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Welcome back to The Road2Wholeness Blog.  Thank you for taking the stroll with us today.  It's the last blog in the series Elohim: God of All Gods.  

This time we take a look at Elisha who succeeded Elijah.  Throughout the series we've seen how Elohim: The God of All Gods ... has responded to and used prayer, promise, subordination, purpose, and fasting in different combinations to protect and promote His people.

In this blog, we look at the use of service in combination with "Outcry".  Beginning in 2 Kings chapter 4 we read, "The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, 'Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord.  But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves."'

Right away Elisha asks the question "How may I help you?"  He then follows that question with, "Tell me what do you have in your house."  The lady's response was... "Nothing there at all.  Except..."

Let's look at the word Except. Except: Unless.  I look at these two words identically.  And unless you know The God of All Gods, you cannot fully assess "Nothing" and you cannot see that Except: Unless.. is a set up for God to show up.  Obviously here He uses Elisha whom He instructed Elijah to anoint to be his successor.  Now in 2 Kings 2:9  before Elijah would be taken up in a whirlwind to heaven Elisha asked Elijah if he could inherit a double portion of his spirit.

When Elijah departs, Elisha has no real way of knowing, but he takes the cloak that fell from Elijah and uses it to part the waters of the Jordan.  Elisha then goes on to do many great works in total confidence that the God of Elijah was with him.

Perhaps you know this story of how Elisha instructed the woman to go around collecting empty jars and to then go into her house, shut her door, and to begin filling them until they were all filled.  This she achieved after starting with just a small jar of Olive oil (her except), but it never ran out until all the jars had been filled.  She then took the jars of oil and sold what was needed to pay her husband's debts.

I like this story.  It's not greatly unlike other stories where God provides, but in the matter of life and learning in life; there are a few things we can gather.  First we look at the outcry.  There's a lot of teachings and scriptures that could appear to be in conflict on the matter of outcry.  Some people find that without lots of petition God meets all their needs, and it reminds me of Jesus saying "Your heavenly Father knows your needs."  Others' find that there's a constant engagement that goes on that brings forth their desired outcome.  The story doesn't say, but I wish I could ask whether the wife of this man had prayed about her predicament; or fasted.  Surely God had not promised her two sons to be slaves, but He could have certainly purposed it.  We also see here that her problem was solved rather easily.  Easily... it appears.  But what about Elisha's service to God and his time serving under Elijah?  What about her husband's service being apart of the company of prophets?  Yet, what if all the people whom she borrowed jars from had know what she was about to accomplish?

I don't think it an oversight or a speck of dust that Elisha specifically told her to go inside, close her door, and fill the jars.  Now this is a powerful lesson in just knowing and understanding human nature.  I'm sure if she had called a prayer meeting to compound the effect of her prayers regarding her crisis all those same people would have probably willingly prayed with her.  But in the matter of finding and manifesting the solution, it was one that had to be done privately.  Why do you think?  Because without knowing or understanding what was needed to resolve her matter the people would begin to consider what the value of the jar they'd given was, and may have requested to be compensated.

In modern times, there is a belief and many times a consensus that the people we pray with can and should be trusted with very intimate parts of our lives.  If we do not establish this trust, how then can we pray together and what would we be praying for?  There's also a consensus that we should share the resolution to our answered prayers with the people we pray with, but here we can project ourselves forward enough to see that this may not always be a good idea.

There's often a lot of talk about jealousy in the body of Christ.  It's not relegated to the body of Christ.  In fact we can probably identify this in many areas of life, but maybe there's a level of caution one might need to take not out of selfishness but perhaps out of love for the body of Christ.  You see, the question has to be asked..  "What happens when your prayer is answered and another's isn't?"  Will they stop and remember the sequence of your life?  Will they stop and credit your husband for being a part of the company of the prophets?  Our is it just a simple score board that leaves many asking for their jars back?

Did you know that "Elohim: God of All Gods" is also Emmanuel, "God with us"?
Some may say yes, but many actions say no.  What if we took our "Outcry" to Emmanuel, "God with us"?

If you remember, we began this blog series with the Book of Luke.  We started by looking at God's great plan to bring forth Emmanuel.  This was God's plan to return to the beginning; for us to have a close and intimate relationship with Him that doesn't necessarily eliminate his heavenly hosts, but turns our outcry inward. This is then what Jesus was speaking about when He said "Your heavenly Father already knows your needs", because Jesus is an intercessor that is constantly relating our thoughts, needs, outcries, and heart's desires to the Father.

Now that you've witnessed the Zeal that is Elohim: God of All Gods... can you continue in the story?  Will you believe in Emmanuel?

 Thank you for joining the Blog Series "Elohim: God of All Gods" Zhee is for Zeal!  I hope that you will join our upcoming blog series The JAWW!  And stay tuned for Life of LAB our 7-Day Quick LAB series beginning November 21-27.

Remember to go within that you may never go without.  The God within you awaits you.  Until our paths collide again, I wish you... Peace, Love, Life, and Complete Wholeness in Christ.

In Service,

NaTisha Renee Williams

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