For speaking hard truths to Ahab, Elijah earned the ire of the royal court, and he sometimes found himself running for his very life.
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The Lord assured the prophet that there were yet seven thousand people in Israel who did not bow the knee to Baal, and He also told Elijah that his ministry was almost at an end. Elisha served with Elijah for some time before succeeding him as prophet.
When the time came for Elijah to depart from this world, he asked Elisha what he should do for his apprentice before being taken from Israel 2 Kings —9a. At that point, Elisha could have asked for many things. He could have requested courage or boldness in ministry. Elisha could have asked for miraculous power. Yet Elisha requested none of these things. At that point, Elisha faced a moment of decision. Although none of us is a prophet like Elisha, we likewise face a moment of decision when the Lord calls us. The gift of prophecy has ceased, so Jesus calls none of us to be prophets in the classical sense.
However, we are called to bear witness to Him where we are and insofar as we are able. We are called not to be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ Rom. First published in Tabletalk Magazine , an outreach of Ligonier.
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Your vocation and social rank were ascertainable in just one glance. Prophets and kings wore mantles of fur skin, distinguishing them from common folk. The animal skins spoke of a life of sacrifice and consecration to the Lord. This tradition has survived thousands of years as many Christianized nations continue to borrow from biblical coronation rites.
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I have witnessed this lending of the cloak in modern day. You may find yourself suddenly operating prophetically or apostolically, much like your spiritual covering. Both of these contemporary offices must pass through the cross of Christ.
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True Prophetic and Apostolic authority is rooted in the death of the self-life in order to live unto Christ — " the Anointed One and His anointing. Just as in Old Testament accounts, the prophetic eye lends foresight to the apostle kingly anointing. The Apostolic Mantle, however, possesses the ability to manifest what the Prophetic sees.
Together, these anointings are unstoppable! If God is building a work,there will be Apostles and Prophets in the foundation. No other foundation can bear the weight of the lively stones which must be set.
There is a wonderful precedent in the New Testament for those who desire to press in towards this mark like Elisha did to Elijah. Seeking these "greater" works may manifest in an individual life in many ways depending on the gifts of the Holy Spirit deposited in them. One may have a healing anointing, another, a deliverance anointing, another, a gift of evangelism or gift of helps or administration. The Mantle that you seek is usually the Mantle that God wishes to impart. If God has placed someone in your life who is a giant in an area of Christian faith, you may seek to have their anointing and spiritual authority imparted to you.
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Maybe that is one of the reasons God has that person in your life. Remember though that the anointing resident in them is really a measure of God's Holy Spirit given to them by Grace. I well remember my late spiritual father, Apostle AJ Wright, whose ministry I sat under praying for me one time. He asked that "any good thing that he had by the Spirit of God be passed to me - that he gave it away freely for the purposes of God. How much do I owe him? I won't know until I see him on the other side of glory!
Spiritual mantles represent spiritual authority and they always have a cost. They also always demand great responsibility. Jump to. Sections of this page.
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