I'M WALKING INTO MY DESTINY-PART I
September 1, 2016
II Kings 2:1-15

~~I’M WALKING INTO MY DESTINY! – PART I
II Kings 2:1-15

“And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you according to your former times, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and you shall know that I am the LORD.” (Ezekiel 36:11)

"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth."  (Psalm 21:1-2)

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)

"Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before Kings; he shall not stand before mean men.” (Proverbs 22:29)

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

READ PSALM 121

Each day each of us are taking a "historic walk" into our destinies whether we know it or not. Our roads will definitely have some bumps, detours and dark alleys. We will meet with oppositions and discouragements along the way, but we have to make up our minds to hold fast. In the above passage, we read the account of the last day of Elijah on Earth. His servant Elisha was with him on this fateful day. Even though it was Elijah's last day, it was going to mark the beginning of the new season in Elisha's life and he did not even know it. When I read the account of how Elijah was taken up and all the players on this fateful day, it dawned on me that any one of the sons of the prophets could have been Elijah's replacement, but they chose their lot. They chose a different path. They chose not to have a part in this history event.
 
There are three types of people: The "history makers", the "spectators" and the ones who do not know what in the world is going on. In this story, we meet two of the three: The "spectators" and the "history makers." The sons of the prophets chose to be the spectators. They were the mockers and detractors. They chose not to follow Elijah, but to watch from afar what would become of their comrade since "his master" would be taken from him that day. Unknown to them, it was time for an era to end and another to begin. Unknown to them, their colleague was walking into his destiny. Unknown to them history was being unfolded right before their very eyes and they were not going to be  a part of it! Unknown to them, it was time for a shift and transference of grace and anointing. It was a season of status change. It was a season for the double portion to be transferred. Someone had to take over the mantle and it was not going to be any of them, because they were on the wrong side of the divide! Unfortunately for them, they chose not to participate in the historic moment; all they wanted to do was watch things happen. Have you ever met people who only choose to watch things happen, no matter how much they are stirred up? Have you met people who only want to stand on the sideline and watch as history unfolds for others? Have you ever met people who want to spend hours after hours watching television as other people make money or make a name for themselves? This is exactly what the sons of the prophets did on this historic occasion!

And the Lord is saying that in this season there is an “exchange of batons” that many are unaware of.  Many are “talkers”, not “doers.” Many are being spectators while only a few are doing His will. Many are being distracted thereby their positions are been taken. Many started on the glorious path into their destinies are have taken detours because of obstacles along the way. Many have carelessly dropped their batons for others to pick up. Many are busy complaining about what is going on and what should have been, while others have taken their place. Many have chosen to take the easy route by watching not participating. Many only want to be partakers of the end result without doing the work. Many want quick fixes without the labor in prayer. Note that all of the sons of the prophets had the same opportunity that Elisha had. Elisha decided to be a “history maker.” He decided to follow his master to the end. Are you willing to follow God to the end irrespective of the challenges you are facing? Are you willing to drop everything and take up your cross to follow Christ? Your action might seem unpopular; are you willing to do it all the same? Elisha was not going to allow this opportunity to pass him by. He did not choose the “quick fix.” He did not want this opportunity to make something of himself to pass him by. He had to make sure he did everything he could to stay with Elijah to the end. After all, he had left everything to follow Elijah; why quit now?

When I read this story, it was obvious that Elijah wanted to leave him behind in Gilgal, then in Bethel, Jericho and Jordan, but he refused to be left behind. He met sons of the prophets in Bethel, Jericho and Jordan who continued to tell him that his master would be taken from him, but he refused to be daunted by their discouraging words. His answer was, “I know, hold your peace.” In essence, he was saying, I know my master will be taken from me today. I am aware of what is going on, but I will not allow your words to discourage me. I don’t care what you say; I will focus on the gold. I will focus on my goal. I will focus on my assignment. I will focus on God’s plan for my life. I will focus on the path that has been laid out to take me to my destiny. The path might be rough, but I will keep going. I might be weary, but I will receive my strength from the one Who sent me on this assignment. Whether you like it or not someone is going to take over from Elijah and it is going to be me.” Elijah refused to be a spectator. He refused to be passed over. He refused to give up. Remember that in I Kings 19:16, God instructed Elijah to anoint Elisha to succeed him. It would have been a disaster for Elisha to leave everything and follow this man for years and at the end of the journey turn away! He was going to see this thing to the end. Can you like Elisha see your struggles and challenges to end? Romans 8:28 says, “All things work together for the good of those that love God and are called according to His purpose?” Do you love God enough to drop everything and follow Him?

And the Lord is saying there are many who follow after what they would eat. Many have stepped away from His will and the Way unknowingly because things are tough. Many have decided to “help God” in reality, they are helping themselves. God is asking for a change of heart. He is asking the His people turn back to Him and He will restore them back to their former estates.
Elisha knew what he wanted from Elijah at the end of the day and he did not allow the mockers and "nay sayers" to distract him.  Even when they told him his master was going to be taken from him, he did not flinch. The “nay sayers” were in Gilgal. They were in Bethel. They were in Jericho. They were in Jordan. It seemed like wherever he went, they were there! It didn’t matter what they said or did; he was determined to continue on this important journey to his destiny. Have you been mocked and ridiculed? Have you met with “human obstacles on your journey in life? Have you made up your mind to do something and you discover there is a hindrance every stem of the way? Do lose hope and never give up. For Elisha, a casual walk turned into a WALK INTO HIS DESTINY because he refused to give up!

When they crossed the River Jordan, Elisha was at the verge of his breakthrough and he did not know it. He did not know how long they had to walk. They had gone from city to city and he could have given up, particularly when it was so obvious his master was trying to get rid of him. But this man kept on following. He chose his lot; to be a diligent and loyal follower! At a point on this fateful journey, his master said, “Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee?” He was saying, “I see your diligence, faithfulness and hard work. I see you have proven yourself to me that I can trust you to take this assignment to the next level.” Can God trust you enough to take whatever assignment He commits into your hands to the next level? God could trust him. This was the opportunity he had waited for all his life! This was his opportunity to ask what he wanted. Elijah had given him a blank check and it was time to cash it!

They chose not to follow Elijah, but to watch from afar what would become of their comrade since his master would be taken from him that day. Unknown to them, it was time for an era to end and another to begin. Unknown to them, their colleague was walking into his destiny. Unknown to them, it was time for a shift and transference of grace and anointing. It was a season of status change. It was a season for the double portion to be transferred. Someone had to take over the mantle and it was not going to be any of them, because they were on the wrong side of the divide!

And the Lord is saying that in this season there is an “exchange of batons” that many are unaware of. Many are being spectators while only a few are doing His will. Many are being distracted thereby their positions are been taken. Many are busy complaining about what is going on and what should have been, while others have taken their place. Note that all of the sons of the prophets had the same opportunity that Elisha had. Elisha decided to be a “history maker.” He decided to follow his master to the end. Are you willing to follow God to the end irrespective of the challenges you are facing? Are you willing to drop everything and take up your cross to follow Christ? Your action might seem unpopular; are you willing to do it all the same? Elisha was not going to allow this opportunity to pass him by. He had to make sure he did everything he could to stay with Elijah to the end. After all, he had left everything to follow Elijah; why quit now?

Elijah wanted to leave him behind in Gilgal, Bethel, Jericho and Jordan, but he refused to be left behind. He met sons of the prophets in Bethel, Jericho and Jordan who continued to tell him that his master would be taken from him, but he refused to be deterred by their discouraging words. His answer was, “I know, hold your peace.” In essence, he was saying, I know my master will be taken from me today. I am aware of what is going on, but I will not allow your words to discourage me. I don’t care what you say; I will focus on the gold. I will focus on my goal. I will focus on my assignment. I will focus on God’s plan for my life. Whether you like it or not someone is going to take over from Elijah and it is going to be me.” Elijah refused to be a spectator. He refused to be passed over. He refused to give up. Remember that in I Kings 19:16, God instructed Elijah to anoint Elisha to succeed him. It would have been a disaster for Elisha to leave everything and follow this man for years and at the end of the journey turn away! He was going to see this thing to the end. Can you like Elisha see your struggles and challenges to end? Romans 8:28 says, “All things work together for the good of those that love God and are called according to His purpose?” Do you love God enough to drop everything and follow Him?

And the Lord is saying there are many who follow after what they would eat. Many have stepped away from His will and the Way unknowingly because things are tough. Many have decided to “help God” in reality, they are helping themselves. God is asking for a change of heart. He is asking the His people turn back to Him and He will restore them back to their former estates.
Elisha knew what he wanted at the end of the day from Elijah and he did not allow the mockers and "nay sayers" to distract him.  Even when they told him his master was going to be taken from him, he did not flinch. The “nay sayers” were in Gilgal. They were in Bethel. They were in Jericho. They were in Jordan. It seemed like wherever he went, they were there! It didn’t matter what they said or did; he was determined to continue on this important journey to his destiny.

2) When they crossed the River Jordan, Elisha was at the verge of his breakthrough and he did not know it. He did not know how long they had to walk. They had gone from city to city and he could have given up, particularly when it was so obvious his master was trying to get rid of him. But this man kept on following. He chose his lot; to be a diligent and loyal follower! At a point on this fateful journey, his master said, “Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee?” This was the opportunity he had waited for all his life! This was his opportunity to ask what he wanted. Elijah had given him a blank check and it was time to cash it! TO BE CONTINUED...

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