“Little by little”
“Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased, and you inherit the land (Exodus 23:30).
There is a fierce battle in the life of every believer in Christ. It is the fight against the works of the flesh and the work the Spirit.
The devil is in the business of doing everything he possibly can to deceive, hinder, derail and stop the children of God from possessing what rightfully belongs to them.
Looking at the Exodus of the children of Israel from Egypt, the cries for emancipation and liberation can be heard. They were in bondage, held in slavery to Egypt. Deliverance to the promise land, Canaan, was assured, but it was not instant. Every believer must learn from this story and hear these words:
“Little by little.” (Exodus 23:30).
Though God promised to bring them into the place prepared for them, (v.20), He would do it gradually.
“I will not drive them out in one year, lest the land become desolate and the beasts of the field become too numerous for you.”(v29)
“Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased, and you inherit the land (V.30).
Every believer must understand that God did not promise victory and deliverance to Israel in one day. You must be patient to receive the promises of God. Israel had to wait. There was danger ( wild beasts) and idolatry in the land. There was to be no intermingling with sin. They also had to wait to increase in number.
When victory is not instant, you must keep going. You must press on in the place of prayer, the place of constant communion with God. You must be obedient to do what He asks you to do while you wait. Total reliance and dependence upon HIM, is what He wants.
Faith and Obedience
As a child of God, you need to co-operate with the Spirit of God. The Israelites had to obey the instructions of The Lord and act upon it (v.20-25). To all who obey Him, He is the Author of eternal salvation (Hebrews 5:9). Obedience to the gospel is essential to salvation. There are consequences to disobedience (1 Peter 4:17). Faith and obedience walk hand in hand. It’s by faith, we overcome the world, the flesh and the devil.
There is a place prepared for the followers of Jesus Christ. Every believer has a great heritage and inheritance. It is assured, though like a pilgrim, it seems the journey, to that place of promise, is so far away.
Child of God, there will be trials and temptations along the way, but I encourage you to keep the faith. Press on, resist the devil and walk in obedience. His grace is more than enough. Amen
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