THE PROTECTIVE HEDGE OF GOD

Global Impact News 2023-10-13 873 8

Many have erroneously thought that God permitted Satan to buffet Job and make him suffer so he would be humble. That's not true! Job's fear was his undoing! By voicing his fears, Job created a platform for Satan to come in and mess things up in his life. Job was a man whom God had greatly blessed and protected, and Satan knew this, for he said, “Hast not thou made a hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land” (Job1:10).

Obviously, Satan had hitherto tried to attack Job and found that the man was heavily fortified by God; there was a spiritual hedge of protection around him. How then did Satan gain access through that hedge to attack Job? Job 3:25 reveals what happened: Job allowed the spirit of fear to take a hold of his heart. Despite God's protection over his life, which even Satan attested to, Job lamented, “...the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came” (Job 3:25). Hence, God said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power...” (Job 1:12 AMP).

Job's problem was his fear, and fear hinders faith. Fear is actually negative faith; it's a demonstration of faith in the ability of the adversary to hurt you. The moment Job started talking his fears, he started punching holes in the protective hedge God had built around him. Ecclesiastes 10:8 says, “He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him”. Job delivered his goods to the devil through the perverseness of his lips – by talking and acting in fear.

Never talk fear or give voice to words inspired by fear. Continually fill your heart with the Word of God, “…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Matthew 12:34). When you fill your heart with the Word, your mouth will, of necessity, speak from the rich deposit of the Word that's in your spirit. That way, in moments of crisis, you'll find yourself uttering God's Word of faith and releasing power that'll change things in your favor.

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