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Proverbs 25: 28 He who has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down and without walls (AMP)

I use to try and read though biblical lists (The Book of Numbers; 1st Chronicles) at 100mph. I just wanted to get through with all those “hard” names as quickly as possible; however, last year the lists took on new meanings for me, I began to see their importance.

I have come to realize that everything written in the Bible has meaning whether I see it or not and whether I agree with God that it is important or not. If I don’t understand something I ask God for understanding and then wait. I don’t wait with baited breath for an immediate answer because I may not be able to handle that answer now (John 16:12-13), but I know that an answer will come because Jesus said I would be given an answer (Matthew 7:7; Luke 11:9).

Today I see and example of what happens to us when we either remove or allow the boundaries God has given us to be breeched or removed, thus the quote from Proverbs at the beginning of my post. Self-control gives us boundaries, or walls of protection. Obedience to the Word of God gives us the power to establish self-controls.

When Proverbs 25:28 first came alive to me, it gave me the understanding that without walls, which symbolizes a defense from outside forces, anything can go out and everything can come into my life. We read today of boundaries specify given to Judah and the towns that lay either on the border or within the walls of her territory. (I hope the reader understands that I’m taking something given to the Nation of Israel and applying it to our personal lives)

The nation was warned that they needed to remove their “enemies,” if not, " 'But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live”(Num. 33:55). This was not followed and we know that from previous days readings as well as what is stated in the last verse of the fifteenth chapter, 63 But the tribe of Judah could not drive out the Jebusites, who lived in the city of Jerusalem, so the Jebusites live there among the people of Judah to this day.

It was only from reading this in previous year’s One-Year-Bible adventures that I recognized at least three cities that had been assigned to Judah that latter wind up in the hands of the Philistines, their most tenacious enemy, by the time we get to Judges, speciiflly by the time we get to the First Book of Samuel, which begins with the story of Israel’s last judge, Samuel: Ziklag, Ekron and Ashdod. In fact the Ark of the Covenant gets captured and taken to Ashdod, the home of the Philistine god, Dagon, and is placed in Dagon’s temple with some interesting results (1 Samuel 5).

When we remove or allow the boundaries God has set up to be breeched, we wind up serving someone else’s god and by default become slaves to something we don’t want to serve. (Eph 4:27 and do not give the devil a foothold.)

If we have not internal control over ourselves then external controls are placed around the person without self-controls. Sometimes the external controls are placed by the person themselves who understands that some kind of control is needed in their life, and sadly society must place controls on those who choose no controls, controls made up of concrete and steel. Yet, at the end of the day, who we are, our character is who we are when no one is looking so if we have no internal controls, who we are when we are by ourselves is the real me, the real you.

Who has rule over your spirit?

Today I was excited to read that although the Canaanites were strong and had chariots of iron, that the children of Israel would overcome. They would be stronger. God is so good. He is no respecter of persons and He will help us to overcome our enemies.

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