WHAT ARE GOD’S BOUNDARIES FOR US?
God’s boundaries will prevail. God’s ways are not our ways, nor can
we change them to make them our ways. Accepting God’s imposed limitations will
bring a happier life because we can be assured that his limitations protect us
and guide us toward what is best for us.
God judges those who refuse to observe his boundaries of righteous
living. If God puts a fence of some kind around you, he wants to keep something
harmful from you or keep you from something harmful.
God disciplines his children in love when they
move beyond his boundaries. He does this to lovingly bring us back to
HOW DO I SET BOUNDARIES FOR MYSELF?
Romans 12:2 . . . Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let
God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will
know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect
his will really is.
2 Corinthians 10:13 . . . We will not boast of authority we do not have. Our
goal is to stay within the boundaries of God’s plan for us, and this plan includes
our working there with you.
Start by striving to be set apart for God. Study his Word to find out how to live
as a believer, and how to be transformed by his power and presence. His Word
provides the proper boundaries for living. To avoid his Word is to ignore his
boundaries for you.
1 Corinthians 7:35 . . . I am saying this for your benefit, not to place
restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best,
with as few distractions as possible.
Serving the Lord is a lifetime priority. Thus, setting boundaries is a lifetime
commitment which will provide you with a lifelong goal of pursuing his will. Rather
than restricting you, this gets rid of distractions that can keep you from
accomplishing magnificent things for him.
1 Corinthians 10:29, 32-33 . . . It might not be a matter of conscience for
you, but it is for the other person. . . .I try to please everyone in everything I
do. I don’t just do what I like or what is best for me, but what is best for them
so they may be saved.
God’s Word clearly states certain rules that we must live by. But God’s Word also
talks much about following the spirit of his law, doing things that will not cause
another to stumble, even though those things might be technically appropriate. We
should unselfishly consider others when setting our personal boundaries. Part of
the reason we set up personal boundaries is to keep us from hurting others,
particularly if that means causing them to stumble when considering belief in
Proverbs 21:16 . . . The person who strays from common sense will end up in
the company of the dead. Common sense is necessary in establishing personal
boundaries. How often do we make life decisions based on impulse or emotion when
common sense screams for us to say “no.”
HOW DO WE OBLITERATE THE NEGATIVE BOUNDARIES IN OUR LIVES?
Numbers 11:23 . . . Then the Lord said to Moses, “Is there
any limit to my power? Now you will see whether or not my word comes
Matthew 17:20 . . . “You didn’t have enough faith,”
Jesus told them. “I assure you, even if you had faith as small as
a mustard seed you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it
would move. Nothing would be impossible.”
Matthew 19:26 . . . Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is
Ephesians 3:20 . . . Now glory be to God! By his mighty power at work within
us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or
hope. We should not place limitations on God. Nothing is impossible for him. He is
ready to help you get rid of bad habits, sinful practices and desires, or anything
else that is fencing you out from his love and freedom.
Ecclesiastes 11:4 . . . If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never
get anything done.
Psalm 119:96 . . . Even perfection has its limits, but your commands have no
PERFECTIONISM CAN ACT AS A BARRIER TO ACTION FOR US. IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO
ALWAYS WAIT FOR THE “PERFECT” OPPORTUNITY; WE ARE TO OBEDIENTLY FOLLOW HIM AND HIS
COMMANDS AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY
Matthew 7:1-2 . . . “Stop judging others, and you will not
be judged. For others will treat you as you treat them. Whatever measure you use in
judging others, it will be used to measure how you are judged.”
John 8:15 . . . You judge me with all your human limitations, but I am not
judging anyone. Judging others can be a barrier to our loving others as we should.
We are commanded to stop judging each other. Judging others is trying to put them
within our imposed box or boundaries. We don’t like it when others try to do this
James 2:1-4 . . . My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim that you
have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people more than
others? For instance, suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy
clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in
shabby clothes. If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person,
but you say to the poor one, “You can stand over there, or else sit on the
floor”-well, doesn’t this discrimination show that you are guided by wrong
Proverbs 31:20 . . . She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her
arms to the needy. Discrimination can be a boundary that closes us off from a
person in need. We are to help all who are in need. If everyone discriminated
against those unlike themselves, the world would be an incredibly lonely place.
PROMISE FROM GOD: Deuteronomy 10:12-13 . . .
“Now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? He
requires you to fear him, to live according to his will, to love and worship him
with all your heart and soul, and to obey the Lord’s commands and laws that I am
giving you today for your own good.”