The Little Foxes (3)
You are most welcome again to another great week. Last week, I continued with the teaching by mentioning some other foxes that can destroy a marriage and expatiated on them.
This week, I will be teaching on The Price to pay for having these foxes in a home. They are as follows:
God’s Word in Numbers 11:1 says that: And when the people complained, it displeased the Lord: and the Lord heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the Lord burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.
When people murmur, the wrath of God is invited.
It can be implied in the case of the Israelites in the above scripture, that when God heard their complaining, murmuring, and grumbling, He became angry with them. The Bible records that even though they were His chosen people, the fire of the Lord still went into their midst to destroy some of them. It was the fire of the Lord that consumed them and not the fire of the devil. Please beware of this little fox, because it can bring about destruction from the Lord.
This fox causes whatever good or benefit one might have been enjoying either from God or man to be withdrawn.
In a home where the efforts of the wife or the husband are not being appreciated, it results in discouragement and withdrawal. This way, ingratitude will only be on the increase, which can further result into tension and strife in the home.
Keeping a wrong company or association can lead to a loss of life as can be seen in the Word of God, in the case of Amnon, who kept company with a bad friend named Jonadab. He got a wrong counsel from him, carried it out, and paid dearly for it with his life (2 Samuel 13). He died, and did not live to tell the story, while his bad friend Jonadab lived! What a pathetic situation!
Associating with children of Belial, sons of the devil and receiving counsel from them can lead you to taking a wrong step, which can invariably cause you to trouble your own home, and end up in a divorce.
Bitterness – refusing to let go of people’s wrongs is wickedness, and is evil in the sight of God. It incurs the anger and wrath of God, and causes one to be delivered to the tormentors. Such tormentors are afflictions, and they include poverty, sickness, barrenness, etc.
People that choose to walk in bitterness, refusing to forgive others of their sins also never receive forgiveness from God. If God does not forgive a man, how shall he escape?
This indeed is a subtle fox that invites destruction into a home. Pride and destruction go together; anywhere pride is found, its companion, destruction is close by. The Word of God says: Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 13:20) Pride always leads to a fall and abases. No matter how highly placed or how exalted a man might be, the moment he becomes proud, he will be abased and humbled.
It also turns the face of God against a man, because God resists proud people (1 Peter 5:5). Lucifer, who used to be the son of the morning, the anointed cherub that covereth, who had command of a third of the angels of God, was beautifully created, and made of all manner of precious stones crashed! Pride began springing up in him and the moment God spotted it in him, cast him out down to hell (Isaiah 14:12-15).
In the same vein, no matter how exalted a person might be, once he starts lifting himself up against God and his or her spouse, a casting down becomes inevitable.
This leads to untold pain, hardship, strife and tension in a home. God’s Word in Ecclesiastes 10:15 states: The labour of the foolish wearieth everyone of them, because he knoweth not how to go into the city. Ignorance in a home can be likened to foolishness, because the right and wise way to do things in the marriage covenant as laid down by God is unknown to the parties. So the trial and error method becomes the order of the day, resulting into all kinds of frustrations.
To escape the sorrow that these little foxes can bring, you need to hand your life over to Jesus, by confessing your sins and consciously accepting Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour. If you are ready for this new birth experience, you need to say this prayer of faith and be committed to it:
Dear Lord, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Now I know I am born again!
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