Boundary lines…

Posted March 2nd, 2012 by Leah and filed in Word of Encouragement

This word has popped up in teachings, readings and conversations over the past several weeks…therefore I am pondering, chewing on and asking the Lord to show me what this word means to Him and to my life.

When you think of the word “boundary”, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Maybe it’s a picture, like a fence dividing your property from your neighbor.

For you, maybe it is not so much tangible as the intangible limits you’ve set in your family as to what is acceptable behavior and what is not.

Each day as I stand on the Word of God, I am reminded that the center of God’s will for my life is the safest place to be. And when I push the boundaries, hanging out on the border,

periphery,

edge,

fringe of God’s perfect and pleasing will,

the closer I am to stumbling into territory where I don’t belong.

God set limits for creation and for us. When the ocean roars past the shoreline, people get hurt. When we step over boundaries, well intentioned or not, others can get hurt.

In the book of Exodus, Moses reminded the Lord, “The people can’t come up Mount Sinai, because you warned us yourself to mark off a boundary around the mountain and consider it holy.”

When the Holy Spirit dwells within us, our life is that “mountain of God”. I encourage you today to set limits around your life in Jesus. Consider your home, heart, body…your life holy and consecrate yourself, set yourself apart, unto the Lord.

One of the first Scriptures I memorized, praying that God would make it true of my household, came from Joshua’s mouth at the end of his life as he stood before the people he had faithfully led into the boundaries of the Promised Land. They crossed the flooded Jordan River together and fought every enemy in the strong and courageous power of God, leaving nothing undone. Joshua 11:23 tells us that Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the Lord had spoken to Moses, according to their tribal allotments and the land had rest from war. Then when he called all the people together and sent each tribe to off to live within the boundaries the Lord prescribed, Joshua said,

“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Can you say that? Do you desire that? Or are your boundary lines a bit obscured, broken down or fuzzy?

“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”.

Maybe that one sentence would be a good place to start marking off the boundaries of your life. Like Joshua showed the people, there is safety, provision and rest when we live within the boundaries God has prescribed for each of our lives.

Would you consider all the implications of this word this weekend? Ask the Holy Spirit to help.

Show me your ways, O Lord;

teach me your paths.

Guide me into all truth.

Psalm 25:4-5

My boundary lines have fallen in pleasant places;

indeed my inheritance is something beautiful.

Psalm 16:6

Lord, teach us your ways and make the path leading to the very center of your will for our lives crystal clear and straight. Teach us how to set appropriate boundaries around our home, heart and lives, as hard as that is sometimes. Show us how marginal living is dangerous to us and to those we love. Plant deep within us that compromise and fuzzy boundary lines are not an option…let us say, as for me and my household, we desire to serve you!

 

Have a beautiful weekend!

xo

leah



One Response to “Boundary lines…”

  1. Jody Collins says:

    Leah, I think about this a LOT. When we try to move the borders, we get into trouble. When we look at someone else’s property, we get into trouble.
    ‘Marginal living’–a sobering thought.

    “The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places.” Pleasant places, put there BY HIM…..thank you Father for the territory you’ve given ME.
    Good word!

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