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April 18, 2018

Little Foxes – How to defeat them in 4 days Pt.3

by Alvaro Lima

Last week’s little foxes showed us how easily they can creep in and destroy our relationship with God. How do this week’s foxes work? What are their strategies? And then say Let’s find out.

INDIFFERENCE: The selfish little fox

If this little fox is left to roam free, it not only blinds the person but also steals the opportunity of salvation from others. The selfish little fox leads the person to become indifferent towards their neighbour and towards the needs of the house of God.

The ‘me, me, me’ mentality sets in and the person no longer cares about saving souls, sharing their testimony with others and giving others the opportunity to hear the gospel and be saved. They stop tithing, forgetting that this holy act of faithfulness to God is also a vital tool in the spreading of the gospel.

The selfish haze that now blurs their vision makes them forget their main function for still being alive: to save souls.

“Thus speaks the Lord of hosts, saying: ‘This people says, “The time has not come, the time that the Lord’s house should be built.” Then the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet, saying, “Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins?” Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: “Consider your ways! You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but do not have enough; you drink, but you are not filled with drink; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; and he who earns wages,earns wages to put into a bag with holes.” (Haggai 1:2-6)

RESENTMENT: The angry little fox

This is a crafty little fox! Bitter indignation at having been treated unfairly is a potent spoiler of our vineyards. The secret to driving it away is to completely forgive those who wrong us.

“But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful” (Luke 6:35-37)

COMPLACENCY: The busy/negligent little fox 

The new age of fast everything and of innovations to entertain and make life easier serves as a perfect environment for this negligent little fox to thrive if left free to creep in. Due to today’s lifestyle, people become too busy with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, outings, fashion, parties, making money, making a ‘name for themselves’ and many other social engagements, that their schedule is simply much too busy to fit God in.

It’s interesting that people make time for everything else, but when it comes to the spiritual life, complacency takes over. They no longer spend quality time with God in prayer. They are too tired to hear His words or invest in getting to understand His mind through Bible meditation.

There’s suddenly not enough hours in the day for them to set aside time for fasting or even attending services; but yet, they have time to catch up with the latest likes, shares and re-posts on social media first thing in the morning.

“…You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.” (Mark 12.30)

 

 

 

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