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This is from the blog Daily Meditation:

Nehemiah 9:21: Forty years you sustained them in the wilderness, and they lacked nothing. Their clothes did not wear out and their feet did not swell.

God is the source of our provision and preservation. Provision generally is about what happened to us in the positive, while preservation is about what is not allowed to happen to us in the negative.

In the Garden of Eden Adam and Eve had provision and preservation; God said that of the fruits of the trees in the garden they may freely eat (Genesis 2:15-17). That means they were meant to be vegetarians, and till the time of Noah humanity were vegetarians. But after the flood, God added animal courses for man’s food. God told Noah that they can kill and eat animals (Genesis 9:1-3). It is thereby wrong to add any spiritual meaning to refusing to eat meat. Paul warned against such people in the last days who will be saying people should not eat certain foods, but we should receive every creature (animal and plant) with thanksgiving as given by God.

God made man secure. Security comes from having adequate provision and protection. But when man chose the path of disobedience in the Garden of Eden, he lost out of the provision and preservation of God. His body was meant to be preserved in eternal life (but he was judged with death), while he enjoyed the ambience of the Garden, fitted to meet all his needs and desires (but in judgement sin, Man was chased from the garden to fend for himself [Genesis 3]).

While on earth Jesus enjoyed the provision and protection of God in a deeper way than ever known to man. He said: my meat is to do the will of my father in heaven and to fulfil his work (John 4:34). When he was younger he said: he must go about his father’s business (Luke 2:49). That is the change that we have need: to live our lives realising that we meet our own needs when we meet God’s needs.

Jesus said that we should seek first to please God and walk in his ways, doing his will, performing his assignment and all our needs would be met (Matthew 6:33). We should bother about his kingdom; he would bother about our upkeep. It will cause us to experience righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit in our lives, filling us with divine satisfaction (Romans 14:17). If we would provide for God’s needs, God will provide for us and the bible says that God seeks worshippers who will worship him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24); God seeks those who seek to be close to him. He has soft spots for them. He has a special affinity to them.

In the book of psalms we read that God looks down from the earth to see the one who seeks him, who meets his needs, in doing work on the earth (Psalm 14:2). When you are busy doing God’s work God will be busy doing your work; that is the way it is, that is the path to abundant life. Life is for everyone who comes to God abundant life is for those through whom God comes to others.

With God the children of Israel in the wilderness had the assurance of provision and protection. There is a guaranteed that living in the very presence of God brings. The bible says that it is the one who dwells in the secret place of the most high that will abide under the shadow of the almighty (Psalm 91), where there is guarantee of protection. Living in the presence of God for the children of Israel in the wilderness is the guarantee of provision. With trust in their heart they come out daily to pick up the manna that God sends from heaven.

But Jesus reminded us that man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:1-4), which reflects the fact that man exists in three forms and the spirit, soul and body dimensions of men have different needs for provision and protection (1Thessalonians 5:23).

When Jesus was on earth, being the son of God, he had the protection and provision of God and he taught the people that they should expect their father in heaven to give them protection and provision (Matthew 6:6-13, 25-34). In the lines of prayer he taught, he said that we should pray to God: give us this day our daily bread and deliver us from evil, with the certainty that the power of our heavenly father will deliver provision and protection to us.

Provision

The body needs food. But meeting the needs of the body should not be our sole drive. Paul puts it this way: food for the belly and the belly for food, and both will be destroyed (1Corinthians 6:13). The food we give to our body has no eternal consequences. The bible says that the ones who eat, eats to the Lord while the person who declines food does so to the Lord (Romans 14:6-8), because whether we live or die we are the Lord’s.

But there is the food of the soul. That is the word of God (1Peter 2:2), while the food of the spirit is doing the will of God. Paul said that he serves God with his spirit in the gospel of his son Jesus (). And Jesus said that his food is to do the will of his father (Romans 1:9). The food of the spirit is action in the direction of the will of God. That means the more we do the will of God that expresses of the divine codes that God has put in our spirit, that means we release the divine life of God on the earth, bringing divine influence on the earth.

So the opportunity to express your spiritual gift is the opportunity to feed your spirit. It seems contradictory but the truth is that the more the spirit gives the more it “has” to give. Jesus said it this way: the one who have the more will be given to him (Matthew 13:1-13, 25:14-29); he that is faithful in the small things will be faithful in the big things (Luke 16:10); and he that does not have, the little that he has will be taken from him (and that discussion was about service).

Protection

The body needs to be protected. Paul said having food and raiment, we should then be content. Raiment serves as the protection of the body from the element (1Timothy 6:8).

The soul/heart needs protection.  The bible says we should guard our heart with all diligence (Proverbs 4:23). That means we should be careful the kind of influence we subject it to, watch our information gathering system: eyes (e.g. pornography), ears (e.g. mis-information), touch (e.g. sexual touches from wrong people), and mouth (e.g. illicit drugs).

The spirit is also protected when we don’t partake in demonic worship and things that has to do with fellowship with evil spirit (2Corinthians 6:13-18, 1Corinthians 10:19-22), or else we open ourselves to wrongs sprit to usurp the place of our new spirit from God in influences us.

We also protect our sprit when we operate by love. If we operate in bitterness and un-forgiveness, we sell ourselves to tormenting spirit (Matthew 18:21-35); and bitterness, according to the book of Hebrews, has a defiling influence (Hebrews 12:14-15).

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