Have you noticed how one particular weak area in your life keeps rearing it's head? All through life, there are 1 or 2 things that keep showing up, to pull us down, and they are the same old things...
They are the 'little foxes'.
Through the years, those little foxes have appeared in my life, the same little foxes. Not the major sins... I know God has already dealt with those and my life is different because of it. It's a strong testimony I live with every day.
Those little ones, the ones that 'spoil the vines'...they persist, and slowly I realize 'it's that fox again'!
What are some of the little foxes?
. Quick and unfair judgment of another.
. Critical spirit.
. Talking too carelessly about someone.
. Not speaking when we should speak.
. Speaking too much when we shouldn't.
. Negative spirit.
. Worry instead of trusting.
And there are many others.
Why does God say that those little foxes spoil the vines? After all, they are small... not big and glaring.
He says it because He knows that eventually if we don't cut off the path of the little fox, they grow into bigger foxes, and even in their small state, they nip away at the condition of our hearts, and they damage our attitudes and our peace.
We can't compartmentalize sin... 'If we do all of this right, one or two little areas aren't going to make so much difference.'
Oh yes they are!
God is holy. He lives in my heart, and His greatest desire is for me to walk in holiness with Him.
He doesn't want those little foxes to gain any entrance into our lives, and if they do, we are to deal with them immediately.
I want my vine to be healthy and strong, it's a daily thing, dealing with the little fox as he appears... not waiting until he begins to spoil the vines.
Once more, it's a deliberate choice on my part.
Foxes... GET AWAY FROM MY VINE! :)