The Invisible Fence

invisible fenceTechnology has had an impact on almost every phase of our lives. A few years ago technology invaded the world of  “man’s best friend”. The invisible fence has changed Rover’s room to roam. The invisible fence utilizes a digital signal to keep the dog within selected boundaries. A thin wire is placed just below the surface of the ground and creates a safety perimeter for the dog. A comfortable collar containing a small receiver is placed around the dog’s neck. The receiver works with a radio signal – which emits an appropriate stimulus level as the dog approaches the barrier. If the dog continues to advance, a second field produces maximum correction to prevent the dog moving beyond the boundary into danger. In a very short time the dog learns the boundaries. He knows that if he ignores the mild correction and continues, he will receive a stronger reminder.

Our heavenly Father has provided man with a spiritual invisible fence, a moral compass. It is called the ‘conscience’. Dictionary.com defines conscience as “the inner sense of what is right or wrong in one’s conduct or motives, impelling one toward right action”. Scriptures such as Romans 2:15 (NCV) speak to this truth: “They (Gentiles) show that in their hearts they know what is right and wrong, just as the law commands. And they show this by their consciences. Sometimes their thoughts tell them that they did wrong, and sometimes their thoughts tell them they did right.” Our spiritual invisible fence, the conscience, reflects God’s desire to keep us safe and away from the destructive power of sin. 

My son-in-law’s father, Jack, installed an invisible fence to provide a safe border in which his little dog, Fenster, could play. Fenster quickly learned his boundaries and was careful not to get to close the edge. One day Jack noticed the dog running down the middle of the street. Fenster had crossed the border into danger. An inspection of the situation revealed that the battery in the receiver was dead. No warning signal had been given and Fenster crossed the line. Our conscience is like that. If we do not seek the power of the Holy Spirit to keep us clear on our boundaries, we can get out of God’s will with disastrous results. We must keep our spiritual batteries charged by being plugged into worship in our church, daily devotions, Bible reading and prayer, and fellowship with believers.

Some dogs are so stubborn that they will ignore the first warning signal and charge on. Maybe it’s neighbor’s cat that presents a temptation too strong to resist. They knowingly rush on and get zapped. Scripture talks of those who ignore their conscience. They make shipwrecks of their faith (1 Timothy 1:19). Paul’s instructions also warn that departing from the faith can leaves our “conscience seared with a hot iron(1 Timothy 4:2). Paul continues,To those who are pure, all things are pure, but to those who are full of sin and do not believe, nothing is pure. Both their minds and their consciences have been ruined” (Titus 1:15). 

Proverbs 22:3 – “The wise see danger ahead and avoid it, but fools keep going and get in trouble.”

~ Brother Roy

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