Boundaries and Borders
We all need borders and boundaries in our lives to keep us safe. They keep sin, evil, and wrong out and they keep us on the right track doing the right things. The Word of God clearly establishes boundaries for us.
In the natural, walls and fences define borders and boundary lines. Nehemiah rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem to keep enemies out and to protect the people inside the city.
In our lives, establishing boundaries is crucial. Borders have a purpose; they set a line that we know we must not cross in order to stay out of sin. They also serve to show others that there are certain lines that we will not allow them to cross with us. It protects us and others because it communicates clear expectations. They help us keep sin out and help us to do what is right. Bible teacher and author, Joyce Meyer states in Promises For Your Everyday Life, “Exercising self-control and self-discipline, and establishing boundaries and borders in our lives are some of the most important things we can do.”
I cannot go beyond the word of the Lord my God, to do less or more. Numbers 22:18b (KJV)
The Holy Spirit and the Word of God guide us in setting our boundaries. They will show us the right things to do and those things we need to stay away from. As we live our lives within the boundaries of God’s Word, we will live in safety, and we will prosper.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. Psalm 16:6 (New International Version, NIV)