THE POWER IS IN YOU ALREADY
And it came to pass, when they were gone
over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what
I shall do for thee, before I be taken away
from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let
a double portion of thy spirit be upon me
(2 Kings 2:9).
Many people have wrongly interpreted our
opening verse to mean that Elisha requested
for a double amount of the anointing that was on Elijah.
They even count the number of miracles between the
two of them, and conclude that Elisha indeed had a
double amount because he wrought twice as many
miracles as Elijah did. That’s not how it works with God.
You don’t count the number of miracles to determine
the power of the Spirit that’s present.
Even if we were to consider their miracles, Elijah
wrought one that we could say outclassed all the ones
from Elisha: the fact that he (Elijah) was raptured as an
act of faith (2 Kings 2:11-12). Remember that the Bible
says, “By faith Enoch was translated that he should
not see death…” (Hebrews 11:5). This therefore means
that Elijah required faith to accomplish a similar feat.
Elisha, on the other hand, fell sick and died sick, though
the glory was still in his bones.
What Elisha requested for was the right of the
firstborn, which was signified by the double portion
(Deuteronomy 21:15-17). He wanted to assume the
position of leadership amongst the other prophets in
Israel, who at that time were under the tutelage of
Prophet Elijah. And because of his spiritual perception,
he got it and became the senior prophet over them
(2 Kings 2:1-25). Remember, there’s a difference
between a double amount and a double portion of
As a Christian, you have the Holy Spirit without
measure. He’s anointed you with His power; so you
don’t need a second or third anointing. You’re already
replete with God; you’re full of Him, with all His power.
What’s important for you is to know how to activate
that power in you and make it effective.
Paul said to Timothy, “Wherefore I put thee in
remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which
is in thee by the putting on of my hands” (2 Timothy
1:6). It’s your responsibility to stir up the anointing
that’s in you for it to produce results, and you do this
by being continuously filled with the Spirit; speaking
in tongues, and meditating on the Word.
Dear Father, I thank you for the gift of your Spirit
whom I’ve received in His fullness. He’s fully
functional and operational in and through me,
effecting your will and purpose here on earth. I stir
up His power in me today to alter circumstances,
bring about positive changes and produce lasting
and abiding results, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
FURTHER S TUDY:
John 3:34; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:18-20