I was sitting with the Lord recently and He began speaking to me about the fruit in His vineyard. Its fruit is so ripe and full, and beautiful to Him! He loves the fruit because it is evidence of His true lovers and followers. It is a fruit He has longed for because it comes only by us being in Him. Jesus craves our nearness. He loves when we abide in Him. His heart is protective over the vineyard of intimacy that we have cultivated with Him.
“Catch all the foxes, those little foxes, before they ruin the vineyard of love, for the grapevines are blossoming!” Song of Solomon 2:15 NLT
However, there are some specific “foxes” that the Lord highlighted to me that He wants to help His people catch. The “foxes” names are Comparison, Negativity, and Complaining. Jesus wants to help you identify and overcome these specific areas so that your vineyard will continue to bear wonderful fruit.
This little fox works by getting you so fixed on someone else’s vineyard that when you are busy surveying their land and fruit, he sneaks in and starts devaluing your own. He changes your lenses so that you can’t see how beautiful and precious your vineyard is. He sucks the joy out of your life by getting you to buy into the lie that your vineyard has no potential. And he tries convincing you that the vine is greener on the other side.
The first way to shut down this fox is by standing on God’s Word, decreeing Psalm 139:14, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” The second way to shut down this fox is believing Jesus’ words when He said, “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain” (John 15:16 NASB).
Studies claim that 80% of a person’s thoughts are negative. This daunting statistic speaks of how intently this fox works to influence perspective. Because we abide in Christ and He abides in us, we have access to the mind of Christ, the most powerful tool to overcome this fox!
When the enemy works overtime to get you to partner with hopeless, critical, and fearful thoughts, choose to reject them! Meditate on the truth of God’s word, thinking “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, and whatever is admirable” (Philippians 4:8 NIV). When you learn to take thoughts captive and be proactive in your thinking, you will scoot that fox out of your vineyard!
Sometimes on life’s journey we may find ourselves in what I call the, “Valley of Weeping.” Hard circumstances arise that may not be our fault. But during these trials, this fox of Complaining tries to get you to grumble. He knows that it will dry up the land and abundant life around you. But there is “joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord…When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs” (Psalm 84:5-6 NLT). Reject the Fox of Complaining and choose to worship the Lord in the hard seasons. Your vineyard will receive the watering it needs and you will continue to produce fruit.
As you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, remaining close to His heart while following His lead, you are going to see an increase of fruit from your life. Remember, it isn’t your job to manufacture the fruit; it is your job to stay close to Him, letting Him help you keep those pesky foxes out. Fruit will follow!
John 15:5 says, “If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit.”
This prophetic encouragement was first published on He Loves You.
Sarah Williams and her husband George planted City Light Church in Toledo, OH in 2013. She is passionate about seeing people reach their destiny in Christ and helping them know Him deeply, from a place of wholeness. She is the mother of two daughters and oversees the Transformation Center which helps people connect with God and receive healing for their hearts.
Find deals for your cell phone from Verizon