Little Foxes Spoil the Vines but You Can Arise and Shine

 This morning started out in such a foul way. Everything was just so off and the enemy took it and ran with it. To the point that I almost skipped church because of everything that took place. I shared on Facebook that it’s the little foxes that spoil the vines. And the things that happened this morning were such small things but I acted in such an ungodly way that I was then embarrassed and ashamed. And at that point I didn’t feel worthy to sit in Gods house today. It is so hard to forgive yourself when you have acted in just a childish and ungodly fashion.

….Solomon 2:15 (NIV) Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.

Feeling unworthy to be in Gods house; I had to remember I am His house as the Holy Spirit lives in me. However, the enemy was screaming at me; it’s then a battlefield of the mind , that I have done it now because a true child of God wouldn’t have lost it thus, yelling at their child over dishes and a shirt! But as I said it’s the little foxes that spoil the vines. Was it all worth loosing my joy??!!  NO!!! These minor details are two things that drive me nuts. Did I handle it correctly; NO! Did I learn a lesson; YES! 

A very smart man said this week that when we miss up, write it down and the lesson  learned  and use it to help us grow. So this is exactly what I am doing but glorifying God in all of it. Just after asking Samantha for forgiveness; apologizing to Khloe for being rude in front of  her and after asking forgiveness from God, I wrote a post. In the Proverbs 27 Women Sharpening Women group{God asked me to create for Him 2 weeks ago}I shared the following message:

“When the enemy comes at you and you lose it. Then you get in your prayer closet where you ask God to forgive you and to give you a Word this morning!”

“Ladies, I’m just being real this morning. Sometimes it’s just the little things in life that throws us out of sorts. God is working on me to handle those small things in a different way, in a Godly way. I even said I wasn’t going to church this morning because of little things that had happened. But I know it was a trick of the enemy to try to keep me away today. So I prayed, ask God to forgive me and I’m getting ready for church!”  ……. The picture with this blog is the message I received when I opened my Bible…Arise, shine;  For  your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. Isaiah 60:1

I didn’t feel worthy enough to be with God’s people today but that is exactly what the enemy wanted. He was trying his best to keep me separated, in condemnation, depressed and at a loss of joy. You see if the enemy can keep us apart from others and make us feel unworthy; then its hard to praise God, pray or even read the Word. Thus destroying us and keeping us from infecting others with the glorious gospel.

 However, our God is greater and in the end I went to church and was suppose to be there. Was it hard it praise God? YES it was but I remembered what I have learned over the years… when you don’t feel like doing it, do it anyway. For when you are able to praise God when don’t feel like it, it makes satan mad and God is rejoicing because we are going against our flesh. Because trust me although God had forgiven me the enemy was still there trying to remind me of how I had acted this morning; thus making it difficult to raise my hands to God and praise Him! But the message was right on time! And the lessons I learned this morning at home and in church is one I will not forget! Lesson Learned… it’s time I arise and shine!

The message was about being commissioned  for God. I have a mission, a mandate, a message and have been sealed with a promise. I am more than what I have become! It’s so easy to get discouraged and to give up! We have a job to do for God and our ministry starts in us and then in our home. We are to live the Word in front of our children and spouse if we are blessed to have them!

Some of us have believed the lies of the enemy that we are of no effect and do not have a purpose. But I have learned that we each have a purpose on this earth for the Kingdom of God. We must first surrender. He sees us, His children righteous, holy and blameless; as satan is trying to deceive us. God has formed, fashioned and equipped me for such a time as this! No matter how much I have blown it, this does not stop my commission! I am to take the gospel to the world. Pastor Jim said “Everybody can touch somebody and the first one is at home!  We are teaching one to reach many!”

Oh just so you know how God works!…… the enemy may have thought that my post this morning would shown people that I am weak; but I had two sisters write me on the post. The first one said “As Pastor Arnold use to say, FIDO.. Forget it Drive On! “ I so needed to hear this and will remember this from now on because as a Child of God; I am not perfect and will miss the mark again. But I will remember the lessons learned today! The second Sister really needed my post today as she said the following: “Thank you, Donna! I needed that this morning. I’m tired after a busy few day of  travel and wedding celebration! I’m fighting the seasonal crud! I’m coming up with excuses to stay comfy in my sweats on the couch. Thank you – I’m heading to church to worship our wonderful God. “

Being so transparent and sharing my morning with my Proverbs 27 Sisters; God took something bad and used it for His Glory! My second sister went to church to hear the word of God and to be with her brother and sisters in Christ. If she had stayed home; she would have missed out on what God had for her. And I too; if I had stayed home I would have missed out on what God had for me today!

 I told Samantha that “The little foxes that spoil the vines” means that I have to learn to deal with those little things in a Godly way so that I am ready to receive the gift God has for me. God has a husband chosen for me; this I know! But, what good will it be if he and I get together and I am still not handling things as I should. With three divorces behind me; I do not want another divorce! I want a marriage that honors the Father and it be used to minister to the world and  to our children that marriage is good!

My first place of ministry is in my home; if I can’t minister to my husband and children; then I most defiantly can’t minister to the world. God has just given me revelation as I am sitting here writing! Praise God!!  …….The valuable vineyard can be destroyed by the little foxes (my attitude, actions, reactions, how I handle things). I must catch the foxes that spoil the vines; in other words I must take preventative measures to prevent any harm to come to our love and our marriage. By this, I must press in to God and seek Him and learn to trust Him and not act in the flesh! I must overcome my fleshly desires to act or react in an ungodly way! God wants to bless me with my forever earthly husband and best friend; however I must be ready to receive this beautiful gift He has for me!

…Judges 15:4(NIV) So he went out and caught three hundred foxes and tied them tail to tail in pairs. He then fastened a torch to every pair of tails.

…Psalm 63:10 (AMP)They shall be given over to the power of  the sword: They shall be a portion for foxes.

…Ezekiel 13:4(KJV) O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts.

Solomon 2:14 – 15(NIV) My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely. Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.

Lessons learned …. I love it when God gives me revelation knowledge. He is waiting on me!

So whatever you are going through today, trust God! As I am asking Him to deliver me from such actions and attitudes that are unpleasing to Him; think for a moment. Is there anything that needs improvement in your life? What is holding back the promises? What foxes are spoiling your vineyard? It’s our time to arise and shine…. Catch those foxes before they catch you! Let’s stop allowing satan to steal our promises of God!

 

To God Be All the Glory & Honor!

Much Love,

Donna

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