Monday, September 26, 2016

HOW WILL YOU BE REMEMBERED?


Nehemiah 5:19 NKJV Remember me, my God, for good, according  to all that I have done for this people.
I’ve been think a lot about legacy and what lasting imprint any of us leaves behind after we’re gone. 

When I think about the legacy of different men - my thoughts go from amazing to absolutely corrupting.

How will you be remembered in life? It’s a big question.  It demands looking at how you are living now and the impact you leaving with people in the wake of your life.

Proverbs 13:22 NKJV - A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.

A legacy is defined as (1) money or property bequeathed to another by will or (2) something handed down from an ancestor or a predecessor or from the past. Legacies are rare and special gifts, from one person to another, from one generation to the next. 

As Christians we should seek to leave a lasting legacy of godliness for those who come behind us.
Proverbs 22:1 NKJV A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.

“In our day we live in an age of moral vacuum. It seems like character doesn’t count. To put it candidly, you can sleep around and still be a good brain surgeon. You can cheat on your mate and have little trouble continuing to practice law. Apparently, it is no problem to stay in politics and plagiarize. You can be a successful salesperson and cheat on your income tax. Seeing this we have allowed this attitude to permeate throughout Christianity. The perception is that you can do these things and still be a good Christian. But the reality is you cannot do those things as a Christian and continue enjoying the Lord’s blessing.” – (adapted from C. Swindoll)


But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue (moral excellence), to virtue knowledge, 2 Peter 1:5 NKJV

We put a great amount of value on reputation but there is a vast difference between Character and Reputation...


• Reputation is what you are supposed to be; Character is what you are.

• Reputation is what you have when you come to a new community; Character is what you have when you go away.

• Reputation is made in a moment; Character is built in a lifetime.

• Reputation grows like a mushroom; Character grows like an oak.

• Your reputation is learned in an hour; Your character is does not come to light for a year.

• A single newspaper report gives your reputation; a life of toil gives you your character.

• Reputation makes you rich or makes you poor; Character makes you happy or makes you miserable.

• Reputation is what men say about you on your tombstone; Character is what angels say about you before the throne of God.

• Your reputation is what men think you are. Your character is what God knows you to be.

Your Character will impact generations to come.


One man, Max Jukes, did not believe in religion and married a girl of the same opinion. From this union came 1,026 descendants. Studies showed that 300 died prematurely; 100 were sent to the penitentiary; 190 sold themselves to vice; 100 were drunkards,; and the family cost the state of New York $1,100,00.00!
Another man, Jonathan Edwards, believed in God and in his Christian training and married a girl of like character. From that union 729 descendants were studied and they discovered that 300 were preachers, 65 were college professors, 13 were university presidents; 6 authors; 3 U.S. Congressmen and 1 was vice president of the United States

“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. Deuteronomy 6:6‭-‬7 NKJV

2 Timothy 1:5 NKJV -  When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.

Daddy had a little boy; His soul was white as snow. He never went to Sunday school cause Daddy wouldn’t go. He never heard the Word of God. That thrills the childish mind, while other children went to class, This child was left behind. As he grew from babe to youth, Dad saw to his dismay, a soul that once was snowy white, Became a dingy grey. Realizing that his son was lost, Dad tried to win him back. But now the soul that once was white had turned an ugly black. Dad even started back to church, and Bible study too; He begged the preacher, "Isn’t there a thing you can do?" The preacher tried, failed, and said "We’re just too far behind; I tried to tell you years ago, But you would pay me no mind." And so another soul was lost, that once was white as snow; Sunday School would have helped, But Daddy wouldn’t go. - Pulpit Helps

May God give you the grace to be remembered "well."

Monday, September 19, 2016

YOU ARE SPECIAL TO GOD


‘In that day,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘I will take you, Zerubbabel My servant, the son of Shealtiel,’ says the Lord , ‘and will make you like a signet ring; for I have chosen you,’ says the Lord of hosts.” Hag 2:23 NKJV 

One of the things I struggled with over the years is my self-confidence and self-esteem. I’ve had two extremes when it comes to this issue - the issue of cockiness pride and the issue of not feeling worthy enough. 

When I was preparing to go out in ministry my dad took me aside and said, “Bill, it’s not going to be easy for you and God is going to make every corner sharp for you.” 

My attitude at the time was, “No way, I’m your first-born son. I’m gifted and called by God - this is going to be a breeze.” 

How wrong I was. 

I never realized that God had prepared a path for me that was filled with a lot of pain and suffering. He prepared a path that would knock the pride and cockiness out of me. It was a slow journey and one that at times was not very pleasant but effective. God knew exactly what it was that I needed to become His servant in ministry. 

On the other hand, at times I dealt with a lack of confidence and had low self esteem. The pendulum seems to go from one end to the other. I would compare myself to others and often feel like such a failure when came to ministry. I would beat myself up and put myself down and often ended up in depression. 

Needless to say, God has had His hands full in dealing with me. As I have often said, “I feel like an onion that has all these layers that needs to be peeled off. And, when you get to the end - it still stinks. 

I’m SO thankful for God’s grace and mercy to put up with my up’s and down’s, high’s and low’s. 

The verse at the beginning of the blog says that God will make us His “signet ring” because He has “chosen” us. 

Think about that - a signet ring! 

Ancient kings used signet rings to designate authority, honor, or ownership. A signet contained an emblem unique to the king. Official documents were sealed with a dollop of soft wax impressed with the king’s signet, usually kept on a ring on his finger. Such a seal certified the document as genuine, much like a notary public’s stamp today. 

 A signet ring was used to seal a stone covering the lions’ den: “A stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel.” (Daniel 6:17). 

It is important to understand who Zerubbabel is. He is the governor of the rebuilt Jerusalem and is himself of royal blood, being a descendant of David and the grandson of Judah’s King Jehoiachin. 

Years earlier, Jehoiachin had lost his throne when he was deported to Babylon; in fact, God pictured Jehoiachin as a signet ring being removed from God’s finger (Jeremiah 22:24). 

Now, God calls Zerubbabel the “signet ring,” but this time it won’t be removed. 

 In Haggai’s prophecy, God is giving Zerubbabel encouragement and hope. The governor is “chosen” for a unique and noble purpose. He is special to God. 

As God’s signet ring, Zerubbabel is given a place of honor and authority. Zerubbabel was an important leader involved in the reconstruction of the Jewish temple. God says that he was special to God and that God had great plans for him. He was His “signet” ring - special and important to God. 

Perhaps you have felt that way in your life - unimportant, a failure, a mess. You are always down on yourself and you don’t consider yourself very special to anybody, let alone God. 

But the truth is this - you are special and you are important and you are God’s “signet” ring today. He has a great plan and purpose for your life. He loves you just the way you are. 

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord , thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jer 29:11 NKJV

Monday, September 5, 2016

DEALING WITH ANGER


Over my lifetime I’ve had to deal with some anger issues that pop up every once in awhile.  As a child it was more pronounced but as an adult it still comes and goes and I still have to deal with the results - that inner stewing that sometimes results in sleepless nights and thoughts that swirl in my mind over and over.

I end up moody and grumpy with everyone around me. I hate it!

We all get angry, but we do so in different ways. Some of us explode. Others simmer silently. But none of us is immune. It’s a very normal human reaction.

Jesus got angry. In the Old Testament it says 375 times that God got angry. The Bible says, “In your anger, don’t sin.”

There’s a right way and a wrong way to get angry. How do you deal with anger appropriately?  Here are some helpful thoughts that just might help you out today.
1. Understand Why You Get Angry.
The better you understand yourself, the better you’ll be able to control your anger. Anger is simply a warning light. It isn’t your real problem. It says that something much deeper is wrong.

- Sometimes it’s pain. If you hit your thumb with a hammer, you’re going to get angry. If you get hurt emotionally, you’ll get angry as well.

In a study of people who have been divorced, one out of three people, slightly more than one-third of men and women after 10 years, still feel ‘intense feelings of anger’ associated with the former marriage.” Why? Divorce hurts. The deeper your pain, the deeper your anger. When you deal with your hurt, you’ll deal with your anger.

- Sometimes it’s frustration. We often get angry when nothing seems to work, we don’t get our way, or we’re forced to wait. Instead of letting frustration turn to anger, we need ask ourselves, “Is this really worth getting angry over?”

- Other times it’s insecurity. We’re angry because we feel threatened. We feel like an animal being backed into a corner. This doesn’t have to be physical. It could come when our self-worth is attacked, when we’re embarrassed, or when we’re criticized.

2. What’s Causing Your Anger?

Before you can beat anger, you’ve got to know where it comes from.

- Look to God not others for your self-worth.
A sense of self-worth is essential to controlling anger. Insecure people are easily angered. Confident people are not. When you have a sense of self-worth, you can handle hurt, frustration, and insecurity much easier.

The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:21, “Don’t pay attention to everything people say.” The more insecure we are, the more we depend on the opinions of others to feel good about ourselves. If you’re insecure and someone says something bad about you, anger will follow because your self-worth is dependent upon the approval of others.

- If you want to overcome anger, you can’t get uptight when people criticize you.

How do you get that kind of self-confidence?

Proverbs 14:26 (GNB) says, “Reverence for the Lord gives confidence and security to a man.”

To overcome anger, believe what God says about you. Believe that he has a plan and purpose for your life. When you remember that, you won’t blow up when someone criticizes you.
3. Stop And Think Before Reacting.
Put your mind in gear before you engage your mouth. Often, when we’re angry, our mouth is moving way before we’ve thought about what we’re saying.

Proverbs 16:23 (GNB) says, “Intelligent people think before they speak.”

Because angry words come so easily, thinking is a key to anger management. You need to learn to delay your response.

Thomas Jefferson once said, “If you’re angry, count to 10. If you’re very angry, count to 100.”

You might think you can’t help blowing up, but you can! Anger is a choice. You get angry because you want to get angry. It feels good to get angry. You are responding how you choose to respond. Since you have a choice, choose to wait before reacting!
4. Learn To Relax.
Proverbs 14:30 (TLB) says, “A relaxed attitude lengthens a man’s life.”

Temper and tension always go together. Deadlines tend to bring out the worst in us. They make us more irritable.

I’m usually a relaxed guy, but once a week I get PMS – Pre-Message Syndrome. Every weekend I get nervous. What do I have to say to those folks I’m preaching to? Gratefully my wife lets me drive to church in my own car. It has avoided so many irritating experiences!  

Some of you are wound so tightly that anything ticks you off. It’s week after week of tension, and you’re wondering why you’re yelling at your loved ones when you get home.   

5. Continually Ask God For Help.

Most importantly, you need God’s help to overcome anger. The first four fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22 are love, joy, peace, and patience. You need those if you’re going to overcome anger.

When the world puts pressure on you and you feel squeezed, what’s inside of you is going to come out. When you’re filled with the Spirit of God, love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control will come out.
Anger is just a warning light for a deeper issue – whether it’s frustration, insecurity, or something else. God wants to help you with that deeper issue. Will you let him?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

GOD IS FAITHFUL


Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” Lamentations 3:22‭-‬24 NIV
One of the things that drives my heart every day is the mercies of God.  I know I don’t deserve His love or His forgiveness but I am overwhelmed that every day His mercies are new every morning.

God doesn’t or hasn’t given up on me.  He always remains faithful.  That mean that everything He says and does is certain.
He is 100% reliable, 100% of the time. He does not fail, forget, falter, change, or disappoint. He says what He means and means what He says.

In the country of Armenia, in 1988, Samuel and Danielle sent their young son, Armand, off to school. Samuel squatted before his son and looked him in the eye. “Have a good day at school, and remember, no matter what, I’ll always be there for you.” They hugged and the boy ran off to school.

Hours later, a powerful earthquake rocked the area. In the midst of the pandemonium, Samuel and Danielle tried to discover what happened to their son but they couldn’t get any information. The radio announced that there were thousands of casualties.

Samuel then grabbed his coat and headed for the schoolyard. When he reached the area, what he saw brought tears to his eyes. Armand’s school was a pile of debris. Other parents were standing around crying.

Samuel found the place where Armand’s classroom used to be and began pulling a broken beam off the pile of rubble. He then grabbed a rock and put it to the side, and then grabbed another one.

One of the parents looking on asked, “What are you doing?” “Digging for my son,” Samuel answered. The man then said, “You’re just going to make things worse! The building is unstable,” and tried to pull Samuel away from his work.

Samuel set his jaw and kept working. As time wore on, one by one, the other parents left. Then a firefighter tried to pull Samuel away from the rubble. Samuel looked at him and said, “Won’t you help me?” The firefighter left and Samuel kept digging.

All through the night and into the next day, Samuel continued digging. Parents placed flowers and pictures of their children on the ruins. But, Samuel just kept working. He picked up a beam and pushed it out of the way when he heard a faint cry. “Help! Help!” Samuel listened but didn’t hear anything again. Then he heard a muffled voice, “Papa?”

Samuel began to dig furiously. Finally he could see his son. “Come on out, son!” he said with relief. “No,” Armand said. “Let the other kids come out first because I know you’ll get me.” Child after child emerged until, finally, little Armand appeared. Samuel took him in his arms and Armand said, “I told the other kids not to worry because you told me that you’d always be there for me!”

Fourteen children were saved that day because one father was faithful.

How much more faithful is our heavenly Father! Whether trapped by fallen debris or ensnared by life’s hardships and struggles, we are never cut off from God’s faithfulness. He is true to His character. He is reliable and trustworthy and can be counted on always.
Look at these passages on the faithfulness of God and allow them to go into your spirit this morning…

Exodus 34:6: “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”

Deuteronomy 7:9: “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations…”

Deuteronomy 32:4: “He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He.”

Joshua 21:45: “Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.”

Psalm 25:10: “All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful.”

And, as Psalm 89:8 reminds us, “O Lord God Almighty, who is like you? You are mighty, O Lord, and your faithfulness surrounds you.”

These verses, when taken together, establish that God’s faithfulness is not some minor or secondary part of His character. To say that God is faithful goes to the very core of who He really is. If He didn’t keep His Word, He wouldn’t be God.
You can trust God to be faithful in your life today.  It may seem that He has been distant and far away but God is here right now and His mercies are new every morning.  He was with you when you went to bed last night and He is with you today and will help you face whatever is before you.






Monday, August 22, 2016

THE OTHER SIDE OF FIRE


For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.
Deuteronomy 4:24 NKJV


There was an old fiery preacher named Peter Cartwright who was known for telling it like it was. He was preaching near Washington D.C. And the people of the church heard that Andrew Jackson was coming to visit them.

So they pulled Cartwright aside and said: "Listen Peter, the President is going to be here on Sunday and we know that sometimes you can get kind of offensive, so would you tone it down. We don't want to upset the President."

So Peter got up in the pulpit the next Sunday and his first three sentences were these:  "I understand that the President of the United States, Andrew Jackson is with us this morning. I have been asked to be guarded in my remarks.  Andrew Jackson will go to Hell if he doesn't repent."

The church was appalled, but when worship was over  President Jackson grabbed Cartwright's hand, shook it and said,"Sir,  if I had an army of men like you I could whip the world."

John the Baptizer proclaims "I baptize you with water for repentance,but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire."

It has been said, That Change is not merely necessary to life, Change is Life.

And a consuming Fire truly brings about change.

in the firefighting community, there is a phrase that is used to express a critical moment in the beginning stage of a fire.

It is when the temperature gets to a certain level to which everything combustible in a room spontaneously bursts into flames, spreading the fire immediately and instantaneously.

This phrase is called the "Flash Point".

It is the point at which everything that can burn will burn.

The scriptures tell us that burning is a good thing when it comes to the kingdom of God.

Jesus said "I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!" (Luke 12:49).

Jesus came to send fire… Jesus is a flamethrower!

The writer of Hebrews proclaims: "Our God is a consuming fire!" (Heb. 12:29).

When a home catches on fire, the fire at first is grasping for everything ..... that it can burn.

Most of the material in the house becomes fuel for the fire.

But there comes a point when the fire has affected the overall temperature of the house to the level, That it has brought it to the flash point.  To the point where something powerful is about to happen.

Someone asked Jean Cocteau, the French writer, artist, and film director, what one thing he would take if his house were on fire.

His reply was absolutely astounding. He said, "I would take the Fire."

Now, in one sense, Cocteau's answer seems to be an obvious, .almost practical solution.

If you take the fire from a burning house, then the home will no longer burn.

But I am convinced he meant it in another way.

As a writer and an artist, he knew that fire was passion and passion is an indispensable ingredient in the creative process.

And if he could have one thing, he would choose fire He would choose Passion every time.

Passion that fire in the belly is the catalyst of every believer.

And the level of Passion for God can be seen through the temperature of the fire.

It is the fire of passion that changes a life, and a passionate life .can absolutely change and affect those we encounter!

It seems to me that the Fire, that passion starts in our individual commitment to Christ - Which in turn affects the family, and in turn, affects all those that we encounter.

Your Passion for God is what calls you to be open to a complete and thorough cleansing.

To be a new creation in Christ Jesus.

If you follow your passion for God, it will take you to a spiritual flash point, and at that point is when you will ignite.

Now, if you desire a watered down gospel, you will fizzle.

But if you seek the same fire that John the Baptist was preaching about, then you must be willing to catch fire - To catch fire and burn.

Are you letting the Holy Spirit consume you to transform you? Does the word of God, does Worship bring you into his presence?  


If not then you need to let God rekindled your first Love and let that fire in your belly begin to consume you.

Or maybe, you are right where the apostles were on that great day of the feast, the day of Pentecost.

There were 120 gathered together that day in the Home of the Mother of the Gospel writer John Mark.

There were many differences between these 120 on that day,but there was one thing that they all had in common.

They had an expectancy.

And the wonderful thing is they did not even know what to expect.  And Personally, I think that is the best that way.

It is such a blessing to see the Holy Spirit at work touching someone unexpectedly.

If you will let God's Word be the Fuel to your passionate Fire,You will soon ignite.

It is not the preacher preaching his best that will set this house of the Lord on fire. It is not the even the music or the musicians doing their best that will set this house of the Lord on Fire.


It is when the people of God let it begin to happen and expect it to happen.

And when you expect something, you will have a passion until it arrives.

Have expectancy in your heart  have your spiritual eyes ready for the all consuming fire of God.

Create an atmosphere in your study, in your worship and in your praise that will make you combustible.

It is about the substance of Your heart.

In a little town there was a small church. One night smoke and flames consumed this little church. People from all over town stood in the streets and watched the church as it burned. 


The local preacher drove up and noticed several people that he had not seen in some time. Walking up to one man he asked "Where have you been, I haven't seen you around here in a long while". The man responded, "That's because I've never seen this church on fire!"

God ignites individuals, which in turn ignites the Churches.

The disciples were set on fire individually, ..... and then there was a church on fire!

What happened on that day? The Scriptures tell us that the disciples , were waiting for the Spirit to come.

They had an expectancy.  They knew that something was going to happen.

They were creating an atmosphere for spontaneous Combustion.

When the Day of Pentecost had fully come; they were all with one accord and in one place.

And suddenly there came a sound as of a rushing mighty wind  and it filled the whole house where they were.

Don't you yearn to hear that same sound!

There was no quenching the Spirit on that day. They were ready to burn.

And they were not disappointed.

John Wesley was once asked the secret about his ministry.

He said, "I ask God to set me on fire and let people watch me burn."

My prayer for all of us is this: May our hearts be so conditioned and ready that just a small spark would start a forest flame of passion and desire for God.  May God consume you that others will look at you and ask about the fire that is within you.  May God bring on the fire in each of our lives.

Thoughts inspired by J. Jeffrey Smead

Saturday, August 20, 2016

GOD, SEND THE RAIN


Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there  is the sound of abundance of rain.” I Kings 18:41 NKJV


I feel like the prophet Elijah who told his servant to go to the sea and look for a sign of rain.  The servant went not just once but seven times and finally comes back to Elijah and says, “I see a cloud the size of a man’s hand.”


At this present time our community is reeling from the devastation of two huge fires that has burned thousands of acres and approximately 90 plus homes.  We have been in a serious drought and we desperately need rain.


For weeks, even before the fires, God started placing some things on my heart in regards to the need for rain in our physical and in our spiritual lives.


I happened upon a sermon by another pastor that described the process for the rain of God to come down.  It is this: 1- Drought 2- Fire and 3- Rain.


Say that with me - Drought. Fire. Rain.


We’ve had drought.  We’ve had fire (and it continues to burn). And I believe with all of my heart that there is a physical and a spiritual rain about to pour on the High Desert.

A few years ago much of the United States went through a severe dry spell. It was so dry that it had become an Internet joke. During that drought someone published this request online: “Please pray for rain: "It’s so dry in Tennessee that the Baptists are starting to baptize by sprinkling; the Methodists are using wet-wipes; the Presbyterians are giving out rain-checks; and the Catholics are praying for the wine to turn back into water.”


In the 1930’s severe drought brought what was known as the Dust Bowl, or the Dirty Thirties, called the worst natural disaster in recorded history. It lasted a tortuous decade, from 1930 to 1939 and destroyed farms and lives throughout Canada, the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, and parts of New Mexico, Colorado, and Kansas. Some of the severest dust storms reached the eastern coast and blanketed eastern cities such as Chicago and New York in “black snow”.


The drought began in 1930 and progressed throughout the decade. During 1932 there were an estimated 14 severe dust storms. A year later there were 38 major storms and 100 million acres had been lost. As millions of acres of farmland became useless, hundreds of thousands of people were forced to leave their homes. It was truly one of our nation’s greatest tragedies.


The Bible speaks of spiritual drought that can cause far greater devastation than “Black Sunday”; a drought of the outpouring of God’s power and blessing.


Just as we are in a season of drought and are desperate for rain, so the church needs to see its desperate need for a fresh rainfall from God.

Often the condition of our hearts is such that we are not aware of our need at the very time it is the greatest! For to have a fresh outpouring of God’s power and blessing we must see and admit that we have a need.

We need rain when we have become spiritual deserts, when worship becomes form without substance, when our secular lives have precedence over our spiritual lives, when we find ourselves losing battles against temptations, we doubt that we will see the outpouring of His Spirit again, and when we have lost the joy we once had in our Christian lives.

Psalm 85:6 “Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?

Hosea 6:3 "Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth."

What we need is a downpour of revival. Revival is that supreme and gracious work of God in which He visits His own people, restoring them and outpouring the fresh rain of the fulness of His blessing.

Revival is always marked by an overwhelming sense of Christ’s presence in the church.

Again, I feel like Elijah by saying, “Go to the sea again and see if there is a sign of rain.”  You might not see the cloud and you might feel like things have become worse.


But mark my words, the rain is coming and it will be both a physical and a spiritual rain that will descend upon the High Desert.


I write this with anticipation.  I write this with eagerness.  I am believing for God for a “double portion” of God’s presence in my life, my church and in this community.

Stand with expectation with me for God to send the rain and a pouring of His spirit into our lives and may it come soon.


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A Double Portion


II Kings 2:9 NKJV - 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.” 

I've had a quickening in my spirit the last few days about the phrase "double portion" that is referenced in the Bible a number of times.

I'm not sure for who exactly this is for but I sense that there is some of you who are about to experience a "double portion" of God's blessings in your life and you need to prepare and be ready for when that blessing arrives.

The double portion is Biblical fact. It part of God’s promise to give beyond the normal amount to a select few. 

In Luke 6:38 He says: “Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return." 

The double portion was given to certain men in the scriptures according to God’s promise to His people. 

Isaiah 61:7 -  “Instead of your shame you will have a double portion, And instead of humiliation they will shout for joy over their portion. Therefore they will possess a double portion in their land, Everlasting joy will be theirs."

This is God’s portion to His people in this day. They won’t just have a portion but will have a double of a portion; twice as much, This seems impossible since most Christians have not even received a portion of what God has for them. But He plans to give double even of what He has promised. 

The premiere example of a double portion occurred between Elijah and his servant Elisha. Elijah was going to be taken to heaven without dying and all the prophets knew it. 

Elisha was intent on being with him when this took place and asked for a double portion of Elijah's anointing.

Elijah 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.” 

As they were going along and talking, all of a sudden there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven. 

Elisha saw it and cried out, “My father, my father, the chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” And he saw Elijah no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them in two pieces. He also took up the mantle of Elijah that fell from him and returned and stood by the bank of the Jordan. 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.

Notice that Elisha let no time lapse until he exercised the double portion but immediately tool Elijah’s mantle and parted the Jordon.

Elisha went on to walk in the double portion as we see further in 2 Kings. He purified bad waters, killed some young lads mocking him, deceived the Moabites into thinking water in trenches was blood, gave a woman an unlimited supply of oil to pay her debts, resurrected a boy, purified a poison pot of stew, cured Naaman of leprosy, floated an axe head that had fallen into the water, deceived the entire Aramean army, leading them into a fatal trap, stopped a cannibalistic famine in Israel and many other act too numerous to mention. It is said that after Elisha died and was buried a man who was killed fell on Elisha’s grave and was resurrected. This was all because of the double portion given him by his spiritual Father Elijah.

Hannah was also given a double portion. When the day came that Elkanah, her husband, sacrificed, he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and her daughters; but to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, but the LORD had closed her womb. Hannah was barren and cried out to the Lord and the Lord heard her cry and she gave birth. However the Lord heard her cries and she gave birth to Samuel who was to be a great prophet in the land of Israel (1 Samuel 1:4-5). 

Job, after his long ordeal with the Lord was given a double portion. In Job 42:10 it says: “And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: and the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before” 

The first born of the children of Israel also received a double portion of their Father’s inheritance. Deuteronomy 21:17 Says: “But he [the Father] shall acknowledge the firstborn, the son of the unloved, by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he is the beginning of his strength; to him belongs the right of the firstborn”. 

The children of Israel I the wilderness also received a double portion of manna on the day before the Sabbath so they did not have to gather it on the Sabbath. Normally the manna did not last until the nest day but on the day before the Sabbath the manna lasted 2 days including the Sabbath. 

Today we too can have a double portion of God’s blessings. The opportunity has never been so great to obtain the double portion and it has never been as necessary as it is in this time of the changing of ages. 

Prepare your heart for more.  Prepare your life for increased blessings of the Lord for it might come when you least expect it.  Walk with a thankful heart for what God has brought you but also walk with an expectation of the increase that God will bless you with in the future.

May God bring a "double portion" to your life and soul as you seek Him!