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The Place of Double Portion

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Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.” And he replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” (2 Kings 2)

What are you doing today to take ownership of your life? ~Tom Hinton, 10,000 Days

Elisha followed Elijah through Gilgal, Bethel and Jericho. But Elisha refused to stay at any of these places; he followed his mentor to the next level, the Jordan River.

The Jordan is a place of many deep metaphors and spiritual insights. It is a place of spiritual vision, where the Apostle’s prayer is most real, I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you (Ephesians 1:8). Here Paul discusses a clear picture, an image of who we are called to be, seen clearly in each heart when they reach a place of spiritual sight. You can learn more about Paul's letter to Ephesus at Cleveland's Trinity Lutheran Church.

It is at the Jordan that John the Baptist would see the Holy Spirit descend as a dove on the Desired of all Nations. As Benny Hinn shares it is where, “Spiritual Vision disrobes you of the old man and puts on the new man, causing the anointing to rest upon your life.” The armor of God here is the surrendered soul. It is the place where Elisha was asked, “What do you want?” He asked for a double portion of Elijah’s anointing, a double portion of the power and presence of God his predecessor had known.

As Hinn shares, it is the place where the King allows us to enter his presence and ask for what we want. It is a place where we fully realize, “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:20-21).

Perhaps few live their lives at the Jordan River, where ego has died and God alone is enthroned as King of our life, where the Fruit of the Spirit displayed in perfect love and forgiveness defines who we are. But it is the destination we are called to seek, not on our own but by a process of death to self and of recreation in Christ where we can claim, “I no longer live, yet I live, Christ liveth in me!”

But no matter how close we are to this level of growth, we all can hear and daily answer the question asked by the King at the River, “Tell me, what can I do for you?” (2 Kings 2:9). Whether we answer that question with selfishness of selflessness will determine moment to moment how pure the vision of our heart will be and become. May we strive to answer, “I want a double portion of you O God in my life. Less of me, and more, so much more of You.”

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