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TRANSCRIPTION | Sunday, March 6, 2022 | Flies & Foxes Series | It’s The Little Things

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Well, I've had the chance to be in a series that we've called Meaningful Connections. We've been looking at the life of Samson. And today I'm going to transition into a new series that I think will be two parts. We're going to call it Flies and Foxes. It's about the little things. Just tell somebody it's about the little things. It's about the little things.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And in order to properly transition out of Samson's story, I think I do need to read the verse from his life that led me to today's anchor text judges chapter 15, verse four. And then Samson went and caught 300 foxes, and he took the torches, and he turned the foxes tail to tail. And he put a torch between each pair of tails.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And when he had set the torches on fire, he let the foxes go into the standing grain of the Philistines. And it burned up both the shock and the standing grain, as well as the vineyards and the olive groves What you've seen there is that Samson has bound together foxes. He has lit their tails on fire and he has burned the harvest fields of the enemy for years.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

In my early twenties, I traveled across the state of Kentucky, preaching Samson's Foxes. God's going to plunder hill and populate heaven as he takes what was meant for evil and uses it for your good. That won't be a necessarily where I go this morning, but I do want to point out to you that foxes in Scripture almost always have a negative connotation.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

They are not viewed positively at all. And so when you see God using foxes to burn up the fields of the enemy, he's trying to get a promise to us that when the enemy attacks you, He can show you how to bind up that enemy and send him back to where he came from in Jesus name. So with that in mind and that promise, given us a context I want to give you this morning, zinc or text Song of Solomon Chapter two verse 15 Catch US the Foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines for our vines have tender grapes.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Catch us the foxes. The little foxes that spoil the vines. Just tell somebody it's the little things, father. Help me to preach. Help me to teach. Help me to preach with an anointing in a special grace. God. Provoke your people to their next step in you, whatever that might be. In Jesus name, this church said Amen about six years ago.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Meaning I had the opportunity to temporarily move back to the area that I was raised in as a kid. Some of you may be familiar with it. Some of you may not. It's an area known as Pillsbury Hillsboro Hills. A lot of my childhood memories, my early childhood years, and even a large section of my teenage years. And one of the things that I vividly remember is that I will forever be convinced that my dad my uncle and my grandpa got into an unspoken competition as to who could have the biggest and most fruitful garden And since I often maneuvered between all of their houses, specifically my father and my grandfather, I became the young man who spent Saturday mornings with a garden hoe in his hand, and I became quite proficient at weeding large gardens And so when we went back to Carlsberg a few years ago for this temporary season in our life, we I don't know, nostalgia started to kick in. And I started to think, I'm a man. I want a garden. I mean, after all, I've got all this experience running a tiller and being the one who did the backbreaking work of putting the seeds in the ground and then getting out there and sweating in the morning sun, keeping the weeds out.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And I don't know what I'm doing. No, I did not. But I gave it a go and it didn't go or grow so well. In fact, one of the major problems that I had is that every time that something would start to sprout through a deer or a rabbit would show up and eat it and would take away my fruitfulness, it would take away my labor, it would destroy my harvest.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And it happened so many times. I got so discouraged and I just quit. I gave up on the garden I have failed my family lineage you ever just had something repetitive in your life to where it feels like you're laboring, it feels like you're being intentional. It feels like you're doing all the right things and even feels as though you should have a certain level of a knowledge to accomplish the task at hand.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

But it's just as though it will never come to fruition. It feels like that. It just never turns out with the harvest or the fruitfulness that you expected that that can be really difficult in a lot of areas in life. It can be difficult in business. It can be difficult in relationships. It can be difficult in your spiritual journey.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And if you're not careful if that happens over and over it, it'll eventually it might cause you to just quit. Least that's what happened to me. In my garden. I want to show you a song of Solomon chapter two verse 15 again, it says, Catch Us the little foxes. The foxes that spoil the vines for our vines have tender grapes.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Now what you see being talked about here, two fold there are foxes and there are vineyards, many believe, when they are giving commentary on this verse that the vineyard reference is a marital relationship. Because most of the Song of Solomon is about an intimate relationship that is developing so it can be taken here to say to say that that there are foxes that are attacking in a spiritual way.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

The same way that foxes attack in the natural way. Now, I already told you that in the Bible terms, in ancient days, like foxes were never looked at in a positive light. They were seen as sly creatures. They were seen as creatures that would cause harm. They were seen as a type of animal that you had to constantly stay ahead of, or it would do great damage to your harvest and to your crops.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And even to this day in Middle Eastern culture, there are certain Palestinian farmers and gardeners and those that run vineyards specifically that they have to to watch their their vineyard at all times to try to keep the foxes out because they will come in and do exactly to this day what this verse speaks of. So probably what is happening here is something metaphorical is that God is saying that he wants you to understand how the fox attacked the vineyard so that you can understand how the enemy is going to attack your relationships, specifically how the enemy is going to attack your most meaningful relationships.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Even more so perhaps a marriage or a meaningful connection in your life. So foxes in Scripture and the time that this was written, the way we used the word, Wolf, is the way they use the word fox to describe a sexually aggressive man So while we might say a man in that nature is a wolf in this day and in this time, they would refer to that type of person as a fox.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

In fact, some would give commentary on this verse, chapter two verse 15 to say that in the same way that a young man might try to steal a young woman's purity. So the fox tries to destroy the purity of the vineyard, and it would do no harm to preach this verse that way and spend extended time talking about that being the proper interpretation of it.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

But but I think there's something else to see. In fact, most commentators on this version, scholars, they lead you to this conclusion about it, that the presence of foxes implies a threat to a relationship, something detrimental, something that poses a very real problem, something that is small at the beginning, but gets bigger over time.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

I had a friend, we were talking about gardening and I was telling me about the issue I'd run into in Creelsboro, and he told me his story. He decided that he was going to get into flower gardening and he was going to try to just develop this really beautiful garden in his backyard. And he ran into two problems.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

The first problem he ran into was a vole not a mole. A vole of all is smaller than a mole, and they almost look like a field mouse or something. And but they function like a mole in that they'll burrow through your yard and they'll kind of dig trenches, but voles also do something else. They're notorious for eating the roots off of the flower, and a person can know that they have a vole working in their garden because the upper stem of the plant will become unstable.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

It doesn't take much to knock it over or wind to blow it over because the vole destroys the root system. Voles are root killers. Then he told me the issue with the rabbits that he would plant a flower in the flower would start to bud. It would start to blossom and things are starting to look beautiful. And here comes the rabbit, hops right in and eats the flower, he said.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Even playing in one of those purple flowers where every evening it would create a new blossom and here would come the rabbit. And during the day he would eat the blossom. And then that night a new blossom. In the next day, the rabbit would eat the blossom. That's what some of you feel like that you're dealing with in your life.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Is that it's just as though the enemy is a fruit killer. So the vole is a root killer, and the rabbit is a fruit killer. But when you study the facts, especially of ancient times, you will discover that in biblical terms, it was both a root killer. And a fruit killer. The way that the fox worked is that when he would come into the vineyard and there would be a vine that would be going down into the root of the fox, would go right there to the spot where the vine meets the root, and he would begin to chew at ground level and know, can we use that word?

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Come on, we're in the country he would gnaw on that root until eventually he would do so much damage that it would just break over and the vine would be disconnected completely. From the root system because of the damage of the fox. But if you notice in this verse, it talked about the fact that it would not only do damage to the vine, it taught that it would do damage to the tender grapes because the fox would also make a point to try to get a hold of the fruit and chew on the grapes and actually completely eat the fruit.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Now, when we are trying to understand spiritually what God wants to say to us about these little foxes, what we need to understand is he did not say Fox He said, foxes, there's going to be more than one attack and there's going to be more than one way that the enemy tries to show up and steal, kill and destroy in your life.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And sometimes he's going to show up as the root killer and other times he's going to show up as the fruit killer. And most likely he's going to show up as both the root killer and the fruit killer. And when I start trying to think through that and and pray through that, I think about how that root killers can be under confessed, unrepentant sin in our life because that that kind of an attack on our life affects our root system.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

It directly affects our direct connectivity to God. Here's how it works. It starts off little, but then it grows into a very real problem as it chews on our live for an extended period of time. It might look something like this that you're dealing with anger issues, and it's not that big of a deal because you've always dealt with anger issues.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

It is somewhat a definition of you. It is a part of your DNA. Your daddy had anger issues and your great granddaddy had anger issues. And it's just something that your family's kind of always dealt with. So it's not that big of a deal until it turns into fits of rage on which you are losing complete control and it doesn't even bother you anymore because you are making the excuse that it's just the way you are that will affect your meaningful connection with God.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

It can happen in the realm of lust to where it's just a second glance, it's lingering eyes, it's some kind of an exchange. It doesn't feel like it's that big of a deal. It seems like it's a little thing. But then you're not confessing that saying you don't feel conviction about that scene. Then the next thing you know, you're beginning to contemplate an affair.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And how that relationship is going to go to the next level. And maybe you're even thinking about adultery. It starts out little, but the longer the enemy is allowed to chew, the more damage he does to the root system. If we do not feel conviction about our sin and respond with confession and repentance, root killers. But there are also fruit killers.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

The Apostle Paul in Galatians chapter five, they don't have this verse on the screen, but he told us what the fruit of the spirit is. He said It's love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Those are all great things. Those are all the type of fruit that we would want in our life through the work of the Holy Spirit, the way that the Holy Spirit makes that kind of fruit is by us being connected to the root.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

That's how the Holy Spirit grows, love in us grows, patience through us grows long suffering through us, grows self-control through us. But many times, if we're not careful, the enemy starts to show up. And right before someone could benefit from our love, something goes sour. Right about the time that we would be patient, the enemy starts chewing on it.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And it's not that we're not convicted about it or that we don't confess it or we're not repentant. It's just that it is a perpetual heart, perpetual habit and perpetual hang up. It's a fruit killer and you might be still connected at the root, but the enemy is doing us a cycle in your life over and over and over again.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Root killers and fruit killers. I'll bet there's something knowing at you. Even this morning, in fact, we've been talking about this a little bit in a general term. I'd like to talk to it to you about it a little more specifically for a minute. Remember how we talked about this, this fox. It comes into the vineyard and and it gets to the to the vine, right where the vine goes into the ground and connects to the root.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And it gnaws and it chews and it gnaws and it chews. You ever noticed how that in a relationship things can start to know you? It can happen in your career. It can happen with a business partner where things just start to gnaw at you. And what was once a very meaningful connection begins to fall apart. It can happen in church or something that was once a very meaningful connection over the course of time.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

If little things, little disagreements are not dealt with, it kind of just starts to gnaw at you. And it most certainly happens in marriage. In fact, when you first get married while you were dating, things that you thought were cute or things that you thought were funny over the course of time, it's not funny anymore. It starts to gnaw at you little things.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And if they're not dealt with when they're little, the longer that they chew, the longer that they're allowed to chew, the the bigger they get, the more multiplied they become. And the more exponential their damage. Little foxes. So maybe now we were talking about how that we've been serving in pastoral ministry now for for 21 years. In December we will have been married for 22 years and over the course of that period of time we've had the chance to sit with a lot of couples and, and talk with a lot of people about things that are going on in their life and going on in their relationships and, and something that we've discovered is that you kind of hear the same thing over and over again. And almost always it's something that started a little but um, dealt with. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger. In other words, somebody in that relationship has got something gnawing at them, and it starts to affect their rest. It starts to affect their peace, it starts to affect their anxiety, it starts to affect their joy it starts to they get to where they can't even sleep because it's gnawing at them over and over and over again.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Here's some of the things that we have heard people say to us, gnaws at them, chews on their heart, chews on their mind, foxes financial disagreement sometimes it starts out so little, are we going to live here or are we going to live there? Are we going to buy this or are we going to buy that? Are we going to drive a new car or are we going to drive a used car?

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And then sometimes if it's not properly discussed and properly managed, it starts to gnaw and then people start getting financial secrets, secret credit cards, secret expenditures, hidden money and accounts and then you look up something is broken because the little fox wasn't caught in time.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

We've heard this one lack of sexual satisfaction starts off with maybe just some disagreement a lack of fulfillment here or there, but then it turns into one or more. One or both, we should say, beginning to feel something that just won't go away. And now they're becoming flirtatious, pornographic exploration and if it's not caught in time, it'll destroy not only the fruit, but the root of that relationship.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Here's one we've heard of in laws overreaching I can't get no help on a Sunday morning and it usually comes from a well-meaning place where there's a desire to help, there's a desire to offer counsel, there's a desire to be available. But if there's not the right kind of conversation about what's happening in that scenario, the next thing you know someone is being gnawed and maybe even chewed on and you don't realize it's that big of a deal until you hear mama and wife in the hallway yelling at each other.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

I have no personal experience with that whatsoever. I love you, Mama. I love you, Mandy.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

It can be such a well-meaning thing but if there's not a and an attempt and awareness to catch it while it's small, it just keeps getting bigger. Here's one I think I've heard more than anything else in 21 years of doing this. This is the fox people seem to struggle with the most, at least in my ministry. This is the one they say it just gnaws at me.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Lack of special moments. Well, I used to feel like I was valued. I used to feel like we took time for each other. I used to feel like that we did special things for each other. I used to feel like that I matter now. It's just all about getting the kids from one place to the next. It's just all about going from this work event to that work of.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And it's just all about trying to get all the things that need to be done at the house and get this meal cooked and get these clothes washed and get And it just becomes this lack of special moments. No intentionality in setting time aside. No intentionality towards a date night, no intent And it just starts gnawing and eating and chewing until the meaningful connection is broken.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

If it's not caught while it's little Here's one lack of appreciation for the little things Do you know how many kilos of laundry I've lost? You know how many meals I've cooked you many floors up, vacuumed and mopped Do you know how many gutters I've put back up for you? How many yards I've known, how much money I've brought home.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And so I didn't mean to get in your living room for just a hardy. I just heard a I heard a fox whining over there. I'm Isn't it amazing how that it can be so little and you just keep chewing on each other and chewing on each other and chewing on each other to hear the conversation about the gutter being replaced on the house has turned into a conversation about divorce and the enemy loves to chew on your heart, chew on your mind and cover your soul with bite marks.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And that's why the wisest man that ever lived outside of Jesus Christ, Solomon said When you are developing a relationship and when you are trying to maintain a meaningful connection, you're going to have to make sure that you catch the foxes while they're still small. And you're going to have to be aware there's going to be more than one.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And that's what I want you to see about this. Even in the four or five things that I've pointed out to you this morning, most of us are probably dealing with more than one of those and that's when it gets really interesting and really challenging and really a struggle. It's when it's multiple boxes chewing on multiple aspects of the vine of that relationship.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

But we are commanded by God to catch them. And aren't you glad to know that God gave us an example that even a man like Samson, that when the Spirit of God came upon him he was able to catch something as sly and as harmful as a fox and watch the power of God bind that thing together. And what was working against him started to work for him and what would have been burning up his house is now burning up the fields of the enemy.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

That's what I believe God wants to do in your life, is he wants to take some of these foxes and he wants to bind them up and tie their tails together and send them back to the place that they came from and dare them to come back into your life as you come to a greater revelation of the grace and the wisdom of God in your life.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

One of the things that is absolutely without a doubt is that it takes craftiness to catch a fox takes wisdom. There's a man named Gary Chapman, and he has some some thoughts on how to take your relationship to a more meaningful place and make sure that the connection is never broken. Some of the things that he shared actually revolutionized the relationship that may not have.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And I'd like to take a spin off of some of the things that he said and just encourage you this morning in this regard that if you want to make sure that you catch the fox, you're going to have to be intentional about choosing to meaningfully affirm the people that matter to you. I'm going to say it again.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

If you're going to catch the fox, you're going to have to meaningfully affirm. And that is very difficult for a lot of us. Because the thing that we desire the most is a compliment. And the thing that you desire the most is the thing that you are the least likely to give My wife and I, when we were going through that initial challenge that the seven years into our marriage, when it really kind of came to a head and we were able to discuss like what has brought us to this point, the thing that Mandy shared with me is she's like, Eric, the reason I fell in love with you is your love letters.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And she's like, Not only do I not remember the last time you wrote me a love letter, I don't remember the last time you said something kind to me. And what had happened is that I was traveling all the time. I was preaching 300 times a year. I was running from this place to that place. We were on television and radio in multiple states, and I was reading the Bible through three times every year, and I was praying multiple times every day.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

But I didn't know how to affirm the people that I cared about. And so people that I was the closest to was often the people that I expected the most of. And it was almost as though I just expected them to be in line and do what they were doing because they were a part of it. And then you realize that the whole reason that person fell in love with you is because you were offering them something that they had never heard before from masculinity.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And so what has to happen in your life? Some of you are employers you're if you're going to keep meaningful connections with your best employees, you are going to have to learn how to meaningfully affirm or you are going to keep losing your best people. There has to be something that comes over your life or that you begin to affirm the people that helped you get where you're at.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

The same thing happens when it's whether it's a coach or a teammate, or you just going through life. Like if there's somebody that has blessed you, if there's somebody that is impacted, you open your mouth or get out your thumbs and send somebody a text message and let them know that they are affirmed by and through you. It is Bible and it is a command over our life.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

First Thessalonians Chapter 5 verse 11. So encourage each other and build each other up just as you are already doing. Not only is God expect you to do it, he expects you to already be doing it. When's the last time you didn't criticize your kid? You actually affirmed them When's the last time you looked your boy? You looked your girl right square in the eyes and you said, I love this about you.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

This is where you're awesome. This is where you're amazing. This is where your incredible Some of us, the reason we never climb the ladder in any meaningful way, even in our careers, is because the people over us, we won't say anything nice about them or to them because we're so wanting them to compliment us that we expect them to set the example.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And sometimes it's the one that's on the bottom of the ladder that's more spiritual than the one that's on the top of the ladder. And the sooner you begin to honor scripture in your life and catch the fox, the more you're going to see God through in you and through you. I wish I could find somebody to preach to you this morning meaningfully affirm.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And this one applies to relationships that are especially marriage, meaningfully touch Hebrews. Chapter 13, verse four tells us that any intimate or meaningful touch in regards to sexual expression is to happen within marriage and outside of that is against God's will. Hebrews 13 four says Let marriage be held in high honor among all and let the marriage bed be undefiled for God will judge the sexually immoral and the adulterous.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

So when we reach a place of marriage and now we're able to go to that next level of touch, we are to share our bodies with one another. Our husband and our wife. And in that that it is to be meaningful and it is meant to be something that God will get the glory for is that relationships become more and more solid and reaches a place where that the enemy cannot easily divide what God has put together, when to become one, but it has to be meaningful, not manipulative.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

I I will move on. Give you a third one. Here's another way to catch a fox. Invest meaningful time Philippians chapter two, verse four. Let each of you not look, not look not only to his own interest, but also to the interest of others.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Invest meaningful time The other day, Now, listen, I'll give you a disclaimer. I like things to be in order when things aren't in order. I don't do well with it. So I like things to have a place. I like things to have a system. I like things to be organized But if you think I want to spend 3 hours in the Container Store, when I could be a bass pro shop are you kidding me?

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

But since I invested 3 hours in the Container Store, that woman's been looking to me in a way. She looked at me, and I. I guess where I'm going next week. I'm semi slow, but I don't believe. God, you are waiting on meaningful time.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

I get it. Like, there's some things that you feel like when your kid talks about. It's beneath you, but they maybe do some meaningful time for you to get over yourself and over your adulthood. Pride and sit down and hear what's going on in their hallway. In their playground, in their classroom and talk it out with them.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Meaningful time you want to catch a fox meaningfully serve. First Timothy chapter five verse six, but if any one does not provide for his relatives and especially for the members of his household, he has denied the faith and he is worse than an unbeliever. We are commanded by God to serve one another inside the house, and I believe that that goes for the father and the mother.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And I think it also goes for the kids. Dawson, go get the trash and not let go get the laundry. It's just getting a plug in here while I had a chance to believe in God for a meaningful connection like Scripture says, it is a manifestation of our faith to serve the people that we're in relationship with, to serve the people that we're connected to in a meaningful way, to be a person who serves.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

I'll give you one more thing meaningfully give x 2035 in all things. Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said It is more blessed to give than it is to receive. You know, the problem with a lot of men is that we're not willing to give anything until we believe it's going to allow us to manipulate our way to physical touch And what you have to do is you have to bring yourself to the realization that to meaningfully give is with no strings attached.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And it's that way when you give it to God or whether you are giving something of value to others, that it's not from a heart that says, I'm giving this so I can get that but simply I'm going to lay down this thing of value because I care about you. I love you, and I want you to have this gift.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

It'll catch a fox because it'll make somebody feel valued instead of manipulated. And that thing that's been gnawing at them and that thing that's been chewing on them, you'll catch that fox am I making sense to anybody on a Sunday morning, Catch the Foxes? And so I'm gonna I'm gonna invite them just to play some music softly. And I'm going, I'm going to get out of you when we give you one final thing.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

One final thing that if you if you really, really want to catch a fox and you're saying, I get it, preacher, those five practical things that helps me and you believe in the Holy Spirit is going to help you to employ those five things. That's awesome.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

But sometimes it can feel like the fox has just gotten too big he's been eaten too long, he's brought too many friends to the party, and it just seems like that there's no hope for the damage to be restored. I want to give you one final thing I want to introduce you to the greatest Fox catcher of all time.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Luke Chapter 13, verse 31. And on that very day, some Pharisees came saying to Jesus Get out. Depart from here. Herod wants to kill you. And Jesus said to them, You go tell that Fox I've said it three times today. And every time I've felt it all the way to my bones, you go tell it, Fox. Behold, I cast out demons.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

I perform cures today and tomorrow. And on the third day, I'll be perfected. So even when the Fox takes on the personality of a king like Herod himself, Jesus shows up and says, I can still put the devil on the run. And I can still heal the hurt with the cure from heaven and whatever's going wrong. No, this the third day is coming.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And on the third day is when the tomb has to give way to the life of Jesus Christ. And I just want somebody to believe this morning that even if there's been a fox loose, even if there's been foxes loose and it's not at you and it's chewed on and it's had a negative effect in your life, I want you to believe with me that Jesus is going to bring healing to the place that needs a cure.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

That Jesus is going to put the enemy on the run. And that demon is not going to be able to linger in your mind or in your heart or around your relationships any longer. I want you to believe with me that it feels like if the thing is dead, that the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead is the same spirit that now dwells in you.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And the third day is coming. The third day is coming or doing Jesus. When I ask every head to be bowed out, to be close, if that resonates with you, if that speaks to you and you're like, I got a root killer loose hug, got a fruit killer loose, I got something gnawing at me. I got something chewing on me.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

If that resonates with you, I want you to lift your hand right now. And in doing that, what you're saying is I just need Jesus to speak to my situation, that in the same way he spoke in the Gospels and he told that Fox to get in this place right now. That's what I believe in. For that Jesus is going to echo from heaven and there's going to be healing to some of these bite marks and some of these foxes that have chewed and chewed and chewed.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

They're going to be put on the run with the devil himself. And for some of this stuff, that feels like it's dead, we're going to believe in the name of Jesus, that there's going to be resurrection power released in our life. But in the name of Jesus God, you see these hands that are lifted before you. You see these hearts that are surrendered to you.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And I'm asking you, Jesus, to show up in their life with a power and a mike and a majesty that God would cause the enemy to be bound together. These foxes bind them together, God, that they would no longer work against us, but that they would start to work for us, show us how to catch these things and send them into the harvest fields of the enemy.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Because, God, we want to build our life on your goodness and on Your Grace. In Jesus name. In Jesus name. I believe there's some of you this morning that you might would say that you just you just feel disconnected from God. That it's beyond just something that's dealing with the fruit. It's like if you're totally honest, like the root has been affected.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

You don't feel confident in your salvation. You you've got some real uncertainty about your relationship with God. And, and today you would just say, I need to know that my connection with God is totally and completely restored. And this fox, it's been true in this fox. It's been knowing it's not going to have the effect any longer. Keeping me separated from God that you would say, I need I need to repent before God.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

I need to confess some sin. I need to dedicate my life as a follower to Jesus and know that his grace and his love and his blood makes that possible. That speaks to you. I want you to put your hand up right now. I want you to be bold. Come on. Don't don't don't hesitate. Be bold. And I want you to keep it up.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And I want you right now just to pray in your own way. You say, Preacher, I don't know how to pray. You talk to God like you talk to your very best friend. He is a heavenly father that gave his son so that you would not die, wouldn't have to die. But you can have everlasting life. God, we come to you right now in the name of Jesus, and we ask you, God, that you would deal with our sin, that you would deal with the bite marks that are on our soul, and that God by the by and through the grace and the blood that was shed on a cross called Calvary that right now old things would pass away and that everything would become new again. And that, God, we would leave this moment today as sure for heaven as if we were already there. That God we would know with a certainty that you are for us and not against us, and that God we would have the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to leave sin behind and to follow you and your light and your word with everything that's within us.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Jesus, we want to build our life on Your Goodness in Your Grace. Let it be done in Jesus name in this church said, amen.

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