Borderline

Borderline

The boundaries we set in place cannot be trusted apart from the boundaries God, Himself, sets on our behalf. He protects us from ourselves. He secures our borders, even in our unawareness of the need. We might feel restricted when, in fact, we are protected. He tears down borders we think are firm in order to enlarge our territory.

For our protection, some relationships come to a halt; others remain when we wish they wouldn’t. A door closes to a potential job, while another we didn’t want keeps coming around. A loan application gets rejected. The house we wanted to purchase goes to another buyer. The fences the Lord builds around us hinder unseen enemies from making inroads into our lives. Insignificant encounters can become relevant opportunities. As we look back on our lives, we praise God for making peace within our borders when we needed His help.

We all matter to the Lord. Regardless of the measures we take in the natural to secure our safety, only the boundaries God establishes for us remain stable and impenetrable. We belong to Him and He watches over His property. He works all things together for the good. We find God is our shield and defense, from glory to glory!

Psalm 147:14 “He makes peace in your borders, And fills you with the finest wheat.”

 

Trust?

Trust?

It is difficult to regain trust after it has been broken. Past disappointments may have created a wall of fear that produced further separation from healthy relationships. This wall may appear to be for protection from further disappointments, but in reality it brings isolation. Expecting the worst quenches the faith we have in Christ. If we trust what we fear, we block faith from bringing restoration. It’s in trusting God that we learn to trust others and walk free from our past.

When some of our expectations didn’t come to pass, we made internal decisions about whom or what we could or couldn’t trust. These often sub-conscious decisions must be broken by the power of God. The Webster dictionary defines trust as, “An assured reliance on the character, ability, strength of someone or something; one in which confidence is placed.” It’s only as we grow in the knowledge of who God is that we trust Him. He, Himself, helps us do so as He heals us from our past mind sets.

We cannot exercise our faith to trust in God on our own. The faith we attempt to manufacture is ineffective. His faith moves mountains. We learn to trust God and those whom we are in relationships as we forgive not only them, but ourselves as well. We cannot change the past, but surely we can change the future by placing our confidence in the God who keeps us with His saving hands. We trust Him, then others, from glory to glory! 

2 Corinthians 1:9-10 “Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us…”

 

Bound Up

Bound Up

The degree that we are bound in the Spirit dictates our ability to say no to what is trying to tie us down, or is contrary to His purpose. The Apostle Paul saw bonds and afflictions waiting for him in Jerusalem, but he was resolute and determined to obey the leading of the Lord. Nothing could deter him, and people around him could not dissuade him from going. He was so bound up in the Spirit of God that nothing else could capture him.

We walk free from the unacceptable bonds in our lives by standing strong in the bonds we have with the Lord. We are bound to the covenant, to His purpose, to His anointing, bound up with Him. We are so closely and inseparably connected with Him that what does not fit is disconnected. This could be any habit or association that is not in agreement with who we are and where we are heading. Relationships are sifted one after the other.

In Christ we go from liberty to liberty. Our relationships with others carry no obligation, dependency, control or necessity. The spirit of control can no longer manipulate us and the spirit of intimidation can no longer incapacitate us. When hindrances are loosed from us, we are driven by the Spirit of God to walk in the supernatural, from glory to glory! 

Acts 20:22-23 “And see, now I go bound in the Spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me.”

 

In Security

In Security

As unity is increasing among us, insecurity in relationships is being eliminated. Insecurity is part of our “old” man, who we are in Adam, before being born again and being a new creature in Christ. The more secure we are in our relationship with God, the more secure we can be in our relationship with others. Through the grace and love of God, we walk in newness of life.

Insecurity causes people to assume and receive rejection, build walls and try to control others. It feeds their fear of losing what they have because deep down they do not trust they really have it. It disables intimacy and steals joy. It causes people to have faith one day and fear the next. In our security with Christ, insecurity is defeated. Relationships will not remain the same, but our position in Christ will never change.  Others will not always be responsive to our love but we love regardless.

The love of God conquers all and destroys the walls that have been built. We unconditionally love, care and unite with one another. No matter what the changes are in relationships, it can never change our bonds in Christ. We are accepted in God, even when rejected by others. We are loved by God, even when disliked by others. We are safe in the Lord, even when threatened by others. We dwell in security in the Lord, from glory to glory!

Ephesians 1:5-7  “…having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” 

 

Offensive Glory

Offensive Glory

We walk in who we are in Christ doing His works, His will and His way; and this newness of life may offend those around us. This offense comes from unbelief and may cause the rejection of many blessings. Jesus could not do many mighty works in His own house, in His own town, because those who knew him in the natural didn’t receive Him walking in the supernatural.

People may reject who we are in Christ because they know who we used to be, before we received Christ as Lord and Savior. Familiarity brings unbelief when we do not see others through the eyes of the Lord. Obeying the leading of the Lord and stepping forth in His name may be offensive for those closest to us. Unbeknownst to them, they are not rejecting us but blessings from the Lord through us, as we minister showers of glory upon their lives. This rejection is an objection to the unction of the Lord. The manifestation of Christ is often quenched because of offense.

Only the Holy Spirit can reveal who we are in Christ and remove rejection, offense and unbelief. He enables us to continue our ministry of reconciliation regardless of responses. We obey the leading of the Spirit of God and never base the fruit on what we see but on who we know, from glory to glory.

Matthew 13:57-58 “So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.’ Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.” 

 

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