You can’t see it from this distance…but that dog has a huge smile on his face!
Last Monday a friend extended my gate, which allowed me to let my dog Vincy off the leash at all times. This adds protection, but it also makes him much calmer since Vincy always wanted to be an inside dog anyways!
This is actually the second attempt to leave Vincy off his leash. The first time he kept jumping over the wall when I left, and fighting other dogs! So steel rebar was into the wall so he couldn’t jump over, and gate was welded higher.
In a way my dog wall illustrates a spiritual issue
We want to gain victory over our sin-nature….
but cannot do it on our own.
The problem is the temptation is too great. When I was gone Vincy’s desire to fight other dogs was greater than his desire to obey me. And we face temptations that wear our own willpower down over time. The answer to this problem is to limit our freedom.
For Vincy that means a steel gate….
for us that means convictions.
A conviction is a very specific decision based upon a commitment to the Lord and backed up with a plan. It gives the idea of an old-testament covenant relationship with the Lord that included blessings for obedience, and curses for disobedience. So, it isn’t something to be taken lightly!!!
Convictions start as choices that we make….and eventually it becomes an ingrained habit. The problem is it takes a lot of time for us to make that choice into a habit (its said five to six weeks).
This is why repetition of a conviction (choosing it) is so incredibly important.
Every time we choose to act upon a conviction it becomes stronger, like another piece of steel being put into my wall. At first these choices don’t seem to make a difference. But over weeks and months, they make a massive impact.
Sadly many of us (myself included) give up on our convictions far too soon. We put in a few pieces of steel, but then leave other areas wide open. And then are shocked when the dog gets out!!!!
In order to secure our sin-nature in the power of the Spirit….our fence must be complete
Most of the time Vincy is either laying beside me, or on my feet. It’s easy to think he will always be that calm. But when I’m gone or not paying attention the temptation will be too strong.
There’s nothing wrong with being motivated by love. But that motivation must be backed up by solid convictions.