Apostle Grace Lubega
1 Kings 19:19 (KJV); So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.
Mantles are grown into. One does not automatically function in the full glory of a mantle simply because it has been cast upon him.
Take the example of Elisha in our theme scripture. When Elijah cast the mantle upon him, he did not immediately become the great prophet we came to know.
There was a process to it. It means that there are patterns and principles by which a man fully functions in the mantle that is upon his life.
For Elisha, one of the things he had to learn was not to ‘kiss his father and mother’. It means that the mantle will demand priority over certain connections in your life. If those connections are more important, you will not grow in that mantle.
Elisha also had to learn the importance of service. Service is one of the avenues through which mantles grow. If a man does not learn to serve in his mantle, he will abuse the glory and anointing that comes with that mantle.
Lastly, the mantle demanded growth in vision. Elijah told him, “if you see me go.” (2 Kings 2:10). This was more than just merely seeing him being taken but seeing him in light of who he was in the spirit. When the chariots of fire came down from heaven, Elisha’s vision had been elevated enough for him to see Elijah as he truly was, “the chariot of Israel and the horsemen thereof.” (2 Kings 2:12).
Remember this, child of God, that simply because there is a mantle upon your life, it does not mean that you will fully operate in its glory. Understand the principles by which we grow into mantles.
FURTHER STUDY: 1 Kings 19:20, 2 Kings 2:10-12
GOLDEN NUGGET: Simply because there is a mantle upon your life, it does not mean that you will fully operate in its glory. Understand the principles by which we grow into mantles.
PRAYER: Father, I thank You for this Word. I know that You have called me to greatness. Your hand and Your glory is upon my life. I make the decision to never take what You have given me for granted but to cultivate it and to grow in wisdom. Many lives are changed because of the great call of God upon my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.