9/01/16 A Fence Around Your Heart
“You must understand that it is necessary to covet My relationship with you as your priority in life. It must be the most important element in your life or the enemy of your soul will chip away at it, until it no longer resembles the kind of relationship that I intended for you.
"Our communion is deteriorated by many small factors that, when combined, add up to your being cold, confused, and incapable of coming to Me as your source for everything. Starting as small as holding a grudge, adding the entertaining of a lust, mixed with a small amount of unforgiveness, stirred by a smidgeon of jealousy; and little by little, you have separated yourself from Me. Is it any wonder that you can’t hear My voice, or even desire to spend time with Me? Satan has you hamstrung. He has built a fence around your heart and separated it from hearing My call to holiness.
"You must resume your original zeal for Me and My Word. They must once again be your priority. Each moment that you hold anything between Us, or against anyone, the less you will want to change. Turn now. Shake off all of the strongholds and pet sins that hinder you from being free. Time is too short for you to be ineffective in doing My work. I need you to be free and able to hear My voice. I am waiting.”
Galatians 5:1 AMP
In [this] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off].
Gal. 5:7-10 NIV
7) You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth?
8) That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.
9) “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.”
10) I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion will pay the penalty, whoever he may be.
I heard once that an alligator - or maybe a crocodile, what do I know - eventually overcomes its prey one small bite at a time. I was told that it will grab a small bite with its vise-grip jaws and hold on, waiting for an opportunity to get a larger bite; and then larger still until it has gained complete control.
That premise is very much like sin destroying our relationship with the Lord. It isn’t very often that we see how a small stronghold or pet sin could be so dangerous. But it really is.
Each time we fall, it is a little easier to fall again if we don’t immediately repent. It then becomes easier to hold the next sin, until we develop patterns of cultivating little sins rather than patterns of pursuing holiness. That is deadly to true fellowship with the Lord. The subtlety of that kind of pattern is that if it becomes our lifestyle, we are already defeated without knowing it. We become desensitized to its horrors.
Never really getting intimate with God, we are constantly struggling through the mire of half-hearted service and surface praise and worship, wondering why we feel so cold. Satan loves to keep us there because we are of little danger to his plans. The Lord hates for us to be there because He knows the danger that lies around the next stronghold. He knows that we are very close to spiritual death and complete ineffectiveness with regard to souls should the pattern continue.
Needing to break all old patterns,