Double Anointing by Pastor Steve Smith
Taught 2/28/09 – Saturday Evening
2 Kings 13:20-21 Then Elisha died, and they buried him. And the raiding bands from Moab invaded the land in the spring of the year. 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.
Elisha received a double portion of the anointing that Elijah had, and even in his bones there was enough power to raise the dead.
2 Kings 1:10-14 So Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, “If I am a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men.” And fire came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty. Then he sent to him another captain of fifty with his fifty men. And he answered and said to him: “Man of God, thus has the king said, ‘Come down quickly!’” So Elijah answered and said to them, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men.” And the fire of God came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.
Again, he sent a third captain of fifty with his fifty men. And the third captain of fifty went up, and came and fell on his knees before Elijah, and pleaded with him, and said to him: “Man of God, please let my life and the life of these fifty servants of yours be precious in your sight. Look, fire has come down from heaven and burned up the first two captains of fifties with their fifties. But let my life now be precious in your sight.”
Elisha was given a double portion for a specific reason. It costs us when we want the power of God to work through us.
1 Kings 18 – Talks about Elijah and the priests of Baal, and how Elijah showed them that the power of God is far greater than their gods, and the priests are killed. Jezebel hears about this and she threatens Elijah’s life. Even after his great victory, fear enters his heart. He runs and hides, depressed.
Pastor Steve told us that you can be righteous and still suffer with things. For example, Katherine Kuhlman used to fear that no one would show up for her meetings. She sought God, depended on God, and did not take pride in herself.
God told Elijah to anoint Elisha. 1 Kings 19:16 … And Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel Meholah you shall anoint as prophet in your place.
Elijah tested Elisha, but knew that God had plans for Elisha.
1 Kings 19:19 So he departed from there, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he was with the twelfth. Then Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle on him.
Elisha was a farmer, and had a hunger for God in his heart, if not he would not have made it in the secular world, and to be picked by God. God calls people who are workers who have a hunger for God. They work things through in their spirit.
To get a double anointing you need the principles and keys of the Spirit.
Elijah went up to Elisha and threw his cloak over him – that is symbolic of the power of God. Elijah threw it on Elisha while Elisha was working the fields. Farmers are not wimps, they are straightforward. At first Elisha wanted to go and say good-bye to his family, but Elijah was not going to wait.
One touch of the Holy Ghost changes us forever. We have a hunger in our heart and a desire for God.
1 Kings 19:20-21 And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah, and said, “Please let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.” And he said to him, “Go back again, for what have I done to you?” So Elisha turned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen and slaughtered them and boiled their flesh, using the oxen’s equipment, and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and followed Elijah, and became his servant.
Elisha kissed his parents and burnt his bridges, by slaughtering his farm animals and then followed Elijah, becoming his servant.
When we give up everything for God, God gives back abundantly.
Luke 5:3-4 Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.
When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
Jesus preached from Simon’s boat, in effect borrowing is boat, then after he finished speaking Jesus had Simon launch out into the water where Simon and his friends had a huge catch, one that required other boats to come out and help pull in. They had no catch the night before, but chose to obey Jesus and drop the nets for a catch.
Peter realized who Jesus was and then said, Luke 5:8-11 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.
Peter and James and John left everything and followed Jesus. They had an encounter with the Holy Ghost’s power. They burnt their bridges and pressed on following Jesus.
Elijah and Elisha travel together for some time, with Elisha as a servant. First you need to spend years serving in ministry, you don’t just get an anointing by choosing to follow. Pastor Steve served as a youth pastor, then served in the fastest growing church in the nation. He told us that he served as if he were directly under Jesus.
Pastor Steve told us that some of us need to grow up and expect to serve, not just be catered to. The Cross of Jesus cleanses us. We are to forget what is behind and press into what is on ahead. We want to grow to be more like Jesus, showing more love, sometimes tough love – love and discipline. We want to be good disciples, with accountability. We need to be disciples in the church and outside of the church, why limit the church to four walls?
Then Pastor Steve told us about when Elijah knew he was going to no longer be on earth, and he told Elisha, and Elisha wanted a double portion. Elijah led Elisha on a circuit to help him grow spiritually.
2 Kings 2:1 And it came to pass, when the LORD was about to take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.
First of all, notice that Elijah was going to go up in a whirlwind, not a chariot of fire. First Elijah brought Elisha to GILGAL, this was the place of circumcision. Romans 2:29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God
This is a circumcision not only of the flesh, but of our hearts. God will test us and put us in a place of trial to see if our heart is right with God. Will we derail or will we respond and pick God’s way? Our trials are like body building, as we keep exercising our faith and obedience muscles we grow stronger in the Lord. So often our blessings come with a test – a spiritual circumcision.
The next place Elijah brought Elisha was BETHEL 2 Kings 2:2 Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, please, for the LORD has sent me on to Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So they went down to Bethel.
Even though Elijah wanted to convince Elisha to remain at Gilgal, Elisha chose to stick close to Elijah, not leaving him and traveled to BETHEL. Bethel means house of God, service for God. It is revelation knowledge of where God is taking you and a joy to serve in the ministry, growing in Christ. Operating in the fruits and gifts of the Spirit, having a servant heart.
2 Kings 2:4 Then Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here, please, for the LORD has sent me on to Jericho.”
They then traveled to JERICHO, Elisha would not leave Elijah. Jericho means FRAGRANCE, the power of God and the prophets growing – humility, ministry, being recognized by the leadership. You are anointed in the midst of brothers, just like David was anointed in the midst of his brothers, or else nothing will open up to you. When the power of God hits you, you are a somebody. People seek you because of the power of God. Your attitude does not change, you are to WORSHIP GOD. Keep HUMBLE and more will be attracted to the Power of God. Even when things are going well in our lives there are still periods of testing (sometimes testing comes especially when things are going good).
2 Kings 2:6 JORDAN Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here, please, for the LORD has sent me on to the Jordan.”
Elisha made up his mind that he would not leave Elijah even though the school of the prophets was encouraging him to do that, and Elijah was also telling him to remain. When you leave Jericho you descend to the Jordan – to descend is seen in life as confronting the enemy, facing your giants, and bringing them down. It also means facing your fears and stepping out and living for God. Often when we make that choice it comes with persecution. We need to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, not fixed on the enemy. Walk in our Spirit, Who will help us to get rid of the dirt and the flesh, so that we can be better at helping people.
When we see men and women of God struggling with sin, we need to just love them for who they are, and help them get back to God.
There were 50 skeptical prophets following along reminding Elisha that the master was going to leave him. Sometimes the enemy can use prophecy and truth as a weapon against us. We need to not pay attention to things that detract us from God’s purpose for us, keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.
Proverbs 24:16 For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by calamity.
2 Kings 2:9 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.”
Elisha crossed over with Elijah, the 50 skeptical prophets watched at a distance. Elisha wanted a double portion.
2 Kings 2:10-11 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.” 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.
Pastor Smith had us look at this passage to see that Elijah did not go up in a chariot of fire, but in the whirlwind. The chariots of fire was part of Elisha’s double portion.
2 Kings 6:17 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.
The chariots of fire stayed with Elisha. When Elijah went up in the whirlwind, Elisha received the cloak (mantle) and the chariots.
2 Kings 2:12 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.
Elisha saw him, and discarded his old clothes to receive the new.
2 Kings 2:13 He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan.
Elisha received Elijah’s mantle.
2 Kings 2:15-15 Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, and said, “Where is the LORD God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the water, it was divided this way and that; and Elisha crossed over. Now when the sons of the prophets who were from Jericho saw him, they said, “The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.” And they came to meet him, and bowed to the ground before him.
When they saw Elisha do what Elijah did, they knew that Elisha was a prophet. He kept his heart right, and was alert when most people are asleep.
When God gives you something, He expects you to use it, to cross over your Spiritual River using your Spiritual mantle. Pass from the flesh into the Spirit by faith. Live in the Spirit and cross your spiritual river, flow with God and build your capacity in the Spirit. You need to get this from your head to your heart. Out of your belly will flow rivers of living water.
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