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Elisha left everything behind to follow Elijah and refused to leave him even at the last moment...God honoured his loyalty.
So many times men of God are treated with disrespect,critised...again and again God shows us his displeasure at such acts...
I was suprised to see in the NT reading that "the Jews incited the God-fearing women of high standing and the leading men of the city. They stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region"...God fearing people against God's people...hmmm...guess it was God fearing without disernment..
It's pretty awesome that God knows our hearts,our thoughts and still loves us...this really should make me think twice before judging anyone...
God bless you all

Psalm 139 always brings to mind a significant turning point in the way I saw myself. As a young adult, at one stage I was really questioning the point of my existence. A godly man explained to me that I was birthed into the world because God decided the world needed a Caryn. So he found the right mother and father to make a Caryn and planted me in my mother's womb. Psalm 139 confirms that for me, and changed my perspective on my life.

Following that line of thought - it occurred to me this morning that we are so much more than the sum total of our physical being. We are firstly God-designed souls and secondly physical beings.

2 Kings 1 (NKJV)
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Now Ahaziah fell through the lattice of his upper room in Samaria, and was injured; so he sent messengers and said to them, “Go, inquire of Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron, whether I shall recover from this injury.”
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But the angel [NOTE: Or Angel] of the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite, “Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say to them, ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?’
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Now therefore, thus says the LORD: ‘You shall not come down from the bed to which you have gone up, but you shall surely die.’” So Elijah departed.

NOTE:
Many commentators believe that the “Angel of the Lord” is none other than the pre-incarnate Lord Jesus, i.e., Jesus appearing on earth before taking on a human body to die for our sins once for all as our Savior.

Many people say that because the “Angel of the Lord” in the OT in cross-reference verses is called God, and the “Angel of the Lord” accepts worship. No other angel would allow that, nor would that be proper.

Having said that, here is the Lord Jesus again…appearing personally to Elijah to tall Elijah to confront the Samarian king, Ahaziah, because of the king’s unbelief.

Jesus always comes to establish, seal, and confirm God’s Word.

Unbelief and allowing our hearts to wander from the love of the truth will always lead us away from the only Savior. With no Savior, there is no salvation.

I imagine that Elijah recognized the Lord Jesus when he entered the glory of heaven. I imagine that Elijah is bowing before and rejoicing with the Lord Jesus!

2 Kings 2 (NKJV)
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Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here, please, for the LORD has sent me on to the Jordan.” But he [i.e., Elisha] said, “As the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So the two of them went on.

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I admire Elisha’s single-minded determination to honor his mentor and follow the Lord. May we share in that single mindedness. Jesus Himself talked about this, as in Matthew 6.

Matthew 6 (NKJV)
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“The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.
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But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

Acts 14 (NKJV)
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Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
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But the multitude of the city was divided: part sided with the Jews, and part with the apostles.

NOTE:
May we spend time really praising and yielding, and then receiving and taking from the Lord Jesus all that He wants for us.

As we fully yield to Him, then we can fully complete our purpose of being here: to glorify the Lord Jesus in this world. There will be opposition, for truth always stirs up those who refuse to accept truth.

But, the truth will only lead those who love “the love of the truth” to full salvation and joy in every circumstance on earth, and heaven after life on earth.

Acts 13 (NKJV)
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But they shook off the dust from their feet against them, and came to Iconium.
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And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 139 (NKJV)
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You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me.
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Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it.

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How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!
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If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with You.

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Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties;
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And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

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May the closeness of the Presence of God become more real to my spiritual experience every day as I meditate on the Lord and His wonderful Person. May the Presence in me, deposited there by grace draw others closer to the Presence of God and to purity.

I like this meditation on prayer from the book, “With Open Hands”, by Henri J. M. Nowen (pg 102):

“Prayer means giving up false security, no longer looking for arguments which will protect you if you get pushed into a corner, no longer setting your hope on a couple of lighter moments which your life might still offer."

"Praying means to stop expecting from God that same small-mindedness which you discover in yourself.”

“To pray is to walk in the light of God, and to say simply, without holding back, ‘I am a man and you are God.’ At that moment, conversion occurs, the restoration of the true relationship."

"Man is not the one who once in a while makes a mistake and God is not the one who now and then forgives. No, man is a sinner and God is love. Conversion makes this obvious with a stunning simplicity and a disarming clarity.”

Vance

2 Kings 2 is one of the greatest passages on the power of association and what a genuine mentoring relationship can be. When Elijah appears to be telling Elisha to stay put, Elisha says, "As surely as the LORD lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you." So they went on together..." The word that keeps repeating through this chapter is 'they went on together." Several times Elisha says, "Surely as the LORD lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you." 2kings 2:6

Has there ever been a more poignant scene in the bible then when Elijah is uniquely whisked away by God, and Elisha cries out, "My father! My father! The chariots and charioteers of Israel....." There was passion and pain in this moment.
Where are the relationships of leadership like this one today in our churches and christian communities? Maybe we're in too much of a rush to go through the years it takes to build into people's lives. There is so much to this story. I thank God for the two or three Elijahs in my life, who have lived so close to God that I have not wanted to let them out of my sight.
May these kinds of relationships continue to emerge, and may we even aspire to be an Elijah to someone.

Psalm 139 13-14
Says it so beautifully. This is indeed a pro-life verse if there ever was one!
God knew us before the beginning in time. He created us. "You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mothers womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made" How can abortion ever be right? Why would anyone want to destroy what God created?

I spend many years as a counselor at a Woman's Friend Crisis Pregnancy Center. What an awesome ministry it was. I lead many people to the Lord and helped save the lives of countless babies that would of been aborted. I myself am not able to have children. It was a result of my own sin and my past. When I became a Christian, I repented of my sins especially the most horrible sin of all, which allowed the life my unborn baby to be taken from my body 31 years ago. A day doesn't go by that I don't regret that sin.

I know God has forgiven me and has used me in the battle to save the lives of the unborn. I have been a faithful crusader in the pro-life movement. Adoption should be the only option when there is an unplanned pregnacy, and the mother chooses not to parent the baby. It is not up to anyone to take the life of that baby. God's plans could of been foiled somehow. There are many unborn babies somewhere in heaven that God may of had some kind of marvelous plans for.

I can't wait until I get to heaven to see all my children. I had a miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy several years ago. Many woman can relate to the pain this may of caused them. God can bring you comfort in this situation too.

One message that I would like to get across to readers in here is: If you have had an abortion, God can forgive you, he forgives all sin. There is a wonderful bible study called PACE that you can find out about at your local crisis pregancy center. It is the best way to have closure and peace and to be assured of God's love, grace and forgiveness to get past this particular part of your life that may be weighing heavily upon your heart.

Peace..... God loves you, He'll get you through the pain and onto healing. Rest assured..........

Yep - Ps 139 does it for me too. I first really connected with it after watching a Michael W Smith concert video (of his Calgary concert I think), where he spoke the entire psalm ad lib (with no cue cards) - now THAT was something awesome for me to hear, and it inspired me to try learning the psalm myself, and although I never quite managed to remember it enough to relate it as he does, I did plant enough of it in my heart, for it to continue to be a huge blessing to me. And interestingly, Tom D's comments (one-year bible audio) for it today were equally heart hitting -and once again, God has used the psalm to hit me hard about some issues I've only now discovered I've stubbornly been ignoring and for some mad reason being fearful of His Will for my future - but He's definitely doing something awesome in my life just now, and each day's readings provides something new he throws at me to keep me in line :).

On another note, while I have never had kids myself, and actually never really connect with them I'm still hugely pro-life, purely because of this psalm as much as the new technology that is now revealing the foetus at its earliest stages moving and acting with intent - late-stage abortions are nothing less than murder in my view regardless of what reasons are put forward for them to be done. Except in the rarest of cases they should be utterly outlawed. And I think the doctors need to step up and state the gruesome facts more often - although we don't want to see a return to backstreet abortions, neither should women be lulled into any sense of security about late-stage ones in particular being 'acceptable' just because it suits them. But yes, I also appreciate that having undergone such an act, many women will never recover from the impact it will have on their lives, and they need to be healed spiritually as well as emotionally/physically. Appreciate your info Laura.

2Kings1

"You shall not come down from the bed to which you have gone up, but you shall surely die:"

This was the same message Elijah gave to the men Ahaziah sent to inquire of Baal-Zebub. The message from God did not change just because Ahaziah didn’t want to hear it the first time.

In fact, this was a mercy to Ahaziah. God told him something that few people know - that his death was imminent and that he had time to repent and prepare to meet God. - David Guzik


2Kings2

"Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me"

The idea of a double portion was not to ask for twice as much as Elijah had, but to ask for the portion that went to the firstborn son, as in Deuteronomy 21:17. Elisha asked for the right to be regarded as the successor of Elijah, as his firstborn son in regard to ministry. Yet Elisha had already been designated as Elijah’s successor (1 Kings 19:19). This was a request for the spiritual power to fulfill the calling he already received.

"He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him:"

Think of what it was like for Elisha to pick up that mantle. The mantle did not fall from heaven and rest on his shoulders; he had to decide to pick it up and put it on. He had to decide: do I really want to put this on? Elijah’s ministry was one of great power, but also of great pressure and responsibility.

http://www.enduringword.com/commentaries/1202.htm

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