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The Provision of God

The Provision of God

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The Provision of GodBy Rev. J. Patrick BowmanGod has always been a God of provision. From creating the Garden of Eden for man to dwell in, andcreating clothes of skins for them when they fell. Making a way for Noah’s family and the animals in theplans for the ark, providing a new land for Abraham and a son in his hundredth year. The list could go onand on. But, of course, God’s greatest provision came in His son Jesus, for the redemption of mankind.After Jesus was crucified, buried, and rose again, He spent time with His disciples. He wanted to comfortthem in the fact that he was leaving soon and that all would be alright. In Luke 24:44-53 we read of suchan encounter.And he said unto them, These
are
the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you,that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and
in
the prophets, and
in
the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understandthe scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and torise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached inhis name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And,behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until yebe endued with power from on high. And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted uphis hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted fromthem, and carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem withgreat joy: And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.(Luke 24:44-53KJV)So here we see that Jesus makes a promise of a promise: He will send what the Father promised. Thepromise comes with a condition: Remain in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.Just imagine what their waiting was like! They didn’t know what, when, where, and how. They only knewthe who was them, and that’s all they knew. In Acts 2 we see the fulfillment of this promise.And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. Andsuddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the housewhere they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it satupon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.(Acts 2:1-4 KJV)It truly is a miracle that they were all together in one place. They had their own personalities and their ownlikes and dislikes. They were like the rest of us; mortal men in need of a savior. Unity has not been thehallmark of the Christian church. Frank Bartleman, a key figure in the Azusa Street revival of 1906 in LosAngeles, wrote the following about unity:“Every fresh division or party in the church gives to the world a contradiction as to the oneness of thebody of Christ, and the truthfulness of the Gospel. Multitudes are bowing down and burning incense to adoctrine rather than Christ. …The Spirit is laboring for the unity of believers today, for the ‘one body,’ thatthe prayer of Jesus might be answered,' that they all may be one, that the world may believe.’”Controversy, jealousy, and lack of unity eventually squelched the fire that had burned so hot and bright at312 Azusa Street.Now, let us continue the story in Acts chapter 2.
 
And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Nowwhen this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because thatevery man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled,saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we everyman in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and thedwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, andPamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews andproselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.(Acts 2:5-13 KJV)Confounded (bewildered), amazed and astonished( so much so they marveled), perplexed! When wasthe last time you were in a service where people were bewildered, amazed and astonished, andperplexed? Bewilderment, amazement, astonishment, and perplexity will always bring with it the question,“What does this mean?”The church better have an answer, because the world has an answer waiting! Satan has a counterfeit for everything that the Church should be walking in the reality of. Not just in words, but walking in it withpower. Good old Holy Ghost power. Even Pentecostal peoples are not walking in the Power. Things havebecome comfortable. Things have become rote. We laugh at the churches that use the liturgical form of worship but many of our ‘Spirit filled’ churches are no better: 3 hymns, 3 choruses, announcements,offering, sermon, altar call (only if somebody new has slipped in) and a pat on the back for church welldone. Well, how many know that when you cook something well done, a lot of the flavor is lost?In many ways we’ve lost the flavor, we’ve lost the anointing. We cannot live in the glory of yesterday.Yesterday’s anointing was for yesterday. The anointing is like manna. It is fresh each new morning andyou can’t keep it for another day. Let’s read about that in Exodus 15 and 16.So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; andthey went three days in the wilderness, and found no water. And when they came to Marah, theycould not drink of the waters of Marah, for they
were
bitter: therefore the name of it was calledMarah. And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink? And he cried untothe LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree,
which
when he had cast into the waters, the waterswere made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them,And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which isright in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put noneof these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I
am
the LORD thathealeth thee. And they came to Elim, where
were
twelve wells of water, and threescore and tenpalm trees: and they encamped there by the waters. And they took their journey from Elim, andall the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which
is
betweenElim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt. And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaronin the wilderness: And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by thehand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots,
and 
when we did eat breadto the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly withhunger.(Exodus 15:22-16:3 KJV)Sometimes the past life seems to hold all that we now need. Our flesh was satisfied in the sin and slaverythat we found ourselves in. We ate our fill. Jesus explains our former state like this in Luke 12.And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forthplentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room whereto bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; andthere will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast muchgoods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink,
and 
be merry. But God said unto him,
 
Thou 
fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, whichthou hast provided? So
is
he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.(Luke12:16-21 KJV)We were happy when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread. We said, “Soul, this is the good life.I’ve got a nice house, new car, all the toys I want, and money in the bank. I’ll just kick back, eat my fill of what the world has to offer, drink myself silly, and be happy!” But what happens when, in our merriment,we find ourselves mortgaged to the hilt, no money to fix the new car we wrecked, and all the toys are asbroke as we are? What happens when, with our lifestyle, we auction off our life to the lowest bidder?Let’s continue in Exodus.Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the peopleshall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk inmy law, or no. And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare
that 
which theybring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily. And Moses and Aaron said unto allthe children of Israel, At even, then ye shall know that the LORD hath brought you out from theland of Egypt: And in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the LORD; for that he hearethyour murmurings against the LORD: and what
are
we, that ye murmur against us? And Mosessaid,
This shall be,
when the LORD shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morningbread to the full; for that the LORD heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him: andwhat
are
we? your murmurings
are
not against us, but against the LORD. And Moses spake untoAaron, Say unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, Come near before the LORD: for hehath heard your murmurings. And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregationof the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of theLORD appeared in the cloud. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, I have heard themurmurings of the children of Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and inthe morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I
am
the LORD your God. And itcame to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning thedew lay round about the host. And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness
there lay 
a small round thing,
as
small as the hoar frost on the ground. And whenthe children of Israel saw
it,
they said one to another, It
is
manna: for they wist not what it
was.
And Moses said unto them, This
is
the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat. This
is
thething which the LORD hath commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man,
according to
the number of your persons; take ye every man for 
them
which
are
inhis tents. And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less. And when theydid mete
it 
with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little hadno lack; they gathered every man according to his eating. And Moses said, Let no man leave of ittill the morning. Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it untilthe morning, and it bred worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth with them.(Exodus 16:4-20KJV)Has the anointing we should gather anew each morning bred worms and become foul? Are we trying tolive with the nourishment of an old anointing? There is no nourishment left. It has spoiled. Is Jesus not theone who quenches our thirst, and satisfies our hunger each evening and morning? In John 6 we read:Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye sawthe miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not for the meat whichperisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall giveunto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that wemight work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, thatye believe on him whom he hath sent. They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thouthen, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work? Our fathers did eat manna in thedesert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. Then Jesus said unto them,Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth

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