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The purpose of relationship is to manifest the nature of God to His people through His people. Relationship is the foundation of the Elisha Principle. Without relationship the blessings and anointing that come from being a son is never realized.

Hebrews 10:24-25  says, “Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” The writer of Hebrews encourages us to have a relationship with one another for the purpose of stirring up love in each other and spurring one another to good works.

God is love. God proclaims His nature in Ex 34 when He says, “The Lord a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” Fast forward, several thousand years and the Apostle John says, “As He is so are we in this world.” (1 Jhn 4:17). When we willingly accept the salvation of Christ, we become new creations. Our sinful man dies and we put on His nature. Our new life should reflect our God whom we confess.

Jesus said, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples; if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35) A Christian’s life must be seeped in the love of His God and fellow man. The relationship with our spouse, our children, our neighbor, brothers, and sisters in the faith must be so saturated with love that its aroma becomes tantalizingly to the unbeliever. The kindness of God (Rom 2:4) must be displayed in such a way that a sinner would ask, “What must I do to be saved?”

Our relationship with our spiritual father reflects the standard God has ordained for relationships. In 1 Kings 19 God tells Elijah to go find Elisha because he will be his successor. Elijah throws his mantle over Elisha while he is plowing a field symbolizing that he had been chosen and Elijah is his new covering. Then the Bible says that Elisha “arose and followed Elijah, and became his servant.” At that moment, Elisha made a decision to enter into a relationship with Elijah. They spent the next eleven years working, worshiping together, and serving one another. Elisha’s decision to enter into a relationship with the man he would come to know as father put him on a path to become one of the most powerful and revered prophets of all time.

Tim Rush

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