Apostle Grace Lubega
2 Kings 2:12-14(KJV); And Elisha saw it, and he cried My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.
The purpose of the mantle is to open the realm of the spirit to you.
Our theme scripture reveals that Elisha took the mantle of Elijah and with it parted the waters of Jordan. Waters represent the spirit realm. Their parting meant that he had access to that world in a deeper way.
Herein is the power of submission and understanding who your spiritual authority is in the spirit realm. Because Elisha had received the understanding that Elijah was the chariot of Israel and the horsemen thereof(2 Kings 2:12), he had the authority to stand by that revelation to access the realm of God in a deeper way.
When the sons of Sceva tried walking in these realms, they were beaten by the very forces they sought to conquer, not because it was wrong to use the name of Paul or the name of Jesus [Elisha used Elijah’s name] but because they did not understand the spiritual identity of the men whose names they stood on and neither were they submitted in spirit( Acts 19:13-16).
Often times, a true spiritual authority has been to the places in the spirit that you wish to go. He has conquered territories therein that you wish to explore.
Unless you are truly submitted and have understood his identity in spirit, some realms will never bow to you. Submission is not all about imitation. You must ask the ultimate question, “Who is my father?” The answer is not in how he dresses, how he walks or even in how he preaches. It is in who he is in spirit and the mark of distinction upon him that eternally links you to him.
FURTHER STUDY: Acts 19:13-16, 1 Corinthians 4:15
GOLDEN NUGGET: Submission is not all about imitation. You must ask the ultimate question, “Who is my father?” The answer is not in how he dresses, how he walks or even in how he preaches. It is in who he is in spirit and the mark of distinction upon him that eternally links you to him.
PRAYER: Father, I thank You for this truth. I embrace it in humility and walk in its reality. The spiritual realm is open to me because I am submitted. Territories bow to me because I am submitted. I do mighty exploits because I have understood this pattern of growth. In Jesus’ name, Amen.