Perimeter security

I know, I know. No one likes listening to a whiner, but we got hit with another snowstorm where I live and the wind was blowing too, which pushed the snow into all the beautiful perimeter paths we shoveled along the fence to keep the dogs in the yard.

This winter I feel like a security guard. Always checking for breaks in perimeter, keeping watch on the dogs when they are let outside, so they don’t go over the top of the fence because the snow is a high as the fence, or find a chink in the boundary I’ve established. I’m pooped and can’t wait for spring! It seems every day, if not twice a day, snow shoveling is involved. I should be ripped with six pack abs. (I guess making cookies in my toaster oven at the office offsets the workout!)

And I’m probably going to jail. Because the next person who tells me, “Isn’t this great? We sure do need the moisture,” I’m going to have to punch! But I realize I would not look good in a orange prison jumpsuit with matching flip flops, so I’ll restrain myself.

But that got me to thinking about spiritual perimeter security. Because satan loves to look for little chinks in your armor to sneak through and reek havoc. We need to be ever vigilant, always watching to make sure nothing sneaks in, and for that matter nothing harmful sneaks out.

When you’re tired, you are more at risk. You are not as fresh, alert, and wide eyed as you would be normally, and it is easier for an attack to slip through your perimeter. It is the perfect opportunity for someone who is equally tired to say something to set you off in a wrong direction.

We see it all the time on social media. All of a sudden, you are sucked into a dramatic battle that is blown out of proportion, but you feel the need to defend yourself and your position. Nothing good ever comes of it. Take my advice, “Put the phone down, and slowly back away.”

“Don’t be intimidated by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself.” (Phil. 1:28 [NLT])

The Amplified says it like this, “And do not [for a moment] be frightened or intimidated in anything by your opponents and adversaries, for such [constancy and fearlessness] will be a clear sign (proof and seal) to them of [their impending] destruction, but [a sure token and evidence] of your deliverance and salvation, and that from God.”

Don’t be frightened or intimidated by bullies. When you take a stand and quietly guard your perimeter, you are showing them that you have something more powerful going on inside of you. And somewhere deep down inside of themselves, they know and see that, and it lets them know they are missing that something in their life. That’s probably why they are lashing out at everybody and everything. They don’t have what you have, and they want it so badly, but are filling it up with things of the world, which never satisfy. Sometimes that is exactly why they lash out at you. They see you standing in peace, guarding your perimeter, and they can’t understand how you can be so calm. And it makes them angry because they can’t be calm too. So they know way down inside they are headed for destruction if they don’t get what you have. And satan is doing everything to make sure they don’t get it, so he blinds their eyes and deafens their ears.

That is why, especially in these days of turmoil, we, as the ones who are going to be saved, must do what we can to show them The Better Way of Life. We must be diligently checking their perimeter for chinks, and use those opportunities to say a kind word, do something nice, lend a helping hand, pray for and with them, to give them the chance to accept Jesus as their Savior too.

Because I don’t know about you, but it sure feels like we are living in the end times, and we should not waste any chance to “rescue others by snatching them from the flames of hell.” (Jude 23)

So I’m sorry, I’ve just added more to your perimeter security checks, because not only must we guard our own perimeters, we have been commissioned to help others with their perimeters. Not only will they be eternally grateful when they are standing in heaven next to you, but Jesus will also tell you, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matt. 25:23)

And to me, both of those will be well worth a little extra guard duty now.

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41 thoughts on “Perimeter security

  1. What a good analogy sister! See, something extra good came out of your shovelling snow?
    In our house we are all down with a virus which really drains us; this is another time to keep an eye on our spiritual perimeter.
    Now where is the junction box for the electric fence?😄

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    1. We have electric fences around our Scottish Highland cattle pastures, and anyone who comes to work for us must touch the fence. It does not really put out a big zap, but they must be less afraid of the electric fence than of a big cow with horns!

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      1. I remember as laddies we played dare with the farmer’s electric fence; one hit is easy, but many could you take was our game! I am astounded by the stupid things we did back then.

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  2. It’s not flip flops anymore, it’s Crocs……you like Crocs, so don’t be so afraid of prison attire. Just sayin’!!! 🤣. You could always start a prison ministry ✝️

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  3. “And at the end of seven days, the word of the Lord came to me: ‘Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me.'” Ezekiel 3:16-17

    The watch(wo)man… a time–sorry about the pun–honored position.

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  4. I like how you said to not only check my perimeter but it also help others with theirs—if they are willing. A verse I’ve memorized lately is, “So put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.” Sorry, I haven’t memorized the address yet.🙃

    It’s up to you each of us what we allow inside our perimeter.

    7,593.6 points to you, plus an automatic snow blower—like a smart vacuum, but for outdoors.

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    1. Thanks for my bequeathed bonus points! We have a snow blower, buried somewhere under a big drift. It would work great for along the fence line, but not in by the chickens, don’t want chicken nuggets the hard way!
      And you’re right about the others needing to be willing. I asked to pray for a woman who has had her cancer return, and she flat out said no. She was not going to involve God, and I had better not pray for her on my own either! Well, that just makes me pray for her all the harder!

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    1. I print my posts and put them in a binder, and sometimes during lunch I’ll read through some, and i”m like “who wrote that?” It sure wasn’t me! Then I know it is the Holy Spirit! Thanks so much for your encouraging comment!

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  5. Amen. I love reading your posts. You are humorous and have great lessons. Thanks so much for sharing. (I had to laugh out loud because I first thought you said you made cookies in the toaster at work. I was trying to picture that! 😆)

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      1. So very true. It is part of what God has gifted me with and I use it to encourage others. I have a Wednesday joke list where I send a dad joke or something similar each week. And the list keeps expanding, as folks pass the jokes on, and then those people want to be added.

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