The Father is not one to allow more to come on us than we can bear, and you have his word on that in writing: 1 Corinthians 10:13, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” This is the type of behavior in which we would expect from a Father/father wanting to give good things to his children, right? Matthew 7:11, If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” So again, what more did you ask Father for? The Father is clear on how he will handle a temptation that has come to take his kids; however, the Father seems to have a different take when it comes to his kids coming to take the temptation. And don’t be mistaken by what the word temptation really means in God terms. It doesn’t have to mean something that’s evil, and will lead you to sin. It could mean that you need to think about the temptation in which you want to take on in order to make sure that you are ready to take it on. It could be something that the Father has instore for you a little farther down your development, and maturity road, and for now he has kept it away from you until you are ready for it. And then it could be something in which you’ve decided that you wanted, like a desire of your heart; and that you wanted it for you now, whether you were ready or not here I come temptation. What is a Father to do if his child is going to be tempted for more now? And also, what if this temptation becomes a good thing if the child can pull it off, or make it through successfully? So now my question to you has expanded to include not only my original question to you, What More Did You Ask Father For? I am now including the expanded question to you, Can You Take It?
Let’s look at this brave occurrence of the child of God to where the Father is asked to find more favor for the asking child than was originally given to the child. The Will of the Father, as well as the Call of the Father on our lives, that it is time, they both come with ordered steps: Psalm 37:23, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.” So if you steps are ordered by the Lord, there is enough already on your pathway to bring you home; unless, you asked for the more in which there was no order for: so the Lord has to put the order in upon your request for more. There would have been enough favor from man, and from God to get that Call for that part of the Will done, but now we will need more favor as well as the training and preparation to complete that which was not already ordered. It was even after the young Jesus who was tempted to go for more of his ministry too early, stepped back into the ordered steps; and did as his parents told him, was more favor increased with God and man. Luke 2:43, “And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.” You can’t tarry behind at the age of twelve in another city without your parents knowing of it: those would not be the ordered steps of a good man. Luke 2:51-52, “And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. Jesus was tempted to do more now at that young age, and did attempt to be more about his Father’s business now; but he did step back into the ordered steps of a good man. We also need to keep in mind that later on while now in the Ministry of more, that Jesus was the one that said he was not to be called good: Mark 10:18, “And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.” We all know that Jesus did not sin, so why was there none good including him, but one, God? God, the Father, is Spirit; and the Father was the only one that was not stuck at that time in the flesh: Jesus does not get the redeemed body until after the death and resurrection. We all, including Jesus at that time, will have the ordered steps of a good man whenever we are walking in the Will of the Father. It takes us being willing, as Jesus was, to walk in the Will of the Father (Spirit), and not the will of the man (flesh), to be in the good man ordered steps. What More Did You Ask Father For? And Can You Take It?
Let’s now look at that final question in which we expanded into: And Can You Take It? I always look back at Elijah and Elisha as one of the best examples in the Bible to show that the ordered steps were not ready for the “More” in which Elisha ask the Father For. The response from Elijah to Elisha really came down to the expanded question, And Can You Take It? I know that most of my readers are next level sons and daughters, and they already know about Elisha’s ask for the more, the double portion of Elijah’s anointing. So let’s not spend time there, but let’s spend time on the ordered steps to the double portion having to now be ordered. So don’t back down when you catch God with an ask that has not yet been ordered, for you may surely have your shot at it. Read the shot given to Elisha: 2 Kings 2:10, “And he (Elijah) said, Thou (Elisha) hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.” So we can see the shot given to Elisha to have this double portion, as Elisha must see Elijah when he is taken from him. However, we have more to do first in order for you to have the shot at it Elijah tells Elisha; for God did not have this ordered in your steps. So now let’s go order the steps to be good as we pay out of your flesh to replace it out of God’s Spirit by his Word. And Can You Take It? One might want to ask now, where did all of that explanation come from? Good question! Let’s read on: 2 Kings 2:11, “And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.” Once they had gone over the Jordan in 2 Kings 2:9, “And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.” Here is where the ordered steps ended. It was now time for Elisha to receive the cloak of Elijah, and replace him as Prophet; but surprise, surprise, surprise to Elijah as Elisha ask for More than what was ordered. Now in verse 11 above, it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked. They had to still go on and talk in order to order the steps, and give Elisha access to verse 12 &13 in order to have his shot at the double portion as agreed. 2 Kings 2:12-13, “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. 13 He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan.” Elisha made the request for More that was not ordered at first, and he got his shot at it! SO: What More Did You Ask Father For? And Can You Take It?
The Father Still Does Love To Do The Body Good.