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“But I will not drive them out in a single year … little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land.” Exodus 23:29-30, NIV. These scriptures are not on the highlight reel of the Bible but when I read over them the other day the words, “little by little” lit up my spirit. God promised the nation of Israel that He would give them land abundant with material wealth and promised to provide their day-to-day necessities. They probably thought, “Wow God, that’s awesome – thanks.” What they didn’t know at…

“Joseph made the sons of Israel swear an oath. He said, ‘God will surely come to you. Then you must carry my bones up from this place.’ So Joseph died at the age of 110. After they embalmed him, his body was placed in a coffin in Egypt” (Genesis 50:25-26, New English Translation). Joseph was only seventeen years old when his brothers sold him as a slave and he was carried into Egypt. Many great lessons are learned from his life—integrity, perseverance, forgiveness. These are all notable characteristics, but his testimony does not stop there. One of the greatest lessons…

“For who will hearken unto you in this matter? but as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike.”  I Samuel 30:24 David and his band of followers had been given refuge by King Achish, and were willing to go to battle with him, but the rest of the princes refused to have him. When David and his men returned to the town where their families were, they found that it had been invaded, burned with fire, and all their women had been taken captive. …