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June 23, 2018 at 3:23 pm #10463
“Dead Promises Are Being Restored to Life”
Elaine Tavolacci, Staten Island, NY
There is a phenomenal story in the book of 2 Kings 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. Then Gehazi told Elisha that her husband was old and that she didn’t have a son. When Elisha first prophesied to her that she would give birth to a son, she didn’t believe it. But one year later, she conceived and bore a son just as Elisha said.
Believe the Promise of God—No Matter What
After a few years the woman’s 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 the woman said something familiar to Elisha that he always said to his mentor Elijah: “As surely 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 with word that the boy had not woken 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 then told the women to go into the room and pick up her son. God had resurrected the Shunammite woman’s son. A similar miracle occurred in the same manner when Elisha’s mentor, Elijah, raised a boy back to life (1 Kings 17:19-24).
He is Reviving the Dead Areas in Your Life
There are promises that the Lord has made to you that have seemingly died. Some of you have ministries that were once thriving but are now non existent. 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 seem like they 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—so 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.
“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.” (2 Kings 4:32-35)
“The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” (Job 33:4)
Elaine Tavolacci resides in Staten Island, New York. She has been a student of the Word for twenty-nine years. She has a prophetic gift as well as a ministry of encouragement, which teaches the Body of Christ to walk in the fullness of what the Lord has called them to. She teaches others how to be overcomers in every area of their lives and understands the power and authority that Jesus has assigned to them. Her ministry, “A Word in Season,” has been an encouragement to others for nine years. She has learned the transforming power of the Word of God and encourages others that nothing is impossible with God.
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