He is my Boundary! Wow! Amazing! Boundaries began with God Almighty. He set a boundary between land and water at creation. Jesus set a boundary with his ministry, with his family members, with his friends and even with himself.
John 7:3-6; So his brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing. For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.” For not even his brothers believed in him. Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here. “
Mark 1:35-38; And rising early in the morning, while is was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. Luke 22:42; Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours be done.
Matthew 21:12-13; And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a dens of robbers.”
He wants to protect each one of us as we learn more each day about setting godly boundaries in our eating habits. We’re not alone. I know the enemy likes to make us feel and believe we are, but God promises us in Hebrews 13:5, “I’ll never leave you or forsake you.” So we can be content within our food boundaries, because He is always with us.
This Hebrews verse in the Message Bible says it like this;
Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” we can boldly quote…”God is there, ready to help. I’m fearless not matter what. What or who can get to me?”
These are powerful truths that we can stand on and rely on when things get messy. We are on this journey as co-workers together with the Lord. Yes, we must choose, we must resist, we must establish these pleasant boundaries. However, let’s never forget, our boundaries come from God. He set them and we can co-operate with Him by guarding them. 1 Corinthians 3:9 says To guard a boundary is very different than keeping a diet that you can be on or off. A boundary we keep by repairing and mending and building, making it solid and firmly in place by the ways we know now to guard it. If I guard my household or my finances or my children or even my health, I keep enemies at bay and I fight to keep them all safe. If I “let down my guard,” and trouble results, I will commit to repairing it by standing by the truths of God even firmer. My God-given boundaries are hunger and satisfaction. I allow things in (between those parameters) and I keep the rest out. When temptation camps out on my door, scripture tells me to rule over it and conquer it.
Genesis 4:6-9; “Then the Lord said to Cain, Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door. It desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
Too often sin has conquered me. But thanks be to God, through Him, I am now a conqueror, a victor. Through Him, I am counted as righteousness. I conquer with my faith in that truth. I don’t stick to 0 to 5 perfectly in order to conquer. No, I believe in God’s boundless love. I guard His truths with a passion, wearing the armor he has provided. He is what makes me secure, gives me significance and worth, not my body image or my relationship to food.
So what are your godly boundaries? Do you guard them with all your heart and mind? Or do you let them deteriorate and become vulnerable? What would you need to do to rebuild and strengthen those boundaries? Are you willing to conquer with Christ?