There is a phenomenal story in the book of 2 Kings Chapter 4: 8- 36 of the prophet Elisha who went into a town called Shunem (Shunem means double resting place). There was a prominent woman there who prepared a meal for him and built a small upper room for him to stay each time he came to town. The room had a bed, a table, a chair and a lamp stand. She prepared this place for him because she perceived the anointing on his life.
Elisha wanted to pay her back for her kindness so he told his servant Gehazi to ask her what he could do for her. He even asked her if she wanted him to speak on her behalf to the king or the commander of the army. Gehazi told Elisha that her husband was old and that she didn’t have a son. Elisha had the anointing and authority to prophesy into her life that she would have a son in one year. When he first prophesied this to her she didn’t believe it. One year later she conceived and bore a son just as Elisha said.
After a few years her promised son died. She took him up to Elisha’s room and laid him on his bed. When her husband questioned her what was wrong she replied “all is well”. She then saddled her donkey and went to Mt. Carmel to look for Elisha. As she arrived in Mt. Carmel Elisha saw her afar off and sent his servant Gehazi to ask her if all was well with her husband and her child. She replied “all is well” because she believed the promise of God. When she told Elisha that the boy was dead, he sent Gehazi immediately back to the boy to lay his staff on his face. Then she said something familiar to Elisha that he always said to his mentor Elijah. She said: “As the Lord lives, and as you live I will not leave you.”
Gehazi went ahead and did as he was told but returned to tell Elisha that the boy did not wake up. Elisha then went into the house himself, up to the room and shut the door. The boy was dead. He put his eyes to his eyes, mouth to his mouth, hands to his hands and stretched himself out on him. The boy’s body became warm. Elisha then walked back and forth and then stretched out on the boy a second time. The boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes as life returned to his body. Elisha told the women to go into the room and pick up her son. God had resurrected the Shunamite woman’s son. A similar miracle occurred in the same manner when his mentor Elijah raised a boy back to life. (1 Kings 17:19 – 24)
Commissioned to Your Call
There are promises that the Lord has made to you that have died. Some of you have ministries that were once thriving but are now nonexistent. Some of you used to heal the sick but you feel as if the glory has left you. The Lord wants to resurrect the gifts and callings that have perished. He is about to breathe into those situations that are impossible in the natural. Just as Elisha brought the Shunammite woman’s dead son back to life as he laid on the boy mouth to mouth, eye to eye, hand to hand, the boy was restored back to life. He is going to resuscitate you with his breath and revive those dead areas in your life. He is breathing life into believers in this season of great exploits. Don’t look at things in the natural because the Lord is about to commission you in what he has called you to do. As you rise up and decree and declare that “all is well” Jesus will honor your faith and raise that which is dead back to life.
2 Kings 4:32–35 When Elisha came into the house, there was the child, lying dead on his bed. He went in therefore, shut the door behind the two of them, and prayed to the Lord. And he went up and lay on the child, and put his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes and his hands on his hands; and he stretched himself out on the child, and the flesh of the child became warm. He returned and walked back and forth in the house, and again went up and stretched himself out on him; then the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.
Job 33:4 The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
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