This is a message about war, spiritual battles, and matters that panic us.
Elijah went up in a whirlwind, a chariot of fire, but Elisha the mighty prophet who received a double portion of his spirit DIED OF A DISEASE. Yes, that’s right, but right before he dies a king comes to him seeking advice. But the king is a wimp!
“Now Elisha had been suffering from the illness from which he died. Jehoash king of Israel went down to see him and wept over him. “My father! My father!” he cried. “The chariots and horsemen of Israel” 2nd Kings 13:14 NIV.
There is a story in 2nd Kings Chapter six where Elisha is surrounded by horses and chariots of the enemy sent by the king of Aram. Elisha’s servant is shaken with fear and he cries out, but Elisha prays and the youth’s eyes are opened and he sees that the hills are filled with horses and chariots of FIRE! There is more with us than with them. If you are in a battle that’s spiritual, just know there are more that are for you, than against you.
So this prophet is sick and he has a disease, and the wicked king Jehoash comes to see him. He needs help. He has already lost over 10,000 men, so now he decides he needs to humble himself and seek the Lord Adonai. He really could care less about Elisha. His dramatic, “My Father, My Father,” comes more than likely from his own fear. We’ve all met those people and even family members who mock us until their house is n trouble and then they call requesting prayer.
“Elisha said, “Get a bow and some arrows,” and he did so. Take the bow in your hands,” he said to the king of Israel. When he had taken it, ELISHA PUT HIS HANDS ON THE KINGS HANDS.” Open the east window,” he said, and he opened it. “SHOOT!” Elisha said, and he shot. “THE LORD’S ARROWS OF VICTORY, THE ARROW OF VICTORY OVER ARAM!” Elisha declared. “You will completely destroy the Arameans at Aphek.” 2ND Kings 13:15-17 NIV.
Don’t make the mistake of this wimpy, faithless, king. Don’t go meet with the Lord Adonai and then not expect Him to fight for you. HIS HANDS ARE OVER YOUR HANDS.
Then he said, “Take the arrows,” and the king took them. Elisha told him, “Strike the ground.” HE STRUCK IT THREE TIMES AND STOPPED. The man of God was ANGRY with him and said, “You should have struck the ground FIVE OR SIX TIMES; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times” 2nd Kings 13:18-19 NIV.
How many times have we halfheartedly took our war arrows and barely made a dent in the battle because we were not prepared for battle, all we had was a wimpy cry, fear, doubt, and unbelief. HIS MIGHTY HANDS WERE ON TOP OF OURS BUT WE COULDN’T SEE THEM. We had a chance to shoot and we didn’t complete the mission. If you have something you are facing don’t walk into it with fear, unbelief and worry.
NO, SHOOT! SHOOT! SHOOT! SHOOT! SHOOT! SHOOT!
Photography by Jeff Manning