We had a great service this morning with the young people. It was kind of like being at camp.
Update on Andrew: He came home today, and he actually stopped by the church after our morning service and ate pizza with us. He has 18 staples in his head and his left arm and left leg is in a temporary cast. They are not sure if they are broken. He goes back in a week to have them examined again and see if they are broken. He is pretty scratched up and banged up and sore, but we are all glad that he is ok. We know it could have been much worse and it was only by God’s grace and mercy that it was not worse than what it was. Continue to pray for him as he continues to heal. He is in good spirits and that is good.
Bro. Michael Lindsay preached for us this morning and he preached out of 2 Kings 21:1-14 on “Taking up the Mantle.” A mantle is a cloak or a garment used to go over your clothes. It is similar to that of an overcoat that we have today. The mantle was used to cover one’s self. There is also the casting of the mantle in these verses. Elisha was busy for God before God called him and we should be busy for God. Pick up the mangle that is cast our way. As a preacher preaches to us, he is casting a mantle on our lives. The Pastor or preacher wants you to get closer to God and close enough to cast the mantle on us. There is also the commitment of the mantle. We need to be faithful to be committed when no one else is looking. Be committed to what God wants us to do with our lives. There are three different types of mantles seen in these verses. We first see the mantle of preaching. Elisha preached with boldness and authority. Don’t be afraid to be bold. Elisha was a man who preached God’s Word. We should have boldness about us to say what we believe in preaching and witnessing. Then there is the mantle of power. Elijah had power with God and it was passed on to Elisha. We need to get the power of God on our lives? Do we have the power of God on our lives? Lastly we saw the mantle of prayer. When we don’t take the time to pray we are not going to make it very far with the Lord. We can fool a lot of people, but unless we spend time with God, this world will not know we are a real Christian. Elijah prayed in 1 Kings 18:36-37 that God would prove Himself to the people. Preaching did not get the job done alone, it took prayer. If we want to make a difference we have to spend time with God. In 2 Kings 2:14 the first thing Elisha did was get the ear of God in prayer. Prayer is what made Elisha so great. If Elisha was going to have that mantle he had to spend time with God. We cannot do it, we have to have God. God wants someone to pick up the mantle of prayer. The power of God only comes through spending time with God in prayer. He will open the windows of heaven and do something for us that he does not do for anyone else if we spend that time in prayer. Have you picked up the mantle?