Living a life with no solid boundaries can be very scary, because when the foundation of your life is filled with holes, Satan will find a way into your world. He doesn’t care, he just wants to destroy you. Kill you. And steal any ounce of joy you desire with Jesus Christ.
Recently our dogs, Kane and Max kept escaping. Daily. You can read about that here if you care to. I was getting frustrated because it seemed like we’d put so much into these dogs that really don’t care whose backyard they destroy as long as they’re fed.
They’d get out and we’d keep them in solitary confinement for awhile. Eventually someone in the family feels the broken trust has been rebuilt and gives them free reign of the backyard; only for them to leave again.
Each time, our son would say, “How do they keep getting out?” Good question, son. So finally, I went to investigate how Aaron was attempting to keep the dogs within our yard.
And was so proud when I discovered this on the side of our backyard. The side that faces the street. Where all the people who drive or walk by our house can see. Please notice the garbage tote on the other side of the fence being used for extra reinforcement. Please don’t notice the overgrown weeds that went wild from some rain we received.
And then I found this on the other side of our house. A beautiful display for all to see and also the view you see from the front of the house if you lean slightly to the right. I check my mailbox daily for a “thank-you” card from our neighbors, but nothing but bills so far.
Piles of strategically placed saw horses, shelving and chairs is apparently how we do it here in Nebraska. I actually found myself thankful there isn’t duct tape anywhere.
Kane and Max found the holes to freedom in Aaron’s piles and ran through them. Night after night.
Just as in life, if we don’t have up strong walls with no holes to keep our enemy out, he will find the hole and step in and make your life as close to hell as he can get it. Because that is what he is good at.
Protect yourself. If there is something in your life that God doesn’t want in your life, put up some strong walls and keep that enemy OUT. Don’t fool yourself into thinking you can handle him.
Years ago, I had an affair and knowing that is nothing I ever want to return to, I’m very careful with any interactions I have with men. Awhile ago I reconnected with an old flame on Facebook. No big deal, Gene knew about it–I even showed my husband recent pictures of my ex. Oh, and he’s a married Christian husband and dad now. Completely harmless.
But Satan wanted us to have more than just a casual relationship and when I saw the direction I could dangerously choose, I allowed wisdom to intervene. For protection for both of us, we respectfully de-friended on Facebook AND then I blocked him from even being able to find me.
Having a man as a FB friend I was once involved with, was like our fence in our backyard…full of holes, easy to walk out of the relationship I am supposed to and want to be in. It was a temptation I didn’t need or want in my life. We have history…and it needs to be kept to just that. History.
Now simply “de-friending” someone on FB is like stacking chairs, saw horses and shelves up on the broken fence—you will still have the holes. You can still “see” one another’s wall, pictures, etc. False protection.
Blocking him from finding me on Facebook and not having any interaction at all, by phone or e-mail—is fixing the fence of my life. No holes. Complete protection. Keeping out what doesn’t belong.
Be wise. Whatever God wants you to de-friend from your life… DO IT! Don’t stack up the excuses to selfishly keep it dangling in your face. GET RID OF IT OR THEM.
Have a blessed weekend!