Friday, January 15, 2016

"On Fire": Is 'He' Your MANNA? Or Your QUAIL?





"They soon forgot His works; they did not wait for His counsel, but lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tested God in the desert. And He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul."---Psalm 106:15(NKJV)


I've been hearing it in my spirit for a couple of days now...

Shellie, some of my daughters are either not waiting on or receiving my manna. They are demanding quail. And the demand is in the form of a man. And a lot of people are in the marriages they are in because they did the same thing. Warn my daughters about it.

If you refer to Exodus 16, which is entitled "Bread from Heaven", it speaks of manna:

"And they journeyed from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came to the Wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they departed from the land of Egypt. Then the whole congregation of the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. And the children of Israel said to them, 'Oh, that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.'
 

Then the Lord said to Moses, 'Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not...

And the house of Israel called its name Manna. And it was like white coriander seed, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey."---Exodus 16:1-4&31(NKJV)

Several years ago, I penned a devotional on manna. A dot that was connected in it was that the Israelites were provided with the kind of food (manna) that would prepare them for the Promised Land where they were headed:

"So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites."---Exodus 3:8(NKJV)


Did you peep that the Israelites had been *in slavery* and while God was taking them through the wilderness in order to enter into a place of beauty, freedom and abundance, they complained about wanting the food/diet of the past? The manna was similar to the land where they were going. They wanted something else, though.


It's a huge (HUGE) lesson here if you're really paying close attention to it (Psalm 18:28)!

I Corinthians 7:23(NKJV) says "You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men." There are a lot of women who God is trying to "alter their diet" when it comes to the kind of men they have been accustomed to when they were "in the bondage of sin" vs. *the man* he knows will be best for their future. But rather than surrendering to God's will, way *and Word* (God's will is never going to be contrary to his Word---I Corinthians 7:10-11), they focus on what their flesh is used to rather than what he's trying to adjust their spirit to (I Corinthians 2:14). He's using this time of singleness to show them what he desires *for them*, even if it's at the expense of what they want.

It goes deeper...

Not too long ago, I was reading an article about what comes with having a hard heart. For the record, the Word says this about hard hearts: "Happy is the man who is always reverent, but he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity." (Proverbs 28:14-NKJV):

Stubbornness
A lack of concern for spiritual things
Ignoring the testimony of other people
Recognizing sin, but refusing to deal with it
Pride
Acknowledging sin, but attempting to make a deal with God


Off top, if you're in a relationship and you know that your heart/energy/focus is connected to anything (ANYTHING) on this list, that's already your cue to take some steps back! *No one* can trust decisions they are making when their heart is hard. Which is the billionth reason why getting a divorce is not a good idea:

"He said to them, 'Because of the hardness (stubbornness and perversity) of your hearts Moses permitted you to dismiss and repudiate and divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been so [ordained]. I say to you: whoever dismisses (repudiates, divorces) his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.'"---Matthew 19:8-9(AMPC)

By God, divorce is *still* not ordained. By Moses, it was simply permitted. BIG DIFFERENCE (you can read more here). That's why I *never* advise singles to date/marry divorced people. Because divorced people aren't single; they are in a broken covenant. BIG DIFFERENCE. And aside from the fact that divorce rates go up, astronomically so, with each marriage...I never want me or any other single to be a stumbling block (Romans 14:13) to someone else's possible/potential reconciliation.

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Moving on...

Something that's worth noting about manna vs. quail is that *God provided the Israelites with manna*. THEY DEMANDED QUAIL. If you read Numbers 11, the New King James Version entitles it "The People Complain". Also for the record, the Word tells us this: "Do all things without complaining and disputing..." (Philippians 2:14-NKJV) If you're *complaining* about not being in a relationship or being married or wanting the person you're in a relationship with to "speed things along"...yeah, that's also a problem. To complain is "to express dissatisfaction, pain, uneasiness, censure, resentment, or grief; find fault". It's also "to tell of one's pains, ailments, etc." and "to make a formal accusation". *Confessing* (James 5:16-AMPC) where you are is one thing; *complaining*? That is something else. Confessing to a believer means they can pray for your healing and relief. Complaining is about solely focusing on yourself.

So, here these ungrateful people were, complaining about wanting something from their past to the point of basically demanding it. Look, I'll say this from personal experience: ANYTHING YOU FEEL YOU NEED TO DEMAND FROM GOD IS SOMETHING YOU NEED TO TOTALLY SURRENDER TO GOD. God supplies all of our needs and he knows what we need before we ask (Philippians 4:19, Luke 11:11-13). If you *needed* a husband right now, there would be no *need* to demand one. God would *supply* him.

On that note, let's look at some of Numbers 11:

"Now the mixed multitude who were among them yielded to intense craving; so the children of Israel also wept again and said: 'Who will give us meat to eat? We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; but now our whole being is dried up; there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!'...

Now a wind went out from the Lord, and it brought quail from the sea and left them fluttering near the camp, about a day’s journey on this side and about a day’s journey on the other side, all around the camp, and about two cubits above the surface of the ground. And the people stayed up all that day, all night, and all the next day, and gathered the quail (he who gathered least gathered ten homers); and they spread them out for themselves all around the camp. But while the meat was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, the wrath of the Lord was aroused against the people, and the Lord struck the people with a very great plague. So he called the name of that place Kibroth Hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had yielded to craving."---Numbers 11:4-6 & 31-34(NKJV)

Cravings tend to come from a deficiency. And oftentimes, even from a nutritional standpoint, people do things to *appease* their appetite rather than *address* the deficiency they might have. Anything that is demanded of God, anything that someone feels they cannot do without that is consuming them, that is a spiritual craving; they need to consult God about where the deficiency lies.

Anyway, we see how it all played out. The thing they *demanded* ending up "stealing, killing and destroying" (John 10:10) them. Much like what happened when they *demanded a king* rather than accepting God to be enough in their life in I Samuel 1:8.

The very thing they thought they couldn't do with out ended up being their demise...
They very thing they didn't appreciate was the very thing that was designed, by God, to bless them.

Oh, how I pray that we'll all learn to trust God more!

With our appetite...
With our taste in men...
With what we think we need...
With what we know we want...

God knows what's best for you...
Your actions, *even now*, reveal if you truly believe that...

If the man you're interested in...
If the man you're currently seeing...
If the relationship that you're consumed with having...

Is rooted in your flesh more than your spirit...
Is causing you to ignore biblical instructions and standards...
Is infecting your relationship with God (impatience is a form of infection---James 1:4)...

THAT IS QUAIL.
QUAIL AIN'T GOOD FOR YOU.

Ask God to make you content (CONTENT---Hebrews 13:5) with his manna...

His will...
His timing...
The kind of man he thinks is best vs. who you think your man should be.

God has a main objective...

To get us to heaven, ultimately.
To give us a little piece of heaven on earth, our own Garden of Eden/Promised Land, here (Joel 2:3).

Ask God to prepare you for your own MAN-NA.
Ask him to also alter your appetite for...QUAIL.


Proverbs 12:4,

SRW


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