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It is my hope that by reading this daily you will grow in your walk with Christ and be set free from any struggles in your life that are weighing you down. Be blessed to be a blessing.

Friday, March 9, 2012

GOD'S BOUNDARIES

The Ten Commandments.They are meant to protect us if only we would follow them. Just like a responsible loving parent sets boundaries for their children to help them grow up safe and learn rules and discipline and not become an uncontrolled citizen in society, God too, has boundaries for the way we act, think and live.  All of them are found in the Bible if only we would open it occasionally. No matter what it is, God has a way to protect you if you follow his commands. He does not give commands to be mean. Likewise, parents do not give rules and boundaries to be mean or controllers but they give them because they love their children and want them to grow up knowing how to act.

The Bible says to love but it also says to stay away from things that wage war with your soul. 1 Peter 2:11 says "Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul." What are those things? Well first sin is anything that separates you from God. When you do anything God is with you. If you are unmarried and in bed with a boyfriend or girlfriend, guess what, God is there. Is He pleased? When you go to a movie filled with sex scenes and curse words, once again God is there too. When you hang out with the wrong crowd and get into trouble, there is God tagging along. A girl who goes into an abortion clinic to end her unborn babies life also has God in there with her. He is everywhere. If you are in a strip club, or gentleman's club as they call them here in the South, God too is along for the ride. Yes he is subjected to the filth you subject your earthly temple to.

If you get in the mindset that Jesus is with you at all times it may make you think twice before you do certain things.  There are consequences to sinful lifestyles too. For instance, homosexuals  and heterosexuals who have sex can end up with diseases, some of which are life threatening. Remember we are to glorify God with our bodies and having sex without being married is for sure not up on God's 'okay to do' list.  Not to mention the emotional toll it will take on you for breaking God's laws. This is just one example.

Take time to sit down and pray and read The Ten Commandments. They are found in Exodus Chapter 20:3-17. Find Exodus in the Old Testament, right after the book of Genesis and read them. These commandments have power so much that evil forces in this world try everything they can to eradicate them. We are in a spiritual battle.

Galatians 5:16 says "live by the spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature."  Love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness and self control are some of the fruits of the spirit. Satan is always warring against you trying to get you off the path God wants you on. You have to resist him and run like crazy from evil. When you do not pray or read God's word you are opening the door for Satan to take you captive with lies and deception.

Psalm 73:23 says "Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand".

PRAYER: Lord it is my desire to walk in the spirit and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. I seek to do your will and stay on the right path of life. When the enemy tries to get me off the path help me to resist him and run to you, my Saviour and Lord. In Jesus name. Amen.

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