Standing In The Gap

Ezekiel 22:30 says that the Lord was looking for an intercessor. He defined one as, “…who would make a wall…on behalf of the land…” The implication is that the land could not do it. On behalf means as a representative of someone or something.

A good way to understand this is through Romans 8:26. It says, “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

A gap can start with a little opening. In the OT vineyards, they would put a hedge around them for protection. It could be plants or rocks. A small animal would dig a hole. A larger animal would increase the hole until there was a gap.

Song of Solomon 2:15 says, “Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines,  for our vines have tender grapes.” What might little foxes be in our lives? Unbelief, doubt, fear, worry, bitterness, anger, etc. 

Little niggling thoughts of worry can work up into full blown fear that paralyzes. Unbelief can creep in and harden our heart. Unresolved issues can magnify out of proportion. I think you get the idea.

Lack of diligence to guard our heart will also create a gap. Here is an example. Proverbs 24:30-31 says, “I went by the field of the lazy man, and by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding; and there is was, all overgrown with thorns; its surface was covered with nettles; its stone wall was broken down.”:

Fiery dart lies that we allow to penetrate also make a gap. All lies are warring against our faith. Any thought against yourself or another is a fiery dart. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

We know from Psalm 139:17 that David called God’s thoughts toward us as precious. Psalm 40:5, also written by David, says, “…Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order; if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.”

When our thoughts do not align with God’s thoughts the little hole begins. Matthew 15:19 says, “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts…” An evil thought is always negative. 

Our example is the Lord. He did not sin even in His thoughts. His heart was pure and undefiled. We are to walk as He did. That means that we have to capture any thought that does not agree with God’s word and bring it down. Whack it to pieces with your sword of the spirit (Hebrews 4:12).

Accountability is essential in our progressive sanctification. If you are struggling in any area, ask someone to intercede for you. Their intercession will become a wall of protection as you begin to close the gap through truth. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal your gaps made by the little foxes that are knocking off the fruit that would glorify the Lord.

Renouncing the lie and affirming the truth, are the beginning tools needed to close a gap made through our sinful thought patterns. All actions are first thoughts. The battlefield is our mind. We have the mind of Christ. We are no longer under the rulership of satan. Yet, unless we bring truth into our lives (live in it experientially), we will remain captive through our disobedience.

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