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……..The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. (Ecclesiastes 7:8)
Smooth sand stroll
Out there, people are watching you just as the fifty men of the sons of the prophets watched Elijah and Elisha from a distance, while the two of them stood by river Jordan.
Problems may flow like a river. Perhaps its currents are threatening to devour you or it keeps gushing vehemently and perpetually with a gurgling noise that disturbs you. It is possible that problems crop up one after another showing its ugly face that you stand directionless.
It is here that we are called to roll the mantle and strike the waters just as Elijah did and immediately the waters divided giving way and the two of them crossed over on dry ground. Others, who are not yet followers of Christ ought to see you having a smooth sand stroll betwixt pillars of turbulent waters.
Then Elijah questions Elisha saying, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?” At this juncture, let us examine as to what our answer would be if such a question were thrown at us. Elisha’s quick response was, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.” Do we have such a reply that is focused? What was Elijah’s reaction? He said, “You have asked a hard thing.”
Let us learn the art of asking hard things from God and be focused on getting it just as how Elisha was. Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. Elisha was privileged to see chariot of fire and horses of fire.
God desires to grant His disciples similar such spiritual experiences. It is when you are a captive among the captives heavens open up and you see visions (Ezekiel 1:1). Elisha now took the mantle and struck river Jordan saying, “Where is the Lord God of Elijah?” Isn’t it the same question that springs up like a mushroom in our mind when we know not what to do? The waters divided for Elisha as well.
It is only after watching this incident that the sons of the prophets who were from Jericho saw Elisha and said, “The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha” and they came to meet him and bowed to the ground before him. If the spirit of God rests upon us then those who ridiculed us will definitely come to honour you. Not considering who you are but because of the power of the Holy Spirit Who is within you. (II Kings 2:5-15)
Wading through waters
It could be possible that being shipwrecked waves washed you and you escaped to an island just as Paul and others on board landed in the island called Malta. People around you will show unusual kindness. They may kindle a fire and would welcome you considering the bad weather outside. You may do many good things and land in trouble for having done such good works just as how Paul did.
Paul gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire and his intention was to kindle the fire. Now a viper came out because of the heat and fastened on his hand. Immediately those who watched him began to gossip. It is possible that many are gossiping about your good works as well. Or those who benefited from you are the ones who are trying to topple you now.
Be not dismayed. Gossipers can go to the extent of saying, “No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to live.” God calls you and expects you to shake the deadly creature into the fire. The children of God will suffer no harm. The expectations of your enemies and those watching you could be something else concerning you but when they see that you are unharmed they will change their minds to call you god.
The leaders of that same region will become your host. You will pray for those who are sick and God will hear your prayers and perform mighty and wondrous deeds in their lives. They will honour you and will provide you with the things that you are in need of. When you wade through waters you will remain unharmed and ultimately you will be honoured. (Acts 28:1-10).
Facing furnace fire
The three friends of Daniel, namely Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. In tribulations such as this, God Himself descended to set His children free. The king Nebuchadnezzar was astonished in this case. He questions his courtiers, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?” They answered, “True, O king”. The king realizes the presence of a fourth person and likens Him to the form of being the Son of God. When we face fire like temptations, the enemy will see God who promised to be with us till the end of ages standing along with us in the ordeal. Therefore be of good cheer!
The one who ordered you to be thrown into the furnace will call you to come out of it. They will know that fire has had no power on you because you have the power of the Almighty God which gives you victory. The smell of fire will not be found in your body, head, garments and in anything that you posses.
God will make the enemy declare, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego, who sent His Angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have frustrated the King’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God!” Furthermore, the king also declared that there is no other God who can deliver like this and promoted the servants of God to higher status in the province of Babylon (Daniel 3:20-30).
When you go through fires, God will walk with you and He will make your enemies wonder and He would thereby bring glory to His name and grant honour to His servants.
Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; for the future of that man is peace Psalm 37:37. King David, certified as a man after God’s own heart cries, “Wait on the LORD: Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart: Wait, I say, on the LORD!” Psalm 27:14.
“But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour…” (Isaiah 43:1-3)
At this moment, let us make a decision to strike every problem that comes our way with the mantle that Elisha had, shake everything that tends to cause harm into fire and walk bravely through fire knowing that the arms of God is upon us to bless us and honour us. The Lord is mindful of us, He will bless us.
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Hello. This is a good article! Thanks for writing it. Also, thank you or your comment and encouragement on my article. God bless. Farhad
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Thanx for commenting on my poem. This is a wonderful article. I enjoyed the read and it really ministered to me! ron,
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