Secret Weapons 3: Elisha
Elisha the prophet is the successor of Elijah. He’s one of the most dynamic,
powerful and misunderstood prophets God has ever had in His service.
Outside of Moses, Elisha performed more miracles than any of the other prophets.
He walked in the mantle of resurrection power even after he, himself, was dead.
2 Kings 13:20
Then Elisha died, and they buried him. And the raiding bands from Moab invaded the land in the spring of the year. 21 So it was, as they were burying a man, that suddenly they spied a band of raiders; and they put the man in the tomb of Elisha; and when the man was let down and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood on his feet.
His ministry continued after him in a very supernatural way
(J. Vernon McGee, Bill Brewer )
He reminds me of Pastor Ryan. Elisha was a man of strong faith, pursuing God above all else. He didn’t care about monetary gain. He didn’t care if he fit in with everybody’s personalities and reputations. He just wanted to a double portion of God’s presence.
When Elijah was about to be taken up into heaven, Elisha had the opportunity to ask Him for anything. He asked for a double portion of the Holy Spirit, demonstrating his passion for ministry and desire to serve God wholeheartedly.
2 Kings 2:9-13
And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?”
Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.”
10 So he said, “You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so.”
11 Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
12 And Elisha saw it, and he cried out, “My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen!” So he saw him no more. And he took hold of his own clothes and tore them into two pieces.
13 He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan.
He saw it and took hold.
If you can’t see it, you can’t seize it.
ELISHA’S SECRET WEAPON
2 Kings 2:12 – “And Elisha saw it”
The Power of Focus and Supernatural Sight
The principle of beholding and becoming was his secret weapon.
There are just certain things you have to see in order to walk in. Until you see it and grasp it, you will live in the servant’s quarters of somebody else’s ministry.
GOD SAYS “BEHOLD” 1,527 TIMES IN SCRIPTURE
Behold means “look!”, “open your eyes!” or “pay attention!”
“OPEN YOUR EYES!”
‘I stand at the door and knock’ (Revelation 3:20).
“OPEN YOUR EYES!”
‘The Lamb of God’ (John 1:29).
‘I am doing a new thing!’ (Isaiah 43:19).
The first time we see “behold” is in Genesis 1:29 – “Behold I’ve given you everything…”
The last time is Revelation 22:12
And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
So Elisha could “BEHOLD.” He could see what others could not see. He had the ability to take his supernatural focus and cause other people to see what he they otherwise couldn’t see.
2 Kings 6:5
And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?”
2 Kings 6:16-17
So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
I want to help you to see something today. We are all challenged to see the right thing in the midst of so much smoke and so many mirrors. I want to help you in your focus by telling you what I focus on.
I want to focus on what Jesus is focused on.
THE LORD WILL GUIDE YOU WITH HIS EYE
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.
“…Looking unto Jesus the author and the finisher of our Faith…”
He that began a good work within you is faithful to accomplish it (Philippians 1:6)
“REMEMBER THAT JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN FROM THE DEAD”
The word of God is not chained. (2 Tim 8:13)