I pray this message reaches you in the best of health and strength. This has been a tough week in the life and the ministry of Allen Temple. Dealing with the passing of our dear friend, Coreatha Larkins has proved to be a challenge. She meant so much to so many. Through God's power we will make it.
In the course of this conference year the altar has been full of persons pleading, crying out, and believing that God would take care of everything that shall come their way. Sisters and brothers have taken the ordered steps committing to doing ministry beyond the walls of their local church.
As we transition from Vision to Provision, I want you to know that I believe that the body of Christ is currently living in a season of Provision. In this season of Provision we, as the called out and set apart, have to ask the serious question of how we continuously make it in the midst of worldwide recession and borderline depression? How is it that we, as believers, are making it when the world says that we should be failing?
The other day I was talking to a good friend who was complaining about the fact that last year his earnings categorically placed him as living in a natural state of poverty. However, if you knew this brother, you would never see him as an impoverished being. This brother earned a graduate level degree, owns a car, owns a home, and is a single father. In looking at his earnings my mind began to think how can my friend put food on the table, clothes on his and his child's back, and maintain/afford the lifestyle he possesses? Every time I tried to understand my friend's situation in the natural I came to roadblock after roadblock. It was at that moment, that the Spirit of God reminded me that I needed to stop looking in the natural, but to seek my answer in the supernatural. In the book of Numbers we recall
6 there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!" Numbers 11:6b
This text is what I consider to be a Spiritual Catch 22 in a season of Provision. A Spiritual Catch 22 is defined as a point in your life where God is providing in the midst of challenge and hardship; yet, God's provision doesn't follow your rational and human sensibilities. In this situation, God provides manna from heaven to be collected and eaten by the children of Israel. In the 11th chapter of Numbers the reader is exposed to a people that remembered the fish, the meat, the cucumbers, the melons, the onions, and the leeks that were freely given to them in Egypt. They began to complain because all they had was manna from heaven. Each day the manna would fall and would be dried up by the evening. No one went hungry, malnourished, or starved. God provided even when it seemed like the people were undeserving of God's blessings.
Many of us today are like my friend and the Israelites of the recorded text. We are being provided for even when we take for granted what God is doing. In this season of Provision, God is continuing to make sure that the bills are paid, the home is not foreclosed, the car is not repossessed, the food remains on the table, and the lines of credit are being extended. In this season you may believe that you don't even deserve to have the job you have or the position you hold. You may not feel as if you are worthy to sit in the company of so many great people in your life. The truth is that if it weren't for God's grace and God's mercy your concept of life would be totally different.
Today, I urge you that whatever you do please don't harden your heart towards God, but rather seek God for God's provision. Live in the overflow and allow this Spiritual Catch 22 to bless you before it all dries up!
Enjoy your Fourth of July Celebration. Send me an email and let me know if this week's message was helpful to your current situation? Do you have a special prayer request? Join me on the call on Wednesday morning. DIAL IN NUMBER:1-712-432-1212 Access code: 293902853# This week, please pray for my strength as we prepare for and execute the home-going celebration for Sis. Coreatha.