“For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established.” (Romans 1:11)
We must impart before we depart! Elijah was an anointed prophet who imparted a double portion anointing on Elisha (2 Kings 2:9).
Elisha performed twice as many miracles as Elijah. At the end of Elisha’s life, there was no one for him to impart his double portion to; therefore, when he died he took this anointing to his grave. We read where a dead man was thrown into Elisha’s grave, where he hit Elisha’s bleached bones, causing the soldier to come back from the dead (2 Kings 13:21). Someone could have asked for a triple portion of the anointing of Elisha, but instead, the prophet died, retaining the anointing in his bones.
There were many great men and women of God who did not mentor someone to fill their shoes. They preached to the masses but missed the opportunity to impart their anointing to someone who could carry on the work.
The act of imparting before departing can be observed with Moses, who imparted his wisdom to Joshua (Deuteronomy 34:9).
Jacob, before his death, blessed his sons and worshiped God (Hebrews 11:21). Elijah transferred a double portion of his spirit to Elisha moments before his ascension into heaven (2 Kings 2:11-15). Days before David’s death, he ensured his successor by having his son Solomon anointed at the pool of Siloam (1 Kings chapter 1).
Before Christ’s ascension, He breathed upon His disciples and said, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost” (John 20:22). Christ commanded His disciples to wait in Jerusalem until power from on high was imparted to their ministry (Luke 24:49).
In the Biblical cases, the person receiving the impartation was personally acquainted with or followed closely the ministry of the one imparting the blessing. Joshua spent forty years ministering to Moses before he received the transfer of authority to lead Israel into the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 34:9).
King Jehoshaphat stated that Elisha had poured water on the hands of Elijah (2 Kings 3:11). Washing someone’s hands seems insignificant; yet, God noticed the faithfulness of Elisha meeting a need in Elijah’s life. The sons of the prophets stood at a distance to view Elijah’s departure, but Elisha refused to back away from the prophet and followed him across the Jordan River (2 Kings 2:7-8). In our time, some stand at a distance waiting for a blessing to fall on them, while others pursue the blessing.
Many individuals desire an impartation without spending time around anointed people. Others seek a quick hit of God’s blessings without spending quality time in His presence. When I was a teenager, a dynamic minister, Floyd Lawhon, told me, “Perry, if you want spiritual results, you must spend more time with God than with people.” I did, and the revivals began to stir entire communities and extend for many weeks.
It was this time alone with God that birthed a hunger for more of Him. This hunger led me to a spiritual encounter that would transform my early ministry.
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