September 24, 2012Establishing Hedges
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Hedges are very important in the economy of the Lord, and they play a very significant role in our Christian experience.
What is a HEDGE?
A Hedge is a structure such as a fence that is built for protection or restraint.
How are these HEDGES constructed?
God first of all sets them up in the spirit in response to our Faithful actions.
Then we are called to follow His example and set up hedges in our lives and sphere. Eze: 22: 23 – 31 very important.
Biblical Examples of Hedges set up for Protection:
Isaiah: 5: 1 – 7
Matt: 21: 33 – 46
Eccl: 10: 8 – 10
Biblical Examples of Hedges set up for Restraint:
Lam: 3: 1 – 9
Hos: 2: 2 – 13
As born-again Believers God wants us to also set up hedges around our lives and families.
For example some of the hedges that have been set up in this ministry are:
1. No sexual intercourse before marriage
2. No partaking in alternative lifestyles
3. No divorce
4. No partaking in drugs
5. No church splits
6. No adulterous relationships
This is just to name a few, and of course there would be consequences if anyone of us should break the hedge.
The Ecclesiastes Example:
Eccl: 10: 8 – 10
As we continue I want us to look at a powerful example of this in 1 Cor: 9: 24 – 10: 13
Please understand that Canaan is a land of promise where God wants us to live by “FAITH”. It is the place where He has established the hedge and where we can maximize our full potential. However as we journey to that place God has established a certain hedge which we must not break if we are to arrive at that place.
There are five basic sins, which still plague most of us and would hinder us from entering our full potential. They are found in 1Cor: 10: 6 – 10
It is the Greek word “epithumeo”, which means: – To set one’s heart upon, eagerly long for, covet, greatly desire, lust after.
The word emphasizes the intensity of the desire rather than the object desired. It describes both good and evil.
This lust here is not primarily speaking about sexual lust, (that will be dealt with under sexual immorality or fornication). This lust is dealing with the satisfying of oneself at the expense of God and others.
It is a preoccupation with what self wants.
The opposite of lust is LOVE!
LOVE gives – LUST gets.
NUM: 11: 1 – 34
This is a value system that we create, and in which we esteem something to be more worthy of our devotion than devotion to God.
Power, Prestige, Education, Money, Business, Religion, Popularity, Ego, Pornography, Recreation, Sports and Television, etc.
These are just a few things that we can allow to become idols in our lives.
Some men worship at the shrine of their business, others at the temples of sports and recreation. Others it is at the idol of our cash registers.
Ex: 32: 1 – 35
3. SEXUAL IMMORALITY or FORNICATION:
This covers every type of sexual sin, including lust, adultery, pre-martial sex, etc.
It is the Greek word “porneuo” from which we get our English word “pornographic” or “pornography”. Which is to engage in illicit sexual intercourse, be unfaithful, play the harlot, prostitutes oneself or “flirt” in the case of a married person.
Num: 25: 1 -9
1Cor: 6: 12 – 20 1Cor: 5: 9- 13
Every-time we engage in illicit sexual acts, we bring our soul into bondage to that person. We then carry around unnecessary baggage, that keep us back from fulfilling the will of God for our life.
4. TEMPTING CHRIST:
Tempting Christ is demanding that God do what is contrary to His will or inconsistent with His character.
Num: 21: 4 -9 Ex: 17: 1 – 7
5. COMPLAINING or MURMURING:
Murmuring in its simplest for is nothing more or less than “negative confession.”
Complaining, criticizing, faultfinding, rumouring.
Ex: 16: 1 – 9 Num: 13: 30 – 14:12