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Sun, Aug 30, 2015

Living the life of the Double Portion Part 2

Duration:43 mins 50 secs

Living life of double portion Part 2 / a desire for all He has ! When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, "Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?" "Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit," Elisha replied. "You have asked a difficult thing," Elijah said, "yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours—otherwise not." —2 Kings 2:9-11 Aug 30, 2915 Last week ... After ministering a questioned was asked ... The Question: "What does it mean to receive a double portion?" You know me when there is a question ... I look to the Word of God for the Answer: Six times in the Bible, specific reference is made to a “double portion.” When someone receives a double portion, he gets a gift twice as much as that given to others. The concept of the double portion is first mentioned in the Law of Moses: “But he shall acknowledge the firstborn . . . by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he is the firstfruits of his strength. The right of the firstborn is his” (Deuteronomy 21:17). A firstborn son was entitled to receive twice the inheritance of that of a father’s other sons, in addition to the right of succession. Because Hannah could not have children, her husband tried to assuage her grief with an extra blessing. “But to Hannah he gave a double portion, because he loved her” (1 Samuel 1:5). Near the end of Elijah’s time on earth, he offered his assistant Elisha a gift: “What can I do for you before I am taken from you?” Elisha answered, “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me” (2 Kings 2:9). Elisha’s request was to be considered the successor of Elijah and to be “doubly blessed” with power in the prophetic office. Throughout 2 Kings, the many miracles Elisha performed confirm that he had indeed been granted a double portion. Isaiah 61:7 promises a double portion of joy and blessing upon Israel: “Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy.” The reign of the Messiah during the millennium will occasion everlasting joy. In a related passage, God restored to Job twice as much as he originally had before his time of testing: “And the LORD restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before” (Job 42:10). It could be said that Job received a “double portion.” Not all double portions convey blessing, however. Revelation 18:6 speaks of judgment upon Babylon, stating, “Pay her back as she herself has paid back others, and repay her double for her deeds; mix a double portion for her in the cup she mixed.” Here, the double portion indicates a heavy judgment. The idea behind the term is still that of a “great amount.” Since the Mosaic Law stipulated a double portion for firstborn sons, the concept has been used throughout history to refer to God’s abundant blessing. Jesus Christ is called the “firstborn over all creation” (Colossians 1:15), a title that indicates His position as the Blessed One and rightful Heir of all things. Do you want Gods abundant blessings? You may have heard of the "Peter Principle"—an ingenious concept and quite true: everybody is promoted to the level of their incompetence. Either through death, ambition, or lack of good personnel, people are given a job that they can't do. Often, due to pride or selfish ambition, a person is determined to gain promotion; they get it and celebrate. But eighteen months later, they have a nervous breakdown because they can't cope. But, you see, when you operate within the sphere of your own anointing, it's easy. Once God has given you an anointing, you will always have it because "God's gifts and his call are irrevocable" (Rom. 11:29). The anointing that will be given to you—whatever it is—will put your faith to the test. The anointing may bring difficulties for you. It may lead you where you don't want to go. You may have to go against personal desire. It may lead you to bless those whom you personally may not have chosen to bless. If you know you have the anointing, even though you don't have other little things, know that blessing from Him is worth more than all the money in the world. Jesus said, "The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it" (Matt. 13:45). What that means is, when you want the anointing more than anything in the world, you'll do anything to get it because you want God's blessing, just like Elisha who would not let Elijah out of his sight. There's a lesson here for all of us: if we want the blessing more than anything in the world, we can have it because our very desire will be testimony to God's work in our hearts. 1. Cut through the rhetoric and see what is happening “And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold, I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth, but the water is naught and the ground is barren” (2 Kings 2:19). The men in Jericho participated in building what they believed to be pleasant cities, but inside these cities was bad water. Some say that these waters had caused miscarrying wombs in both animals and humans, and the crops would not grow. This was a place of great hope that only ended in fruitless labor. People would toil and hope; they planted and hoped for a harvest, but their planting was futile. And so today you have people who place their hope in institutions that profess to be speaking for God. They hold out great hope, but there is no power or strength to bring forth true life. The needy come to the altar hoping to be freed, but no freedom comes; hoping to change, but no change comes. These are the barren places to which God sends the man or woman with the double portion in his efforts to bring healing. The Bible says Elisha called for a new vessel and then he called for salt. Through this new vessel, an inward purifying power came into the water and the water was healed. Until you walk in the double portion, under- standing and desiring the life of Christ with all it brings, you will never have a word that will bring healing. You may bring hope but no healing! Churches today we have perfected a super natural show .... Instead if a showing if the supernatural ! I want him I want a double portion of Christ I want a double portion of Gods power in my life Let's take a journey with Elisah! 2. A journey of faith 2 kings 2:2 " as The Lord liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel." We see in scripture that Bethel is a place of hearing and believing! Bethel is the place where Abraham heard God, moved in God, pitched His tent, and built an altar - that's Bethel! It's a place of saying, God I am hearing you and I am moving with you... Scripture says clearly that Abraham didn't know where he was going but he hear and obeyed! And God said ... I am going to bless you; you and your family will be greater than the sands of the sea... I am going to bless the world through you. I know God is saying to us ... I am going to use you. I am going to bless you I am going to multiply your seed / will we do like Abraham / oh how I want to stay in the presence of God / I want to stay where He is touching my heart through His Word / I am building Him an altar and I am going to worship Him I am going to worship and trust Him with my life !!