spread rampantly. As a result people became ungodly, skeptic, scoffers and mockers of God. This robbed the future generation of any trace of Bethel’s spiritual heritage. I believe Bethel represents the kind of evil and ungodly society that we encounter today who are sensual, carnal and immoral. This adulterous generation demands us to seek a double portion of anointing to do God’s work.
We know this experience is not for Elisha’s sake alone but also for us today. Elijah and Elisha proceeded to Jericho, “a place called pleasant” but found this city barren, dry and lifeless. Everything had withered because a stream of poison had infiltrated Jericho’s water supply. This city represents a dead and dry Christianity, a church Jesus describes in Revelation 3:1 as “….. a name that you are alive, but you are dead.” Depicting a generation of believers who are prevented from becoming righteous and sinless because their faith does not contain the indispensable baptism of Jesus at the River Jordan that fulfil God’s Righteousness. They end up suffering and dying more from their sins even after believing in Jesus as their Saviour. They are Christians who have not been born again since they put their confidence more on the denominational doctrine than faith in the Word of God. They are totally ignorant of the ways and working of the Holy Spirit. Only a double portion of anointing could empower us to save such unbelieving believers who are misled by false teachings.
Now over the Jordan, Elijah said to Elisha, “ask me what I shall do for you before I go”. Elisha was desiring Elijah’s mantle from God that provided him a supernatural and effective ministry. Elisha realized the condition of his society and the Church. Now Elisha recognized he needed more power, anointing and authority to meet the challenges before him. Elisha knew he was inadequate to impact anyone until he experienced his own miracle and anointing from God. We too must believe God for supernatural anointing to do mighty exploits.
In 2 Kings 2:19, we find that Elisha went back to Bethel and Jericho. He took the same path from Jordan that his master Elijah undertook to experience for himself the anointing that God has endowed upon him. Elisha recognized that the double portion of anointing that he received from God is crucial when encountering the needs of people whether in the Church or the world.
Dear friends, let us not be satisfied with what we have but rather yearn for more anointing to do mighty works that Jesus has promised for those who dare to believe.
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