Boundaries by Pastor Wayne Foster

Today’s Passage – Numbers 34 – 36 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers also read – 1 Corinthians 5 – 8;  Proverbs 28Psalms 141 – 145

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Psalm 89

Read a previous post from this passage – “The City of Refuge,” and Taking Care of the Preachers.

Read the “Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

“1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 Command the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land of Canaan; (this is the land that shall fall unto you for an inheritance, even the land of Canaan with the coasts thereof:) 3 Then your south quarter shall be from the wilderness of Zin along by the coast of Edom, and your south border shall be the outmost coast of the salt sea eastward: 4 And your border shall turn from the south to the ascent of Akrabbim, and pass on to Zin: and the going forth thereof shall be from the south to Kadeshbarnea, and shall go on to Hazaraddar, and pass on to Azmon: 5 And the border shall fetch a compass from Azmon unto the river of Egypt, and the goings out of it shall be at the sea.” (Numbers 34:1-5)

God is a God of order. We see in numbers 34 God is establishing borders for the nation of Israel when they inherit the land of Canaan. Borders are a controversial subject. Who controls what, and how much has been the cause of countless wars for thousands of years. Just as nations have physical boundaries, we as Christians should have spiritual boundaries in our lives. There should be places we do not go because as Christians, we know sin dwells there. What kind of testimony would it give if we are in a bar, even if we are not drinking? We are constantly bombarded with music in stores, bad language from coworkers, or lucrative commercials and shows on TV screens. Our home is our haven. It should be a place of quiet rest. A place of sound boundaries protecting us and our families. Our Goal here on earth is holiness. Boundaries are necessary in our lives in order to keep striving towards that goal. We have boundaries for our children, personal lives, clothing, jobs, our own yards have fences around them. Why then, do we neglect our spiritual boundaries? They should be at the top of our priority list. Most of us, sadly, have them listed at the bottom. We need to re-examine our order of priorities and make sure our spiritual boundaries are set in stone. If we want to be Christ-like and live holy lives we need to make sure our boundaries won’t come tumbling down like the walls of Jericho at the first sight of trouble.

“40 Let all things be done decently and in order.” (1 Corinthians 14:40)

The Foster Family

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Bob Fenton
Bob Fenton
1 year ago

Amen Pastor Foster. Stepping over boundaries can be the difference between life and death right and wrong hope and fear loss and gain love and hate happiness and sadness .As Christians we must be careful not to step over the boundaries of God, it’s our choice. like the post.

Cindy Erickson
Cindy Erickson
1 year ago

Great devotion. Thanks Wayne

Desiree Ann Jones
Desiree Ann Jones
1 year ago

As god does not want us to over step out boundaries we need to have our boundaries on the top of our list making sure everyone’s ok. And doing what we are asked by the church as a team so we can work together as a full team. So we understand what christian life is about and how we can explain what knowledge is about. We can have journals notebooks calendars to remind us of what scheduled are important so that we can live our lives to the fullest and what need to be done. By making appts. And setting schedules each week especially kids Klub. And what will be next up. Keeping a daily schedule and being on task means you have responsibilities to follow and to learn from. So that you can be able to know what is important in the daily lives of others. Because boundaries are very important and have so many meanings of that. Boundaries are what you Dan represent through the church and being gods child. As we walk with god daily. We need to respond quickly to boundaries so we don’t overstep ourselves through the church or any where else. We need to prioritize ourselves and what we can do to achieve and succeed in we don’t lose hope and never have fear. God wants us to listen carefully to what he has planned for us to do. Right now which is learning the bible teaching a bible class then moving forward all the way through.

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