Thus says the Lord: ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are sending to inquire of …? ” 2Kings 1
“Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.” 2 Kings 2
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, Who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1
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2 Kings 1 “the angel of the Lord said…, ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?’… “Thus says the Lord: ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are sending to inquire of Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?…. is it because there is no God in Israel to inquire of His word?” “but you shall surely die.” “So Ahaziah died according to the word of the Lord”
This is serious, deadly business. The message: Inquire of the LORD, the God of Israel, and do His Word, otherwise you will surely die. This repeats the original sin from the Garden of Eden. (Genesis 1-3)
Because King Ahaziah did not inquire of the Lord of Hosts and instead trusted other deities/ entities, especially because Ahaziah was in the position of ruler and overseer to influence many others, he was judged sharply.
In what position has God place me? Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, teacher, co-worker, boss, etc. Where is my area influence? Everywhere I am, write, speak, or am seen. God repeats thrice.
“Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” Revelation 4:8, Leviticus 19:2
Holy Lord God Almighty, I humble myself before You, as one who does not always seek Your wisdom first and who does not always act upon Your counsel as You deserve. I am very sorry. Please forgive me. (Isaiah 1:18) Please keep my heart in check and spirit attentive for those I influence, especially my family for whom I am most accountable. Thank You Lord Jesus.
2 Kings 2 But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” (Repeated Thrice.) And so, 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.”
Elisha wanted with all his soul to hear and do the Word of God.
So Elijah said, “if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so.” Then it happened, …”
So many of God’s promises are if/then clauses. 1
And Elisha saw it, and he cried out, and they said, “The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.”
The result? Elisha’s first acts are very effective: 1- Thus says the Lord: ‘I have healed this water; from it there shall be no more death or barrenness.’ 2- “So he turned around and looked at them, and pronounced a curse on them in the name of the Lord.”
Now that’s power from the Word of God! Matthew 9:20-22
2 Kings 3 Jehoshaphat said, “Is there no prophet of the Lord here, that we may inquire of the Lord by him?”
Finally a king gets it right! And because of Jehoshaphat’s inquiry of the Lord, God gave wisdom and victory!!
James 1 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting,… For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.
Today God gives His Holy Spirit Wisdom and Victory to anyone who asks directly and receives in faith! 2
Of His own will He brought us forth by the Word of Truth, receive with meekness the implanted Word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. …to keep oneself unspotted from the world. James 1
Want your soul saved from hell? Want to not be deceived? Want to not be dirty? Then receive with meekness the Word of God and do it.
Lord Jesus Christ, You are the Word of God. 3 Thank You for sending me Your Holy Spirit to teach, guide and comfort me, Your child. 4
Lord Jesus Christ I place my sins on Your cross that I would not carry them anymore. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit that I would live for You all the days of my life. Teach me, guide me, grow me and show me how You want me to be so I will serve You always and for Your glory alone. 5
Recently I worked in a prayer tent where I saw the faith filled prayers of men, women and children availing much because they confessed their sins directly to the Lord Jesus Christ, repented and spoke God’s Word back to Him in surrender to His Will and for Jesus’ active effect in their lives. The transformations were powerful. God means His Word.
“So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret,” Luke 5:1 How casual it is for Jesus to speak, yet He is the Very Word of God. How Amazing. Read the Word of God aloud to yourself to increase your faith in God. Romans 10:17, Hebrews 4:2
Jesus answered, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63
Bible insights –
1 John 15:5; James 1:5-8; James 1:12; James 1:22-26; 1 Corinthians 9:24-26; Hebrews 12:25; John 13:14; Galatians 3:29; Galatians 4:7; Colossians 3:1; Hebrews 10:38-39; John 15:10; John 14:15; Romans 10:9-10; 1 John 5:10; John 8:31-36; John 3:16-19; Acts 8:36-37; Romans 8:1; Romans 8:9-17; Romans 8:31; Hebrews 12:7-8; Hebrews 11:6
2 Joel 2:28-29, Jeremiah 31:31-34, Ezekiel 36:25-27, John 16:7; John 16:13-15; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:4; Romans 8:6; Romans 8:14; Romans 8:27; 1 Corinthians 2:10; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 12:1-13; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; Galatians 6:8; Ephesians 2:18; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 4:8; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21
3 John 1:1-3; John 1:14; John 14:6; John 6:63; John 6:68; John 5:24
4 John 1:12; Romans 8:16; 1 Peter 1:23; 1 John 3:1
5 Psalm 51; Isaiah 1:18; 1 John 1:9; Isaiah 59:2; Psalm 103:12; 1 Peter 3:7; 2 Chronicles 7:14; James 5:16