PRESS ON!

 “Open the east window,” he said, and he opened it. “Shoot!” Elisha said, and he shot. “The Lord’s arrow of victory… the arrow of victory over Aram!” (2Kg 13:17)

The king of Israel went to visit Elisha, the mighty prophet, now a sick, weak and man. But there is still ministry for him to do. Israel was opreesed by Syria. This was God’s will so to humble them. They have been proud and stubborn. They refused to repent from idolatry, still worship the golden calf and the Asherah poles. The king weeps when he sees the dying prophet. This is an emotional reaction of the flesh, for his weeping did not change his heart of unbelief. He waited for some word of encouragement.

Then Elisha tells him to open the window, to take his bow and arrow and to shoot towards east, the direction of Syria, the enemy. With his old hands laid on the king’s hands, the prophet declared: ‘The Lord’s arrow of victory’ over the enemy. The king shoots three times and then stopped. The prophet is very angry and tells him that he will only have three successes against the enemy; that his partial obedience means partial victory. He says that if he had obeyed completely, his victory over the enemy could have been completely.

Lessons: A servant of God never retires from doing ministry! Even in sickness or old age, the glory must be given to God! It is God’s power combined with my complete obedience to His commands that will bring total defeat to my enemy!. Simple actions reveal the truth about the human character… I have to diligently obey God and His true prophets and then I shall prosper! God is not angry when we ask for great things. He is angry when we ask too little, when we stop short of His glory!

“In Christ I declare:

The evil spirits of idolatry, Jezebel, doubt, religion…are defeated and rejected from my life and from this land! I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me! I shall persevere until the end, until the manifestation of my deliverance is clearly seen by all!

I shall not be satisfied with partial results! I shall press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me! I forget what is behind and I strain towards what is ahead! I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward! I do not run aimlessly but I run to win the prize of victory! My victory shall encourage many behind!

I shall not settle down or rest from warfare until the Captain of the Host has sounded His trumpet of victory! If I do not hear a new Word from my Commander, I shall continue non- stop to obey the last command He gave to me! I am a soldier in God’s army! The Battle, the Victory and Glory are His! As a soldier, I shall not entangle myself in civilian affairs! I reject doubt and little faith, for those are hindrance to ministry and an insult to God! I reject any tiredness, boredom, restlessness, doubt, laziness or any desire to sleep when there is time to watch and pray!

death-of-elishaI shall continue to pray until I see results! I shall continue to repent of sin until the fruits of repentance are evident to all! I shall continue to ask until I receive the revelation of God’s will and the vision of my destiny! I shall continue to seek until I find the way to please God and I see His smile and favor upon me! I shall continue to knock until the door of victory is opened! I shall defeat the enemy of my soul and of the nations! I shall not rest until the victory is complete and all the Glory given to God!

I will not let You go until You bless me!

In Jesus name, amen!”

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