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He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan. Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, and said, “Where is the LORD God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the water, it was divided this way and that; and Elisha crossed over. 2Kings 2:13-14(NKJV).

In our devotional this week, we have highlighted the principles that determine fruitfulness and productivity. Success is not a mystery because it has pathways and is duplicable when the preconditions and principles are diligently applied. Put differently, once someone has done it, it is no longer a mystery because the reproduction of the tenets will replicate the same results. 

You can achieve whatever success anyone you admire has achieved by moving from imitation to originality; study that person or team and see what principles they are applying, and then do likewise because principles are no respecter of persons, and what works for one works for all.

Once you can lay your hands on the processes that produce any result, you can duplicate that success. Adherence to result-oriented processes always produce results. Go for the processes and you will get the desired results. Once you can replicate up to 90% of whatever those you look up to have achieved, you can then fill up what is left with your own creativity, and you can end up with better results than they did. This principle can be applied in whatever sphere or endeavour you choose to undertake in life.

Elisha honoured, followed, served and understudied his master Elijah faithfully without looking for any shortcut or having any selfish interest. The application of these principles made it possible for Elisha to receive a double portion of Elijah’s anointing when Elijah was to be taken away from the earth. As evidence of the anointing he received, when Elisha got to bank of the river Jordan, he replicated the same feat his master did and the river divided miraculously again. 

Is there something big on your mind or a project you intend to execute? The record confirms that if someone has done it, you can do it even better because you have the advantage of learning from the mistakes of others and even beat the existing record or achievements. 

I shall not be a hearer only; henceforth, I shall begin to do. I will follow, learn and practice then in the fullness of time I shall manifest in Jesus’ name!