The Little Foxes

The other evening my wife received a text message from a friend.  She told a side splitting story about her recent experience with a snake.  Hang in there, I will get to the foxes.  This dear girl was so frightened by the snake that she ran around to the front of the house and broke the door knob off trying to get into the house “before the snake could catch her and eat her”.  Oh my!

This dear girl is deeply afraid of snakes and I don’t blame her either.  I once shot one in half with my bb gun out of shear terror after stepping over it in the barn lot.

My point today is this.  In both instances we were going through life and wham-o, a snake appeared in each of our lives.  Look at Song of Solomon 2:15, “Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.”  To “spoil” the vines means literally to twist them together.  Trust me, if you found one of these little foxes or a snake in your world ti would twist some things together, for sure.

The enemy of our soul patiently waits to put things in our life like the snakes or the little foxes.  Here is where the rub comes in.  How do you and I respond to these snakes or little foxes?  That will make all the difference in the world as to the outcome of the situation.

Our friend waited for her dad to come home from work and kill the snake.  Sometimes you cannot wait on someone else and you must act and not react.  The next time you see an obstacle make it an opportunity instead.

So, how are you doing?

Are You Ready?

On Wednesday evening while patiently waiting for the ladies Bible study to come to a close we heard a scream.  Our Pastor and I walked quickly to the roadside and saw taillights down the road.  I told him to tell my wife I would be back.  While I was waiting for the diesel truck I am borrowing to warm up to start Pastor jumped in with me.  We took off to the scene.

What an experience!  There was a small vehicle like a Plymouth Neon or something similar.  A man was walking around the vehicle and looking off the side of the road.  A female was doing the same thing.  When we pulled up the female walked to the front of the vehicle and began to look it over.  The male told us in poor English that they had hit a big buck.  By the looks of their vehicle they may have bumped into a big buck; but, they did not hit one.  The only damage was their front license place was bent at the bottom in the middle.  There was one casualty.  It appeared that the big buck stepped on a small frog in the roadway as he crossed in front of the car and was bumped.  We all had a good laugh over that.

The man nor the woman were hurt.  They were deeply shaken up; but, unharmed.  As they began to leave I reached into my shirt pocket and got a gospel tract that has a smiley face on the front and says, “Smile, God loves you!”.  I put it into his hand and clasped my hands around his and I told him, “When you calm down, read this.”  I don’t know if he ever will; but, one thing is for sure.  I did my part in giving him the gospel.  It is up to him to do with the gospel as he wants.

My point?  I Peter 3:15, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”.  You never know what situation you will come upon and you had better be ready.  In the early years of my ministry I was exhorted many times to, “Be ready to preach, pray, sing or die.”  I assure I would rather preach or pray and I will die trying to sing.

So, how are you doing?

One For The Money

When someone comes in contact with Jesus they are at a place where a decision has to be made.  In the account of what we call “the rich young ruler” we see this.  Here is a young man that the Word of God tells us “for he had great possessions”.  Someone once said, “It is not a sin to have possessions.  It is a sin for possessions to have you.”  There is wisdom for all ages in that truth.

Jesus lovingly confronts this man where he lives so to speak.  Jesus knows all about him and knows he has “great possessions”.  He also knows that these possessions had this young man.  So, in love for this young ruler, Jesus confronts him where he needs to be confronted.

Now, this young man had a choice.  He could continue to trust in his possessions and his good works or he could put his full faith and trust in Jesus.  The results are seen in Matthew 19:22, “But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.”  Here was a “rich young ruler” that was possessed by his possessions.  He had the opportunity to be possessed by Jesus Christ; but, passed up the greatest opportunity of his life.

So, how are you doing?

Opportunity

During a few years of serving the LORD in the soul-winning ministry at the fairs I had many experiences.  So many stand out as bad and some as good.

People go about their daily lives seemingly without a care or at least that is what they portray.  I would suppose that most of the people we pass on a daily basis are really wanting to just explode on the inside.  We all face pressure from the inside and out.  The problem is that we try to mask this pressure and try to live like every thing is just peachy.  Eventually it will catch up to a person.  Sometimes it manifests as mental problems.  Sometimes is manifests as health problems.  Rest assured it will manifest in some way or another some day. It is like an older lady said of old age, “It is like being pregnant.  It is going to show on you some day.”  Well…

So many people pass up the opportunity to put their trust in Jesus Christ.  They do not realize the offer they are walking away from.  One day they will look back and wish they had taken the opportunity.  Some will live for eternity in regret for this.

The people that break my heart the most are those that think they have it all together.  They think they have it all figured out.  They believe that if they do enough good that the scales will tip their way in the end.  I have sad news for those that think this way.  Wrong!  When they stand before God they will be eternally sorry.  Take a look at the scene in the Bible.  Read Matthew 25:41, “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:”

Notice this judgement was prepared for “the devil and his angels”.  God never intended for man to spend eternity in hell.  Man sets his destiny in hell when he resists and rejects God’s loving plea for salvation.  God sends no man to hell.  Man sends himself there by his refusal to trust Jesus Christ for salvation.

So, how are you doing?