A very wise and witty business consultant would write a newsletter to his clients and dispense his pearls gleaned from years of private consulting. One essay dealt with the futility of always looking for the big move; some single thing we could do in our practices and double our gross receipts. This was, in his view, an unrealistic expectation derived from quantum leaps we enjoyed in the early days of our business when, proceeding from zero, we enjoyed large percentage increases if we just kept going to work. He chronicled the phenomena like this: " You started your practice. Then you installed a phone and your gross doubled. Several months later, you unlocked your front door and your practice doubled again...". Of course his point is that those big gains in the beginning, the simple achievement of going from 1 to 2 represented a dramatic 100% growth rate and depended on our just continuing to breathe. As the enterprise matured, gains were smaller and harder won. I've come to understand this as a phenomena in our spiritual lives.
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all;
20 he protects all his bones,
not one of them will be broken.
21 Evil will slay the wicked;
the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord will rescue his servants;
no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned
Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
“Further, it (the surrendered heart) is dedicated to enjoy God. It chooses Him as its portion, its happiness, all and in all. It consents to find all its satisfaction in Him and Him alone, whether it be in the loss of every other channel of happiness or by His filling all the springs of life with Himself.”
Excerpt From: A. B. Simpson. “Wholly Sanctified.” WingSpread Publishers
A generation ago, propelled effectively by mass publishing and television, the word of faith movement swept the nation and the world. Though not new, the idea that man could bring about change in his physical environment and being by believing in and speaking God's Word rather than passively accepting every tragedy and assault as " at God's hand" and of His will struck a chord with a great number of believers;that His will might actually be for us to prosper and be in good health, but that it was our steadfast belief in that will as stated in His word, that would change our circumstances.