“How To Block Your ‘Little Foxes’”
Another Patton Associates
One’s growth in Jesus can seem like it’s taking an eternity. However, He has led me to “know that I know, that I know” that everything of R-E-A-L value is simple. (Biblically R-E-A-L is my acronym for Relational ~ Engaging ~ Authentic ~ Life-giving — © gfp ’42™.)
As an example, if I had understood, fully, the power of just “believing” what God says about everything in life, I could have saved myself some problems and helped others better as well. If I just could have remembered that the New Covenant Greek word for ‘believe’ includes the sense of “putting trust in”.
In the last few years, however, I have seen that “little foxes” had gotten into the fields of my relationships with God and others, plus other areas of my life, and were “spoiling the blooming vineyard”. (See graphic, Song of Songs 2:15 to the left and here.) I did not yet recognize, fully, that believing, and faith, are like yeast. They can have both an upside, or a downside, depending on in what one believes.
For example, I often found it easier to have faith for the less significant things in my life. But other times, I would leave room for unbelief to creep in regarding the bigger things with which I was dealing.
The Gospels have 100+ references to believing. That should have told me something in the first year of walking out my new life in Jesus. But, I missed it. Regrettably also, no one I heard, or read, back then taught it in a way that helped me to experience an “Ah hah”, either.
The promises of God, which number into the thousands, cover every area of life. To get to the place of complete “trust in” means that the peace and Word of God needs to dwell in true Jesus Followers …richly! (Colossians 3:16) Only this way, will we be able to keep the ravaging dogs of unbelief at bay, always.
I have still not ‘arrived’, fully yet, in this area. But, through the power of Holy Spirit, continuing to evolve me from the inside out, I am becoming increasingly better aware of when unbelief, or doubt, is starting to creep into my thinking or heart. And Holy Spirit is accomplishing that Godly improvement in me, like all others, in His way, and in His time!
A true Jesus Follower’s believing does not just affect us alone. Our beliefs impact everyone around us, I sense. Corporate believing and faith multiples the action-effectiveness of everyone in the local Body of Jesus.
Father, please grace us to better and easier block the demonic “Little Foxes” trying to force their way into our lives.
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Blessings in Jesus all …’till next we interact!
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