The Elijah and Elisha Principles (Part 3)

May 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Elijah principle – the principle of continual provision.

Please first read Part 1 and Part 2 before you continue to read Part 3.

Solomon’s Wisdom

Another book in the Bible that speaks about giving first unto God, is the book of Proverbs. Written by the man whom God has chosen to be King David’s successor, this book contains wisdom about everyday situations and problems with practical, Spiritually inspired advice.

King SolomonIn his wisdom, with more gold and silver in his treasury than any other king before him, King Solomon wrote these words,

“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops. then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
    and your vats will brim over with new wine.” (Prov 3:9-10)

King Solomon did not have to give the firstfruits unto God. He was not in a financial desperate position like the widow with her son. He inherited his father David’s riches, which David acquired over his forty year reign! However, King Solomon chose to still honour God with his firstfruits and the best he had.

As one reads from verse ten, there is a promise for the person who decides to follow by faith and obedience in King Solomon’s footsteps. According to him, there will also be an abundant supply, even to the point where it starts running over!

A Prophet’s Challenge

When it comes to tithing, each church has its own interpretation of Malachi 3:8-10.

“Will a man rob God?
Yet you have robbed Me!
But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’
In tithes and offerings.
You are cursed with a curse,
For you have robbed Me,
Even this whole nation.
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.

In order to understand the above verses, the following must be taken into consideration:

  • It was one of the 613 laws of the Old Testament (Lev 27:30-32). As with all the other laws, there were a blessing and curse attached to this law.
  • Tithing1“…all the tithes…” together were 23.3%. It was like income tax, which every male in Israel had to pay. The tithes consisted of 10% to the priests (Num 18:21), 10% of the harvest, which they brought to the tabernacle (or temple) three times a year and made a feast before the Lord as a thank-offering (Deut 14:22-24). And lastly, 10% every third year, which the Levites and Priests distributed to the widows, orphans and poor (Deut 14:27-29).
  • It is is only place in the OT where God said that the people of Israel could challenge him.
  • A tithe, or tithing, was the firstfruits of their harvest or livestock.
  • The Priests were the men of God which looked after the well-being of the people.
  • When the people of Israel gave first unto the men of God, God would bless them and look after them.

Jesus’ Words

When I open my Bible at Matthew 10 from verses 40 to 42, the heading reads REWARDS FOR SERVICE. 

“The person who welcomes you welcomes me, and the person who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. The person who welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. The person who welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. I can guarantee this truth: Whoever gives any of my humble followers a cup of cold water because that person is my disciple will certainly never lose his reward.”

We see here that God is into rewarding any person who does the smallest of good to any of His children. Although we do not find any relevance to firstfruits in this passage of Scripture, we do find that that you and I will surely be rewarded for doing good to even the least of the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ – someone whose life is dedicated and committed in following after the teachings of Jesus Christ.

The Apostle Paul’s Teachings

I have heard many Christians quote the following verse from the New Testament when they were trusting God for a breakthrough in their finances:

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:19

Maybe you have also at some time in your life, quoted this verse and standing on this promise, trusting God for a financial miracle.

To be continued in Part 4

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.