constantly worry if they have enough. The world around us makes it seem like there is never enough money. We are trained early on to put our trust and confidence in the things we can see and feel. These things are supposed to bring us comfort. It is ours. We can see it. What more do we need? "Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight"(2 CORINTHIANS 5:6,7). Woe to those who preach that God wants us to have lots of success here on earth. The Lord wants us to focus on heaven. Remember that on earth our Lord provides. It is in heaven however that our Lord prepares a place for us, forever.

F. Fear. Fear seems to be around every corner. The media lives off of the fear it can cause. We are told of an economic downturn. Prices are going up and wages are going down. What are we to do? As believers we are to live with confidence. No matter what happens. Our gracious God, our loving Lord is – still – and – always – in control. "’Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the LORD, who has compassion on you"(ISAIAH 54:10). God’s love cannot be changed. God’s love cannot be taken away.

These are the bold, confident believers!


A. Elijah and Elisha stand at the Jordan River. Fifty (50) prophets are nearby wondering what next.

1. Verse 8. God’s power was in Elijah’s cloak. They crossed over on DRY ground.
2. Evil King Ahab did not stop them. Jezebel did not stop them. A river did not stop them.

B. The two prophets cross and now verse 9. Elijah says Elisha to ask for whatever he wants.

1. Elisha requests a double portion of the spirit of Elijah. The firstborn son inherits double.
2. Elisha wanted Elijah to consider and favor him as the first born among the prophets.

C. Verse 10. This was a difficult request. It was not for Elijah to give. It would be up to the Lord.

1. The answer comes quickly, verse 11. The hand of God reaches down and takes Elijah home.
2. Verse 12. “My Father!” is Elisha’s cry. His double portion request makes even more sense.
3. Elisha’s testimony about Elijah = “the chariots and horsemen of Israel!” What strength goes!

a. Elisha witnesses of the strength of Elijah’s faith. b. This would also be said of Elisha, later.

D. What confidence and boldness and strength we have just seen. This is to be the boldness, confidence, and strength of every believer. This does not come from our inner strength. Our boldness and confidence comes from God and God alone. Our God is a loving God who constantly invites and encourages us to make use of his mercy. "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need"(HEBREWS