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July 3, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Elijah: Passing the Mantle (6:3)


Elijah-Passing the Mantle

 

2 Kings 2:13-14

Elisha took up the cloak of Elijah that had fallen from him and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. Then he took the cloak of Elijah that had fallen from him and struck the water, saying, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” And when he had struck the water, the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and Elisha went over.

 

Thought for Today

God kept His promise and blessed Elisha with the same spirit He had given Elijah. The ministry would continue. This is an important lesson for us. We like to think that the story we are living begins and ends with us. When we depart this world the story ends. The truth is that we are living in God’s story. God has been creating a story since the time of Adam. The story ends when the last trumpet sounds and His Son, Jesus Christ, returns in glory. Each of us is given a piece of that story to live out. Each of us has a unique story of God’s redemption and blessing. Others came before us and laid the foundation for the work God has prepared for us to do. We, in turn, build on that foundation for the next generation. I used to think like Elijah, that I had to do everything. I wanted to accomplish the whole story of God. What a relief to discover that my calling is simply to be faithful with the work God needs accomplished in my time. The challenges of the future belong to a future generation that God will prepare specifically for that day. So relax. Work faithfully at the tasks that God has given you to do, and faithfully live out your part of God’s grand story.

 

Prayer

Lord of all, I thank You for writing me into Your story. Help me to rest knowing that I am living in the story of Your love and grace. Use me to tell Your story to others. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

The fundamental story arc of the Bible is God is passionate about rescuing this world, restoring it, renewing it. — Rob Bell

 

Quote of the Day

Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can. ― Douglas Pagels

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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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