Prophecy: Your Unexpected Double-Portion Upgrade

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Shawn Akers

I prophesy unexpected upgrades. Expect them. You won’t see them coming, but expect the unexpected upgrades anyway because your expectation shall not be cut off (Prov. 23:18).

We get what we expect most of the time. If you expect something bad to happen, it usually will. If you expect to have a rotten time at the party, you probably will. If you expect God’s goodness to manifest in your life, it definitely will.

I prophesy unexpected upgrades—and double-portion upgrades. You might not discern the upgrade but be assured God has your advancement in mind. Consider the upgrade reasonable, given the trial you’ve walked through, and look forward to it. Your expectation shall not be cut off.

Patricia King prophesied upgrade at Cindy Jacobs’ Deborah’s women in leadership gathering in Washington, D.C. I heard it, and it resonated with my spirit. I did not know I would have a phone call two days later with Patricia in which she would prophesy upgrade personally over my life. What has manifested is a double-portion upgrade.

Launching a New Season

Indeed, I just experienced an unexpected double-portion upgrade that launched a new season in my life that I didn’t see coming. This is biblical. We see a number of people in the Bible who received a prophetic word that led to an unexpected upgrade.

Consider Amos. He was in the field tending sheep when God called Him to be a prophet. Amos certainly did not see it coming, and he chronicled the unexpected upgrade: “But the Lord took me away from the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to My people Israel'” (Amos 7:15).

What about Jeremiah? He was just a youth who loved the Lord when God encountered Him and upgraded him unexpectedly: “Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; and before you were born I sanctified you, and I ordained you a prophet to the nations.’ Then I said, ‘Ah, Lord God! Truly, I cannot speak, for I am a youth'” (Jer. 1:4-6).

Both Saul and David experienced unexpected upgrades from common Israelites to kingship. The disciples were fishers and tax collectors, and they were unexpectedly upgraded to apostles. In the upper room while waiting on the Holy Spirit, Matthias was suddenly upgraded to be one of the 12 apostles who would witness to the life, death and resurrection of Christ (see Acts 1:23-26).

Elisha’s Double-Portion Upgrade

Remember Elisha? Let’s look at this story a little more closely. After Elijah defeated the false prophets at Mount Carmel, Jezebel threatened him and he ran, hid himself in a cave and slept. When he arose, God told him to anoint Elisha to be prophet in his place. Let’s read 1 Kings 19:19-21:

So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him and he with the twelfth, and Elijah passed by him and threw his cloak on him. He left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, “Please let me kiss my father and mother, and then I will follow you.”

And he said to him, “Go back, for what have I done to you?”

So he returned from following him and took a yoke of oxen and sacrificed them and boiled their flesh with the yokes from the oxen and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he got up and went after Elijah and ministered to him.

Don’t Chase the Upgrade

Notice that Elisha went after Elijah. In this season, some will receive a double-portion upgrade. Those who go after God and minister to Him are in line for an unexpected upgrade. It’s not about chasing a mantle or a blessing, it’s about chasing God. Remember Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be given to you.”

Elisha wanted the double-portion upgrade and asked for it, but he continued to posture his heart as a servant to the man who cast his mantle upon him. In other words, he wasn’t an opportunist seeking an upgrade on someone else’s back. He wanted to make an impact, and he waited his turn while serving in humility.

Remember, Matthew 23:12, “For he who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” And again, “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time” (1 Pet. 5:6). For many, the time is coming near for the upgrade—and for some a double-portion upgrade.

You can listen to the prayer broadcast where the prophecy broke out here.

Jennifer LeClaire is the former editor of Charisma magazine and the founder of Jennifer LeClaire Ministries. She is the author of books like Becoming a Next-Level Prophet, 101 Tactics for Spiritual Warfare, Waging Prophetic Warfare, Decoding Your Dreams and Defeating Water Spirits.

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