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The Hedge of Protection (2 of 7)
Hosea 2:6-7 - "Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths. (7) And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them: then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now."
I believe that a father ought to protect his family. In the society that we live in; one of the grave mistakes people make is this: There are mothers and fathers who have the idea that their responsibility for protecting the family begins at birth and goes through the ltime when the young person, either reaches 21 years of age - gets married - or moves into young adulthood away from the care of their parents. The attitude is - "Now your spiritual responsibility is your affair - I've brought you up - I've carried your to church and now you are on your own."
Or - you might say, "After your kids get to be 18 years and older - you can't make them do right!" That might be true - but most of the time that is a cop out. You may not be able to make them do right...but you can certainly talk to God in such a way that you would make them wish they had wanted to do right.
How many of you, who have teenagers, are talking with them as much as you did when they were in their early years...especially when they were in the first, second, third or fourth grade? If we were to take a survey - most parents stop communicating spiritual truths to their children after they get in the seventh grade and beyond.
Though you may not consciously say it - most parents think their kids, after they get in the seventh grade, can begin making decisions on their own without much guidance. However, after they get to be about 13 years of age - all hell breaks lose in their lives as they are faced with many changes and challenges in their lives and that's when they need their parents to step in with spiritual principles as they face...peer pressure, relationships, emotions, physical changes, etc.
God put a hedge around Job - his family - and all his possessions.
How many of you would like for God to put a hedge around you where Satan couldn't get in? Satan accused God of building a hedge around Job and God never denied it - so it must be true!
Hosea prayed specifically for a hedge to be around Gomer. Somewhere he learned the important principles of God's hedge being built and surrounding those that he loved. He also knew that it worked! We, too, must realize the importance of building spiritual hedges around those that we love and desire God's divine protection to guard their lives.
I want us to see some of those principles that I believe Hosea discovered, Job literally saw as a reality, and even Moses experienced in his life. Others in the Old Testament also came to understand the important aspect of praying for a hedge of protection.
I. THE HEDG ...
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