Isaiah 21:6For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he sees.
Song of Solomon 2:15 Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom.
My spirit is disturbed because of the ‘little’ foxes; the small things that impair our vision of Christ and the holy message of our salvation. God said…”NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME!” We allow so much of this world and the gods of this world to creep into our daily life and leave us powerless, because we are not ‘listening and seeing’. God’s will is not being done on earth as it is in Heaven, because of our ‘split’ loyalty, which is no loyalty at all. Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. Jesus was speaking about the tangible in this verse, but it holds true to our thoughts and other actions. Our thinking must be narrow and our actions must adhere. We will be strong witnesses in our daily walk if our actions and words match.
The ‘idols’ of this world are subtle and creep in quietly to steal your attention, your good works, your time. If someone brings to your attention that what you are thinking, or doing is a hindrance to your faith, should you not consider it? In our daily walk we must be circumspect about the things we do and of advertising the things we intend to make part of our day. Are we a holy example of ‘no other gods’? The verses below are speaking of food offered to idols, but the last verse from Timothy expands on the question. What we do must be in accord with Scripture, complete in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity…the purity that comes from knowing and following God’s Word for our lives. Christianity is a narrow path, but the only salvation. Our tolerating nod to other ‘faiths’ can be contaminating our witness. If the ‘naming’ is not Christian, it is a ‘little fox’ coming to destroy. Guard your souls.
Romans 14:21 It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble. 1 Corinthians 8:13 Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble. 1 Corinthians 10:28 But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for the sake of conscience—
1 Timothy 4:12…set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.