Laura Hendy - Little Things - Pukekohe, New Zealand - 2002

I have appreciated being here and never ever thought I would be here. I have appreciated the oneness and unity amongst God's children and impressed with how God has progressed His people and ministry and His Truth is in the Earth. It is nice when we can mingle like this and we do not feel there is anything strange, and we feel as if we have known people all our lives and I always have a fear lest I would lose the appreciation of these things. 

 

I have tried to think of life being so brief and eternity sure, and then we think of the responsibility of keeping God's way pure. Someone said we would like to pass what we have in our hearts to others just as we have received it in its purity, not in any way contaminated or added to it. This is a wonderful privilege to be true and to have this right standard and to keep Jesus before us in His purity. If we waver, it is not pure; it is not true any more. I was thinking of things that would hinder it. We have often heard of the Devil having a wedge and he puts the thin edge of the wedge first, and then he keeps at it until it gets wider and wider and then the door is open.


 

Songs of Solomon 2:15, "Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes." God wants to put true desires in our hearts in this place and we wouldn't want to let any little thing in to take away our desires. Someone told us a story a few years ago about a young girl in Western Canada.  She went to convention and several things were said.  It was said, "Go to the middle of God's will and stay there." She knew there were things that she could leave that would help her to get into the centre of God's will and she got rid of all the things, books, clothes, and things and she felt they were just little things but they were just hindering her from being pure so that the standard would be lifted up. Her mother was so pleased. It was only a week later that girl passed away. It was a great comfort to her mother and all who knew her to know that she made that commitment at convention and she carried it through. I do not suppose there were any big things, but we have to be careful to get rid of things. Reading books take time. It is the little things. The little foxes - they can be very pretty. Some of the things that can hinder us from getting the very best can be something like that. If they are hindering us from giving God His rightful time, then they are not right.


 

Ecclesiastes 10:1, "Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour." Folly does not always have to be big; it is just something that is not profitable. Flies are not very big, but they are obnoxious. The ointment of the apothecary - God's love, and things God would like to put in our lives. A little hardness could hinder us. We could have a little pride and it is very obnoxious. Other people may not know it, but it would take away our desires for better things.


 

Malachi 3:8, "Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, 'Wherein have we robbed thee?' In tithes and offerings." If we bring an offering to God, He will bless it. When we take advantage of someone else, we have done it to God. "As much as ye have done it unto one of these little ones, you have done it unto Me." Faithfulness in little things is a great thing. Kill the spider and get rid of the cobwebs. We all have to work on the doing to keep it in subjection. Our minds keep the thoughts and have an influence over our tongue. As someone said about the tongue, the Bible says it cannot be tamed. Someone says you can tame a wild animal, and you can trust it but you cannot afford to let your tongue go loose. We can use our tongue to bless others and we want others to benefit.

 

We need to keep away from troubled waters, whirl pool.


There are mud pools - if you go too close, you can be pulled in and cannot do anything about it.


Judas. Satan was making suggestions to Judas for a good while. What happened to Judas didn't happen overnight. Judas said when the alabaster box was broken, it was a waste. Satan was putting thoughts there. The Devil was like a back-seat driver and he was making suggestions. Then the time came Satan got into the driver's seat and Judas was powerless - he couldn't do anything. A little piece of gravel, a little pebble - if it gets under the carpet, it is hard to open and shut the door. A little hardness against God, a little misunderstanding - when you go into pray, you cannot close the door.