CATCH THE FOXES THAT DESTROY OUR LOVE
Song of Songs 2:15
Catch the foxes for us, The little foxes that spoil and ruin the vineyards [of love],
While our vineyards are in blossom.”
In the last message, I shared about the “Banqueting Table and God’s Banner over us being Love.” It centered around the fact that God’s Banner is a protection and a declaration of dedication (click here).
In this message I am focusing on the little foxes that try to destroy the vineyard. We must be aware of the sly and seemingly little foxes trying to hinder our relationship with the Lord. They try to raid our blossoming vineyard, which represents our fruitful relationship with the Lord.
MY ENCOUNTER WITH FOXES IN THE VINEYARD
In the recording below, I am sharing about my childhood and teenager years spent in the vineyard and fruit fields in Germany. How my grandmother would warn us about the deep holes the foxes dig and when you run through the field, those can trip you up.
I continue with what the little foxes represent and how the root of bitterness can spring up and defile many (see Hebrews 12). How important it is to have the Light of Jesus Christ to search our inner being and expose all darkness lurking deep down.
GUARD YOUR HEART
The little foxes must be removed from the vineyard, which represents our love relationship with Jesus. All potential threats to the relationship must be uprooted. Very often it is the little things, the things overlooked, that can spoil our values. Haven’t you noticed that our values and our character is under attack? Why? Because when we become mature in Christ, we will be able to run the race with endurance and leave childish things behind. It is great to be child-like, which means we are teachable and receive from the Lord freely, but being childish points to immaturity and foolishness. I elaborate on this in more depth in the recording.
GO TELL THAT FOX
“Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.” Luke 13:32
Jesus calls Herod, the king, a fox as a rebuke and to expose his selfish, manipulative, crafty nature. Jesus used this word picture of a fox in a negative way. Therefore, this is another warning on what the reference to foxes are all about and what it can teach us.
A small disclaimer here, I happen to like foxes and the negative word picture serves only to give us more insight and discernment.
I encourage everyone to listen to the recording for more detailed teaching on the subject. Due to technical problems during the recording, I ended up repeating it. Therefore you can choose the longer message vs. the shorter one below.
Message 18 min.
Longer message 29 min.
For His Glory,