January 27th 2019

60 Months From Today

Part 2

As we desire to see Jesus in our lives in 3D we read the New Testament, or what is also called the New Covenant and see Jesus clearly but what about the Old Testament? What’s its purpose?

Main Scripture Verses

I Kings 19:19-21

Matthew 16:24

II Kings 3:11

II Kings 2:8-11

II Kings 2:13-15

John 15:4-6

Speaker

Pastor Vince Farrell

Senior  Pastor 

 

60 Months From Today – Part 2 

“We tend to overestimate what we can accomplish short term and underestimate what we can accomplish long term.”

Levi Lusko

As we desire to see Jesus in our lives in 3D we read the New Testament, or what is also called the New Covenant and see Jesus clearly but what about the Old Testament? What’s its purpose?

The Old Testament or Old Covenant is not void or no longer necessary. In fact, it’s best described as a shadow of the New Covenant. For Example: When you see your shadow on the ground, it does everything you do. Hands up move to the right…..it does what you do, it’s your shadow. If it doesn’t then there are real problems happening.

2 Facts about your Shadow

  • It represents a living being.
  • It requires light to work.

The Old Covenant is a shadow of Jesus in the New Covenant. We can see Jesus in all the historic events because Jesus is the light that cast an amazing shadow even before He stepped on the scene in the New Covenant.

So with that in mind, we’re going to look at an Old Covenant event and learn the principles that like in this story, your life has a beginning, middle, and end that will help us be more like Jesus.

  • The Beginning is Exciting!
  • The Middle is Mundane.
  • The End is the Goal.

In “the middle” you find out what is in you.

So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he was with the twelfth. Then Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle on him. And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah, and said, “Please let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.”And he said to him, “Go back again, for what have I done to you?” So Elisha turned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen and slaughtered them and boiled their flesh, using the oxen’s equipment, and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and followed Elijah, and became his servant.

I Kings 19:19-21 NKJV

I want to help you understand what can often be confusing about Elijah and Elisha and who is who…. A way to remember is thinking in terms of the alphabet: “J” comes before “S“So EliJah was the first and then EliSha came after him.

Elijah is the “big dog” he is the hero of prophets. He has done some pretty amazing things. One time said, “it’s not going to rain until I say.” Fire came down numerous times from Heaven on his command. Now we see him coming out of the wilderness and he calls on Elisha to follow him.

Elisha answers the call

It’s important to understand that Elisha, son of Shaphat was a wealthy man. His family had money, it ways he was plowing with a pair of oxen. Oxen in biblical days would be like owning nice farm equipment…..and he had 24!!! He left what he had and became a servant of Elijah. The opportunity to serve with the mightiest man of God, think about it! Who would you like to hang with? Who’s team would you like to be part of?

  • Rocky’s entourage?
  • President’s cabinet?
  • Superstar’s confidant?

The beginning is exciting, to get to be with Elijah, “think of all I’ll get to experience” I’m sure filled his dreams. To be a servant of Elijah, wow! But with this excitement Elijah asks him to really think about it; know for sure what he’s about to do. Again, this comes from what Jesus tells of all of those who say, “yes.”

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

Matthew 16:24 (ESV)

However, all we read about concerning Elisha’s contribution to the ministry over the next 18 years with Elijah is found in 2 Kings 3:11

“But Jehoshaphat said, “Is there no prophet of the Lord here, that we may inquire of the Lord by him?”So one of the servants of the king of Israel answered and said, “Elisha the son of Shaphat is here, who poured water on the hands of Elijah.”

II Kings 3:11 NKJV

The original water boy? Known as Mr. Wet Wipe? ”The one who poured water on Elijah’s hands.”The Middle is Mundane.

Now Elijah took his mantle, rolled it up, and struck the water; and it was divided this way and that so that the two of them crossed over on dry ground. 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?”Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.” 10 So he said, “You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so.” 11 Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

II Kings 2:8-11 NKJV

God tells Elijah where to go to exit this life. As they come to cross the Jordan River, Elijah takes his coat off and smacks the water and it parts for them to walk across! He asks Elisha what would he like from him before he goes. Elisha says, “double of your spirit.”

Elisha asks for the right thing!

I believe God asks us the same today and Christianity is filled with people who answer poorly.“ “Give me what’s in your head” as we think the more we know the more we can “win” or be admired for our “knowledge of God.” “Give me what’s in your hand” as we often long for the things or benefits we can have following Christ.

“Give me what’s in your heart” Do you follow Christ because you love Him, spent time with Him and trust Him? This answer comes at the end of several verses beforehand where Elijah says let me be but Elisha says where you go, I go farther. A different response comes from a different relationship.”You ask a hard thing” Really? Is there anything hard for God?

The hard thing is on our end……do we keep our eyes on Jesus?
I love the end of this story found in 2 Kings 2:13-15

He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan. 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?” And when he also had struck the water, it was divided this way and that; and Elisha crossed over. Now when the sons of the prophets who were from Jericho saw him, they said, “The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.” And they came to meet him and bowed to the ground before him.

II Kings 2:13-15 NKJV

He smacks the water!!! It’s as if all 18 years serving by the side of this great prophet, all the knowledge, all the emotional highs and lows watching his spiritual father be taken up by a chariot of fire comes down to this…..what are you going to do? He answers I’m gonna do what I’ve been taught….smack!!!!
I want to give you 3 points I see in this historic event that we should start doing if we truly want to live a different, a change, a life full of Jesus.

1. Extreme Resolve (1 Kings 19:21)

Elisha set his oxen on fire, gave away, walked away from his comfortable life to follow Elijah.

What do you need to do to break free, to become who God has created you to be? Throw away the computer or phone because of porn addiction? Trash all the sweets and junk food because of gluttony?

Wake up extremely early for devotion time? Break up with your live in? Stop hanging with bad friends that accept you?

Extreme? The manner in which you act towards making a new covenant is the level of transformation that happens. I know men who had a porn problem that trashed their laptops, set up their wives as online accountability partners and have been set free 12 years strong! But others who still battle because they bought into the lie, “I can change.” Self-help doesn’t work. We are not trying to become a better version of ourselves, we are trying to become like Jesus. Tony Robbins said it best…..

Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.

Tony Robbins

2.) Faithful Excellence (2 Kings 3:11)

At the end of our lives, we will hear one of two things: “depart from me I never knew you” or “well done good and faithful servant.”

Perfection is our attempt to please man, excellence is our service to God. If you’re going to change, if you’re going to follow Christ then half-heart it will not do. It’s all or nothing. When we make a commitment to be a Christian we are saying, “no matter what happens I will serve God.” John Maxwell says….

Commitment comes as a result of choice, not conditions.

John C. Maxwell

It’s going to take a faithful lifestyle of reading your bible.

Praying. Serving. Loving. Planting. Watering. Getting planted in the house. Giving.

We do them not because we have to in order to be saved. We do them as a discipline to say, this is who I’m going to be when I’m 70 years old…a lifetime of faithful excellence!

3.) Bearing Fruit (2 Kings 2:-13-15)

This is the end game. This is what it’s all about. Jesus said himself in John 15:4-6 The message version…

Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me. “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes when you mature as my disciples. “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes when you mature as my disciples.

John 15:4-6 MSG

Who you are is more important than where you will be in 60 months from today. If you’re living in the middle of who you want to be…..keep pouring water…..keep pouring water…..keep pouring, faithfully, water…with excellence! Elisha did it for 18 years we can do it for the next 5 easily! Amen!