LITTLE FOXES THAT SPOIL THE VINE – FRED OBETOH

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In our lives, there are some minor things that we do yet overlook them, because we see and term them as minor. These little foxes are detrimental to our wellbeing as Christians. The major aim of these little foxes is to contaminate and destroy our relationship with God and fellowship with fellow brethren. They are not external but internal, they are invisible hence their ability to wreck so much havoc in our lives and homes.
Question now is: what are these little foxes??

– Anger, wrath – The Bible advices us in Ephesians 4 verse 31 to be free from anger and not to begrudge anybody. When we bear grudge it stops our blessings from God.

-White lie – a little untruth here and there does not hurt anybody we say yet, it does. We tend to believe that since it’s done seamlessly and nobody is hurt we are free from repercussions. Do not forget Satan remains the father of all liars, and this can make us miss heaven.

– Bitterness – It has become common practice to see church workers keep malice with each other. That also is taken care of in the book of Acts 8 verse 23 when it states that bitterness is an act of iniquity. This is also a little fox.

-Greed, covetousness – in the book of Joshua 7 verse 21 we saw how God dealt with Achan when he stretched out his hands to take of the forbidden spoils in the land of Babylon.

– Secret fault – here in the book of Psalms 19 verse 12, David was crying to God to cleans him from all his errors because he knew the implications of his action.

– Murmuring – God detest murmuring. He wiped out an entire generation in the book of Numbers 13 verse 2, because of murmuring. Yet, we have in our churches today people who murmur against the leader without fear. If we must make heaven, we must stop the sin of murmuring.

-Malice – in the today’s church it is not out of place to see workers keeping malice with each other especially our sisters. God admonishes us in the book of Ephesians 4 verse 31, to put away all malice because He knows we cannot make heaven keeping malice.

-Hatred – it is better to be persecuted than be a persecutor yourself. The consequences of hate are far too serious. And a periodic check of our heart will determine whether we nuture this dreadful disease. The book of 1John2 verse 11 clearly spells it out, ‘but he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because the darkness hath blinded his eyes.’

-Jealousy – Jealousy stems from our inability to be contented with what God has given us. We seek to have what others have that we do not have yet. In the book of 1 Corinthians 3 verse 3, He asked us a question. These traits should not be seen amongst believers.
To combat these little foxes, we must strive to be more like Christ, living conscientiously and applying our hearts to wisdom through the study and application of His words in our daily living.

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