I was going.
I had absolutely no idea how the finances would come about, but I believed the Lord had called me to go. And not just to one country but two.
In my sophomore year of university I felt a pull to be a part of two mission trips that were taking place. The first was a seven-day trip in March and the second a five-week trip in May/June. The former was Spain, the latter Guatemala.
The Spanish language is a passion the Lord has given me and so when two brilliant doors opened for me to sharpen my communication skills while serving God, I couldn’t choose which one. And I didn’t feel like I had to.
When I told my parents about my decision, they were supportive of my going but informed me that I would have to earn the money to go to both places. Challenge accepted.
For me, I never doubted the Lord would provide the funds because I knew He was calling me to go.
We prayed, and prayed. I shared my testimony at different churches, and we waited. We believed if the Lord had called me to these nations then He would also provide. We had witnessed Him do that and more two times in the recent past.
Not only did Jehovah Jireh allot me what was needed for the trips, but He exceeded it. The generosity of the people in my community and church family was overwhelming. As Jesus spoke in Luke 6:38 in regards to giving, they poured “into [my] lap a good measure-pressed down, shaken together, and running over”.
This year I feel the Lord calling us into a new state of faith. I feel Him wanted to pour out upon us a fresh and powerful anointing.
I am encouraged immensely by the story of Elijah and Elisha. Elijah, the very same man who called down fire from heaven, was soon to be leaving and was passing the role of prophet on to Elisha.
When Elijah asked Elisa what he could do for him before he left, Elisha said, “Please, let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.” (2 Kings 2:9)
In the Old Testament, the double portion was the inheritance of a firstborn son. With it come the implications of birthright and destiny, something that cannot be bought but earned.
Elisha wasn’t asking for a double portion for his own benefit or because he wanted to be more powerful than Elijah. No, Elisha wanted the favor and blessing of Elijah and of God to rest on his shoulders. He knew that without their blessing, he would surely falter.
I love the seemingly paradoxical request of Elisha. The very question he spoke was bold, but the spirit behind his asking was humble.
I wish with all my being I could impart to you the power of this passage of God’s Word. There is such a mighty story here, and I don’t want you to miss it.
In verse 8 we see where Elijah struck the Jordan River with his mantle and they crossed over on dry land.
Jump down to verse 14 where Elisha has reached the edge of the Jordan River. Scripture says, “He took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him and struck the waters and said, ‘Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?’ And when he also had struck the waters, they were divided here and there; and Elisha crossed over.”
This miracle was an assurance and affirmation that the favor of the Lord had passed onto Elisha. Elisha was now carrying the inheritance of a firstborn son.
Elisha asked for a double portion, and the Lord was faithful to give him just that. He dared to ask something bold because he wanted to do something bold.
We learn in 2 Kings that Elisha did 28 miracles on behalf of the Lord. 28 miracles.
I believe the same God that equipped and anointed Elisha is the same God who equips and anoints us today. But are we asking bold things of God?
My prayer is that we don’t become content or stagnant in our faith, but rather that we come to God with a petition of a double portion of His favor. As His children, we have access to our inheritance as firstborns. God won’t throw it at us. Scripture says ask and you shall receive (Matthew 7:7).
Dare to ask bold things because the God we serve is not inhibited by the reason or way of man. I want you to remember today that we serve a mighty and powerful God who is infinite in power and perfect in righteousness.
This same God gave us the unfathomable gift of His Son on the cross and His Holy Spirit residing in us. The Holy Spirit lives within us as believers, but I think we have grown numb to this amazing truth.
I challenge you (and myself) to throw the mantle down and ask “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” And be expectant! Elisha knew the anointing of the mantle he held in his hand. He expected God to show up in a mighty way. And He did.