Incremental Growing in the Word

You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart,
with all your soul,
and with all your strength.
And these words
which I command you today
shall be in your heart.

Deuteronomy 6:5-6

LORD Jesus, we praise You for You did not only teach us to love, but You are Love. Forgive us, LORD, whenever we do not take Your Word to heart. Help us to love You, the very Word of God, and to grow in the grace and knowledge that comes from and through God’s Word. Enable us to draw nearer and nearer and to love you more and more every day so that Your Word takes deep root in our heart. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen

There is so much to do, but it seems that there is not enough time to accomplish all of it. The whole house is unclean and filled with clutter. How am I ever going to finish up cleaning and putting things in order before my guests arrive? I simply cannot do it!

Yes, you can! Just as easily as you could memorize a whole book or chapter of the Bible. How? By breaking down the overwhelming and huge task into bite-sized pieces.

True, in the case of a spontaneous announcement or the sudden arrival of guests at your doorstep, it might not be possible to get all of the cleanup done in time — but that’s another post for another day.

Let’s think of memorizing parts of God’s Word and/or making His Word sink into your heart. The trick is that we will have to work on it over and over again.

Remember what I have shared in Monday’s post about the incremental way of learning?

First of all, new concepts are broken down in bite-sized pieces. They are studied bit by bit. Once introduced, each new concept is constantly being reviewed — over and over again — until it is known by heart.

Listen to God’s Word at every place and at every hour today.

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Incremental but Continuous Growing

You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;
but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

2 Peter 3:17-18

LORD Jesus, we praise You for not leaving us without Your Counsel. Forgive us, O God we ask, whenever we are tempted to neglect the study of Your Word. Enable us to diligently seek Your Wisdom and Your Understanding, and help us to spread the Seed. One plants, another waters, but You, O God, will give the Increase. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

Incremental — The first time I had come across this fancy word was during our second time of homeschooling. It had been the number one selling point for the math curriculum, and we ended up buying and using this particular one.

What happens while students are learning the incremental way? Two things. First of all, new concepts are broken down in bite-sized pieces. They are studied bit by bit. Once introduced, each new concept is constantly being reviewed — over and over again — until it is known by heart.

The more the student grows in the knowledge of a certain fact, because it is continuously practiced by her, the greater the gap between the exercises will be. There will never come a time, though, when she will not come across this concept again. It will just happen that, from a specific time onward, she will get to use her knowledge in a more sporadic way.

Her learning of new concepts will be incremental, but she will continuously grow in using the old ones as well as the newer ones.

Incremental and continuous growing faith — that will be our topic for this week.

Continue to pray, sing, and study God’s Word today.

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Many Members, One Body

But now indeed there are many members, yet one body.

1 Corinthians 12:20

LORD Jesus, we praise You for You spoke and everything was made perfect in its time. All things were created through You and for You, and without You nothing was made that was made. Enable us to look to You to find the complete picture. Help us to focus on Your Word which sets the frame and boundaries for our life. Guide us in helping and encouraging others to find and stay in that perfect place that You have created them for. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

Every member has to be in place. A larger puzzle is usually made of many more pieces than a smaller sized one. No matter its size, though, each individual part of it needs to find its right place — the place it was made for. Without it the jigsaw puzzle is not complete.

Another thing to remember is that all of these pieces have to be of one and the same puzzle. It would not work to insert pieces of another jigsaw puzzle to fill the empty spaces. If one of the original pieces of the puzzle is missing or broken, the whole picture cannot be completed.

What is true for the puzzle is true also for the community. No matter how large or small the family (or any other community) is, to keep things in order, every member has to stick to the role and place in its time for which he or she has been created for.

Remember the “tricky” puzzle pieces in Wednesday’s post? They seem to fill the place but they were not made for it. Sometimes a member of a community might end up in a wrong place, too. I’m not referring to a specific family role or church or denomination here, although that could be the case.

I’m thinking more of things like God-given gifts. Sometimes a person will try to do the job which another person would be suited for in a much better way. Then it is time to set aside the one without the gift, and encourage the one who has been gifted for the job.

Which member of the Body is God calling you to encourage today?

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