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 
(2 Kings 2:9).
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Many people have wrongly interpreted our 
opening verse to mean that Elisha requested 
for a double amount of the anointing that was on Elijah. 
They even count the number of miracles between the 
two of them, and conclude that Elisha indeed had a 
double amount because he wrought twice as many 
miracles as Elijah did. That’s not how it works with God. 
You don’t count the number of miracles to determine 
the power of the Spirit that’s present. 
Even if we were to consider their miracles, Elijah 
wrought one that we could say outclassed all the ones 
from Elisha: the fact that he (Elijah) was raptured as an 
act of faith (2 Kings 2:11-12). Remember that the Bible 
says, “By faith Enoch was translated that he should 
not see death…” (Hebrews 11:5). This therefore means 
that Elijah required faith to accomplish a similar feat. 
Elisha, on the other hand, fell sick and died sick, though 
the glory was still in his bones.
What Elisha requested for was the right of the 
firstborn, which was signified by the double portion 
(Deuteronomy 21:15-17).  He wanted to assume the 
position of leadership amongst the other prophets in 
Israel, who at that time were under the tutelage of 
Prophet Elijah. And because of his spiritual perception, 
he got it and became the senior prophet over them 
(2 Kings 2:1-25). Remember, there’s a difference 
between a double amount and a double portion of 
that amount. 
As a Christian, you have the Holy Spirit without 
measure. He’s anointed you with His power; so you 
don’t need a second or third anointing. You’re already 
replete with God; you’re full of Him, with all His power. 
What’s important for you is to know how to activate 
that power in you and make it effective. 
Paul said to Timothy, “Wherefore I put thee in 
remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which 
is in thee by the putting on of my hands”  (2 Timothy 
1:6). It’s your responsibility to stir up the anointing 
that’s in you for it to produce results, and you do this 
by being continuously filled with the Spirit; speaking 
in tongues, and meditating on the Word.
Dear Father, I thank you for the gift of your Spirit 
whom I’ve received in His fullness. He’s fully 
functional and operational in and through me, 
effecting your will and purpose here on earth. I stir 
up His power in me today to alter circumstances, 
bring about positive changes and produce lasting 
and abiding results, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
John 3:34; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:18-20

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