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Victory Comes Little by Little [podcast]

“And the LORD thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee.” Deuteronomy 7:22 

“The Lord led me to pour over this scripture this morning. 2 Corinthians 3:18. ‘But we all, with open face beholding as a glass the Glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from Glory to Glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.’ ‘Open face’ here means not hiding, taking off the veil over our eyes and hearts and seeing ourselves for who we really are before a Holy God. When we look into God’s Holiness, it’s like looking into a mirror and His Holiness exposes our sinful selves. If we are honest and dare to see our real selves against the purity of God, we see how much we are not like Him and need Him to make us into the image of Christ. This is santification. Philippians 2:12-13. We need to say ‘No’ to the flesh, crucify it, and allow God to control our lives, not self. Being changed little by little into the Glory of God.” Karen Cochran

God is perfecting that which concerns His beloved people!!! (Psalms 138:8; Philippians 2:12-13, etc.)

We can know that as we are taking the next “step”, the LORD is delighting in us! It is important that the LORD’s people, each of us, always remember that “The STEPS of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.” (Psalms 37:23) Notice here that God orders our “steps”, and not our leaps, or jumps or flights. Get the picture? Simply take the next step as you are seeking first His kingdom, putting Christ first, and “Take therefore no thought for the morrow.”“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” (Matthew 6:33-34) Now, read Psalms 37:23 again and catch this, the truth that we can know that as we are taking the next step, the LORD is delighting in us!

“Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:4

Two things God desires to do:

    1. save “all men”, and then to those who are saved…
    2. to bring them to “the knowledge of the truth” or the full experience of the truth which is sanctification, full victory over the world, the flesh, and the devil

“Little and Little” = Little by Little

God changes us little by little and not all at once and He establishes us in Him, in His peace, love, joy, etc., “little and little.” (Exodus 23:30)

“By LITTLE AND LITTLE I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land.” Exodus 23:30

As we abide in Christ, as we fight the good fight of faith, as we work out (not for) our salvation with fear and trembling, Jesus works in us to perfect us, by displacing the evil, the iniquity, and drives our enemies…. Fear, anger, hatred, lust, discontent, ungratefulness, etc., as He possesses more and more the battle field of our hearts and minds. He is establishing in us His praise – no matter what is going on – good or bad! It’s all Him.

The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.” Psalms 138:8

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14

Let’s read our main Bible passage again:

“I will not drive them out from before thee in one year; lest the land become desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thee. 30 By little and little I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land.” Exodus 23:29-30

God does not rid us of all our enemies, all that ails us, immediately upon saving us. We are “increased” and thereby the enemy is decreased “little and little” which means little by little. Incremental growth as we diligently serve Him, living by faith daily, as we deny ourselves, take up the cross, and follow Jesus.

This order is important. As God, the initiator, the author and finisher of our faith, our salvation increases, we are blessed to decrease as we worship and comply.

“He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30

The people of God had been saved out of Egypt which depicts our being saved by Christ, the salvation from sin and the world. As we forsake the world and not the LORD….

Then comes sanctification.

The leavening effect of sanctification pushes out the evil, the enemies. The swelling of the truth in us pushes out the evil, replaces it. If at the moment of initial salvation, God just removed all our enemies, then what would fill that vacuum? We must be increased by Him, to grow in the grace of Christ and in proportion to that enlargement is the removing of the evil, the enemies, the conquering of that land of our hearts and lives.

The divine command, requirement to be sanctified, set apart to the LORD, to “come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,” is seen here: “Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods. 33  They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee.” (Exodus 23:32-33; 2 Corinthians 6:17)

“Exodus 23:30: I see personally that is, that salvation is like taking the promised land. We are to fight daily to grow, and to take the Kingdom of God that belongs to us. Lots of fights with the devils, but if the fight is fought daily, there is progress going to be made. We submit ourselves to God, resist the devil, and he flees from us.” Gene Robbins

Believer’s Bible Commentary on Exodus 23:20-33:

“Laws Regarding Conquest (23:20-33)
Here God promised to send . . . an Angel (the Lord Himself) before the Israelites, to lead them to the Promised Land and to drive out the heathen inhabitants. If the Jews refrained from idolatry and obeyed the Lord, He would do great things for them. Regarding the warning against disobedience, Henry writes:

‘We do well to take heed of provoking our protector and benefactor, because if our defence depart from us, and the streams of his goodness be cut off, we are undone. Their land would extend from the Red Sea to the sea of the Philistines (the Mediterranean Sea) and from the desert (the Negev south of Canaan) to the River (Euphrates). Notice the command to drive . . . out the inhabitants of the land. There were to be no treaties, no idolatry, no intermingling. God had already promised to destroy the wicked Canaanites, but Israel had to cooperate. This enshrines an important spiritual principle: God will give us victory over our enemies (the world, the flesh, and the devil), but He expects us to fight the good fight of faith. Verse 33 finds its counterpart in 2Co_6:14-18. Separation from the world has always been God’s will for His people. Israel’s failure to obey this command led to her downfall. It is still true that ‘evil communications corrupt good manners.'”

Justification is Immediate – Sanctification is Gradual and Ongoing. Our LORD is the Author of both – “the author and finisher of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:2)

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

“Looking unto Jesus” is much more than a one-time or casual acknowledgement of the Son of God. It’s an abiding relationship with Him which always, without fail, produces good fruit. Read John 15.

God requires compliance – true worship, obedience (Matthew 7:21; 25:1-13; John 13-15; 1 John 2:3-6, etc.).

After He saves you, you are not free to leave Him or treat Him…  and still be in Heaven. The Great Bridegroom Himself, Jesus, will shut the door on those who do not “endure to the end” with Him (Matthew 10:22; 24:13). Read His parable of the 10 virgins in Matthew 25:1-13.

How does sanctification happen? Notice what Jesus says to those who believed upon Him:

“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, IF ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32

Jesus continues… Remaining in the Father’s House …

“Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. 35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. 36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” John 8:34-36 

v35 – “the Son abideth ever”, continues, remains in the Father’s house, presence forever but the mere servant is not automatically, permanently kept in the house of God without condition. Those who commit, continue in sin will not remain in the Father’s house. Lucifer is the first sinner on record to be ejected from the Father’s house, His holy presence and then Adam and Eve who were also ushered out of the Father’s presence when they sinned (Luke 10:18; Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:12-19; Revelation 12:7-9; Genesis 3). Fact: The LORD is “Holy, holy, holy” and forever holds the authority over who remains in His holy house, presence.

v36 Then we are brought into the promise land of victory over sin.

Those who believe the myth of eternal security only embrace it because they want no part of personal responsibility. “Depart from me” will be what they hear from Jesus when they die.

The LORD says He’s only with you as you remain, abide “with him.”

“The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.” 2 Chronicles 15:2

Some who have created a false god in their own wicked imaginations (image), somehow arrogantly believe that those God saves somehow now control Him and what He, the Almighty does with them. Utter foolishness. Anyone who is saved and doesn’t “abide” (continue with, remain in), will be cast into the fires of hell irrevocably (John 15:6).

“It is a faithful saying: For IF we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: 12 IF we suffer, we shall also reign with him: IF we deny him, he also will deny us: 13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.” 2 Timothy 2:11-13

Notice in the passage above, that God “cannot deny HIMSELF” and yet “IF we deny him, he also WILL DENY Us.” Notice that it doesn’t say He can’t or won’t deny us!!! It actually declares that He “WILL deny us” … “if we deny him.”

While God justifies His saints when He saves them, sanctification transpires and is according to, in proportion to how that justified believer attends to and complies with the LORD instead of self – continues in His Word, knowing and obeying Him (John 15; Romans 6; Ephesians 4:21-32, etc.). The cross is central to this putting off the old man, crucifying the deeds of the body (Luke 9:23-24; Colossians 3:1-17, etc.).

Fasting and prayer is the cross and greatly aids in the putting off of the old man and putting on of the new man (Isaiah 58; Ephesians 4; Colossians 3).

This brother, your brother in Christ, would like to take this opportunity to exhort you to obey God and begin fasting and praying, at least once weekly. Your life will be changed for the glory of Christ Jesus our LORD. – Fasting and Prayer

Your growth in the grace of Christ, and consequent victory over the flesh and devil, will be according as you submit yourself daily to the LORD.

Our LORD’s stated desire is to multiply His grace to each of our lives – for our hearts to be evermore established in His grace (Hebrews 13:9).

“Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord … But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” 2 Peter 1:2; 3:18

“Wow! Little by little..he has followed James 4:6-10 and looked unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith! Hallelujah to the Lamb of God! The narrow way, when kept faithfully will inevitably squeeze out all sin, and allow us to experience an even deeper, more intimate relationship with Christ.” Jon Crane

The Cross is Essential in our Growth, our Victory in Christ

“The people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.” Exodus 32:6

This is a depiction of the flesh and why it must be ruthlessly crucified, daily (Luke 9:23-24; Galatians 2:20; Colossians 3:3, etc.).

The flesh, the evil fallen and iniquitous nature, the old man, must be crucified daily or it will rule in place of Christ and will perpetrate its corruption in you and those around you. Romans 6! The cross, the crucified life is the only divine solution. There is no short cut.

Jesus cannot and will not reign in my life unless I lay it down before Him (Luke 14:33).

In all things Divine, Faith is an Imperative

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

“WHERE is your faith?” asks Jesus (Luke 8:25).

What we truly believe will proceed from our lips.

We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;” 2 Corinthians 4:13

The LORD is monitoring our hearts and listening to what is proceeding from our lips (1 Samuel 16:7; Matthew 12:34, et.).

“Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you:” Numbers 14:28

As we submit ourselves to the LORD the iniquities that once control our lives, leading us into sin, will be conquered. The cross.

Like the beloved Jacob, our iniquitous tendencies must cause us to walk with a limp, a crutch of dependence upon Him for He has dealt with them, with you (Genesis 32).

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.” 1 Peter 2:9-12 

YOUR PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I thank You that You found and saved me into Your eternal kingdom through the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Here and now I thank You dear LORD for continuing the good work You began in me, for working in this your vessel both to will and do of Your good pleasure, and perfecting that which concerns my life with You in Christ. In the name of Jesus, amen.

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