Last year, I planted some peas and beans in our garden. Almost as soon as they sprouted, the rabbits devoured them. I was determined that this year would be different, but I knew I couldn't sit outside day and night to shoo the little pests away. So I decided we needed to build a fence before the veggies came up. I wanted a gate this year because stepping over the fencing isn't as easy as it used to be.
To have a delightful and productive garden, I realized I had to protect it from being devoured.
It wasn't enough to till, amend the soil, plant good seeds, and keep the weeds under control. I had to keep the rabbits out so my hard work wasn't eaten before the plants could grow. It is my harvest to enjoy, not those pesky (but cute) rabbits!
After a trip to the store for supplies, Steve and I started constructing our fence. Steve planned on doing it by himself, but we quickly recognized it was a two-person job. After some trial and error, a little frustration, and some minor disagreements, we found our rhythm. Within a couple of hours, we had the fence up with the gate installed.
As we sat there admiring our work and congratulating each other for a job well done, the Holy Spirit started talking to me.
To have a delightful and productive life, you need to protect it from being devoured.
We have an enemy that seeks to devour our hard work so we won't experience a harvest: the abundant life Jesus promised us.
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance( to the full till it overflows), John 10:10
The most successful way he works is by using our minds against us. He plants doubt over the word that God gave and confirmed to us. This is the same tactic he used against Eve in the garden when he asked, "Has God said?". Eve began to doubt what she knew, and by her acting on that doubt, she lost the blessing of the garden being her home. We do the same when we allow doubt to take hold of our minds. Not only will we talk ourselves out of the blessing, we often build roadblocks to enjoying the abundant life that the Lord promised.
So we need to build a fence around our hearts to guard them against this tactic of the enemy.
Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that your guard, for out of it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:23
How to build your fence so that your abundant life is not destroyed.
Before you build a fence, you have to know what its purpose of it is. On the surface, our garden fence was to keep rabbits out. However, the real purpose was to give us peace and assurance that our harvest would be safe. A fence for our garden of life has the same purpose. This fence takes a little longer to construct, but the end result is the same. Here is how to get started:
Set your posts.
- Learn who God is and focus on that.
- Learn who you are as His child.
- Trust in Him and lean not to your own understanding.
Attach the fencing.
- Partner with the Holy Spirit.
- Walk-in love.
- Remain in peace.
- Hold onto your faith. Don't let go of your promises even when your situation doesn't reflect them.
- Pray always.
- Cooperate with your angels; expect and receive supernatural assistance.
Set the Gate.
- Open the gate with gratitude and thanksgiving.
- Expect a harvest and go get it.
- Close the gate on past disappointments and failures.
The purpose of a fence is so that you don't have to be on guard 24/7. You can go about your day knowing your harvest will grow and be protected. But even with our fence up, the rabbits will look for a way in. The rewards in the garden are just too good to give up. So I expect to reinforce any weak spots they find.
The same applies to our garden of life. No matter how strong and well built the fence around us is, the enemy will always be looking for a way in.
Be sober, (well balanced and self-disciplined), be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion (fiercely hungry), seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
But it's hard to live a delightful life if you are always looking for the enemy or living in fear of how he will get to you. Fortunately, your fencing has the advantage of a supernatural alarm system. If the fence is breached, the Holy Spirt will let you know. You may not always be able to stop the thief from getting in, but as you stay alert to the warning of the Holy Spirt, you will kick him out before he can devour your harvest! Knowing that you can go about your days with joy and peace, not fearing what the enemy will do.
Does your fence need reinforcing this spring? Examine it, then make any adjustments necessary to keep it strong, so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor. Expect to enjoy a bumper crop this summer and fall!
Victory gardens are making a comeback. Due to the "pandemic", fears of food shortages caused by war, and supply chains being interrupted, many families are growing their own vegetables. The most abundant crops of Victory Gardens were beans, beets, cabbage, carrots, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, peas, tomatoes, turnips, squash, and Swiss chard because they were easy to can and store. We are expanding our crops this year to include many of those. Are you planning to garden this year? What will you be growing?
P.S. Here is God's Word and His promise for your garden. As a child of God, you qualify for these blessings and should expect them to manifest in your garden.