Kill and Burn

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Time to Kill the Oxen and Burn the Plow
John Ogden Sr.
March 9, 2017
“So Elisha turned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen and slaughtered them and boiled their flesh, using the oxen’s equipment, and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and followed Elijah, and became his servant” (1 Kings 19:21, NKJV).

What has God stirred your heart to do? What is His calling? What is His desire? What hinders you from saying yes? Elisha wanted a double portion of Elijah’s anointing. As Elijah passed by Elisha, he laid his mantle on him. Elisha then turned and ran to the prophet, until he remembered his team of oxen he was plowing with. This team represented Elisha’s former lifestyle. Realizing he must separate where he had been from where God was calling him to because the distractions of his former life would rob him of his destiny in God if he held on to them. He made a commitment of faith: he had a barbeque for the entire city. He slaughtered and cooked his oxen, burned his plows, bid everyone goodbye and left to follow Elijah. At this point he had destroyed his old life and all that would draw him back. He had made a bold statement of faith to his friends and family with a farewell feast, a tribute to his past, while looking to the future by faith to what God was going to do in his life.

What oxen do you need to kill? What plows do you need to burn? What is keeping you from accomplishing God’s will? What part of your old life is drawing you back so that you cannot fulfill God’s destiny in your life? I challenge you to put your faith in Him to fulfill His destiny in you.

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