Proverbs 14:34 reminds us that “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” We have crossed spiritual boundaries as people and certainly as a nation (and a global community); we need to find our way back to righteousness.
God is looking for Christians to act like the righteous children that He sent His Son to redeem. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Let’s talk about border control. It’s certainly a hot topic in our country right now. People like to make the problem politically driven or talk about how the problem is due to a lack of good choices. The truth about border control is that it is a problem of righteousness versus unrighteousness, dark versus light, truth versus a lie. It seems to be a complicated issue, yet it’s very simple.
God has a book of borders called the Bible. While living within the confines of these borders, we receive His blessing. But the moment we cross the lines He has given us, the struggle begins.
To help you examine several of the borders and boundaries that God has established to bring divine blessings, we want to send you an inspirational bookmark and a copy of our devotional entitled “Border Control” for your support of any amount. This devotional reminds us, “At the border of the cross, dead things cross over to life.”
John 10:9-10 says, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
The crisis at our border is out of control and many would like to see our nation’s borders strengthened. But strong borders also pertain to personal borders, spiritual borders, and borders within your family and your marriage. Until recently, these kinds of borders were considered a blessing. Now, borders are viewed as a burden. Why?
Everyone loves their freedom! People love believing that they will experience a whole new level of independence when they cross that forbidden border. Wrong! What you find is chaos. We serve a God of order, not a god of chaos. God maintains order through borders, borders found within the promises of His Holy Word. The world we live in was framed by the Word of God and carefully crafted by His hand.
At the very beginning of time, when God created this world, everything was designed with borders. The sun does not shine when it chooses to. It has boundaries. The stars (that He calls by name) do not start twinkling against the midnight sky whenever they feel like it.
They shine according to His borders. The fish in the sea, the birds in the air, and the animals in their pastures all have borders. And, as long as everything lives within their border, they are blessed.
A fish out of water is not blessed by the freedom of fresh air. The fresh air kills the fish. The second God’s creation crosses the line; chaos consumes them.
Consider the natural borders that you have in your life. Oxygen is a border. As fun as it might be to head into outer space, once you leave this atmosphere (without oxygen), you will have trouble breathing.
John 14:6 tells us, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Jesus is our border. Everyone has access to God through Him. Everyone.
Many people try to twist the facts as if only some elite group has access to God. But the Bible tells us that He is readily available to “whosoever will… (Revelation 22:17).” It doesn’t matter what culture, creed, or nationality you are. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done or where you’ve been. God is readily accessible to all.
Are you willing to live within His borders to live a fulfilled life of divine blessing? Are you ready to walk through the door that Christ has opened to you when He redeemed you at the Cross? Or are you still focused on your freedom? True freedom is only found through Christ Jesus. The sooner you lay your life at His feet, the sooner you will discover what true freedom really is.
When you decide to follow Christ, you must live within the confines of the borders as defined in the Bible. You don’t get to set your own rules. When we throw out the Ten Commandments as a society, we have crossed the line.
We have recently crossed lines that have had severe consequences for our nation and the nations of the world. The Bible clearly states in Exodus 20:3, “You shall have no other gods before Me.” It doesn’t take long to realize that people are more focused on loving themselves than serving the King. But we are called as Christians to live a life of service, submit to God’s will and live under His divine anointing.
But you must choose to serve Him with your whole heart. As a society, we have decided to serve many gods. We have crossed the line. We are great at serving the god of self. We are good at being politically correct in public instead of speaking the truth as found in God’s Word. We ask God to fit Himself into our schedule instead of remembering the Sabbath Day to keep it holy.
As we walk through the start of a new year, may we be reminded of the importance of Holy borders. They are in place to protect us, bless us, provide for us, and keep us sheltered underneath the wings of the Almighty.
To receive God’s blessings, our world must return to the borders outlined in the Bible. We must return to winning the lost. We must live by the Ten Commandments. We must preach the unadulterated Gospel of Jesus Christ. We must take a stand for the truth, even when it is unpopular and uncomfortable. This path of righteousness will get us back on the right track as servants of the Most High God, not lovers of ourselves.
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