THE ACRE IN THE MIDDLE – and a right of way


The acre in the middle

We owned and worked a 100 acre sugar cane farm for many years.

We had rainwater tanks at the house for drinking and cooking, but most of our water came from an underground bore in the middle of the farm.  The water was pumped down to the house through an underground pipe. The bore needed servicing at times and the pressure pump sometimes gave trouble.


When we sold the farm to a near neighbour, we surveyed off 1 acre around the house and stayed there for a few years before eventually selling that house and buying a house in town.  Part of the agreement in selling the farm was the granting of a right of way through the farm, giving us access to the water bore and the buried pipe.

I was reminded of that right of way when reading Ephesians this morning.  Ephesians 4:27 warns us not to “give place to the devil” or as NIV puts it “Do not give the devil a foothold.”

When we make less than a full surrender to the Lord, keeping back a small area for ourselves, we are in effect giving the devil a foothold or a right of way to his property, because anything not committed to the Lord RIGHTFULLY BELONGS to the devil.  When we follow our own way instead of seeking and following God’s way, we are giving the devil a right of way or a foothold.

Thinking about this, I re-read Robert Boyd Munger’s little booklet My Heart Christ’s Home which expresses the same idea very graphically.

Among his opening words he states “Without question one of the most remarkable Christian doctrines is that Jesus Christ Himself, through the Holy Spirit will actually enter a life, settle down and be at home there.” Then he pictures Christ as living in each “room” of his life and transforming it.  The last room – the hardest to surrender – was the hall closet and then finally he gave Him the keys and the title deed as rightful Owner rather than Guest.

The booklet presents a few challenges as we are faced with how much we hold back from His control . . . . . and by the same token, how we tend to keep that “acre in the middle” so allowing the devil easy access.

We needed a right of way to access the bore on the farm. That right of way was essential, but if I grant a right of way or a tiny foothold to the devil I can expect problems.

Ephesians 4:27  Do not give the devil a foothold.
James 4:7  Submit yourselves to God; resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Romans 8:37  We are more than conquerors through Christ who loves us

Mr Anon:
Surrendering one’s will to the Divine will may seem a negative procedure,
but it gives positive dividends.

How much of my life (your life) is left unsurrendered and needs attention?


Title deeds - complete surrender





About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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3 Responses to THE ACRE IN THE MIDDLE – and a right of way

  1. Todd Beal says:

    Would I surrender a favorite mood, a mindset? Would you?


    • Yes.
      Philippians 2:5
      Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus
      2 Corinthians 10:5
      Bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ

      God made each of us an individual with special characteristics and personalities, likes and dislikes. We are not robots, nor are we meant to be, but why would I want to choose my own way when I know that God’s way is perfect – perfect for me? Why would I want to follow my own mindset when I know that His mindset is perfect – perfect for me? He designed me and planned my life. He has a purpose for me. Why would I NOT want every tiny bit of that purpose?

      I KNOW that IF I follow His will for me in EVERY detail I will have the best of everything. However, I must admit that the old “I” does often get in the way and I run off on my own way, allowing MY mind to dominate. How stupid of me!

      God is NOT a killjoy! In His presence is FULLNESS OF JOY.

      HIS way is ALWAYS best – so why not surrender EVERYTHING?
      I am the loser if I don’t.


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