Elisha Followed Elijah to Capture His Anointing

“So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, while he was plowing with twelve pairs {of oxen} before him, and he with the twelfth. And Elijah passed over to him and threw his mantle on him. He left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, “Please let me kiss my father and my mother, then I will follow you.” And he said to him, “Go back again, for what have I done to you?” So he returned from following him, and took the pair of oxen and sacrificed them and boiled their flesh with the implements of the oxen, and gave {it} to the people and they ate. Then he arose and followed Elijah and ministered to him.” 1 Ki. 19:19-21.

fieldElisha demonstrated his desire to go forth and carry that mantle, so he went and slaughtered his oxen, broke up his plow, made a fire and offered up his oxen to the Lord as a sacrifice.  The sacrifice he was making was more than just burning the oxen and the plow! That oxen and plow were his way of making a living, it was his way to feeding himself and his family. It was his job and his identity and Elisha demonstrated that he was willing to give it all up to follow Elijah the man of God, in order to take hold of the mantel and capture his anointing.  Elisha was going to follow Elijah because he trusted God to take care of him even if it meant losing his source of income and leaving his home behind.

Here is what Holy Spirit revealed to me today. I did the same thing when an angel appeared to me in a dream in June of 2005. The angel said, “It’s time to go!” I said, “Am I being fired?” The angel said, “It’s time to go!” I said, “What about all my stuff?” He said, “You don’t need that anymore.” I got up from my desk, walked down a long hallway with the angel walking along to my left.  I was staring at the blazer the angel was carrying knowing it represented a mantel and realized, the only way to take hold of the mantel was to be obedient to the call of God, to quit my job and to follow Him.

My wife and I have done just as Elisha did. Elisha took the pair of oxen, sacrificed them, boiled their flesh with the implements of the plow, and fed the meat to the people. The he arose and followed Elijah and ministered to him. My wife and I have let go of our livelihood by sacrificing our jobs and careers, our income, our identity, our home, our friends, our church and our city to follow the call of God.  It sounds easy when we read about Elisha doing this, but try putting yourself in his sandals for a minute. When you’ve been established in a career for a number of years, you’re salary far exceeds your needs, you live in a beautiful home, have new cars, nice clothes and then one day you’re told by God to give it all up and follow God into the unknown, what then?!

And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.” Mat. 8:34-35

The disciples gave up their livelihood to follow Jesus. Peter gave up his fishing business, Matthew his tax collector position and they questioned Jesus.  “Peter began to say to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You.” Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life.” Mat. 10:28-30

Several years ago, we did as Elisha, we sacrificed our livelihood upon the Holy altar of God saying, “We desire the things of God more than the things of this world and we trust You to take care of us!” That makes me all the more certain that God will provide for us because we are willing to follow Him and His plan for our lives.

My wife and I both sensed in the Spirit that a “move” was coming. We had entries in our journals and God was showing us the location we would move and the house we would live in long before the word came for us to actually quit our jobs and to follow Him. My wife saw the move coming before I did but she ask God to show me as well, which is wisdom. She patiently waited for God to reveal the plan to me without hinting or saying a word about her revelation. She trusted God to show me as well then we would both be on the same page. This is vital for a successful move in God’s plan.

elijahI began seeing in the first of the year in 2003 but didn’t get the release from God to quit my job until June of the same year when the angel came in the dream. We were also in close consultation with the Pastors of the church in the city were we knew God was appointing us live and to attend church. God had led them through a similar move years prior to ours. They would caution us by saying, “Just be certain that you have heard God.”  When, and only when we knew beyond any doubt, did we resign from our positions and move.

If you’re going to yoke up with a minister of God you will follow in the same footsteps that they have walked in if you’re going to capture their anointing. Elisha followed Elijah to Gilgal (a wheel rolling), Bethel (house of God) and to Jericho (its moon, Jericho is a very fertile land). I like the symbolism of the three destinations Elisha followed Elijah to. When you put the meaning of the three names together, it says that Elijah and Elisha we’re rolling along to the house of God which is in a fertile land that shines like the moon.

I can’t stress enough that you have to know for certain, beyond any doubt, that you’ve heard God before sacrificing your livelihood, or you could end up with nothing.  All you will have accomplished is getting rid of your income, your possessions, your witness and quite possibly leading to anger with God because your expectations weren’t met. If you give away your things without God specifically telling you to, all you end up with is nothing and there’s no reward for that. Don’t be foolish with the things God has provided for you.

God doesn’t ask everyone to quit their jobs and move to the unknown. Often when someone gets saved, the first thing they want to do is quit their job and become a witness to the world. How about becoming a witness for God where you are currently before going out into the world? God requires us to follow Him with our hearts and to take up our cross daily where we are presently appointed regardless of what He has in His plan for our lives and futures.

You can’t think God told you to move, you have to know He told you to move and have multiple confirmations if necessary. It is a very Holy thing to God and if you take it lightly you will surely be in for a let down. Knowing God had directed you to move doesn’t mean it will be easy. In fact, to follow God where He leads you is a very difficult thing to do. Be certain that to take this step, it will be filled of trials, unknowns and darkness.  Fear will tear away at your faith, so that is why you must know without question that God has told you to move. The verse below says because I have heard what you said it illuminates my walk and lights up my path in the darkness of the unknown. God allows you only to see so far and no more at anyone time.

Thy word (speech, word, speaking)[is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105

And I close with this…Know that if God is in it with you then you’re anointed to perform what He has required you to do. Stand in your faith, don’t waver, no matter how hard the times are, or how long they last, for with God all things come in seasons. You will get you life back…eventually!

Hear God!!!!!

Bro. Bill

  • Why Honor is Vital

    Why Honor?Jesus is the King of all Glory and Honor.I asked the Father what is honor?

    1. Honor believes God’s purpose and will are being manifested in and through other Christians and that they too are in right standing with God.

    2. Honor removes judgment from your heart.

    3. Honor positions you for promotion.

    4. Honor provides you with the mechanism to advance in all areas of your life.

    5. Honor says, “Salute”, when you feel like slapping someone.

    6. Honor gives your heart the open door to My throne to come in with all boldness and excitement.

    Note: God’s heart is to honor all and to see all as His creation even though He risks being hurt by the ones who refuse to see the truth. God still honors their right for you to be wrong.

    Restrictions on God / Others!

    Many Christians have put restrictions on what they will allow to be confronted in their life by God.

    I was given a dream where I was working as a landscaper and there was a old woman (represents Holy Spirit) who gave me a detailed tour of each person’s yard in the neighborhood. The lady said, “This one wants only the front yard mowed but do not touch the back yard at all.

    Then she showed me the next house and said, “Now this one will allow their back yard to be mowed but don’t touch the front yard. Some houses had hedges that were over grown but in no way was I to touch them. After this I was shown the rest of the houses in this neighborhood and told what each one wanted and what they didn’t want done to their property.

    I looked across the street and there was one house which the roof had caved in. The house was now full of hay stacked as high as where the roof used to be. This house represented peoples lives who refuse to allow God to mainicure and do landscapping in their lives. This one house was in a more advanced stage of decay. I said, “How could anyone remember what each person wants”?

    The yard’s represent those areas in our life where God wants to use His landscaper (people, people in ministry, authoritive figures, people who oppose us, Holy Spirit, etc…) to come in and work freely in order to beautify the entire home. Wouldn’t you like a sign in your yard that said, “Lawn of the Month “?

    God is a consuming fire and wants you to put yourself into His fire and allow the dead things in you to be burned up. Don’t draw back from Him. The quickest correction I have ever received from the Lord was by doing just that, drawing back!

    Scripture reference: Jn. 15: 1-11, Heb. 12:29 for our God is a consuming fire.

    Why Christians Fail to Make Progress?

    Rising profitsWhen webput up a boundary in any area of our life we limit God. Self imposed boundaries limit what God can do in your life. Often the boundaries are developed from unresolved issues in our life, either from parents, associations, tragic events, rejection, low self image, etc.

    God refuses to give up on us and allow these areas to go unchallenged. These un-dealt limitations show up when we interface with people in authority, such as persons appointed to one of the 5 fold offices, authority figures such as a supervisor/manager, parent, teachers, personal relationships, even in how we react to company/church policy or policy changes. These limitations continue to cause you to act out as a rebel, however subtle it may be.

    Definition of a Rebel and Their Characteristics

    A rebel is someone who is opposing or taking arms against a government or ruler, refusing or neglecting to obey, resisting treatment or management and is disobedient, against, bitter, wants to always change things to their liking, grievous, initiates provocations, stubborn, revolters that produce revolting acts & debates, backsliders, one who turns away from truth and withdraws.

    Signs That You Are Rebellious

    When we encounter levels of authority we tend to challenge it head on or perhaps in a more subtle manner reflected in our attitude towards others, or against policy changes or procedure.

    Rebels are touchy & easily offended, needing special care.

    Often a rebel will disassociated themselves from authority figures placed in their life because they will not submit from their heart. This is because they aren’t not fully submitted to God in the first place.

    A rebel will throw up boundaries around areas of their life to keep people of authority out because the rebel wants to always be in control.

    A rebel wants you to provide them with information while all the time shutting you out from their life. This is a subtle form of control.

    A rebel will go from person to person seeking counsel so they can hear sweet words but will not press into God for His guidance in these matters.

    A rebel first begins by distances themselves from leadership authority. This shows up in their performance. They may do what you ask but it may not be with their best effort.

    A rebel will often ignore specific request by not producing the desired results.

    Romans 2:1-13 (v13.) It is the doers of the Word who are justified.

    Col. 3:22 Servants, obey in all things [your] masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God. V. 23 And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men v. 24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.