YOU ARE PROVISIONED
The Lord’s ways are truly higher and different than our human ways. And yet, there are so many elements of our modern life that He uses to teach us more about how He thinks and operates. Along my professional journey, as I was developing a deeper relationship with Yeshua, there were many spiritual understandings that would be revealed to me through the mechanics and technologies of the products and services I was allowed to represent. One of those revelations came through my time working with Motorola radio systems and cellular technology.
I was in that industry during the release of early smartphone technology. When you purchase a new smartphone from a wireless carrier, the language they use for the process of activating your phone is the word “provisioning.” That is when the hardware, operating system and preloaded software on that phone are connected wirelessly to their main server and the device becomes fully functional. At that moment the latest updates and upgrades are installed on your device and you can download various applications for improving the performance and experience of the unit.
It was while working in that industry that the Holy Spirit taught me that as with those devices, we were created by Him and invested into the earth, each for such a time as this, with the necessary hardware and operational software built-in. But not until we let Him “Provision” us through an active, continual relationship with the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer, a.k.a. God) can we become fully activated and walk into the works prepared beforehand and fulfill our unique missions in life.
Take a look at the powerful definition of the word “Provision”…
a : the act or process of providing
b : the fact or state of being prepared beforehand
c : a measure taken beforehand to deal with a need or contingency : preparation
N.O.W: No Other Way
Our God did some extraordinary things in transitioning me from my roles in corporate America to becoming a “rep” working directly for Him as a “Kingdom Consultant” (a.k.a. Ambassador). He began to teach me about His “Operating System (OS).” He showed me that I was previously living and working out of what can be referred to as the “Babylon OS” (the world’s operating system). He led me into learning to run His software on my hardware (i.e. brain, heart, etc.) by letting go of what I think I think I know about anything and everything, and let Him begin giving me a complete OS replacement to begin running on His “REST OS”…
And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.
1 Corinthians 8:2
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.
During that time the Spirit of God served as my “transition coach” and revealed several deeper understandings about His will and plan for our day and age as well my own life. Through a long season of fasting He dismantled doctrinal and eschatological (end time) perspectives that I had forged over the years. But just before sending me out into a “free-lance” responsibility, He thrust me miraculously into the banking industry for about a year and trained me to work by Faith in Him vs. a fear of failure. By His Spirit I learned to perceive His voice in real-time while relating to C-level executives throughout the U.S. banking industry.
The major lesson He worked into me centered around embracing the NOW, the present moment. I learned that the Lord, knowing and preparing all things beforehand, had “provisioned” me and that whatever resources were needed to address each assignment and situation would be released/revealed in real-time day-by-day. My responsibility was to stay presently focused on Him, speak what I perceive and receive what was needed for the task, both internally and externally. I realized that most human beings aren’t living in the present provisional access (relationship) to the Source that was originally intended. Instead, people live either behind or ahead in their minds, considering the past or calculating the future. He did not promise us provision either ahead or behind in our heads. Even most Believers are not focused on “occupying” their moments in Christ but looking ahead for some future event. He promised His Provision in the open door of the “I Am” that He always is…His very present presence. We spend much of our life in our heads and not in the Spirit of His Provision. The constructs of our society caused us to be raised this way as children and even educated to operate from this reality. Our cultures have even been built on this sub-standard foundation and it is not the Way of Yeshua.
For me, this lesson was encapsulated in the understanding that the only way the Kingdom of God can truly “come to earth” is in the present moment…the N.O.W. (No Other Way). There is a continual open door and the “All Things” promised to us are accessible as we keep our minds on Him in Spirit and Truth…
You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an ENTRANCE will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:10-11
IT IS “NOW O’CLOCK”
In the Kingdom of God it is always “NOW O’Clock”. Each moment of life has been foreseen and prepared by God for us to receive from Him the resources to fulfill His will; and His will is very Good. He has fully factored in our own Free Will and is waiting on us to look to him each passing moment as King David wrote…
Show me Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day.
Waiting ON God and not FOR something from Him is a key to seeing Him release the needed resources. God Himself is actually our Provision and in Him are the All Things promised through our Inheritance, both eternally as well as the Here & Now…
He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.
So He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life.”
Our blessing is to get to trust God in helping us receive each element of our predetermined, prepared inheritance at the appropriate time. I confess that too often in my life I have strived to secure a provision (resources, relationships, revelation) that was either not meant for me, was not yet time for and/or that I was not prepared to properly steward at the time. There truly is a time for everything under the sun (Ecclesiastes 3). We currently live in the Chronos reality of time on earth (hours/days/months/years) designed by God (Genesis 1); however, learning to live in God’s Kairos (Ancient Greek word meaning the right, critical, or opportune moment) time in Christ is the Path to becoming an Overcomer. As a Good Father, He gives us what we need, when we need it and in correlation to our attentiveness to Him.
Stay NOW…Stay in His Spirit…Stay Provisioned…because NOW Faith Is…
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not (YET) seen.
Matthew Fleming is the State Director for the North Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce (NC-C3). Matthew has a strong vision for the functionality of the Christian community as believers endeavor to operate in unison. He believes alignment and co-laboring from a united reality will be the catalyst for sustained Restoration in our world. Matthew can be reached at Matthew@nc-c3.org.