Posts Tagged ‘Man Of God’

River of Transition

“Now Elijah took his mantle, rolled it up, and struck the water; and it was divided this way and that, so that the two of them crossed over on dry ground. 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.” 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.” (2 Kings 2:8-10)

When Elijah and his successor, Elisha came to the River Jordan they were at the “River of Transition”. A change was about to take place. The Mantle of prophetic anointing is about to be shifted from the elder to the younger. How will this take place? By the careful and deliberate choice of Elijah! Notice here that the sons of the prophets were left on the other side of the River – they will have no say in the transfer of the Mantle. The transfer will occur at a place of God’s choosing and not man’s.

Asking for Double!

In seasons of transition, there are opportunities for increase! For eight long years Elisha had followed Elijah faithfully, and finally the Man of God asks Elisha what he wanted from their relationship. Elisha was bold, because he understood the value of transition. He asked for a double portion of the Spirit that was upon Elijah. Elisha wanted the anointing and authority of the Holy Spirit… in fact, he was after double. It is important to state clearly that no man can give what he does not have. Therefore, it was impossible for Elijah to give double; but it was not impossible for Elisha to receive double according to his faith in God. His faith got him just what he asked for… a double portion. And the principle seems to have been true in Elisha, because we see recorded in Scripture double the miracles done by his hand than that of Elijah. When he received the mantle, the observant followers of Elijah recognized the anointing on Elisha’s life by saying, “The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha”. They saw and recognized the power of God upon the ministry of Elisha.

When you stand at the River of Transition… what do you ask for?

Jesus received His mantle at this same River!

Leaping forward… 2500 years or so. It may have been the will of God that this “mantle of anointing” to be passed from one generation to the next all the way from Moses to John the Baptist… and on to Jesus! I cannot help but believe that God was once more speaking in the river of transition. At the time of Jesus’ baptism, all righteousness was fulfilled and the Holy Spirit came as a dove and lit upon the Son of Man. The Father’s announcement is heard, “this is My Son in whom I love!” And from this very place a mantle was received and miracles began in Jesus’ ministry.

Today, Jesus is calling us to the River of Transition… Go after double!

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.  And whatever you ask in My Name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask anything in My Name, I will do it.” (Jn. 14:12-14)

Valiant Christianity

“But you, O man of God… pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called, and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (1 Tim. 6:11-12)

To be a Christian is to be a warrior! The good soldier of Jesus Christ must not expect to find ease in this world… it is a battle-field. Neither must he rely upon friendship with the world; for that would be enmity against God. His occupation is war.

To fight for the Truth!

We fight for righteousness, holiness, and purity. We fight for holy convictions. We fight for peace of mind in a crazy world. We fight for love and joy. We fight for our right to pray. We fight for truth and doctrine. We fight for revival. We fight for a move of God. We fight for our Lord Jesus Christ! We fight for our God!

To fight for the Cause of Christ – His Church!

We fight for our families, our heritage and legacy… children, Grandchildren. We fight for our loved ones, friends and neighbors. We fight to see people saved, healed, delivered, and filled with the Holy Ghost. We fight for the Kingdom. We fight for advancement. We fight for the ministry. We fight for the hope of the Church.

To fight against sin.

We fight against worldliness. We fight against compromise. We fight against heresy. We fight against spiritual dullness, deadness, dryness and decay. We fight against backsliding, gossip, bitterness, and strife. We fight against an invasive world system. We fight against religion. We fight against a form of godliness that denies the power of God. We fight against wasted time, wasted energy and wasted anointing. We fight against the world, the flesh, and the devil.

“To fight the good fight of faith!”

The Apostle Paul said at the end of his life, “I fought the good fight of faith” (2 Tim. 4:7). Imprisoned, deserted and often betrayed; the one time persecutor of the Church, was carrying an eternal perspective. He was saying… “I have never backed up, backed down or backed off. I have never hidden the Truth! And now I am ready to hear the reward of valiant Christianity… Well Done!”

Friends we may be weary, bruised, and bleeding; but we must not stop fighting until we hear – “Well Done!”

Pray in Humility

Humble Prayer

“So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel, bowed down on the ground and put his face between his knees.” (1 Kings 18:42)

Elijah was bold, yet humble before God. This should be the character of all true believers. We ought to come boldly to the Throne of Grace, but in a spirit of humility (Heb 4:16). This is something many believers stuggle with today, because our hearts get so easily overcome with worry or we have become so used to fighting our own battles. We must run to God and fall upon His strength.

Defining Humble:

To be humble is to live in such a way that we are conscious of our frailties and limitations, but we are willing to approach situations with a teachable spirit. Jesus offered an illustration by the use of a child. He said, “whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven” (Mt 18:4).

Vulnerable and Willing to Trust:

It would seem that; although humility creates a sense of vulnerability, it also carries a willful desire to trust and believe the words of those in authority over us. In this case, God is our highest authority; the One in whom we trust and obey and the refuge in which we take cover. In these words of Jesus, we are introduced to a posture of conviction that shifts our approach. We must  approach God in humility, in order to walk in the Kingdom of Heaven properly…  ”like the child”. 

Humility is a Posture:

We can all learn some lessons about praying humbly from the Prophet Elijah. Just a few hours prior to this moment the confident Man of God calls down fire from heaven and now he postures himself in a fetal position at the top of the mountain, where he prays seven times for the rain to come. It was promised, but it needed to be birthed in the natural. His posture speaks to the deep commitment to lean on God. In Christian circles it is called intercession. Praying in humility is our greatest leverage, not to force God’s hand, but to pull upon His heart.

The Cloud… out of the Sea:

This cloud, the size of a man’s hand, speaks potential to me… “it rises out of the sea”. Think about that for a moment. The cloud itself was called upon six other times without showing up and now it appears as the size of a man’s hand arising from a huge resource. It was Elijah’s posture in prayer that released the heavy rain.

Humble Prayer Connects Us: 

We all want to connect to the resources of God’s power and provision in our lives. It releases breakthroughs and victory moments, where the joy of the Lord actually becomes our strength (Neh 8:10). Yet its our humble posture in prayer that will always be the key to reaching His heart and pulling that resource into our need.

Day 1 of Crusades in Kenya

Seeing Honor   

     Ron was picked up this morning by Pastor Wycliffe and his driver.   As they were driving down the road Ron noticed that there were about 10 motorcycles in front of their car, 2 by 2, and they had flags on them and they were waving  palm branches and honking.  Ron commented on them to Pastor Wycliffe and how it was almost like a parade.  Pastor Wycliffe replied, “It is a parade for you.  To celebrate the “man of God” coming to our town.”  Because of the honking, people were coming out of the shops and homes to see what was going on.  Then they would look in the car and see the mazunga (the white man) and they would all wave.  A great way to start the 1st day of the crusades.

Seeing Restoration

   Ron and Pastor Wycliffe arrived at the building the Pastors were meeting at for the day, and the next 3 days. 

Ron praying for Pastors and Leaders

 There were around 50 Pastors or so.  Some from Uganda,  some from Mt. Elgon, some from Eldoret, and the rest from Webuye.  Ron had 4 sessions with the Pastors today.  Ron’s first session of the day dealt with “Orphanhood”.  Ron shared his own testimony of being orphaned as a child and going through the foster care system until the Bateman’s adopted him at the age of 9.  Many Pastors grew up orphans and could relate to what Ron was sharing.  Ron brought the healing message of the Father’s love for them.  Many shared testimonies later of God healing hurts in their hearts. 

That God is a “Father to the fatherless, a defender of widows”, and that “He places the lonely in families” Psalm 68:5-6

   Ron also shared about the Glory, and how money is not really the point.  That we receive all we have need of in His glory, and finding His glory and discovering what that looks like will bring what we need.

“My God shall supply all you need accord to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus”    Phillipians 4:18

Seeing Salvation

   The evening service began at 5 pm Kenyan time.  It was raining the entire day, and although the Pastors were excited for the rain, it would need to stop for the outdoor evening service.  The Pastors prayed together, and the rain stopped!

"Raise your hand if you want Jesus!!"

  The outdoor venue was in a courtyard in the city with shops on either side.  By the time Ron began preaching a crowd of over 1,000 people came out to listen.  Ron described it as 6 tiers of people with probably 200 people/tier.  He said probably half of them were children, and they loved listening.  He said they would come close and even stand in the mud to drink in every word spoken. 

The altar call at the end of the service brought 50-70 people accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior!! and an older man healed of  a stomach ailment he had suffered with for many years.  Yeah God!!

Day 2 of Crusades coming tomorrow……