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His Provision, His Promise


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We all have seasons in our lives when we are in search of more. 

More of what God has promised me… 

More substance… 

More of God… 

Just MORE…

 

 I have felt like I have been in that season all year.  “God, what more do you want from me?” “God, increase more of my territory.” “God, I want more of you!!” These have been just a few of my prayers of late.  The one thing we all can take solace in is that God has “more” promised for all of us. So, if God has “more” promised to us, what keeps us from receiving the “more” He has for us?  Why do we get into these seasons of seeking for more, if it is already there?

 

I was reading the other night in Joshua 5 about the time that Israel was just crossing over the Jordan to take possession of the promised land of God.  While they were camped, Passover came, and Israel stopped to observe it. 

 

“On the evening of the fourteenth day of the month, while camped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, the Israelites celebrated the Passover. The day after the Passover, that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land: unleavened bread and roasted grain. The manna stopped the day after they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for the Israelites, but that year they ate the produce of Canaan.”  Joshua 5:10-12. 

 

This passage at first glimpse seemed to just talk about how Israel stops to observe Passover.  I stopped and read it again. While reading it a second time, the 12th verse stood out. “The manna had stopped… .” Wait! God stopped giving Israel His provisions! This sprung to the front of my thoughts. And the rest of the verse reveals why. “…the day after they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for the Israelites, but that year they ate the produce of Canaan.” Israel had finally ate what God had been promising them for 40 years.  They had stepped out of His provisions into His promise! 

 

Israel had been eating God’s provided manna for 40 years.  They were used to Him always providing what they needed. But, as soon as they ate from what He had been promising them, He stopped providing the simple.  See, manna is great.  God’s provisions are great. But God’s promises are even better.  Israel was thankful for what God had continued to provide to them, but they weren’t content with just the provisions.  Israel was in a season of wanting “more.”  When God calls us to a promise, He will provide what we need to get to that promise. No matter how long it takes. Some of us stop at the provisions. We don’t move pass the simple. We actually end up forgetting what God has promised us because we are content with what He is providing. In my walk with God, I have come to the understanding that every door God opens is just another training ground for the next door that He is wanting to open for me.  Don’t be content with just His provisions but fight for His promises while using His provisions. 

 

God has more for you. Now, start eating from His promises and not His provision. Then be ready, because as soon as you eat from the promise, God will promise you even more and the newly acquired promise becomes the provision for God’s next promise to you. God has more for you! 

 

Written by: Pastor Marquiel Baker



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