I am challenged by Sarah Young’s statement in Jesus Always, “Your life is a gift from Me, consisting of millions upon millions of moments.” I stop to ask myself, “How do I fill my millions of moments? What opportunities exist within these multiple moments?” Jesus’ response to my questions is found within more of Sarah’s words, “Fill your moments with My presence.”
“Millions upon millions” is a phrase that causes me to think about several spiritual progressions.
Glory to Glory
But we all, with open face beholding as in 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.
I Corinthians 3:18 NKJV
In Qualities of a Spiritual Warrior, Graham Cooke says we are always learning how to be changed from glory to glory into God’s likeness. “In Christ” is our starting point. “Christ in us” is our finishing point. We move from the first glorious state of salvation to our destiny as sons and daughters of the Most High. Cooke points out that each stage we pass though reveals more of God’s nature. The New International Version of I Corinthians 3:18 uses the words, “being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory.”
Daily, the Holy Spirit promotes Christ to us and Christ in us as the hope of glory. Our Heavenly Father deals with us through the context of eternal glory. Glory to glory.
Let’s consider another progression.
Grace upon Grace
For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.
John 1:16 NASB
Hebrews 4:16 says, “We draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
There is grace – and then there is more grace. There is an inexhaustible supply of grace always available to us!
The New International Version uses the phrase, “received grace in place of grace already given.” This could mean that old grace is replaced with new grace. As we grow from glory to glory, our understanding of grace increases. So, we gain new grace. We can never deplete His supply of grace. God always extends grace upon grace.
Faith to Faith
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith;
as it is written, “BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH
Romans 1:17 NASB
Hebrews 11:1 defines faith. “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Our faith grows as our walk with the Lord deepens. We go from glory to glory as we receive grace upon grace. This results in our growing from faith to faith. Ephesians 2:8 declares, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”
Faith is not passive. Right words, right thoughts, right actions – all allow us to grow from faith to faith.
Line upon Line
Precept upon Precept
Whom will he teach knowledge?
And whom will he make to understand the message? . . .
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept,
Line upon line, line upon line. Here a little, there a little.”
Isaiah 28:9-10 NKJV
II Timothy 3:14-17 validates the words of Isaiah. “You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
Our understanding of God grows when we repeatedly read the precepts and lines of scripture. Hearing the same Bible stories again and again influences nd increases our faith. Throughout our spiritual walk, we continually gain a deeper knowledge of God’s Word.
Little by Little
The LORD your God will drive out those nations before you, little by little.
You will not be allowed to eliminate them all at once,
or the wild animals will multiply around you.
Whatever progression we may be encountering, we will always go from level to level little by little. This can be difficult because we want what we want now. We do not like waiting.
The writer of Deuteronomy refers to “little by little” as the means by which the Israelites would conquer their enemies in the Promised Land. God told His people that He was going to deliver them little by little. He knew that if everything happened at once, it would not be good for them. He was taking them on a journey and teaching them to trust Him and follow His leading.
Victoria Osteen has written, “I believe God is doing the same with you and me today. He is leading us, little by little. He’s teaching us to trust, little by little. He is revealing His plan, little by little. Don’t despise the day of small beginnings. Don’t get frustrated when things are not happening as quickly as you’d like. Just thank God that you are moving forward. Trust in His timing. Trust that He has your best interest at heart. Trust that He is leading you into victory as you keep moving forward, little by little!”
We are given millions and millions of moments to grow in our relationship with the Lord. Moment by moment we progress into His presence. However, we must remember that we never experience any of these progressions in our own power. In Zechariah 4:6, the Lord says, “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit.” Receive the power of the Holy Spirit! Allow the Spirit to lead you from glory to glory through grace upon grace so you may increase faith to faith. Learn line upon line and precept upon precept. Little by little, you will draw closer to God because James 4:8 says, “Come near to God and He will come near to you.”
Let us fill our millions of moments with God’s presence!
I conclude with the words of the old hymn Moment by Moment by Daniel Whittle.
Dying with Jesus, by death reckoned mine;
Living with Jesus, a new life divine;
Looking to Jesus till glory doth shine,
Moment by moment, O Lord, I am Thine.
(Refrain) Moment by moment I’m kept in His love;
Moment by moment I’ve life from above;
Looking to Jesus till glory doth shine;
Moment by moment, O Lord, I am Thine.
Never a trial that He is not there,
Never a burden that He doth not bear,
Never a sorrow that He doth not share,
Moment by moment, I under His care;
Never a heartache and never a groan,
Never a teardrop and never a moan;
Never a danger, but there on the throne,
Moment by moment, He thinks of His own.
Never a weakness that He doth not feel,
Never a sickness that He cannot heal;
Moment by moment, in woe or in weal,
Jesus, my Saviour, abides with me still.