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Pick Up Your Mantle
Pastor Scott Dungan
Introduction
• According to Ecclesiastes 3
- There are various seasons of life
- In each of these season there is an anointing to be embraced
- In each of these seasons there is a work to be done
• Jesus clearly modeled these seasons for us
- Jesus ministered in great power (Lk 24:19)
- Jesus called disciples and ministered with them
- Jesus passed on His ministry to His disciples (Jn 14:12)
• Let’s look at another who passed on their mantle

The Scriptures: 1 Kings 17-2 Kings 2
(17:1) Now Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the settlers of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel lives before whom I stand, surely there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.”

(17:16) The bowl of flour was not exhausted nor did the jar of oil become empty, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke through Elijah

(17:19) Elijah said to her, give me your son, then he took him from her bosom & carried him up to the upper room where he was living, and laid on his own bed. He called to the Lord and said, “O Lord my God why have you brought calamity to the widow with whom I am staying, by causing her son to die?”

(17:21) Then he stretched himself upon the child three times, and called to the Lord and said, “O Lord my God, I pray You let this child’s life return to him.” And his life returned.

(18:30) Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come near to me,” so all the people came near to him and he repaired the altar of the Lord.

(18:37) Answer me O Lord, answer me, that this people may know that You, O Lord are God and that You have turned their heart back again.

(18:38) Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust and licked up the water that was in the trench.

(18:40) Then Elijah said to them, “Seize the prophets of Baal; do not let one of them escape.” So they seized them; and Elijah brought them down to the brook of Kishon and slew them there.

(19:2) Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah saying, “So may the gods do to me and even more, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow.”

(19:3) And he was afraid and arose and ran for his life to Beersheba.

Elijah Ministered Alone
• Elijah is confident and full of faith
• He prays and it does not rain for three years
- God provides flour and oil for the widow, son and him
- God raises the widow’s son from death
• He defeats the prophets of Baal in a contest
- Fire falls from heaven and consumes the bull, altar & water in the trench
• He prays again and rain returns to the land
• Elijah outruns Ahab to Jezeel {15-20 miles}

Elijah Becomes Disillusioned
• One woman’s threat has him run for his life
- Understand: after a great victory there is an emotional attack
- Notice: God does not leave him in his weakness
- He feeds and cares for him and speaks softly to him
• Elijah runs to God, not away from Him
- He runs to Horeb, the Mt of God {250 miles south}
• The situation seems hopeless
- I have been faithful and zealous, have opposed idolatry, I alone am left, now they want to kill me (19:10)
• Notice: He has no one to stand with him

Elijah Gains a Ministry Partner
• God directs Elijah to call Elisha
- You shall anoint him as a prophet in your place (19:16)
• Elijah throws his mantle on Elisha; Elisha follows
- A symbolic way of passing on the prophetic ministry
- He needed to be trained and invested in; going & talking
• His anointed ministry returns
- Two of Ahaziah’s captains and 50 killed by fire from heaven
• He leads Elisha into the presence of God
- He builds expectation and a desire to see God
- Please stay here: As the Lord lives I will not leave you
- He parts the Jordon with his mantle
- Full revelation; the chariots

Elisha Picks up the Mantle
• Spiritual insight given
- He sees the chariots and horses of fire; I get it!
• Symbolism – Picking up the Mantle
- Passing on the responsibility of ministry and a reception of God’s power to do that ministry
• The Question
- Where is the Lord the God of Elijah?
- He discovers that Elijah is gone, but the Lord is not
• The Answer
- He is with you, you are anointed
- He receives a double portion of the prophetic anointing
• The Release
- Elisha strikes the waters of the Jordon and they part

Conclusion
• The Promise: (Acts 2:17-18)
- In the last days I will pour forth of My Spirit on all mankind, and your sons and your daughters shall prophecy, and your young men shall see visions and your old men shall dream dreams; even on My bond slaves, both men and women, I will in those days pour forth of My Spirit and they shall prophesy.
• Our application:
- Young People - pick up the mantle
- Middle age people - share the mantle
- Older people - pass on the mantle
• Our challenge:
- Live with a godly passion and love all of our days
- Share and pass on all that Jesus has given us
 


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