Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A PIECE OF MY HEART...Invisible fence

We have 3 dogs and when they are outside, they know what their boundaries are. Basically, they know their boundaries because of the wood fence that surrounds them. They can't go outside of it and nothing can come inside. I have always wondered how pet owners could get their dogs to stay in their yard with no barrier. Then I learned what that "thing" on their pet's collar was ... a shocking device!

An invisible fence. What a great invention. If the dog crosses the line, the invisible fence, it will receive a shock. I always found it fascinating that after just one shock, that the dog seemed to learn its lesson to not cross the line. But in reality, what the dog learned is that crossing the line would cause something bad to happen to them.

In life, we should have an invisible fence. Every time we cross a line by acting or talking the way we know we shouldn't or worse yet, committing a sin...we would be shocked! In reality we know that we cannot walk around with a shocking device tied around our necks and be jolted each time we mess up. But for every Christian there is an invisible fence already in place, you might recognize it as a fruit of the Spirit ... SELF CONTROL.

The Holy Spirit already lives in us if we have accepted Christ, but we still need to submit to His control each and every day. The Spiritual Invisible Fence will warn us and keep us from doing things that we ought not to do. But we have to submit to His Spirit.

GALATIANS 5:25 "Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit."