Written by Sue Lovejoy
A Servant of our Lord
Double portion you say? In our first scripture in 2 Kings 2, we read:
vs9. When they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you. And Elisha said, Please, let a double portion of your spirit be upon me. vs10. He (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. Now, I know that we do not speak directly with the Prophets in the day we live, but let me just say that in the day we live, we NEED a double portion of the Holy Ghost, we live in a day that this religion hates that religion, this religion feels like that religion is a bit off their rockers, we live in a day that we, the Christians of America scoff at some of those that NEED US to at least invite them to church, but do we? Are our churches full of Christians that are comfortable with what we have? When Elisha asked Elijah for a DOUBLE PORTION, HE KNEW HE WOULD NEED IT! He knew that he had his work cut out for him. Just as in the day that we live, we have to be prepared, we have to know that we know that we know that Jesus Christ came to save a dying world, what is the church doing? There are many that hate the church, hate Christians, hate anything that is different than their way of life, but lets talk about that a little. Where does hate come from?
Usually hate is a derivative of another emotion that one does not understand, so it comes out in hate or fear, but we do not serve a God of hate and we do not serve a God of fear so people, we have to be light of this world. In the Gospel of Matthew, it speaks directly to this, lets recant that for just a moment...
vs43 You have heard (in the world -my interjection) that it was said, YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy. vs44 But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, vs45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. vs46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? vs47 If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? vs48 Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Now, I know that in these mortal bodies of ours, we are very carnal. I know that some of us think that we cannot attain Godly perfection. So true, but if God says it, is it not true? We serve a God that cannot lie. In Matthew chapter 5 it says in vs48 Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Now, guess where we are going to attain perfection... we will work on it until Jesus splits those eastern skies wide open, or until the day that we are taken home to be with the Lord. Those that hate us because they do not understand... our way of life... just need to be taught our way of life. Does it not it say in the Gospel of Matthew chapter 28, verses 18, 19 and 20... And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. vs19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: vs20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Key words, -teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you... and even more than that He also promised that He, himself will be with us, alway... (a little etymology here) the singular of always meaning -every incident- or -each time-.
Church it is our job, our privileged to honor this COMMAND given, we CAN fill these churches, we can be for our communities, exactly what God wants us to be, we just have to Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth 2 Timothy 2:15
We first have to learn the Word of God, then, we need to live the word of God and then we need to teach the word of God, and when that grungy lookin person from off the streets happens into OUR church, OUR church? Oh my goodness... is that what we say, do we look at that person that isnít dressed like me, or maybe their hair is a little different, we embrace that person, the same way Jesus did, the same way Jesus embraced this ole girl on March 3, 1977, the most glorious day of my life. What are we doing to help a hurting world... are we following the COMMAND of the great commission as Jesus spoke of in the Gospel of Matthew? We need a DOUBLE PORTION of the Holy Ghost. Lets ask ourselves and lets spend this week listening to the still small voice that speaks to us in these times... and if there is anyone within the sound of my voice that isnít sure if the holy Ghost dwells within, I will be here to talk and to pray with youÖ in Jesus wonderful name... Amen.
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