Monday, February 4, 2019, 04:32 PM

If you are like me, at one time or another you’ve probably prayed, asking God to put a hedge of protection around you, someone you know, or your marriage. A hedge creates a barrier or a boundary that is intended to keep intruders out, or at least to make it harder for them to get in. (Click on title to read the full post.)

If you are like me, at one time or another you’ve probably prayed, asking God to put a hedge of protection around you, someone you know, or your marriage. A hedge creates a barrier or a boundary that is intended to keep intruders out, or at least to make it harder for them to get in.

God speaks to us through Peter, giving us the reason why we need protection. He urged us to keep alert, warning that the devil is always looking to devour someone. That gives us a sense for the level of intensity with which the enemy is pursuing us!

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)

Jesus knew we needed protection from the devil, so he included it as part of his prayer for us.

My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. (John 17:15)

Solomon created a picture of what can happen when a hedge is breached.

He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him. (Ecclesiastes 10:8, King James Version)

When we consider the serpent representing the devil (as in Genesis), we can take this to mean that when we let down our guard, breaking through our hedge of protection, we are at risk for letting the enemy “bite” us. It opens the door for the enemy to do more damage, potentially “devouring” us and destroying our marriage.

So, what “hedges” have you put in place in your marriage?

Here are some that we have set up that might help you get started, if you haven’t already:

  • Remove “divorce” from your vocabulary. Do not entertain the thought of divorce, use it as a threat, or talk about it with each other or anyone else.
  • Resolve issues quickly. Ask for and give forgiveness as often as needed.
  • Do not make major decisions without discussion with and consent from your spouse.
  • Do not speak poorly of your spouse. Do not say anything about your spouse to anyone else that you would not say in front of your spouse.
  • Do not meet alone with a person of the opposite sex without your spouse knowing and approving of it ahead of time, and only when in a public setting.
  • Do not share emotions or issues about your marriage with a person of the opposite sex.
  • Do not participate in jokes or conversations that degrade marriage, spouses, or the opposite sex.
  • Do not view pornography or anything of a sexual nature that reveals features of the opposite sex, including movies containing nudity or sex scenes.

The key is to identify those areas that pose a potential threat to your marriage and establish boundaries or set up barriers that will reduce the threat. Then, it is critical to keep the “hedge” intact, not giving the enemy any opportunity to get a foothold. That may mean eliminating certain technology, using Apps to block unwanted content, discontinuing participation in social media conversations, avoiding gossip, or opting out of certain groups or discussions.

At its core, putting a hedge of protection around yourself and your marriage is about guarding your heart, because your heart is what is going to control all that you do.

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23)

 

Note: Scripture verses are from the New International Version, unless otherwise indicated.


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