Summary: Church needs to heed the call.
Hear we have a love call from the groom Jesus Christ to bride the church.
There are things that hinder this love affair.
Song Of Solomon 2: 14 O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.
15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.
16 My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.
17 Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether.
Little foxes cause the following.
(1) Disagreement in the home.
Isaiah 39: 4 Then said he, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All that is in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them.
Home is a place of sanctity for the Lord.
A place of love.Love that lifts up.
A place of sacredness, strength and security.
Trouble starts with a fret, fuss ends in a fight.
(2) Church divisions.
Romans 16: 17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
Groupism little bunch religious leaders.
Out side Church not inside
Where did the money go?
(3) Why Christians are defeated.
Hebrews 5: 12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Whining crying about everything.
We all need pamper some time.
(4) Doubt in the unbeliever.
2nd Corinthians 3: 1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?
2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:
5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
Seen in unchristian places
Using unchristian language
Dealing with unchristian way
(5) Dissatisfaction with job.
Unhappy wish they would get ret of him.
Looking for and excuse to quit.
Lonely unwanted feeling.
(6) Saved should help his fellow Christian.
Colossians 1: 9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
(7) The devil will win many victories.
John10: 10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
He will steal your testimony.
He will kill your influence.
He will destroy your usefulness.