Taking the Mantle

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2 Kings 2:14 “And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.”

Elisha would have been condemned in our modern era of Pharisees because he took the mantle of Elijah and cried, “Where is the LORD God of Elijah” instead of saying, “I only follow God.” The only application that Elisha could see was what God did through Elijah. It was not that Elisha was following a man, though he was in some sense, but that he saw what God did through the man Elijah and wanted to have God do the same things through him. Elisha would have never picked up the mantle of Elijah and copied him if he didn't follow the man, and he would have missed out on God’s power on his life. If all a person does is copy the man of God that God used in their life like Elisha did, every person could see God work through them. There were several things about Elisha that caused God to use him that I would like to point out to you.

First, Elisha was not at all intimidated in his mind that Elijah was a greater prophet than he. Too many young men are trying to be their own man; therefore, they are trying to do their own thing to their own demise. There is nothing wrong with someone from the past being a greater man of God than you. The fact that you can accept that shows that God can use you.

Second, Elisha was not at all intimidated in his mind that Elijah had done great works that he wanted to do; this is critical to God using you. If all you do is try to correct the past, you won’t have a desire for God to do something through you like He did through those before you. Elisha wanted a double portion of Elijah’s spirit, and he wanted to part the Jordan River like Elijah had done, and there was nothing wrong with this desire. Instead of being critical of God’s great men of the past, the great works that these men did should create a desire for God to do great works through you.

Third, Elisha was not at all intimidated about copying what Elijah did to see those great works happen in his life. There is nothing wrong with copying the great men of God from the past. I would much rather copy what great men of God did in the past and be used by God than to sit and criticize them and do nothing for God. Elisha used the mantle of Elijah and copied what Elijah did with the mindset that if God did it for Elijah, He could do it for him. 

My friend, stop trying to recreate the wheel and just do the same things God used in the great men of God of the past. Elisha believed that the God of Elijah would do for him what He did for Elijah if he did the same things Elijah did. The God of Elijah, Elisha, Moses, Jack Hyles, Lee Roberson, and J. Frank Norris is not dead, and He can still do great works through you if you will just do what they did for God to work through them.

Elisha cried, “Where is the LORD God of Elijah?” Every believer should have the same cry in their prayer, and the God that answered Elisha can answer you. We have not seen God do great works through Elijah, but we have seen God do great works through a man of God in our lifetime; therefore, copy them and cry to God to do the same works through you that He did through them.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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