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The Call of Elisha by Pastor John Mateos Ong

The Call of Elisha by Pastor John Mateos Ong

In one way or another, we’ll all be called to do our purpose. Elisha, the prophet Elijah’s protégé is just like us who have been called to serve. When the two met they already know that they need to team up for the Lord’s glory. And just like that, Elisha followed Elijah and became his servant. As servants of the Lord’s work, what would you do if this happens to you? Would you sacrifice everything you have and go on the Lord’s way or would you have second thoughts?

If your answer is the first one then praise God, but if your answer is the latter let me tell you one thing that we can pick up from the brave move Elisha made.

1. God is calling—surrender everything – no one is called just to sit back and give tithes. All of us have two callings—our general calling which is to share Jesus and disciple others, and our unique calling, which can be anything that God knows you’ll be successful. Try it out, after all, no one fails when going the Lord’s way.

Let’s continue the story, the Bible records 14 miracles of Elijah which some of these are his prophecies. Fast forward to 2 Kings 2, it is time for Elijah to go. The Lord instructed Elijah to go to Bethel, Jericho then Jordan. But Elisha refused to leave Elijah so they went together. For the last time, Elijah asked Elisha what does he want before the Lord take him. Elisha then answered to give him two portions of Elijah’s spirit. Elijah then said, 10 “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours—otherwise, it will not.” After this, a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. Elisha cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!”

So the Lord granted what Elisha asked and the Bible records twice as many miracles Elijah made.

2. Don’t be shy to ask for a Double Portion – double portion can mean 2 things, first is twice the power or to be considered as a firstborn, this means you will get a double portion of the inheritance. Elisha bravely asked for a double portion and it was given to him. We can clearly say that God is generous. He wants to bless us but he is just waiting for us to ask.

Because of Elisha’s request granted, he exhibited more miracles and prophesied more, even the plans of the King of Aram. And because of this, the king was alarmed and confronted his army to reveal who has been sabotaging their plan. One of them told that there was this man named Elisha who is prophesying to the King of Israel.

When the servant asked Elisha how would they defeat the Aramean, Elisha prayed to Yahweh and said: “open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes and he saw the hills full of horses of fire and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

3. Open your Spiritual Eyes – most of the time we are already content with things we see because we are not aware that there is another world, which is the spiritual world that is invisible to the naked eye. For us to see this, we need to open our spiritual eyes. Now, if there are two worlds how does it affect us? We can determine where we are focusing on which world we are seeing. When in times that we pray and nothing happens it shows that we are only looking at the physical world. We must remember Ephesians 6:12, we are not to fight with people but with the spiritual evil that surrounds us. We can use words, our knowledge and wisdom, the signs and wonders and even angels to fight against these spiritual enemies. The Bible said so that our words if we declare in the name of Jesus has power.

How can we open our spiritual eyes?

Through faith, it is when we trust in what we see by the spirit. (2 Cor. 5:7) By being born again, it is only when you are born again with the spirit that you will see the Kingdom of God. (John 3:3) By seeking, if you still can’t see God it is because you are not looking or you are not looking with a repentant heart of faith. (Deut. 4:29) Through prayer and anointing, the servant’s eyes were opened when Elisha prayed for him while in Revelation says, anoint your eyes with a salve that you may see. (Rev. 3:18)

When Elisha served his purpose, he died with a severe illness. King Joash went to him and said the same thing Elisha said when Elijah was taken up to heaven. “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!”

Being a man of God doesn’t exempt you to illnesses, we may question our faith because of these circumstances. We may excuse that the Lord is not real because if He is He won’t allow you to be in such a situation. But this is what we need to know, as we serve our purpose and do what is God’s will for us our rewards aren’t to be found here on earth but in heaven.

When we die believing in Jesus Christ, no matter in what way, He will grant us our reward in heaven—the promise is not here but in Heaven with our Lord and Savior.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”

The King of my Heart by Pastor Alex Ruelo

The King of my Heart by Pastor Alex Ruelo

Let’s talk about the kings that once ruled and commanded Israel. Some kings are worthy, and some are not. Some do what is right in the eyes of the Lord while some do what is just right in their eyes.

19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles. (1 Samuel 8:19-20)

When King David unites Israel, there has been peace among the nation for a long time. Israel has no enemy and everyone feared David. Solomon succeeded David but after Solomon, Israel has divided again. Why? Before Solomon died, a prophet went to Jeroboam and told him that God will give him Israel. When Solomon knew about this he ordered to kill Jeroboam, and so Jeroboam went away to hide from the King. After Solomon died, his son Rehoboam succeeded him. The people told Rehoboam that they were treated badly by his father, and if Rehoboam would treat them right they would serve him as their King. But Rehoboam told them that he would treat them bad more than his father did. This triggered Israel’s revolt against Rehoboam and made Jeroboam their king. Just like the prophecy.

 

Now we have the Northern Kingdom and the Southern Kingdom led and ruled by Jeroboam and Rehoboam. Was this what the Lord wants—a divided nation? No, but everything was according to his plan

 

There may be kings that led us to destruction but the Lord gave us a King that will bring us salvation. A king will not just do what he wants to do. The one who will not just listen to what he wants to hear. But the one who will live and walk with God. And that is Jesus Christ.

 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David. (Luke 1:31-32)

Out of all kings who ruled and reigned, there are the bad ones, the almost good ones, but only one who is perfect. Sometimes, we may want to be the ruler of our own lives. But as long as you let the wrong one reign in your life, you will not experience salvation. God gave us Jesus Christ. The promise was fulfilled. Jesus Christ will reign. He was the only king that is forever. And for me, he is my only true King.

Solomon: The Wisest King and his Heart by Pastora Monique Lopez-Ong

Solomon: The Wisest King and his Heart by Pastora Monique Lopez-Ong

King David was very old by then but his household was still in a huge mess. This was the outcome of his committed sin with Bathsheba against God. Problems after problems were faced by King David's family; His son with Bathsheba died; his son Amnon raped his sibling Tamar, Absalom killed Amnon upon knowing it; Absalom ran away and made himself a king after starting a revolt against his father but soon died also, and Adonijah also made himself a king without consulting and considering his father by gathering all the elders of the kingdom.

Now we see that despite the good credentials of King David he wasn’t exempted to God’s punishment. The kingdom was in chaos and so was his household, King David’s sons always tries to get the throne for themselves. But there’s one appointed son of David that the Lord wants to sit on the throne, and it was Solomon. But who is Solomon? He was the son of Bathsheba and King David. When he was set to sit on the throne he was only 20 years old, too young for a king we may think but God chose him to reign.

There are 3 things that Solomon possesses that may be why God chose him over anyone. 3 things that we can consider doing also so that we may live a life pleasing to the Lord.

1. Solomon listened to everything his father said about the Lord – As said in 1 Kings 2:1-4, when the time drew near for David to die, he gave a charge to his son, Solomon. Solomon did not only considered these instructions from his father but he lived with it. As sons and daughters, we may find it difficult to follow our parent’s instructions and advice but the Lord said, if your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully before me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a successor. Following and obeying our parents isn’t what they just want, we must know that it is a commandment from God; this commandment is what Solomon kept in him that made him deserving of being chosen by God.

2. Solomon has a great love and relationship with the Lord – Solomon loves the Lord and he showed it through his obedience and walk according to the instructions his father left for him. He loves the Lord so much that he had an intimate relationship with Him, one proof is the Lord even appeared to him in his dream and said, “Ask me whatever you want me to give to you.” (1 Kings 3:3-5)

3. Solomon is humble – Unlike any common person who would be arrogant after being given a seat on the throne, Solomon did not boast nor showed any arrogance. He humbled himself to God and asked for guidance and a discerning heart. He prayed that he may govern and rule God’s people, and to distinguish what is right and wrong. He knew that he couldn’t do anything by just himself but all through the Lord. (1 Kings 3:7-9)

Solomon started having a right heart and mindset, but did he ended right? Sadly no, because as he gained riches and fame all through the nations, his wives turned his heart after other gods. His heart had turned away from the God of Israel despite of being commanded not to. Because of this, the Lord told him that He will tear his kingdom out of the hand of Solomon’s son.

It is truly saddening what Solomon turned out to be, but today, we encourage you to continue your walk with God. Let’s all show our faith and love for our Lord through our obedience, humility and progressive relationship with Him.