The Elijah and Elisha Principles (Part 1)

April 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

What are Principles?

PrincipleAccording to the Oxford Dictionary, a principle is…

  • a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behaviour or for a chain of reasoning, or
  • A rule or belief governing one’s behaviour, or
  • morally correct behaviour and attitudes, or
  • A general scientific theorem or law that has numerous special applications across a wide field.

We use the word principle in different ways like,

  • the basic principles of justice are…, or
  • she resigned over a matter of principle, or
  • he is a man of principle.

What are the Elijah and Elisha Principles?

Elijah and Elisha 1Both of them provided miraculously for two widows who were in dire straits financially. So, one could say that the Elijah and Elisha principles are two fundamental Biblical principles for having,

  • first, a constant flow of God’s provision, and
  • secondly, a breakthrough in financial provision for your future.

I am going to try and explain these two principles not only from the lives and miracles of Elijah and Elisha, but also from other Scripture verses confirming these two principles.

They are not laws in the sense of, when you don’t obey them, something terrible is going to happen to you. Neither are they rules which can be broken.

They are principles, which may become part of your own personal system of belief and if so, may result in extraordinary flow of provision and surprise breakthrough in your finances.

There is however one condition for these principles to work.

You have to believe that they are Godsend and will work if you apply them rightly. (Hab 2:4, Rom 1:17, Gal 3:11, Heb 10:38) But whether you are going to apply these principles in your own life is up to you.

If you already have a constant flow of finances, you will probably not implement these principles in your life – and that is okay. If you are not in financial difficulty and do not need a miraculous intervention, do not bother to add these to your life’s principles.

First some background on the lives of Elijah and Elisha

If you know your Bible stories, you will know that they are two of the greatest prophets serving God and the nation of Israel in the Old Testament.

Elijah was a man with great (spiritual) power and did eight  miracles in his fourteen years of being a prophet.

  1. elijahShutting heaven and stopping the rain for three years (1 Kings 17:1).
  2. The widow’s oil multiplied and the grain increased daily (1 Kings 17:8-16).
  3. Widow’s son raised from the dead (1 Kings 17:22-23).
  4. Fire from heaven on the soaked altar (1 Kings 18:38).
  5. Rain returns (1 Kings 18:45).
  6. Fire brought down on the soldiers (2 Kings 1:10).
  7. Fire brought down for the second time on the soldiers (2 Kings 1:12).
  8. The parting of the river Jordan (2 Kings 2:8)

Apart from the above miracles, Elijah was also did “space” travel 🙂 The Spirit of God would lift him from one geographical place and put him down in another geographical place. (1 Kings 18:7-12, 1 Kings 18:46). During the times of drought, God send ravens to feed Elijah (1 Kings 17:4) and he was also the only one of two persons in the Old Testament who was taken alive up to heaven (Gen 5:24, 2 Kings 2:11)

Elisha followed in the footsteps of Elijah with the difference of having a double portion of Elijah’s anointing (2 Kings 2:9-12) and therefore fittingly did sixteen miracles in his more than fifty years of being a prophet.

  1. He divided the river Jordan (2 Kings 2:14).
  2. He healed the waters (2 Kings 2:19-22).
  3. 42 cursing mockers were destroyed (2 Kings 2:23-24).
  4. Land filled with water (2 Kings 3:16-20).
  5. Continual oil flow and the paying off of debts (2 Kings 4:1-7)
  6. double portionBarren woman given a son (2 Kings 4:16-17).
  7. Raising a child from the dead (2 Kings 4:18-37).
  8. Poison food is made edible (2 Kings 4:38-41).
  9. Food is multiplied (2 Kings 4:42-44)
  10. Naaman’s leprosy cured (2 Kings 5:1-19).
  11. Gehazi gets Naaman’s leprosy (2 Kings 5:20-27).
  12. The axe head floats (2 Kings 6:1-7).
  13. Man being able to see into the spiritual world (2 Kings 6:17).
  14. People smitten with blindness (2 Kings 6:18).
  15. Restoring sight to the blind (2 Kings 6:20).
  16. Man comes to life by touching Elisha’s dead bones (2 Kings 13:14-21)

I have not come across a child of God who does not want a double anointing and blessing. What most Christians do not understand is that with the double anointing comes double the challenges and double the responsibilities. This I will explain in more detail later.

The Elijah principle

Now we come to the first principle – the principle of continual provision.

If you know the above stories, you will know which one of miracles Elijah performed, was about provision. If you do not know the story, please go and read the following Scripture verses (1 Kings 17:8-16).

The principle is this: First give unto God (or the man that works for God), and then God will give unto you. (Now before you think I am about to ask for some donation or offering, I’m not!)

I personally believe that if you and I want to base our lives on Biblical principles, we have to find the same principle in different places/books in the Bible. Meaning, the same principle must be found in more than two or three places/books in the Bible through either what God has said to, or done for his people. (Deut 19:15, Matt 18:16, 2 Cor 13:1)

So let us look at some examples of the Elijah Principle from other places/books in the Bible.

  • God’s commandment to Israel
  • Cain and Abel
  • Solomon’s wisdom
  • A prophet’s challenge
  • Jesus’ words
  • The Apostle Paul’s teachings

In Part 2 – 4, I will elaborate on these points.

About Edgar Phillips
Husband, Dad, Ordained Minister and Missionary who loves God, Pastoral & Functional Therapist, Imago Professional Facilitator, EFT practitioner.

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