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July 2, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Elijah: Passing the Mantle (6:2)


Elijah-Passing the Mantle

 

2 Kings 2: 9-10

When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you.” And Elisha said, “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.” And he said, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it shall be so for you, but if you do not see me, it shall not be so.”

 

Thought for Today

Elijah offers a parting gift to his pupil, “Ask what I shall do for you…” Elisha makes a bold request, “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.” Elisha’s request seems bolder at first blush than it really is. Elisha’s request is based on Jewish inheritance law, according to which the eldest son was granted 2/3 of his father’s estate. The goal was to keep the families property and fortune as intact as possible. What Elisha requested was that he inherit Elijah’s spirit; to carry on his ministry; to maintain his legacy. One of Elijah’s greatest fears was that there would be no one to carry on the work when he was gone. Elisha honors and comforts his master with this request. The only problem is it is not Elijah’s place to promise the Spirit of God to another. He offers Elisha the hope that if he sees his master when he departs God will grant him his request. Elisha could have asked for anything. He chose to ask for something that honored both God and his master. If you were offered Elijah’s blessing what would you ask for? Your honest answer says a lot about where you are spiritually. Take your cue from there and talk to God about it.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, You know what I would ask for from You. We both also know what I should ask. Help me to become the person who would ask for the thing that would honor You most. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

You cannot always depend on prayers to be answered the way you want them answered but you can always depend on God. God, the loving Father often denies us those things which in the end would prove harmful to us. Someday we will thank God not only for what He gave us, but also for that which He refused.” ― Fulton J. Sheen

 

Quote of the Day

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. — Mark Twain

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July 1, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Elijah: Passing the Mantle (6:1)


Elijah:-Passing the Mantle

 

2 Kings 2:5-6

The company of the prophets at Jericho went up to Elisha and asked him, “Do you know that the Lord is going to take your master from you today?”

“Yes, I know,” he replied, “so be quiet.”

Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.”

And he replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them walked on.

 

Thought for Today

Elijah begins his farewell tour. The word had gone out from the Lord that Elijah would be taken to his eternal reward today. He visits each of the three communities of prophets. Each time they stop, Elijah asks Elisha to stay with each community. Each time Elisha refuses. There is a difference between when a prophet declares the Word of the Lord and when he speaks his opinion. It was Elijah’s opinion that Elisha would be better off if he stayed with a group of prophets who would support him. Elisha, however, had pledged to follow God’s word, not Elijah’s. Until God said to stop Elisha would stay the course. Pastor and author Erwin McManus calls this principle, “Go until you get a ‘no.’” When God tells you to do something you do it until He says to stop. Elisha would serve his master until the bitter end. This is an important lesson for us, as well. When God tells us what we are supposed to be doing others will see our task differently. They will tell us we have done enough, that we have fulfilled our obligation, before God says our task is finished. If we listen to them we will miss the most amazing thing God is preparing for us to be a part of. So stay the course, like Elisha, and see what God has in store.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me to listen to Your voice alone and grant me the strength to stay the course until You say it is done. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Hold fast to God, do not give up and He will fulfill His Word concerning you, for He is faithful who has promised ― Sunday Adelaja

 

Quote of the Day

We aim above the mark to hit the mark. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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June 28, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Elijah: God's Greatest Priority (5:4)


Elijah: God’s Greatest Priority

 

Romans 3:23-26 (NLT)

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he makes sinners right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.

 

Thought for Today

Here is the resolution to the mystery of how God can be both just and merciful by nature. God cannot transgress either of these qualities, for to do so would deny who He is. However, God has established clear priorities even within His character. God places mercy over justice. He declares to His people, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice” (Hosea 6:6). So God developed a plan that would allow for both justice and mercy to be satisfied, but in which mercy predominates. God chose to gather all the sins committed by mankind and hold them in trust. When His Son, Jesus, was nailed to the cross at Calvary God opened that sin account and poured it all out on Jesus. The just punishment for every evil ever done, thought or said was exacted upon a willing victim. Jesus took our place under the full weight of the wrath of God against sin. In turn, we received God’s mercy, set free from the consequences of our sinfulness. Therefore, Paul can declare with confidence, “for [God] himself is fair and just, and he makes sinners right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.” This is what Elijah learned when he heard God rejoice at wicked Ahab’s contrition: God’s greatest priority is mercy.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I praise You for Your mercy, on full display at the cross of Christ, help me to live gratefully toward You all the days of my life. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Mercy and forgiveness must be free and unmerited to the wrongdoer. If the wrongdoer has to do something to merit it, then it isn't mercy, but forgiveness always comes at a cost to the one granting the forgiveness. ― Timothy Keller

 

Quote of the Day

Always seek justice, but love only mercy. To love justice and hate mercy is but a doorway to more injustice. ― Criss Jami

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