Give me a double portion
Synopsis of Sermon 01/02/11
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
All of us are hungry for things of God. Many of us have come to a place where we refuse to tolerate what we did last year. When you get hungry for what God is about to do in your life, you will never tolerate what you did last year. God is a God of transition and when he shifts, we must be in position to receive what he has for our lives. This story today is about being in position. As we see in the story, Elijah was aware he was about to transition. Elisha was Elijah’s trainee and he followed him. Elisha asked Elijah for something interesting. Elisha said he had seen God do some amazing things in the time that he had been following Elijah. He had seen Elijah’s God call down fire from heaven and stop the rain. God had done amazing things for Elijah, but what Elisha wanted before Elijah’s transition was for God to give him a double portion of Elijah’s anointing. This year, where God is taking you is going take an unusual anointing. This year God is requiring a double portion of his anointing on your life. People don’t see you. Instead they see Gods power on you. Where God is taking you is going to require double. God will never bless you with something that will make you where you can’t live without him. We are not playing this year, but we need God to give us everything he has for a life. This year we want a double blessing and in order to have a double blessing, we have to have a double anointing.
I. Spiritual request
1. Elisha is making a spiritual request. He wants a double portion of Elijah’s spirit. 2 Kings 2:9 says 9And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.
2. Elisha is asking for something that prophetically God had spoken to Elijah about before. In 1 Kings 19:16 it says 16And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room. -This was prophecy that explained that Elisha would one day be anointed King. Deuteronomy 21:17 17But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his. -The law of Deuteronomy says the first son should be the one that receives the double portion blessing. Elisha is not Elijah’s son, but Elisha is asking God to give him something that breaks protocol. In other words, when there is prophecy over your life, it exceeds protocol. By right there are people that should be next in line to receive something, but with prophecy over your life, God will bump you up in the line and make people will wonder why they didn’t get the blessing instead of you. It is because it is your time! When it’s your time, can’t no devil in hell stop it!
3. When you ask for a double portion, know what you have asked for. Elisha noticed some things about Elijah’s life:
a. There is a spirit of faith -This season God wants folk walking in faith rather than fear. You can’t walk around doubting God’s word. You got to have the faith to keep pressing through.
b. There is a Spirit of obedience -Obey God even when the command doesn’t make sense. Elijah obeyed God even when it didn’t make sense. Obedience is better than sacrifice. You can’t expect God to bless you if you are going to do your own thing. We have to be willing to go where God wants us to go where God wants us to go, be who he wants us to be, and go where he wants us to go.
c. There is a Spirit of coverage -Elijah was a strong man of God who stood against those that wanted to kill the prophets. God needs people that are not going to run, but know that they are more than conqueror through him that loved us. God needs people that know that God has their back.
4. What Elisha asked for is so significant; it had character tied to it.
II. Character by request
1. Elisha has not asked for the double anointing, because he wants wealth or position. Instead he was asking that he be more controlled by the Spirit of God. Where God is about take us will require greater power. We can’t be codependent on people, expecting them to do what God anointed us to do for ourselves.
2. Where God has appointed you, he has anointed you. When you ask for this anointing, you can pray over your own house and not wait on your Pastor to do it, you can cast out demons for yourself, and you will walk on your job and say devil, “We aren’t going to have this mess this year.”
3. Many of us ask for things under the wrong motivation.
III. The condition of the his request
1. There are conditions tied to this type of request. 2 Kings 2:10 says 10And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.
2. We must understand the process. Elisha would only get his promise if he witnessed Elijah’s transition. The blessing of the Lord will be reserved for people that can endure the process. Elisha will be taken through the process, but it is just a test. God will present you with options to see if you will take the option or continue with the process. The option will really be a cop out or a place of comfort. You can take the option or you can continue with the process.
3. Opposition didn’t shake his resolve- Opposition will not shake us. 2 Kings 2:3 says 3And the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel came forth to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he said, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace. – This year, you are going to have to tell a whole lot of people to shut up, because whenever you are seeking something from God, you will always have people who will discourage you and tell you that your journey is in vain. If you know what you are after, stop allowing them to speak negativity into your life. You must tell them politely to shut up!
4. Opportunities cannot shake you. 2 Kings 2:1-2 says 1And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal. 2And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said unto him, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel. -We are going through the process.- Elijah tells Elisha that Gilgal is a good place to stay, but Elisha says that he will not leave him. Elisha decides that he is going to continue to go through the process.
a. Gilgal was the place of beginning. This was the place where the Israelites first celebrated the Promised Land, the Passover, and the new births that occurred in the wilderness. It was a place of new beginnings. It is the place where you can get stuck at “what is”. Many peiple comes to the place of Gigal and it becomes the place of “what is”. It is a comfort zone. It is where you can develop the spirit that says, this is the way I have always done it. God says to us just like Elijah, “You can stay here, but I’m going somewhere else.”
b. They kept going to Bethel- 2 Kings 2:3-4 says 3And the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel came forth to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he said, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace. 4And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to Jericho. – Elijah told Elisha to stay, because he had to go to Jericho. Elisha is after the anointing of Elijah, so he decides to keep going. Bethel is the represents the place of dreams. Bethel is where Jacob met God and dreamed of angels descending and ascending from heaven. Many of us get stuck here, because Bethel is the place where we catch vision. The problem is many of us will catch vision and we never move to make the dream come true. It is the place where we get stuck at “could be”. In other words we just stay there and we are dreaming about doing a thing, but never produce anything. We are not going to stay at could be. If we had manifested what we could have last year, we would have produced something. We are moving to something else.
c. Now they make it to Jericho. 2 Kings 2:5 says 5And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he answered, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace. 6And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the LORD hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on.-The people were saying to Elisha, “Are you still going to be with this old man?” and Elisha again is telling them to be quiet. Elijah again asks Elisha to stay behind and by now, we ought to know that this is a test. Everywhere they go, Elisha is asked to stay behind but he refuses. Jericho is the place of past victories. This was the place where Israel had their first military victory (the walls of Jericho (Joshua 6). For many of us this is the place where we begin to reminisce past victories. This is the place where we get stuck at “what once was”. We remember how things used to be. Know that if God did it then, he can do it now. God is doing something new and we have to get out of yesterday and move on with the process.
d. They came to Jordon. 2 Kings 2:7 says 7And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan. – Jordon is the place of death. They stood back because the river of Jordon represented the boundary to the Promised Land. If they crossed it would enter, Elijah would face death. Some of us come to the Jordon and it is the barrier between self life and spiritual life. Jordon represents not getting stuck at “what should be”. We are not supposed to sit back thinking about what we should have done or could have done. We can’t allow opportunities to cause us to miss what God has for our life. We have to push though the barriers.
IV. Obstacles will not shake his resolve
1. Elisha managed a sovereign response. 2 Kings 2:10 says 10And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so. – Elisha says he wants a double portion of the anointing that Elijah had. Some of you have come so far, quitting is not an option. Elijah teaches us that if you are still standing here when this transition goes down, you will get what you asked for. If you get weary, you are not going to get it.
2. Then it happened. 2 Kings 2:11 says 11And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. – What happened? It was what was promised in verse 1. Here we are coming through 2011 after God released his word over the house on New Year’s Eve. That was yesterday and one day later, it happened! I feel God about to do something in our life. There are things about to happen in your life suddenly this year. God can make supernatural things happen in your life. Natural hands can’t do this. It will be by his Spirit!
3. Elisha got the mantle. 2 Kings 2:12 says 12And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. – He cried “my father”. He is talking about his Spiritual Father (Elijah) in this scripture. After not seeing Elijah anymore (Elijah’s transitioned), Elisha’s tore his clothes off. We got to rip some old stuff off, because we are about to change garments. You got to rip off sadness, rip off sadness, and rip off trifling. God is about to give you another mantle.
4. The same power that was Elijah fell on Elisha. – It wasn’t the same anointing, it was a double portion of Elijah’s anointing. Elisha had a chance to get out, but he kept on going. Through Bethel, through Jericho, through Jordon, and through Gilgal Elisha refused to stay behind and kept going. When people asked why Elisha kept doing this, he told them to shut up because he was headed towards something great. Like Elisha, we want a double portion. Elijah crossed over and never saw of death. Jordon was the place of death, but Elisha crossed over with Elijah. God made a separation, so the haters had to stay to the other side. Some people can’t cross over with you, but when you get this.
5. Elisha called on the God of Elijah. 2 Kings 2:13 says 13He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; 14And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over. – Guess who Elisha saw when he crossed back over the Jordon? It was those who saw Elisha at Jericho and didn’t want him to follow Elijah. 15And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him. – When Elisha crossed back over the Jordon he saw those haters that said Elisha couldn’t do it and those who questioned his motives. They saw the spirit of Elijah resting on Elisha and they came to meet him. They had to bow down before him. Everyone that doubted you and said you were not going to be anything, are going to have to acknowledge the anointing on your life. This is our year for a double portion! Our pain qualified us for this! Everything we went through has qualified us for the double portion! I want DOUBLE!