Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Limits and Boundaries

If we do not set limits and boundaries, we may find ourselves outside of the will of God. Too many in ministry over-extend themselves and end up bitter, dissatisfied, and disgruntled. If we are running full speed concerning all things ministry and neglecting our homes, we may need to take inventory and get rid of the excess.

Moses is an example of a leader in the Bible who was becoming overwhelmed with addressing the needs of so many people. He heeded wise advice and appointed qualified men who could deal with the less pertinent itmes so that he could better function. Maintaining strength in ministry means that there are some things that we will not be able to do.

Prayer will allow us to determine what limits and boundaries that we must set to please the Lord and be good stewards over our personal affairs. It is fine to say no to the things that we are not supposed to carry as a burden. Operating in wisdom through the Spirit will keep us in line.

Job 13:27 (NKJV)
You put my feet in the stocks, and watch closely all my paths. You set a limit for the soles of my feet.

Job 14:5 (NKJV)
Since his days are determined, the number of his months is with You; You have appointed his limits, so that he cannot pass.

Acts 17:26-27 (NKJV)
And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us

2 Corinthians 10:13-14 (NKJV)
We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but within the limits of the sphere which God appointed us—a sphere which especially includes you. For we are not overextending ourselves (as though our authority did not extend to you), for it was to you that we came with the gospel of Christ;

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