Elisha: 5 Lessons About Stepping into Your New Era

The story of Elisha’s first miracle as a prophet contains a timely reminder:

You may be entering a new chapter of your life—one in which God has more spiritual authority for you to walk in.

  • Or you simply desire to impact more people around you.

This is a season for emerging leadership!
Now is the time to rely upon God and remember, “with God all things are possible” (Mark 10:27).


A “Pay Attention” Moment

This story came up in prophetic ministry recently, and afterward, the Bible verses stuck in my mind.

“Then [Elisha] went out to the source, and cast in the salt there, and said, “Thus says the LORD: ‘I have healed this water; from it there shall be no more death or barrenness.’ So the water remains healed to this day, according to the word of Elisha which he spoke.” (2 Kings 2:21-22 NKJV)

2 Kings 2:22 caught my attention, and I took some extra notes. The Holy Spirit seemed to emphasize, “This is not just a side note; it’s front and center right now!”


Partnership With God

"Elisha: It's time to step into your new era" text on dark blue-gray backgroundSometimes, the Holy Spirit speaks through a sign or a number. It’s like a personalized ringtone—when you hear the sound, you know God is calling.

When I returned to it later, I noticed the time stamp on my journal was 2:22 PM.
It is a number which speaks to me of, “partnership with God”. [1]
James 2:22 sums up this theme:

“You see, [Abraham’s] faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete.
And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.”
He was even called the friend of God.” (James 2:22-23 NLT)

Hear the call of the Lord,
“Beloved! Will you spend time with Me and listen to My voice?
I have so much to say to you through My Word.
Will you respond, and speak words filled with the Spirit that carry My full authority?
I long for you to share this life with me.”


5 Lessons from Elisha About Stepping into Your New Era

In 2 Kings 2, the Lord took Elijah to Heaven, with his assistant Elisha looking on.
It was a pivotal moment when Elisha entered his calling as a prophet.

He picked up Elijah’s mantle, which had fallen to the ground and returned to Jericho alone.
A dramatic miracle was about to unfold—but first, he faced questions:


1. When Doubt Surrounds You, God Stands with You

When God is preparing you for more authority, there may be resistance to the new work of the Spirit in you.
This can be internal or external—and sometimes, it can come from those around you.

Elisha struck the Jordan River with the mantle, and the waters separated, just as they did for Elijah.

“When the group of prophets from Jericho saw from a distance what happened, they exclaimed, “Elijah’s spirit rests upon Elisha!” And they went to meet him and bowed to the ground before him.” (2 Kings 2:15, NLT)

Yet immediately afterward, Elisha faced an uncertain reception from the prophetic community!
They had trouble believing the Lord had taken Elijah to Heaven.

Why was this so critical?

  • Elisha was called, commissioned, and anointed
  • But if Elijah was still on earth, then Elisha couldn’t legitimately step into his shoes!

Elisha’s story is a reminder that when doubt surrounds you, God stands with you!
And you can trust Him to vindicate you.


2. Give Yourself and Others Time to Adjust

The people said to Elisha, “Perhaps the Spirit of the Lord has left him on some mountain or in some valley.” (2 Kings 2:16b, NLT)
They wore Elisha down with their persistent requests to send out a search party, and he reluctantly agreed.

For three days, fifty people went and searched high and low!
Meanwhile, as they wondered if Elijah was still alive (and on planet Earth), Elisha’s succession was still held in question.

Maybe others haven’t fully realized what God is doing in you yet. But as you stay yielded to God, you can trust Him and be secure in His choosing of you.
Even when it takes time to get established.

Afterward, Elisha lodged in the vicinity, waiting for what God would do next.


3. A New Era Calls for New Miracles

“One day the leaders of the town of Jericho visited Elisha. “We have a problem, my lord,” they told him. “This town is located in pleasant surroundings, as you can see. But the water is bad, and the land is unproductive.” (2 Kings 2:19, NLT)

Then came the moment that marked a shift in Elisha’s ministry.
It is noteworthy that God reserved this miracle for Elisha—a new generation, and a new sphere of influence.

When God calls you up higher, there will be an initiation; a first and second opportunity to exercise His authority.
Know that God has appointed miracles for you, and you for miracles!


4. Stand in the Authority God has Given You

Now is the time to rise into your full, God-appointed stature.
It’s time to dream about what that looks like, and how it sounds. Elisha gives us a clue!

Elisha went to the source, the spring of origin, where he stood in his authority as a prophet.
Firstly, he cast salt into the water (salt represents covenant) [2, 3]
And then he declared God’s covenantal promise to the township concerning the water supply.
“Thus says the LORD: ‘I have healed this water”.

Oh, thanks be to God, for it is not by our strength, power, or wisdom, but by the Holy Spirit. Here it is:
We also declare the covenant of God when we declare, “In Jesus’ Name it shall be done!”


5. Use the Language of Your Authority and Decree, “Never again!”

It is time to prophesy over the waters:

  • The polluted waters of discontent
  • Waters of insufficiency
  • Unfruitful and barren waters
  • The waters of sickness and ill health

Declare, “God is healing the waters and turning the bitter into sweet.”
Decree as Elisha did, “Never again!”

From this time on, the curse is broken, and a new story will be told—of sweet waters, purified by the power of God.


Notes:

[1] Those of us who are gifted as seers, visionaries, and dreamers, are very visual in our gifts of the Spirit. So, it’s not surprising that the Holy Spirit will speak to us through numbers that we see, or that appear in dreams and visions. In the Prophetic School and Prophetic Journaling Course, I include a PDF download “My Process for Colors and Numbers” which contains my best tips.

[2] The Bible refers to a “covenant of salt”. And also salt was mixed with the offerings. (Numbers 18:19, Lev 2:13, Ezek 43:24)

[3] There’s an interesting correlation here with Exodus 15: 22-26, Moses threw a branch (tree) into the bitter waters of Marah and God purified it. The branch represents the cross, and the Lord immediately followed this up by declaring the healing covenant.


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24 thoughts on “Elisha: 5 Lessons About Stepping into Your New Era”

  1. Yes and Amen! This is so good, thank you Helen.
    Feels like a real word of encouragement for some brothers I meet with.
    Thank you, thank you!
    Happy weekend.
    Sashi

    1. amen, and happy weekend to you Sashi! God bless your group of friends with fresh insights (Now a fine warm Saturday morning here, we’re in for a fierce heat tomorrow!)

  2. Praise God, Helen thank you! This message confirms that I’m definitely in a new era of emerging leadership. Since this year began, I’ve had the privilege of being in rooms with kingdom influence. This comes as a prophetic word for me: I’m walking in agreement and divine alignment. Today’s number 2/2/24! I decree my season of opulence, authority, and access! I decree ” Never again: dry places, unfruitful and barren waters, sickness and illness! God is with me! Peace and blessings to you!

  3. Thank you so much Helen for your prophetic words that are indeed timely and uplifting.?I felt the connection and stirring inside me with prophet Elijah and prophet Elisha’s story. My late husband and I were in ministry side by side until his passing in 2020. This year will be his 4th anniversary and I have been seen the number 44 consistently (Could you help me on this?). Out of the 5 lessons you’ve highlighted, I’ve encountered 1-3; I guess I need to activate 4 and 5 now. I am empowered

  4. It is of great assurance and joy to me for this wonderful message. I indeed love all the 5 points . This is the message that I have been waiting for. Right now I feel and willing to step up in the ministry service than never before.
    Thanks you so much prophetess Helen.
    God bless you, God bless you and God bless you.

  5. Dear Helen
    Your inspirationals are always Spot on. It’s as if you always have an insight to what is going on in our individual lives before you write each piece.
    I bless the Lord for His grace and Giftings upon your life.
    You are indeed a blessing to me and to the body of Christ at Large. The Lord reward you a 100 fold a 1000 times in the mighty name of Jeus as you continue to labour in His Vineyard
    You are highly appreciated
    God bless

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