Displaying Christian Sermons by tag: 2 Kings
John Hagee (April-25-2022) Daily Devotional: 2 Kings 2:9 - And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, "Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?"
Knowing that his time was limited, the old prophet, Elijah, looked at his soon-to-be successor, Elisha, and demanded, “Ask!”
Elijah had urged Elisha to stay behind at Gilgal, Bethel, and Jericho, but he would not be shaken. He refused to leave him. Now, Elijah asked what he could do for Elisha before he was taken away. This was their final conversation, and Elijah challenged Elisha. He had come this far … make it count!
Elisha did not hesitate. He did not ask for a strategic plan, the ministry manual or keys to the building. He wanted that same God that was at work in Elijah to work in him. In fact, He wanted a double portion of that blessing! God had empowered Elijah, and Elisha knew God would do it for him too.
Suddenly, a chariot of fire whirled Elijah into the heavens. As Elisha stared after him, he saw Elijah’s mantle drift to the ground. He picked up that symbol of prophetic authority, of connection between God and man. He returned to the Jordan, struck the water, and watched in wonder as the river parted.
What will you ask Jesus today? What needs to be imparted to your life? What river needs to part? Where do you need provision, power, healing, and victory? Ask!
Blessing: May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Ask anything, ask in accordance with His will, ask in the name of Jesus, and it shall be done!
Today's Bible Reading:
- Old Testament - Judges 4:1-5:31
- New Testament - Luke 22:35-54
- Psalms & Proverbs - Psalm 94:1-23, Proverbs 14:3-4
John Hagee (April-24-2022) Daily Devotional: 2 Kings 2:2 - But Elisha said, ‘As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!’
Elijah and Elisha – the old prophet and his young successor – labored together in Israel. As Elijah’s life neared its end, he visited four significant places.
He traveled to Gilgal, the place where Joshua circumcised the Israelite men before crossing into the Promised Land. The covenant required the shedding of blood and the rolling away of transgressions. Our Gilgal occurred on Golgotha where Jesus’ flesh was pierced, His Blood was shed, and our sins were rolled away. Elijah urged Elisha to stay, but he refused.
They traveled on to Bethel, the house of God – where all newborns are nurtured and the saints are strengthened. When we plant ourselves in His house, we will flourish (Psalm 92:13). Even though Elijah insisted he remain, Elisha persevered.
They reached Jericho, a place of battle. As God’s children, we also engage in spiritual warfare. We endure hardships, knowing that no weapon formed against us will prosper.
Leaving Jericho, they encountered the Jordan River, the symbol of death’s rising tide. Elijah struck the water with his mantle. The river parted, and they crossed on dry land.
When we accept Jesus, He refuses to leave our sides. He walks us through every trial and every triumph. When we reach Jordan’s banks, He will usher us into everlasting joy. He will never leave us.
Blessing: May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Jesus will never leave you nor forsake you. He is a Friend who sticks closer than a brother to the very end.
Today's Bible Reading:
- Old Testament - Judges 2:10-3:31
- New Testament - Luke 22:14-34
- Psalms & Proverbs - Psalm 92:1-93:5, Proverbs 14:1-2
John Hagee (April-22-2022) Daily Devotional: 2 Kings 2:14 - Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, and said, 'Where is the LORD God of Elijah?'
Like Israel, under the corrupt rule of Ahab and Jezebel, our nation has forgotten our foundation of faith. We tolerate anything but Truth, floundering in a sea of political correctness.
The prophet, Amos, envisioned a famine in the last days – not of bread or water, but of the words of the Lord (Amos 8:11). That famine does not mean that no access to the Word will exist, but that no appetite for the Word will exist. We echo the words of Elisha: “Where is the Lord God of Elijah?”
Where is that bold voice unashamed to declare the truth? Who is the person willing to announce to a lost generation that there is one true God? Jesus is not one prophet among many, a mere teacher of morality. He is our Redeemer Who now intercedes for us at the right hand of the Father.
Our Sovereign God is on His throne. He needs no political party or slick candidate with proper speaking points to shift a generation back to Him.
He needs an Elijah or Elisha to blaze brightly in a dark generation, to stand against the rising tide of evil, to speak life-giving words to change the world. We know where God is. Where are you?
Blessing: May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you be filled with Holy Spirit power to speak God’s Word with boldness. May you overcome evil with His goodness to the glory of His name.
Today's Bible Reading:
- Old Testament - Joshua 24:1-33
- New Testament - Luke 21:1-28
- Psalms & Proverbs - Psalm 89:38-52, Proverbs 13:20-23