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Growing The Possessions Hedge (4 of 5)
Series: Hedges - Growing Strategic Spiritual Hedges
Introduction: We have realized the necessity of building a strong hedge around our personal lives, our relationships, and fortifying those hedges through prayer. Now we turn to the fourth hedge, the possessions hedge. God put a hedge around Job's possessions: his land, his house, his servants, livestock, cattle, and everything that he managed. We too are managers of our possessions, the things God has given us to use while on earth to bring Him glory. We must build a hedge around our possessions so that we can continue to release them into the Kingdom for His good. It starts with a biblical perspective.
A. DEFINITION AND SCRIPTURE
1. "Hedges" is used in Scripture to illustrate God's divine strategic protection around His people against any and all weapons, intentions, and attacks of the enemy seeking to harass, harm, or destroy God's work in us and around us.
2. Our key verse is Job 1:10, "Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land" (NIV).
3. The five hedges we need are:
• Prayer hedge
• Personal hedge
• Relational hedge
• Possessions hedge
• Favor hedge
B. THE POSSESSIONS HEDGE
1. The possessions hedge is built by establishing God proven principles that protect the things we are stewards over: our properties, our useful possessions, and things God can use for His good.
2. The thief steals from you what you could use. He tries to move in so that he can harm something in your life.
II. THE POSSESSIONS HEDGE UNDER ATTACK
Job 1:10 …hedge around…everything he has on every side…
To attack a hedge means to work against forcefully, assault, bombard, to storm, break down by repeated blows, overpowered by suddenness
A. JOB IS INTRODUCED AS AN UPRIGHT MAN
1. Job has been blessed b ...
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