STRIVE FOR GOD’S POWER!Paul Dhinakaran

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.    (Ephesians 1:3)

The Dhinakarans Dearly beloved,

The Lord will give you a double portion of His anointing when you strive to be filled with the power of God.

God told Prophet Elijah to anoint Elisha, the son of Shaphat, as prophet in his place (1 Kings 19:16). So he went from there and found Elisha plowing a field. Immediately he went up to him and threw his cloak around him (1 Kings 19:19).

Although called to be a prophet, Elisha humbly followed his master Elijah and served him (1 Kings 19:21). He waited patiently for several years to receive the power of God. Till then, he served as the attendant of Elijah (2 Kings 3:11).

Let us now focus on the humility of Elisha. Before he followed Elijah, he was a wealthy man. However, he left everything, humbled himself in the presence of his master and followed him faithfully. From the life of Elisha, we learn how important it is for us to wait patiently for the fulfillment of God’s acceptable time in our life.

Elisha waited for God’s time to receive double fold power. When the time came for Elijah to be taken up by God, he said to Elisha, “Stay here, please, for the Lord has sent me on to Bethel.” But he said, “As the Lord lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you.” He was unwilling to be separated from his master. Therefore, together they went to Bethel. Elijah moved to Jericho as well as Gilgal and Elisha followed him faithfully, refusing to stay behind. After both of them had crossed over Jordan, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you.” He expressed his wish: "Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit” (2 Kings 2:9). As desired, he received a double portion of his spirit!

Dearly beloved in Christ! When you read in the Bible about the miracles performed by the Lord Jesus, His disciples and the apostles or when you witness how God uses His ministers mightily, don’t just stop with admiration. Cry out to the Lord saying, “O Lord, please take me forward to this higher spiritual level.” Focus your eyes steadily on God and wait patiently for His time! He will certainly bless you, granting you the twofold anointing power of the Holy Spirit. May God who granted abundant blessings to His servants bless you in the same manner and honour you.

The Bible says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3). Through His death on the Cross, the Lord Jesus has secured wonderful blessings for us. Humble yourself before Him, wait at His feet and receive double fold blessings in your life.

Prayer:

Loving Lord Jesus,

You have secured wonderful blessings for us through your death on the Cross. I trust in Your promises. I humble myself before You and wait for Your blessings. Fulfill Your promises in my life. Bless me doublefold at Your appointed time.

In Your matchless name I pray,

Amen.
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