by Christina Farris
18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.
19 So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.
20 And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again: for what have I done to thee?
21 And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him. Is the battle yours to fight? I was listening to CNN news not sure if it was old article or a new article, but this singer revivalist went and praised the Lord in several major cities around our nation and of course the satanist were angry about it, nothing new under the sun. But before the walls of the enemy could even begin to be torn down the singer left behind all those he minister too. It began to get me angry because my thoughts were those new lambs needed feeding. Then I remember a lesson I did a few weeks ago on David armor and how God's armor is already fit for the new warriors of faith. How hard it is to say okay you ready for what lays ahead in your life with all the weapons of war when someone receives Christ. We know Christ minister to his disciples three years and even sent them forth to minister to surrounding areas, to bring them to where he was. Yet it not enough to imagine before Christ Elisha went and threw his mantle over Elijah, and Elijah ran after Elisha only to have him ask what have I done to thee.
When God choose a person to serve to minister to preach, it not the call of another minister on another ministery. It is the call of God on their life. One is yielding to God's call if one listens and response to God's call on their life. It not about where you go it is who sent you to go. Where do you go? Did God call you to preach, sing, speak, teach, pray that others would be healed, pray in a language not known always to you but to others around, or interpret the language so another could hear the gospel and see the work of God performed in the life of another. Imagine on the day of Pentecoste how people witnessed signs and wonders and without an interpretation or their language spoken it was just gibberish and emotion of a people. How many times we watch interpreter sign on governmental speech at least in my home state, and wonder how many deaf people appreciate this to understand what going on. How many foreigners in our land are still trying to understand why they got to where a mask, and how many citizens still have yet to hear the news in our land. After seven months you think they would know to wear a mask, but it not so. Think even with interpretation and even with understanding people still receive not Christ or the call of Christ to the work of the Lord.
Whatever Elijah was praying about, when Elisha threw his mantle on Elijah, he knew instant that he need to heed the call of God in his life. He went back from speaking to Elisha and made a sacrifice to the Lord. The call of God was not Elisha's to call, but God called Elijah to stand against Baal worshippers of his day, and so in Elijah journey he would learn from God how to stand and not to run, and how to stand and show the power of God by wetting down his altar and praying for God to send fire from heaven to light the altar, Baal worshippers would slash themselves and beat themselves trying to get baal to light their altar while Elijah had water poured over his wood and it went into a ditch around the altar. God lit that wood that was wet, Elijah and the warriors of God slayed the enemy.
You can not fight a battle running from it nor can you stand without the word of God calling you to stand. That mantle is a cloak or covering to demonstrate the covering of God in Elijah life. When God makes you a promise and you yet to see it fulfilled in your life there is a covering on your life until that day of promise at least, you will see the hand of God in operation, you will see the deliverance of a people, you will see the power of God demonstrated in your life. God's people need food and their ministers are all around, who not afraid to stand against the enemy and preach the word of God and feed the sheep of God in the largest cities of our nation. Feed the flock, feed our world and feed our inner cities, the highways and byways the gospel. For God is not finished yet. Until his day and until your call is complete you will stand.
For the enemy today death is not a must, as in the time of Elijah, in our land of freedom, but it call respect the freedom of those in opposition to your way of thinking. Protect the freedom of those you don't agree with, because your freedom on this earth will be taken if it is not. God's word is important to the children of light, you need proof of his reality listen to his word and hear and be a witness of something greater then the enemy. Even the Satan trembles at the word of God. Fear God more then the idol before you. Ask Jesus to be your Savior today and see the power of God change your life.
Dear Heavenly Father remind the saints not to fear what they see happening in our land, or the rise of the enemy in our streets, but to continue to testify about your word and things done in their life, praying for the sick, and helping those without interpretation to hear your truth and gospel by those that speak those languages in our land. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:Acts 2:1-16 KJV
1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?
13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
1 Kings 18:21-40 KJV