How to Build a Fence – A Devotion

 

Psalm 62:1-3 (NKJV)

Truly my soul silently waits for God; from Him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved. How long will you attack a man? You shall be slain, all of you, like a leaning wall and a tottering fence.

 

It’s funny how the image of the American dream is a house with a white picket fence. Why not just a big house with a giant oak tree in the front yard or maybe a nice porch swing, but why does this image include a fence? People innately desire security even though what one perceives as secure can be entirely different, everyone longs to have boundaries of control that keep their life together and their “stuff” intact while keeping uncertainty and danger safely outside of their perception of life. One would think that while pursing an amazing life, there would be no boundaries to contend with just endless opportunities. This is not the case. There is safety and security in knowing the boundaries. There is power in controlling what comes and goes from the life we furiously build and maintain. But physical fences that mark the boundaries of our personal property are not enough to sustain the human heart through eternity. These structures are built on what we can see and this temporary circumstance called life. We must carefully and diligently build a spiritual fence around our life to be powerful and effective for God’s Kingdom now. A consecrated life is one in which a believer builds a fence around their existence marking what is God’s. It is a stand that tells the world this is what is mine and who I am after. It is not made to keep everyone out but simply be prudent about who and what we allow to come in. It states that we are God’s property. God’s Word says that God is our defense. He is our refuge and strong tower. He is a rock meaning immovable and our salvation which means active on our behalf all at the same time. God is big. He is more capable than one could ever imagine. So why do we hurry and scurry to build a comfortable life and chase the American dream rather than begin to build a fence around our life that defines it as God’s? In an instant, natural disaster, economic devastation and life’s tragedies can rob us of the safe and secure environment our hands have constructed as a means of protection. But when God is our defense, we cannot be moved. It is important to know today how to build a fence.

Jesus be a fence all around me everyday…Jesus I want you to protect me as I travel along the way…I know you can(yes Lord)…I know you will (yes Lord)…Fight my battle(yes Lord)…If I just keep still (yes lord)…Lord be a fence all around me every day.

(Jesus Be A Fence Around Me by Fred Hammond)

How important is the Lord’s protection today? It is absolutely vital in the life of His Children. To build a successful Christian life one must clearly mark the borders of their life as God’s Property while guarding it from the enemy’s attack. The devil is not in favor of your construction. In fact, the enemy is constantly looking for weakness in the life that we build. If he can just get through your line of defense then he can disrupt the building process. If you are working in your own power, he will be quite successful. Many years ago, a friend in the Lord came to me with what he felt was God’s Word. Knowing that this person loved God and had an active, productive relationship with Him, I listened intently to what he had to share. He told me that God had given him the image of a post being planted in the ground. He went on to describe the brutal process that a post undergoes when being hammered into the ground. He landed the final blow with the revelation that I was the post and God was pounding me in the ground to make my life immovable and unshakable. Oh really! What kind of encouraging word was that? A bit disgruntled I weakly thanked him for his efforts and continued to ponder the image not just for a day for many years to come as God faithful to His Word has pushed me deeper in His Word, brought me to my knees in prayer, pulled me close to His Heart in His Presence until I have embraced the Word from my friend. Though sometimes building the boundaries of a consecrated life holy to God is tough, it has proven well worth the effort.

Posts are not enough. There has to be connecting boards and panels to make it secure. One can hardly protect their entire property with a single fence post in place. The Body of Christ must build connecting panels and boards to bond the posts together creating an impenetrable barrier. There is more to living a consecrated life than the process of planting poles of immovable and unshakable saints of God. It is important that they are connected to God AND each other to survive in this world. God created the church to foster these relationships. By worshiping, fasting, praying, praising, loving and living together, the Body of Christ builds a fence around their life through a sense of community that is strengthened by God and fortified by others. God did not intend for you to go it alone in this journey. He provided His Spirit. The Spirit of God lives in you as your constant companion and empowerment. But God knows His Children and our needs especially to “see” and be a part of something so He gave us other believers to come together with. Sadly, quite a few Christians have devalued the importance of such relationships altogether.

John 10:1-7 (NLT)

“I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber! But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.”  Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant, so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep.”

Every proper fence has a gate. Jesus Christ is the gate for His People. There is no other way to enter a consecrated life than by Jesus Christ. There are many counterfeit gates out there today that boast entrance to God’s Kingdom but they are all lies. Without Jesus Christ it is impossible to enter God’s Kingdom. Love and deeds will never open the gate to all of God’s Glory without the Blood of Jesus Christ. Fence building is messy. It is hard work but when allow God to plant you firmly in His Word and finish the process of reconstructing your life beginning with a firm foundation it is worth the sweat and tears to see it complete. Interesting to note is that Jesus Christ is a gate for His Sheep which is plural further confirmation of the unity that Jesus desires for His People. Allow God to enrich your life through an intimate relationship with Him and healthy interactions with the Body of Christ. Your consecrated life was not meant for complete separation from mankind. It is simply marking your borders for God and only allowing the Lord to dictate who comes and goes and what impact they have on you. Let Jesus be the gateway to your success today. Skip the American dream and grab hold of the Vision of God for your life. Let God be your defender. Raise high the banner of His Love to let the whole world that your life belongs to Him. Declare that you are God’s Property. Ask Jesus to build a fence around you for His Glory!

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