George on Chinese New Year

Rabbit Proof Fence

It is the Chinese New Year which is represented by the rabbit, one of 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac Calendar.

In 1859, Thomas Austin, an English settler in Australia released 24 rabbits into the Australian outback for hunting purposes. Within a few years, rabbits had spread rapidly across several territories. The rabbits destroyed large areas of grassland and caused desertification.

Many attempts to exterminate the rabbits had failed. In 1901 the construction of the 2nd longest fence in the world began – ‘The Rabbit proof fence’ stretching over 3200 Kms from the north to south coast of Australia. This fence proved very effective and then disease killed off huge numbers of rabbits in the 1950s.

Although we love these cute little bunnies, they multiply in prolific numbers and are hard to control once established. They eat crops, grass and any surface vegetation causing land degradation and dry soil erosion.

It’s like sin. We ignored or permitted a few sins to be released onto our spiritual turf only for it to become a huge problem later on.

We have all had to deal with sins that we allowed to breed and thus spread across our spiritual territory, maybe thinking that they were harmless or controllable. Those sins ate up our ‘green land’ and caused a desert condition in our lives.

But thanks be to God, we have the knowledge and ability to build a ‘sin-proof fence’ using the Word of God. If any part of the fence is breached the Holy spirit or Bible or spirit-led Christian will let us know so that we can deal with the problem before it becomes a desert, before it starts to erode our joy.

We all need healthy boundaries. What fence do we need to build in order to keep sin out and keep good in? Let’s keep within the boundaries that God has set.

Psalm 147:14
He makes peace in your borders; He satisfies you with the finest of the wheat.

Ezekiel 13:5
Ye have not gone up into the breaches, Nor do ye make a fence for the house of Israel, To stand in battle in a day of Jehovah

Acts 17:26
and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation

Job 1:10
“Haven’t you surrounded him with a fence on all sides, around his house, and around all that he owns? You have blessed everything he puts his hands on and you have increased his livestock in the land”

By George Roberts

God Bless Your Day !!!!

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