Staying within the boundaries


After finishing school, I left my home country of Australia and went to South Africa for a gap year. While I was there I did some studies with YWAM. After my initial training (DTS) I felt that God wanted me to stay longer and formally study the Bible. That decision to stay changed my life. It started a longing to know more and more about the bible and know it as best as I possibly can.

After Abraham arrived in the Promised Land, within the story, as told in genesis, the first thing he does is leave. While he is away things go wrong, but God rescues him and gets him back on track (Gen 12:10-20). Abraham was supposed to stay within the boundaries God had given him. He chose to leave them and was reprimanded for it (Gen 12:18-19).

Later we see that Abraham has learnt his lesson. When he was trying to find a wife for the promised son Isaac, he made sure that Isaac was not to leave the Promised Land (Gen 24:6-8). He knew that it was right for him and his son to stay within the prescribed boundaries that God had given him.

This leaves me thinking about what boundaries God has given me. They are not physical boundaries like Abraham. They are moral boundaries. I know at times that I’ve gone beyond those boundaries, been reprimanded and yet enjoyed God’s blessings. This leaves me praying that the Holy Spirit will open my eyes when I stray past those boundaries.


4 thoughts on “Staying within the boundaries

  1. What boundaries god has given me???… this self interpolation after reading/learning/experiencing is very important for each individual , what you have done and found answers is commendable…. :)..

  2. We need to have God’s Boundaries Nat, not man’s, when our flesh has been put to death and we are perfected in Love, which we are to aim for, than we will not continue to sin and because we are Born again and have God’s seed or Nature we will always be within His boundaries, we can be no other way because He can’t be.

    1John 3:9 No one who is Born of God will continue to Sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on Sinning, because he has been Born of God.

    John 8:34-36 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who Sins is a slave to Sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

    Romans 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto Sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    1 John 2:4-6 He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth His word, in him verily is the Love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in Him. He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.

    Romans 6:22-23 But now being made free from Sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of Sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    1John 3 – No one who lives in Him keeps on Sinning. No one who continues to Sin has either seen Him or known Him. Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as He is righteous

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

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