2 Kings 6:16 “And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.”
When you read the lives of great men and women of faith, you cannot help but desire what they possessed; a close walk with God, a personal conversation, and prayers answered. They moved mountains, healed, gave wisdom, and relayed insights into things we cannot see.
Elijah and Elisha are two such men.
For all that Elijah did, we read that Elisha did twice as much. It is because he asked a double portion of Elijah’s spirit. Not the Holy Spirit as we know it, but the spirit in man that exhibits faith and steps out to do great things for God.
Every time I have read 2 Kings chapter six, I am desirous of what Elisha possessed. He could see what most men could not. God seemingly opened the veil between Elisha’s world and the spirit world to see the angel army that fought for him.
2 Kings 6:17 “And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.”
Imagine the peace and confidence not only knowing that God has your back and has armies at the ready to fight but also seeing the hillside covered with God’s chariots as Elisha did.
Then, God brought to mind promises He has given to us to trust.
1 John 4:4 “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
As children of God, we possess a power higher than anything we will ever face. The devil is powerful. More potent than you or I – in the flesh.
The Holy Spirit within us is more potent than anything the devil can throw at us. Jesus proved that to us when He was tempted by the devil forty days and nights in the desert.
Today, we see a rise in fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of impending doom. Fear of chaos, incurable sickness, and even death.
These things should never be for the child of God!
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
We must know that the end times are almost upon us. We are warned.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
We can cite evidence for each type of sin contained in this passage. But, for those who do not take God’s Word to the heart or are casual in their reading, these times can be scary.
Some fear for their lives. Others fear for their family. Still, others lack the faith to see beyond today. Our enemy preys upon our lack of knowledge. What we don’t know about our God can hurt us.
Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
Knowing the promises God has given us can breed quiet confidence that will sustain us in the most tumultuous of times.
Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”
Knowing that my interaction with God is not superficial, but potent to the moving of mountains, changing the course of life for lost sinners, bringing comfort, healing and peace to troubled souls all make this life so much more exciting.
We can move the hand of God.
Isaiah 45:11 “Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.”
John 14:12 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”
Not only are we able to effect a change, but we can also prepare for what will come.
John 16:13 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
Where are the George Mueller’s of our day? Where are the D. L. Moodys? The R.A. Torreys, the Charles Spurgeons, the Charles G. Finneys, Sam Jones, and Billy Sundays?
The large crowds mark some, but the true mark for each of these men are those they were able to bring to salvation through their preaching and teaching.
Having the type of sight that Elisha possessed is not foreign to us, nor is it unattainable. God is no respecter of persons.
Acts 10:34-35 “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.”
God desires to use us all to glorify Himself in and through us. It is our responsibility to exercise the faith enough that He will do His part if we will do ours.
As we begin our week, let us pray together for God to use us supernaturally in the lives of those around us. Not for our glory, but His.