When the mantle is too big for you!

We are serving at Glacier Bible Camp in Hungry Horse, Montana.

The wisdom about treating the janitor the same as the  CEO, definitely applies here. Some of Gods Generals are riding golf carts, doing the work of the ministry behind the scenes.

As I listened to one of them this morning in devotions, concerning the mantle of God, I leaned in. I know a word when I hear one.

This man of God spoke of the mantle of Elijah. Though he only mentioned the transfer of the mantle being given to Elisha, and Elijah’s departure, my thoughts went to the prophetic importance of the mantle of Elijah.

It’s a fact that though it was time to impart his mantle to God’s chosen successor, Elijah didn’t see death. Elijah just translated to a even closer walk with God. God was not finished with the person of Elijah.

It is not a stretch to believe that Elijah was translated to heaven, and will in the last days return to earth, and continue to serve God. It takes a lifetime to fulfill the call of God.

Elijah’s ministry was vital to Israel during a critical time in the life of the nation. God couldn’t allow the mantle to leave with Elijah. It had to be carried forward with Elisha.

In one instance, Elijah prayed that God would stop the rain for 3 1/2 years and the rain stopped for 3 1/2 years. It is supernatural to have power over rain.

As I listened concerning the mantle God placed on Elijah, and I thought of the impartation to Elisha, I experienced a ‘aha,’ moment in my own ministry. God has been training me since birth for ‘ such a time as this.’

This experienced leader, in the body of Christ gave his testimony, explaining that each of us as sons and daughters of God, have been given a mantle.

He told us that at times, the mantle will feel, “too big for us. ” He related it to parents buying clothes a little larger for children to grow into as time progresses, so as to not have to replace them.

He described his own life, and how he often felt inadequate to the tasks of God. He said however, that ” his feelings never stopped God from placing him in favorable places to speak.”

He spoke humbly of speaking and praying with dignitaries, in the church, in the military and even in our highest government,

He confided that he always felt his mantle was too big for him. He explained that he understands that is true for all of us. That is so that we never lose our dependence upon the help of  Holy Spirit. He encouraged us to continually be filled with the Holy Spirit.

I meditated on his words. As I read the stories of Elijah, I see the bold, confident assurance in his devotion and obedience to God. Yet, I also read of times of uncomfortable inadequacies.

Remember when he ran away to be alone, and thought he was the only one who had not bowed his knee to other Gods?

Remember how God had to straighten out his wrong perceptions?

I wandered how Elijah felt, when God told him to go and anoint the new kings for Israel and Judah?

What went through his mind, when he was told to anoint Elisha as his replacement?

Did he feel adequate to the tasks?

I am almost positive he didn’t know the exact details of his upcoming departure. Though Elijah was powerful and uncompromising under the anointing, he also experienced feelings of inadequacy. Thankfully God let’s us hear about these moments in Elijahs life.

The transparency is a great example to modern day servants. There will be days when we are aware the mantle, “is too big for us.”

Yet, we need to allow those moments. We need to be transparent in our testimonies. We can’t just share the highs! We must also share the lows! It helps us to be effective and real in our lives.

We must show our dependency upon the Holy Spirit, and include others as we grow into our calling. Though we may ‘feel,’ alone, we are never alone.

As I look at the mountains here in Montana, it is no surprise to see there are also valleys.

It makes sense then, that our spiritual mountain top experiences, eventually give way to valley experiences. Just as Elijah’s did.

Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal in a spectacular way, only to feel inadequate afterward.

When it came to his time to leave, it must have been humbling, and maybe even a litttle disappointing, for Elijah to anoint his own replacement. Transition is never easy.

When God calls you to move in a different direction, it’s more than uncomfortable.

I agree with the speaker. The mantle is too big for me.

It should be! Holy Spirit is my help!

He sends me dreams, confirmations, words of wisdom to keep me in His perfect will, as I grow and transition. I know I am not alone.

That’s why I wanted to share this today. I don’t care how long you have been in the ministry, God is always growing you into his call. We will feel inadequate at times.

We need to let God anoint us daily. Be content in, “ who we are, where we are.”

You never know when you could be called upon to speak a right now word, in the right time.

You may also never know, when you are being called upon , to receive his right now word, in a right now time. Remember that the best is yet to come.

Elijah did not experience death and a future sign corresponds with the supernatural ability of Elijah. God has need of his mantle to shut up the the heavens in the future.

Could it be, he will return in the last days along with a another witness, with “power to shut up the heavens, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy. ” Revelations 11:6

I want to encourage you today, don’t listen to your feelings, listen to Gods word.

Depend on the Holy Spirit, remain faithful to your call and grow in your mantle by faith. These are the days of Elijah!

If you feel inadequate, you may be right where you need to be!

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