WEDNESDAY, JULY 11
Scripture: 2 Kings 6:16-17
When we walk with the Lord, maintain our relationship with Him, follow the Holy Spirit and refuse rebellion, we maintain the holiness that allows us to relate to God. It makes God’s covenant available to us for deliverance, for provision, blessing, healing and freedom. That is where we want to abide. We cannot afford to violate God’s covenantal standards. His standards are “Walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” Elisha was in that place and he had great faith. He was not worried about being surrounded by an army of the enemy. Elisha was walking free of fear. As we read verses 16 and 17 we need to ask ourselves, are we walking free of fear? If we are not, what is it that we need to change? What area of compliance are we lacking in God’s covenant? Verses 16 and 17 say, “So he answered, ‘Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ And Elisha prayed, and said, ‘Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” Jesus made this statement, ‘Do you not think I could pray and ask for twelve legions of angels?’ Jesus is One who is walking in obedience and compliance and His faith proves it. Elisha was exactly the same way. ‘Open his eyes!’ Elisha is saying, ‘My life of obedience has produced access to the delivering armies of heaven.’ Let’s ask ourselves: What have our lives gained access to? How is our walk going in comparison? It was true for Jesus, it was true for Elisha, it was true for Moses. God is no respecter of persons. It was true for Paul and true for Peter. We have examples. Will we choose to walk a life of obedience to the Spirit? That sacrifice means losing our life to find God’s path and purposes for us. That means our life is not our own. Our time and resources do not belong to us! Decades ago the Lord challenged me and said, ‘The earth has yet to see what I will do for the person who fully yields to me financially.’ What a challenge! The Lord followed that with asking that I submit to a personal season of ‘pray and obey’ where we put our material out at no cost. He led me into a 21 year season of supporting the church by giving material and asking people to seek the Lord regarding how much money to sow, and then obey Him. Some did, some did not. But throughout, God was our Source. Eventually the Lord changed that, but it revealed something about God. Yielding to Him reaps fruit! When God asks us to do something we respond in the affirmative. If it is $300, if it is $3,000 or $3,000,000 when God asks us to do something it should be, ‘Yes, Lord!’ Are we walking that way? If not, are we willing to? Do we recall Jesus praying, ‘Do you not think that I could pray and God would provide 12 legions of angels?’ That is faith! Faith is built on a life of obedience! How much obedience is our life built on? Will we obey? Will we walk in the Spirit? That is our choice and it is a daily one. It is a choice we rise to face every single day! Jesus chose to maintain His obedience. Elisha chose to maintain his. History will record the answer we choose!