"Delight yourself also in the Lord,
By: Rev. Peggy Kennedy
"Expired desires"...those are the two words that I heard...coming out of my mouth! Come with me into that moment. I was speaking from II Kings 4:8-17. The Shunammite woman is a classic example of how the double-portion anointing that Elisha carried deals with a mentality of limitations. She is also a very vivid example to us of one who chooses to be involved with God and His plans in her generation. Likely you know her story. I know it well. However, within this moment I was hearing something new -- brand new -- from the Lord. I knew the concept but it was those two words that were now compelling my attention. What a thought! The Spirit was expressing to me and throughme that He is now addressing desires that I would declare to have "expired!" They formerly were lively in the focus of my heart but had been relegated to another list and stamped "expired!"
The marvel is that the anointing carried and now released through Elisha is reaching into that folder and declaring that the desire has not only not expired but is about to be fulfilled! Tenderly mindful of her desire, the Lord is about to fulfill it in a manner that will "bear fruit" in a sphere of influence far beyond herself. This desire is really so much more than about her! Rather, this "birthing" is for the sake of a nation as a testimony that will resound even to government levels and bring glory to the Lord! Just look ahead to II Kings 8 to see that unfold. The Shunammite woman is not alone in this amazing, divine dealing. A childless Abraham with his aged wife would understand! So would Zachariah and Elizabeth: he told the angel Gabriel all about that when he was being encountered regarding the birth of an announced son, John. All three of these "birthings" carry that shared element of sovereign activation. The seeming unfulfilled desire would now be realized for the advance of the purposes of the Lord and would bring Him glory!
As you read this, you perhaps can enter into the experience of any three of these examples but especially of the Shunammite woman who counters the announcement with the plea, "Don't mislead your servant!" She will further define her upheaval of emotions by saying, "Didn't I tell you, 'Don't raise my hopes'?" (II Kings 4:16,28) But the evidence is there; this has now become for me an announcement that the Spirit really is reaching into the dusty, musty files of "expired desires" and calling them forth for the sake of this hour of kingdom advance. Be ready for His divine dealings with our disappointments...He's scheduling appointments! Get ready to allow Him to revisit that file. This unique hour in God will bring the manifestation of what we had long since discarded. He really is tenderly mindful of our desires that have been purified through surrender. He has, in fact, held the key to the safety deposit box. And, He is now unlocking that deposit for the sake of the fame of His Name! Yes, Lord!
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