Tag: Outward

The Little Foxes

A.W. Pinkby A.W. Pink

“Catch the foxes for us–the little foxes that are ruining the vineyards!” Song of Songs 2:15

Though there may be nothing in my outward conduct for which the Lord is chastising me–yet it is likely there is something within against which He is intimating His displeasure, and for which He requires me to humble myself.

A spirit of selfishness, the allowing of pride, the workings of self-will, the stirrings of rebellion when Divine Providence crosses me, the exercise of self-righteousness–may be the plague-spots of my soul which need purging.

In the rush and pressure of every-day life, the little foxes that are ruining the vineyards are apt to be neglected; and if we are careless, then we must not be surprised if we are placed on our backs for a season . . .that there may be time for reflection and opportunity for closer dealings between the soul and God, that the hidden things of darkness may be brought out into the light and faithfully dealt with.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends You, and lead me along the path of everlasting life!” Psalm 139:23-24

by A.W. Pink

Idols In The Heart

David Wilkerson 90x115by David Wilkerson

Certain elders of Israel came to the prophet Ezekiel seeking guidance from the Lord. These men were not like many of the Israelites, who openly bowed their knees to idols. You would not find them in some idol temple, offering sacrifices to the false gods there. They were leaders of the people and they wanted to appear before everyone as godly men.

Outwardly, these elders had the appearance of men who had a heart for God and wanted to know His word for their lives. That is the manner in which they approached Ezekiel but God revealed to Ezekiel what was in their hearts. He said to the prophet,

"Son of man, these men have set up idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face" (Ezekiel 14:3).

The Lord was saying, "These men have come to you saying they want to hear a word from Me — that they want to walk in obedience to my commands. But they are lying! They have secret sins in their life."