Complacency leads to oppression; and oppression ultimately leads to captivity.
Before the Israelites could enter that good land they needed to develop a hunger that was strong enough to overcome their fear of those who resided west of the Jordan River.
Three times Elisha was given an opportunity to stay where he was. Subtly and gently, Elijah probed Elisha to see how committed he was to becoming God’s best version of himself.
Elisha knew that if he stayed at Jericho, having seen God move powerfully, he would be living in yesterday’s obedience while expecting tomorrow’s move of God.
“Elijah said to him, ‘Elisha, please stay here, for the LORD has sent me to Jericho.’ But he said, ‘As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.’ So they came to Jericho.” (2 Kings 2:4, ESV) When we choose to leave Gilgal, the place of salvation in order to grow... Continue Reading →
The problem of staying at Bethel, the place of _vision_, is never allowing the vision that God gives you to _change_ you.