Watch and pray!
This morning as I sat silently before God, He reminded me of one of the Bible’s only other Raptures: Elijah. However, the focus wasn’t on Elijah, but Elisha. Elisha is a person I can relate to. Elisha asked for a double portion of Elijah’s anointing. Imagine that! Elijah’s anointing wasn’t enough for him:
The anointing that shut off the rain for three years, and then brought them back at his prayer.
The anointing that took Elijah to the Brook of Cherith and provided for him there.
The anointing that provided unending flour and oil for the widow of Zarepath, and raised her son from the dead.
The anointing that allowed Elijah to walk into King Ahab’s court unseen by the guards.
The anointing that caused fire to fall from Heaven and burn up a soaking wet offering and the water, too.
The anointing that allowed Elijah to outrun Ahab’s chariot.
The anointing that predicted the deaths of Ahab and Jezebel—and caused Ahab to repent for Naboth’s vineyard.
The anointing that burned up 50 soldiers and their commander, and then another 50 and their commander.
The anointing that parted the Jordan.
The anointing that predicted Elijah’s Rapture in the whirlwind.
What kind of almighty audacity does it take to want a double portion of that kind of anointing?
Well, Elisha had the audacity, and so do I. I don’t want the anointing for some kind of lame self-glorification. I want it for the same reason that Elisha did: because the anointing is more of God, Himself. God says, “I am your very Great Reward,” (Genesis 15:1). The presence of God is very addictive. Once you’ve experienced it, you just want more and more of Him.
These are the days when God will open up this kind of anointing on those who really want it. We will perform signs, wonders, and miracles, as a testimony to the world of who God is (2 Corinthians 12:12). We will expose others to God’s addictive presence, and get them hooked on it as well.
The antichrist will be coming with all the supernatural power of hell behind him, and in that way deceive the world. So we must have the supernatural power of God now in order to reach all who can and will be reached. For far too long we have floundered along in unbelief, wasting our precious time and energy on things that don’t last. And the world hasn’t wanted our lame churchy lifestyle. I don’t blame them! If the supernatural power of God is not true or is not available to us, then
Elisha asked for a double portion of Elijah’s anointing—and he got it. How did he get it? By watching. In fact, Jesus said, “Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man,” (Luke 21:36, emphasis mine). So keep watching and praying! God is good!