January 20, 2014
“… For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” —1 John 3:8
In 2 Kings 13:14-19, the prophet Elisha was on his deathbed. So, Joash, King of Israel, came to him for one last piece of advice because the Syrians were attacking the country. Elisha told him to take a bow and arrows and put his hand on the bow. So Joash did as Elisha said. “And Elisha put his hands on the King’s hands.” With Elisha’s hand on Joash’s, they shot an arrow out of the window and Elisha told Joash it was “the arrow of the Lord’s deliverance.”
Then Elisha told the young king to do something strange … “strike the ground” with the arrows. So, Joash hit the ground three times with the arrows and stopped. “And the man of God was angry with him, and said, ‘You should have struck five or six times; then you would have struck Syria till you had destroyed it! But now you will strike Syria only three times.’”
These scriptures may not make a lot of sense to you concerning the theme of fasting, but I want to tie them together over the next couple of days in a way that I feel the Lord would have me share with you.
Do you know that everybody needs a man of God in their life? You need someone who won’t just tell you what you want to hear, but someone who will tell you what you need to hear. Someone who won’t just make you feel good. Someone who will also challenge you.
I was thinking about how Elisha had a double portion of the anointing of Elijah. Before he received that, 2 Kings 2 says that Elisha tore his robe into two pieces and took up the mantle of Elijah. Notice he had to take off before he could put on. And we have to rid ourselves of some things before God will send the double portion anointing.
I believe God’s double portion anointing can come on us for complete victory, when we rid ourselves of sins like offense, unforgiveness, and pride. On this fast, let’s get rid some things so we can receive other things from God.
When you take that stuff off, you humble yourself. And James 4:6 says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
Fast for complete victory in your life. Victory is when you completely overcome the enemy. It is the cutting off of Goliath’s head. It is the dancing on the grave of your enemy. It is not co-existing with partial victory. Jesus came “that He might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8). Jesus came to bring complete victory.