Proverbs 22:28 (Message)
Don’t stealthily move back the boundary lines staked out long ago by your ancestors.
One of the great challenges of the Christian faith is to maintain boundaries of Godly behaviour – in an increasingly permissive society.
Here are some clear instructions on boundaries from God’s word.
1. DON’T SECRETLY BELIEVE
You should be consistent – in church and in the world.
Your convictions are your set boundaries.
All behaviour comes from belief.
What you believe – you will behave.
Don’t secretly believe.
Declare what you believe – and be consistent – and you will behave openly what you believe within.
2. GOD CREATED BOUNDARIES
Boundaries are God’s idea.
Adam and Eve were given boundaries – thus creating obedience to a loving God.
Break the boundaries – break the flow of life from God.
3. BOUNDARIES ARE NOT FLEXIBLE
You don’t just move boundaries to accommodate current trends.
Boundaries are in your life for three reasons.
Boundaries identify who you are and – what you believe – and where you belong.
Boundaries protect you from wandering into dangerous wastelands.
Boundaries identify your fruitful fields.
God was very specific about the boundaries of the promised land.
Move the boundaries and you move outside of God’s promised blessing.
4. BOUNDARIES ARE FOR GENERATIONS
You cannot move boundaries because of some shrill screams from a minority group in society.
Boundaries can be passed to your children’s children.
Boundaries are necessary in every area of life. Without them we descend into chaos – confusion and cacophony.
KEEP THE STAKES STRONG
IDENTIFY YOUR BOUNDARIES
ENJOY GOD’S BLESSING