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A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold is as pictures of silver.(Prov.25:11) It is so important to speak the right words to people at the right time to produce the right results. When you think of apples of gold in pictures of silver, then you are thinking of wealth and excellence. When we speak wisdom into the lives of others we are making them wealthy. Therefore we must seek God for He is the source of all wisdom and He will give us just the right words needed at the right time.
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  • #But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master had spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought. But as the LORD liveth, I will run after him and take somewhat of him. And Naaman said to be content, take two talents. And he urged him and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments and laid them upon two of his servants and they bare them before him. But he went and stood before his master. And Elisha said unto him, whence comest thou Gehazi? And he said Thy servant went no whither. And he said unto him, Went not my heart with thee when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money and to receive garments and olive yards and vineyards and sheep and oxen, and menservants and maidservants? Leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee and unto thy seed forever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow. II Kings 5:20,23,26,27

    Gehazi is covetous and a liar. When Elisha questioned him, he did not tell the truth about meeting with Naaman. Elisha turned down the offering of Naaman because you cannot buy the gift of healing with money. Faith is what moves the hand of Jehovah Rapha. Naaman was healed because he obeyed the command with a child like faith and that is why he was healed. Gehazi became covetous and looked at the money and not the gift of faith which is much more precious than money can buy. Therefore, Gehazi cursed his seed and himself with leprosy forever. What an expensive lesson Gehazi learned for his lying and covetousness. Jesus said a man's life does not consist in the abundance of things he possesses. Beware of covetousness for this sin is rampant in our society. How many people have been subject to generational curses because of this, just like Gehazi? Be content with food and clothing and you will be blessed in the end with godliness and eternal life.

  • #And it was so, when Elisha the man of God had heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, he sent to the king saying, wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to me and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel. So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee and thou shall be clean. II Kings 5:8-10

    Elisha has been given a double portion of Elijah's anointing so he tells Naaman exactly how to get rid of his leprosy. Go and wash in the Jordan river seven times. But Naaman was wroth and went away angry and said behold, I thought he will surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place and recover the leper. And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash and be clean? Then he went down and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God. And his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. Seven is the number of completion so as Naaman obeys what the man of God tells him to do, he is completely healed of his leprosy. We walk by faith and not by sight. Jehovah God moves when we have a child like faith and that is what it took to heal Naaman. So what obstacle are you facing today that requires your child like faith? Only believe and all things are possible when you only believe in the mighty name of Jehovah Rapha.

  • #And Elisha came again to Gilgal and there was a dearth in the land and the sons of the prophets were sitting before him and he said unto his servant, set on the great pot, and seethe pottage for the sons of the prophets. II Kings 4:38

    Elisha has just done great works in raising the couples son from the dead. Now there is dearth in the land and the sons of the prophets are sitting before him in Gilgal. So Elisha tells them to set on a great pot and seethe pottage for the sons of the prophets.The needed food for their situation to get over the death in the pot, so he has them eat seethe pottage.  But he said then bring the meal, and he cast it into the pot and he said, Pour out for the people, that they may eat. And there was no harm in the pot. And there came a man from Baalshalisha and brought the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley and full of ears of corn in the husk thereof. And he said give unto the people that they may eat. And his servitor said, what should I set this before a hundred men? He said again, Give the people, that they may eat: for thus saith the LORD, They shall eat and shall leave thereof. So he set it before them and they did eat and left thereof, according to the word of the LORD. Jehovah God took the death out of the pot, so they could eat the pottage. So you may be facing a situation in your life today that may look like death, but pray to God like the man of God did so that he can transform your story from death to life. We pray for Senator John McCain that he can overcome the cancer diagnosis and enjoy the life that God has in store for this great man of God. We must not give up even when the doctors give us death in the pot, for God is able to change the story of our lives around to live a victorious life. Never take a fatalistic viewpoint because the prognosis is not good, then I must be sad. We are meant to be happy in every area of our lives, and we cannot let a cancer diagnosis cause us to be discouraged. God can change any story around for His glory. We must praise Him and give all the glory that belongs to Him alone. There is the victory in Jesus no matter what the devil does to try to get us to feel defeated.  There is no situation too grave that Jehovah Rapha cannot change for our good. So praise him today.

  • #And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call the Shunammite. And when he had called her, she stood before him. And he said unto him, Say now unto her, behold thou hast been careful for us with all this care; what is to be done for thee? wouldest thou be spoken for to the king, or to the captain of the host? And she answered I dwell among mine own people. And he said, what is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old. II Kings 4:12-14

    Elisha has just done a great work, now this Shunammite woman has an old husband with no child. This was a shame for her, so the man of God told her at this time of year thou shalt have a child. So it was and then the child got ill when he was grown. So the father took him to his mother where he died. And she went and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door upon him and went out. He went in, therefore, and shut the door upon them twain and prayed unto the LORD. And he went up and lay on the child and put his mouth upon his mouth and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands and stretched himself upon the child and the flesh of the child waxed warm. Then he returned and walked in the house to and fro and went up and stretched himself upon him and the child sneezed seven times and the child opened his eyes. Then she went in and fell at his feet and bowed herself to the ground and took her son, and went out. Seven represents completion, for Jehovah Rapha, had healed the child according to the prayer of Elisha. What a mighty God we serve who is able to raise the dead. Have faith in God for all things are possible if you only believe. Just as God healed and raised this child from the dead after Elisha prayed, He is able to do the same for you. Just believe and do not doubt, then Jehovah God will surely bring you out.

  • #Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen. And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said Thine handmaid hath not anything in the house save a pot of oil. Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbors, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. II Kings 4:1-4

    Elisha has just given the widow a way to free her sons from the debt of the creditors that her husband left when he died. So she had shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her and she poured out. And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt and live thou and thy children of the rest. What wisdom the man of God has given her, and she was able to pay all the debt that was owed and lived with her sons on the rest. This is a picture of us when we were full of sin, and the Holy Spirit cleansed us when we accepted Jesus death on the cross that paid our sin debt in full. Now we can live as clean vessels on the oil of joy of the Holy Spirit. Now we can publish the gospel abroad to our neighbors so they too can be filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit. Elisha has demonstrated that he is indeed a man of God and has received a double portion of Elijah's spirit. For the spirit of wisdom is upon him to know what to do in every situation, which comes from Jehovah God. 

  • #And Elisha said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee. But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him. II Kings 3:14,15

    Elisha is a great man of God, and he knows when he is in the presence of another great man of God. So it was of Jehoshaphat, for he wanted to know if Israel would prevail against the Moabites. So Elisha tells them to bring a harp player, and when the minstrel played, the hand of Jehovah was upon him. So Jehovah told Elisha that the Moabites would be delivered into their hands. Music moves the hand of God, that is why we should sing praises to Jehovah God for He is worthy of all our praises. Worthy is the Lamb seated on the throne, we must give God the glory for the great victories that He is giving into our lives. As we walk by faith, God shows us the way to go. So it was for the Israelites, as Elisha told them that God would cause water to fill the land with ditches so that they could drink from it and their cattle. What a mighty God we serve who is able to cause water to come out of the ditches to sustain the children of Israel in the battle. Thus God gave them a great victory because they walked by faith. Thank you, Lord, for your great love for your people lets us sing praises to your glory. So you may be at your last deposit in your account, just cry out to God for He is able to replenish what you are lacking. Just give God the praise because He made a way. Jesus said it is finished and we can trust Him that the work which He started in us will be completed at His appearing.  So Elisha said this is but a light thing in the sight of the LORD: He will deliver the Moabites also into your hand. So no matter who is coming against you, if God is for you, then who can be against you? The answer is no one. And it came to pass in the morning when the meat offering was offered, that behold, there came water by the way of Edom, and the country was filled with water. What a great victory we have, because Jesus is our meat offering, and when we drink from Him we will never thirst again. Who is like unto thee O God? Hosanna in the highest.

  • #And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold, I pray thee, the situation of the city is pleasant, as my lord seeth: but the water is naught and the ground barren. And he said bring me a new cruse and put salt therein. And they brought it to him. And he went forth unto the spring of the waters and cast the salt in there and said, thus saith the LORD, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land. So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spake. II Kings 2:19-22

    This was the first great work of Elisha that he performed after Elijah had been caught up into heaven in the chariot of fire. Jehovah Rapha healed the waters according to the words of Elisha. It was the faith of Elisha that caused the hand of Jehovah to move upon these waters and now there is no more death or barren land to this day. We can have the same blessing in our lives if we will move by faith as Elisha did and trust God to do a new work in our lives. Jesus said if we had the faith of a mustard seed, then we could say to this mountain be cast into the sea and it would be so. Have faith in God no matter what obstacles you find yourself facing in life now. The men were all thankful that God did not cast Elisha upon some mountain, or in some valley, for Elisha tarried at Jericho, but he did the will of God in this moment of faith. By Elisha asking for a new cruse, he was telling the people that Jehovah God is about to do a new work in the lives of the people by sanctifying this water from death and barrenness. God answered his prayer of faith. We have to allow the power of the Holy Spirit to do the sanctifying work in our lives to revive us from spiritual death. Then we will have the same blessing that this land now has. May the Lord bless all those who will ask in faith believing that God will revive their lives today. For when Jehovah God heals a person He heals them spiritually, then physically. The salt represents the purifying power of the Holy Spirit to cleanse and sanctify our inner man. The men did what Elisha asked and the healing power of Jehovah was seen because they walked by faith. Faith is what moves Jehovah God to move on our behalf.

  • #And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire and parted them both asunder and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more and he took hold of his own clothes and rent them in two pieces. II Kings 2:11,12

    Elisha was blessed to see Elijah caught up into heaven in the chariot of fire and horsemen thereof. He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan; And he took the mantle and smote the waters and said, Where is the LORD of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither and Elisha went over. So now the double portion of Elijah's spirit has been given to Elisha. The sons of the prophets which were in view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him and bowed themselves to the ground before him. This is the ultimate respect that they are paying to Elisha. We see how that Jehovah God blessed Elisha because of his humility and his faithfulness to serve in the ministry. If you are going to be blessed by God, then you will have to be faithful to serve God as well in every way that He commands. Many want the blessings of a double portion, but they do not want to make the sacrifice that it requires. Elisha walked with Elijah until he was caught up into heaven in the chariot of fire. Thus he fulfilled the commandment and received the double portion of Elijah's spirit. Next time you are pushed to the maximum do not cry out but praise God. We believe that God is not done with Elijah and consider him to be one of the witnesses that God will use in the Book of Revelation chapter eleven. How blessed it is to be used of God for His glory.

  • #And Elijah took his mantle and wrapped it together and smote the waters and they were divided hither and thither so that they two went over on dry ground. And it came to pass when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee before I am taken away from thee. And Elisha said I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. II Kings 2:8,9

    Elijah was troubled by the request of Elisha and said you have asked a hard thing, nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be done unto thee, but if not, it shall not be so. What a noble thing for Elisha to ask for a double portion of Elijah's spirit. Jehovah God is high, but He looks low for those who are humble among us. This was an honorable request, for Elijah was a man of valor and well respected as a great man of God. For Elisha to ask this he is paying the ultimate compliment to Elijah. Humble thyself under the mighty hand of God and in due season thou shalt be exalted. Elisha is showing his humility by the request that he makes. God is going to move in a mighty way in the life of Elisha as he will be left to carry on the work of Elijah when he is taken to heaven. Like a son in the ministry, Elisha has been following Elijah faithfully and will be rewarded for doing so. This is a great testament to those aspiring for leadership to aspire as Elisha has done. He could have asked anything of Elijah, but instead, he asked for a double portion of his spirit. May God bless all those in the ministry with such humility to walk before God with this spirit of humility.

  • #And it came to pass when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal. And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said unto him, as the LORD liveth and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel. And the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel came forth to Elisha and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head today? And he said, Yea, I know it; hold your peace. II Kings 2:1-3

    Jehovah God is about to take the master of Elisha to heaven. Elijah, therefore, bids Elisha to not leave him. What a father-son relationship Elisha has with Elijah and this will be missed. I remember when the Lord called my father home to glory, I missed him and wished I could have walked with him before the Lord called him home. I was able to have him stay in our home the night before he went to his earthly home. He was telling me about my brother and all that he said came to pass. What a blessing to have a man of God in the home and I pray that I can carry the work that he committed to me. He told me to take care of my mother, as she was about to come down with Alzheimer's. I kept her for ten months until my older sister took over the work. Our mother now has full blown Alzheimer's disease and I see why my father was so concerned about her before he passed on to glory. The family is so important in the work of God in the ministry. This is what Elijah was to Elisha a father figure who helped him along the way and Elisha was going to miss him greatly. We must cherish the time that we have with our earthly father because we never know when our Heavenly Father will call him home. I pray that I can leave a legacy for my children that my father left for me in the ministry. This Blog is part of that so my children can read it and cherish it after I am gone. Kiss your father and tell him how much you love him, for you never know when he will be taken from you. So keep the peace in the family as Elisha commanded. It has been a real challenge for us with the care of our mother, as she required 24 hours around the clock care. My two sisters alternate taking care of her and I try to support them as much as I can. Taking care of an Alzheimer's person requires a lot of patience and care. It is so important to keep the peace in the family.

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