Little by Little

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Ex 23:30 Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased, and you inherit the land.

Great achievements rarely happen instantly or ‘overnight’. We grow into our greatest achievements little by little, sometimes the progress is barely visible. This is why we simply walk by faith, believing that what we are doing is having an effect and that eventually we will experience the results.

Even though the deserts of the Sahara are so vast, they are simply comprised of countless little grains of sand.

Isa 28:10

For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept,

Line upon line, line upon line,

Here a little, there a little.”

We grow gradually into our possession, our destiny. A child may, by inheritance ‘own’ the car and the house, but he is far from able to drive the car or manage the house. He grows into that by having one small job after another until, he has learned all the skills needed. God gives us our inheritance a little at a time, so that we are not suddenly handling responsibilities and situations beyond our wisdom, strength and capacity.

We also need to maintain what we have attained (Phil 3:16). The very skills to do this are won through the ‘little by little’ application of ourselves to the smaller jobs we have had. The Israelites needed to increase in numbers as well so they could outnumber their enemies and the beasts of the field (Deut 7:22)

On the negative side, we are tempted to justify sin to ourselves by it’s smallness, yet little by little the decay will rot away a person’s soul. More houses are destroyed by termites than by earthquakes. More fires are started by matches than by volcanoes. Conversely, little acts of righteousness, little, regular, consistent times of prayer, seemingly little attentions to the Word, eventually will build a magnificent life.

Every little bit counts. It may not seem like it at the time, but each step we take is taking us somewhere, and after a lifetime of steps we will reach certain destinations. The person who restrains themselves from eating foods that add weight, won’t see the result for a while, but eventually they start to see the difference, feel better about themselves and have a new eating habit. Conversely, if we think we can get away with eating small amounts of extra that we don’t need but just want, eventually it too will show. Some people will eat everything on the plate in front of them just because it’s there. Self impose a limit on yourself as to how much you will eat and stick with that. Our results in life are because of the cumulation of all the little things we do over time.

With our money, we can start by putting a little money away into an investment. Every little bit counts. If we don’t waste the money we have in our hand but save it, invest it, soon we will have more than we need. However, if we waste our money and spend all the little amounts on futile things, justifying to ourselves that it’s just ‘little’ spending, we will soon find we don’t even have the money that we do need.

This is living with control. When we’re out of control it shows in our lives.

Our budget is not what we have in our hands. Our budget is the amount of what we have in our hands that we have decided we can spend. For some people, whatever they have is what they spend. Self impose limits on yourself and only spend that amount.

Make these choices as lifestyles, not just something you’ll try for a week. We change our lives when we change our lives.

Bless you,

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Meditations on the Holy Spirit

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Keys to Carrying the Presence of God
The presence of God is extraordinary. We carry it with
us all the time. If we are careful about the way we live,
the Holy Spirit remains the undisputed ruler over our
lives. His power manifests around us continually. This
power affects others deeply as we focus our faith on
realities within us. Consider this key scripture:
Philemon 1:6 ‘…that the sharing of your faith may
become effective by the acknowledgment of every
good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.’
Acknowledging every good thing in us releases those
same things through us. This applies equally to the
negative case. People who are constantly acknowledging
weakness in themselves live weak lives. Continually
acknowledging failures, sins and shortcomings defeats
us. We should repent from these things whenever we
need to, but that’s it. Repentance is a doorway, not a
living room. Once we’ve repented, we need to accept
forgiveness from the Father and cleansing by the blood
of Jesus and move on. We acknowledge the grand
qualities God placed in us by grace.

1 John 4:4 ‘You are of God, little children, and
have overcome them, because He who is in you is
greater than he who is in the world’

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Meditation on the Holy Spirit

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‘The anointing empowers
People become bold and powerful under the anointing.
The anointing lubricates our minds, emotions and
personalities. We cease being ‘squeaky’ Christians.
Too many believers are ‘squeaky’, complaining about
everything. Under the anointing we stop ‘squeaking’
and start thanking God.
Acts 10:38 ‘…how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth
with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went
about doing good and healing all who were
oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.’
Samson had a secret to the anointing that gave him
supernatural strength. He never cut his hair. The vow
of a Nazarite covered his life (Judges 13:5). Under the
anointing, great work can seem so easy that we can begin
to imagine that we can do anything we want, that we can
live however we like and God will still be with us.
Samson thought this. He was wrong. He played with
the world and finally lost the secret to the anointing on
his life that gave him his great strength. When he lost
that, he also lost his vision. His enemies bound him and
took out his eyes. He was then consigned to grinding
corn in a basement like a donkey. But eventually
Samson rediscovered his secret. His hair grew again and
he killed more Philistines in his death than he had in his life (Judges 16:20).

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Meditations on the Holy Spirit

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Spirit Power

In some traditional charismatic circles, the ministry of
the Holy Spirit is associated with a great deal of noise.
But don’t confuse noise with power. The power of
Christ doesn’t depend on the power of man. Rather,
the opposite is true: the power of God relies upon the
powerlessness of man. Our power and exertion shut
down the power of the Holy Spirit. Of course we must
be confident and enthusiastic; but we must also be
aware of the Holy Spirit attempting to work with us. A
quiet attitude of worship can release the moving of the
Spirit just as much as an atmosphere of high sounding
praise. Irreverence blocks the moving of the Spirit. Jesus
Himself had difficulties performing miracles in places
where He was denied honour (Mark 6:5).

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Meditations on the Holy Spirit

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Rom 8:1

            There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

 Rom 8:2

         For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

 Condemnation is the greatest enemy to walking in the Spirit.

God will not condemn sin in us after condemning it in his Son. How will He impute sin to us a second time after imputing it all to Jesus? It would be God saying Jesus’ sacrifice was insufficient!

The second part of this sentence is not in the original, but even if it was, it is not as though this is the condition for no condemnation. This is a declaration of our position in Christ, that we who are in Christ don’t walk according to the flesh, but the Spirit.

The Spirit of Life can only be found in Jesus Christ and no where else.

Living under condemnation is living under death. The Holy Spirit empowers us to live, not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

The hard and fast rule, (law) of the Spirit is that we are set free from Moses law, which was about sin and death, not about life!

If Jesus Christ is my Ruler (Lord), so that I belong to Him, given to Him by myself, (who alone has the rights to my life), then He pours His life-giving Spirit into me, which breaks the power of sin, freeing me from death.

Meditations on the Holy Spirit

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Eph 4:18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart;

 Blindness; Greek, “hardness,” literally, the hardening of the skin so as not to be sensible of touch. Hence a soul’s callousness to feeling (Mk 3:5). Where there is spiritual “life” (“the life of God”) there is feeling; where there is not, there is “hardness.”

Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Eph 4:18). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

 A negative mind darkens understanding, so we misunderstand and simply don’t understand or have any insight into even obvious truth, because we are cut off from connection with God and the inevitable ‘life’ that flows through that connection from Him to us. Ignorance is a refusal to receive knowledge, in this instance because of the lack of ‘sight’ in the heart. We ‘see’ with the heart which is the seat of our trust, love and desires. When we sin we separate ourselves from God. We cannot connect with Him. In this state we look at the Bible and it fails to live for us, whereas when we are clean and close to God, every page of the Bible lives. Prayer provides easy access into the presence of God so we feel the anointing and a fountain of joy springing up within. But when we are guilty, our spirit is divorced from our mind and emotions. We are divided within, isolated from ourselves and God. As I said, we know we are in a state of divided-ness from God because we feel distant from the Bible. It doesn’t live for us. The division we experience within bleeds into our relationships so we find ourselves at variance with others. When we are at peace within ourselves, we find it easy to be at peace with others and to be peacemakers.

If you are feeling a divide between yourself & God, my book ‘Moving in The Spirit’ can help you reconnect and move forward into His presence.

Meditations on the Holy Spirit

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Eph 4:15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— Eph 4:16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

Truth needs to be spoken, but not baldly, rather ‘in love’, because on it’s own it can be brutal. Truthfulness is no atonement for cruelty. The phrase ‘At least I’m being honest’, is generally an excuse for someone being unkind. Love covers a multitude of faults. Speaking truth causes growth, in every area. This growth is upwards into Christ, whereas the growth of every part doing it’s share, and every part does have a share, causes the growth of the church at large.

The church is joined together by what each person supplies to the other. Every connection brings something to the church. We serve one another when we serve the church. The body is effective when every part does its share. The church is made stronger when it grows.

Isolated people don’t grow up. The fight to grow and change is the fight to remain connected.

If you just keep turning up, many of your problems will be solved. Being immersed in the church brings us into the ‘power’ of the church to transform our lives.

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