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A Daily Word from the Word for Tuesday, May 27, 2014

“Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes.” – Song of Solomon 2:15

Too many times, it is the little things, the “little foxes” that keep us from moving forward in the Lord, receiving His best, and from receiving the Father’s most excellent Fruit of the Vine (His Character), Who is Jesus Christ. As many of God’s sons and daughters are preparing to move into their expectant and promised new season, let us not overlook those little things which can very well bring spoil and detriment to the fresh places that God has created for us to step into.

What are these “little foxes?” The Hebrew word for “little” as used here is qatan (pr. kaw-tawn) and means “literally in quantity, size or number; or figuratively in age or importance.” The “foxes” found in this verse are shaul (pr. shoo-awl), and are “jackals (as a burrower), to hollow out, a handful” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, a “burrow” is “a passage or gallery formed in or under the skin by the wandering of a parasite”; and a “jackal” is “a person who performs routine or menial tasks for another.”

Who or what are you letting get under your skin, my brother? Who are you allowing to manipulate and control you by keeping you bound with a false sense of loyalty and gratitude, my sister? What attitudes are you allowing to burrow under your skin, thereby causing the parasites of bitterness, resentment, unforgiveness, lust, betrayal, control, abuse, anger, hatred, loneliness, and emptiness to feast on your soul, family? It is the seemingly little things: slight attitudes, small liberties, diminutive acts of transgression, minor blow-ups, and slight falling away, that will feast on your soul like an infestation of blood-sucking mosquitoes, and collectively cause you to shipwreck- drop by drop, and piece by piece.

We are to “catch,” to achaz (pr. aw-khaz) these little foxes; which is “to seize, take, fasten, handle.” How do you handle your anger, my brother? Do you handle it well, or is it out of control? Do you seize it and lay it at the foot of the Cross, or do you continue to feed this little fox? And what about you, my sister? Are you fastening that emptiness and loneliness to the Cross of the Christ, or are you allowing that loneliness to fasten to your heart, hoping that the next man you let in will satisfy you when only God can fill that void? Proverbs 4:23 sounds the alarm and exposes the fraud as it screams throughout the universe: “Guard your heart!”

Little foxes are wild animals, and wild animals are deadly. Too many people try to tame wild animals and make them pets. In their arrogance and pride, they think that they can master what has become wild; when in truth, these disloyal creatures are simply tolerating their deceived, lulling them into a false sense of security before they do what they are made to do: turn on their prey and destroy, steal, maim, or kill.

We must allow God’s Holy Spirit to continue to cultivate our vineyards, so the good ground of our heart can grow and protect the vines which will bring forth the most delicious grapes, and emit the Fragrance of God’s Holy Bouquet.

Father, thank You for Your Word. Most Fragrant Lord, help us to catch and cast out the little foxes that may seem so innocent, but come to steal, kill, and destroy. Supernaturally impart your Divine Wisdom into our spirit so we can recognize the foxes. Give us the courage and the strength to drive them away; thus protecting our vineyards. In Jesus Name, we thank You for keeping us vigilant, Oh God, so our vines grow healthy and strong, and produce the most delicious grapes for Your Glory and Honor. Amen and Amen.

Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to tend to the vineyard of your heart by the Power of God’s Holy Spirit. Choose to always keep a watchful eye and maintain a Godly attitude. Allow God’s Word to edify and equip you so that every ungodly thing is burned up by His Holy Spirit Fire. And continue to fight the good fight of keeping out the little foxes; for God, your Hound of Heaven, has already given you the victory!

If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!

God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.

Jesus is coming soon!

May God Bless you and keep you always.

With warmest regards,

And, in service of The Most High King,


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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.

All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2014, unless otherwise noted.

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