FOXES NEAR THE HEN HOUSE
Conquering spiritual foxes can be challenging. As I collected eggs, my neighbor came near. His facial expression said all was not well.
“I thought it was a fox at first, but it was a wolf.”
“I thought it was a fox, but that was wishful thinking. I’m sure it was a wolf. Better watch them chickens! It checked them out and then headed down Old Road Trail.”
Immediately I counted my hens. All were accounted for. I checked the hot wire, walked the perimeter of the run, pressed on the coop wire to make sure it was secure, and checked for tracks. Owning hens meant diligent watchfulness since every forest-dwelling creature seemed to delight in hens as a midnight snack.
I thought the neighbor probably sighted its cousin the coyote since I’d heard coyote yips and squeals coming from the woods. But whatever enemy it was, this predator presented a danger to my hens. Coyotes could wipe out a flock in a single night, so even the wolf’s smaller cousin proved treacherous.
That night, I flooded the yard with lights just to be sure the intruder knew they’d be spotted and that there was no welcome mat for chicken snatchers at our homestead. The hens stayed safe, and a driving rain on the following days helped. Even when I was sure the creature would have sought the shelter of his den, the floodlights stayed on as extra security.
CONQUERING SPIRITUAL FOXES
Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes.~Song of Solomon 2:15 NKJV
That we decide is a sobering, but true assessment.
But we must conquer spiritual foxes if we want to be fruitful!
Is this an easy process? If we yield to “little” foxes, yes. But even if it’s a ravening wolf, Beloved still helps us. He will see us through no matter how long or how difficult the process takes. In Him, victory is sure over all creatures that haunt us.
How does the process work? Truth from God’s Word is like a spotlight, exposing the little foxes’ shadowy lies. Until all the shadowy distortions are dealt with, Beloved remains on the scene. Head knowledge isn’t good enough; Beloved’s Word must become heart knowledge to us. As our Bridegroom exposes the lies, flooding the spotlight of His Word on each situation, the little foxes run away.
Until the day breaks and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or a young stag upon the mountains of Bether.~Song of Solomon 2:17 NKJV
Beloved takes us to Bether Mountain—“Division Mountain.” This is where He conquers all that troubles us until we are in complete unity with Him. The anointing then flows, as described in Psalm 133, and we become spiritually fruitful and fox-free.
The timing is usually when we are experiencing growth in our ministry responsibilities. The enemy attempts to throw every harmful spiritual creature at us at these times when we are doing good. Why? If Satan can get us then, not only can he damage us, but he can also hinder our widening sphere of influence. Therefore, when we are ascending and gaining territory, we need to be very watchful.
But we need not fear.
Beloved is the gazelle, dancing upon the mountain of Bether, declaring our victory. He is the young stag, renewing our energy. He is protective of His Bride, available, waiting, and prepared to win the wars waged against our souls. As we yield to His loving inspection, our victory awaits, and every spiritual fox surrenders.
The Lord of the Dance is waiting, so dance with the Son. Step into the floodlight of Beloved’s Word and conquer Bether. Yield every spiritual “fox” to your Bridegroom, Jesus Christ. Freedom awaits when you do.
What “little fox” do you need to yield to Beloved’s loving inspection?
My Beloved Bridegroom, reveal to me the presence of any “little fox,” no matter how insignificant they may seem. Shine the spotlight of Your Word on the situation so I can attain victory by yielding every area to You. Amen.
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