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Boundaries Have a Purpose!

Exercising self-control and self-discipline, and establishing boundaries and borders in our life are some of the most important things we can do. A life that has no discipline is one that’s filled with carelessness.

The Word of God establishes the necessary boundaries to keep us in God’s safety zone. It tells us what we can do, and what we better not do, to be safe.

As Christians we can think it’s kind of exciting to live life on the edge. We like the image of «Yeah! That’s me! Living on the edge!» It’s become a popular way of looking at life. But to be honest, God doesn’t want us living on the edge, because if we’re living on the edge, then we have no margin for error.

Highways have lines, one on each side and one in the center. These lines provide margins for our safety while we’re driving. If we go over the line on one side, we’ll go into the ditch. If we cross over the line in the middle, we could get killed. We like those lines because they help keep us safe.

It’s like that in our personal lives, too. When we have boundaries, borders, and margins, we feel much better and experience God’s peace.

The key is to go to God’s Word, where He has laid out all the boundaries we need to live by. Let God direct your path every day.

Prayer Starter

God, I recognize the need for boundaries in my life. As I read Your Word, show me how to apply Your healthy boundaries in my life today.

Proverbs 3:5-6

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

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A Sustainable Life

Are you living a sustainable life?

Maybe you’ve caught yourself saying things like, «I can’t do this much longer. I just can’t keep this up forever.»

When you make comments like these, what you’re really saying is, «I know I have limits and that I’ve reached them, but I’m going to ignore them and see how long I can get by with it.»

Our body gives us warnings when we’re pushing too hard, like an ache here or a pain there. But we think, «I’ll be all right,» and we ignore the warnings until we’re too sick to ignore them.

I’m not proud of this, but for the first twenty years of my ministry, I felt physically terrible a lot of the time. I ran to doctors and tried all kinds of pills and vitamins.

The doctors tried to tell me that I was simply pushing myself too hard, but I ignored them.

I kept pushing myself to do all the traveling, speaking engagements, meetings, and so on, simply exhausting myself.

Finally, I realized that we can’t ignore God’s direction to take time to rest and not pay a price for it. So I made some changes and now I feel better than I ever have.

If you are living an unsustainable life, stop putting off making the changes you need to make. Don’t wait until something happens, like a nervous breakdown or a heart problem.

Make changes now to live the kind of life God wants you to live.

When you live God’s way, I can guarantee you’ll discover an overwhelming new level of peace in your life.

Prayer Starter

Lord, show me the unsustainable areas of my life. I submit them to You. Lead me into Your rest and peace today, so that I can enjoy my life and serve You for years to come.

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,he leads me beside quiet waters

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What Do We Do?

In the world we live in, we are going to have all kinds of problems, frustrations and difficulties. That’s just life. So knowing this, what do we do?

We must remain steadfast and persevere. In other words, the answer is never give up! No matter what’s going on in our lives, the victory is in refusing to quit.

Keep in mind that in the heat of our struggles, the Holy Spirit is probably doing His greatest work within us. He is not moved by the circumstances. If you and I really trust Him, we shouldn’t be either! He’s not in our lives for good times only, but for the difficult times as well.

He will lead us through anything if we’ll just hang in there and follow Him. This means being diligent in prayer, relentless in our resolve, unwavering in faith, and determined to stand firmly on God’s Word and His promises to us.

So many times we can be sidetracked by how slowly things seem to be going. In fact, the enemy loves to point that out! But remember, that’s when God may be doing some of His greatest work. You see, it’s not all about you and me. The Lord’s work in us is preparation for the work He wants to do through us!

I know life can be hard sometimes. But I also know that God will help us if we remain steadfast. Let’s stand on Galatians 6:9: «So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up».

So let me ask that question again: What do we do? My answer is, never give up! What’s your answer? 

Prayer Starter: God

I believe that You are at work in my life, even during difficult times. I choose today to remain steadfast and to never give up in obedience to You.

Galatians 6:9

9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

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Jesus Is Our Example

Love is something that can be seen. It is seen in the fruit of the Spirit working in our lives, in our behavior and how we treat people.

Love has many facets, or different ways we can see it. For example, when a diamond ring is held up to the light, it can sparkle in various ways depending on which way it is turned in the light. I believe love also sparkles in different ways depending on how we look at it.

I Corinthians 13:4-7 gives us examples of the many facets of love:

  • Love endures long, it has the ability to put up with stuff for a long time.
  • Love is never envious, it doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
  • Love is not boastful or vainglorious, it doesn’t call attention to itself.
  • Love is not conceited or rude.
  • Love doesn’t insist on its own way.
  • Love pays no attention to a suffered wrong.
  • Love never gives up!

These are just a few ways we’re supposed to love others…and it’s also the way God loves us.

First John 4:8 says that «God is love.» He loves us and has saved us, so now we can share His love with others.

To imitate God, we have to look at Jesus, a perfect representation of God who lived out all of the descriptions of love in 1 Corinthians 13.

He always acted in love in every situation, even when people came against Him.

Colossians 3:12-14 says to «clothe yourselves therefore, as God’s own chosen ones…. And [put on] love»…. Like Jesus, let’s clothe ourselves in love and choose to follow His example, bringing honor and glory to God.

Prayer Starter

God, You have shown me what love is like by loving me first. Help me to follow the example of Jesus and live out all the facets of love in my day-to-day life.

1 John 4:8

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

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Relying on God

I believe every time we feel frustration, it means we’ve really stopped relying on God.

That might sound like a bold statement to you, but think about it: God’s given you and me His Holy Spirit and His grace to help us walk through anything that comes our way. Frustration hits when we stop depending on Him and try to make something happen our own way.

Understanding this really helped me. Every time I became frustrated, I reminded myself that what I was really doing was trying to take the place of the Holy Spirit. I was trying to be Holy Spirit Junior!

Do you struggle with an independent spirit? When you refuse to depend on God, in essence, you’re saying, «Okay, God, I appreciate that You’re around, but watch me do this.»

Depending on God for everything may be difficult, but it’s the key to the victory we need every single day of our lives.

When God saved us, He didn’t help us and then say, «Ok, that’s it. You’re on your own now!» He’s eternally saved us, which means if we depend on Him, He will guide us and help us.

Galatians 5:16 urges us to «walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit…then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh»…. Notice that it doesn’t say «conquer the flesh independently then you will certainly not gratify the desires of the flesh.» No, it says to live in the Holy Spirit.

Choose to stop living independently, and rely on the Holy Spirit. I promise you won’t regret it!

Prayer Starter

God, You are all I need. Help me not to trust in myself, but to put my trust in You and to rely only on You.

Galations 5:16

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

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