DOUBLE PORTION “WORTH CONSIDERING” 12/16/20, From Ken Smith<><
Today’s Scripture (Across my desk this morning from a ministry in Texas.)
Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I can do for you before I am taken away.” And Elisha replied, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit and become your successor.”
(2 Kings 2:9, NLT)
A Double Portion
Elijah was a great prophet who did many amazing miracles. One day he saw a young man named Elisha and told him to come and be his assistant, to basically take care of him. Elisha was from a wealthy family and could have been too proud to take what seemed like a low level position, but he recognized the favor on Elijah’s life. He respected the anointing. For years he served Elijah with honor, and eventually, he received a double portion of Elijah’s anointing and did twice as many miracles. When you sow into someone with great favor, you’re going to reap some of that favor. Sow honor into that supervisor who’s ahead of you. Sow respect into that colleague who’s extremely talented. Sow friendship and encouragement into that person who’s taking new ground. God put them there to bring you favor. As you connect to them, new doors are going to open for you, and new talents are going to come out.
A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that Elisha didn’t just get the favor that Elijah had, but he received a double portion. Help me to find the people with whom I should connect and help them to find me as well. I believe that the honor I show them will come back to me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Many times in my life I have experience the above. One day I was going over to Hilo for a Agape Feast (Meal) and to share with the hippies that attended. It was a large hall in the old Doc. Hill Mansion that would hold perhaps 2-300 people… As I was driving my van in that direction I noticed a hippy wondering around in the middle of the street so I stopped next to him and ask where he was going. He said, “I don’t know.” So to be polite I ask him what his name was? And he said, “I can not remember” So I ask him a 3rd question, “Are you hungry” And he said, “ I sure am.” So I ask him if he would like to go with me to a party with lots of food, and he made for the van and away we went to the Love Feast. Well he ate all he could, was loved up a whole lot by all of the Christians and came to make Jesus LORD. When I went back to Kona he came along and went to the True Vine Farm and began to listen, read and grow. Found out his name was Craig McNutt and his dad was in Texas oil. He got lost in the ministry over time I lost track of Craig. 20 years later he showed up at my home with a lovely wife and kids and I found he had been preaching in Brazil for nearly 20 years in Portages. I was amazed and still am at what that small moment in time may be when Greg stands before Jesus and the Books are opened. Such a great joy that will be for me in having such a small part in Gregg’s pilgrimage into God’s Kingdom. Not saying it could not have happened another way. But that the Holy Spirit allowed for me to have the Joy of being included in HIS plans for Greg that day. And today in my home the quest continues as I have 4 souls staying with me (and another on the way) that are able to be assisted in making a clean decision for the Holy Spirit to work in their lives just like I was in the past from 1968 when God called me into the ministry of reconciliation. And all of us have that same calling on our lives to embrace the LORD’S loving concern for souls to help others and to enjoy HIS vision for why they were created. You were created with a purpose from God. But you also were created with a free will, like God. You can say yes or no. But the Joy of the LORD is in saying yes and joining others on the road to becoming like Jesus. He is the first of HIS kind and many of us are to also to come to be like HIM and be directed of the Holy Spirit. And to help make the Kingdom of God on Earth as it is in heaven. But you do have your own choice to also do as you like. Many are taken captive by the lies of the enemy. He is even good at making up spiritual lies that seem to be of God but are not. The filter for filtering the lies of the enemy is the Word of God. IF You don’t study the Word of God, then there is a good chance of being taken captive by false doctrine. Some today feel water baptism saves, it does not. Some feel that if the get saved it is a done deal, it is not. Study James and 1 John and Jude. Some think that we are not responsible for others getting the Gospel, that is up to God. But the Word of God tells us that we share with the Holy Spirit the responsibility of the harvest of souls that needs to be gathered into the Kingdom of God. So much of what you think you know may only be Vain Traditions that make the Word of God ineffective. You need to study the Word of God for yourself.
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