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 Author: Lisa Pelton
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Freedom within God's Boundaries

Obedience. A word that causes many of us to cringe. Maybe you feel like obedience is an impossible task. I believe God wants us to see obedience to Him in a new light. In Lisa's children's story, do you remember how much fun Logos had playing in his yard, chasing birds, playing with his parents and his brother Elvis the cat? He had everything he needed right there in the boundaries of his fence – love, joy, safety, and companionship. Life was good for him. Yet, Lu C. Furr told Logos that true freedom was outside the fence. What did Logos actually find outside the fence? Fear, danger, and loneliness.

This story is an amazing illustration for us as adults. Psalm 16:6 says

My boundaries have fallen in pleasant places, surely I have a delightful inheritance”

Here we learn that God has placed boundaries around us, and that these boundaries are in pleasant places. Not only are they in pleasant places, but within these boundaries is a delightful inheritance. Picture yourself for a moment, in the middle of a fence, built by the Lord Himself. Inside the fence is your inheritance, which is everything given to you by your Father God. This includes not only your physical provision and blessings from the Lord (family, friends, house, food etc.), but also includes the Lord Himself. Logos had everything he needed inside the boundaries of his fence, and so do we. Everything inside the fence is ours to enjoy in freedom and safety.

The problem arises when we think we need more than what we have been given inside our God-given fence. Just like Lu C. Furr, our enemy Satan tries to draw us outside the boundaries of the fence with lies like “I know you're full, but have some more ice cream, it tastes so good, and you've earned it” or “that woman (or man) thinks you're attractive, why don't you get to know them? Your wife (or husband) won't know, and you deserve the attention”. Satan tries to make us dissatisfied with what we've been given (our inheritance). He then tries to convince us that true satisfaction and freedom are beyond our boundaries. The truth is, freedom is inside the fence, and bondage is outside. 1 Corinthians 6:12 says,

“All things are permissible for me, but not all things are beneficial. All things are permissible for me, but I will not be mastered by anything”

Those who have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior have been redeemed from the curse of the law, and all things are permissible for them. However, as the above verse says, not all things are beneficial. Those things that are not beneficial have consequences. You are certainly free to drive 120 mph on the highway, but you also greatly increase your risk of injury or death. That's what is meant by permissible, but not beneficial.

The above verse also shows us that going beyond the limits of what is permissible (our inheritance inside the fence), will leave us mastered by the very thing that drew us outside the fence in the first place. For example, God gave us many wonderful foods to enjoy and nourish our bodies. However, when we eat beyond our appetite or for reasons other than hunger, we can find ourselves mastered by

food. This is when we are no longer in control of food, but food is in control of us. This is what happens when we listen to Satan's voice telling us to step outside the fence – we become mastered. Not only that, but it keeps us from enjoying our God-given inheritance. The times in my life that I've allowed food to control me have taken away my enjoyment of food all together. The same can be said for alcohol. The Word clearly says “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit”. Notice the Bible does not say don't drink, it says do not get drunk. Depending on the individual person, one or two drinks may be within the boundaries of their fence. However, getting drunk will quickly take them outside the fence into the danger zone, where Satan can have an advantage over them. This principle applies to any number of activities that are permissible in moderation – but are no longer beneficial in excess. It also applies to sinful things that the Lord tells us to avoid all together, things that are always outside of our fence. Romans 6:16 (NIV) says,

“Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey--whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?”

When we listen to the voice of God, we are safely mastered by Him. The Lord will always lead us along the good and perfect path (Jeremiah 29:11). When we listen to Satan's voice - enticing us outside the boundaries of our God-given fence with the promise of freedom, we become captive the moment we step outside. True freedom is inside, not outside of God's boundaries.

How can we keep from stepping outside the fence? Listen for the voice of God's Holy Spirit, He will guide you. Just as Logos listened for his Father's voice, we too must listen for our Heavenly Father's voice. Jesus said in John 10:27

“My sheep listen to My voice. I know them, and they follow Me”

If you are born-again through faith in Christ, then you have His Holy Spirit living inside of you. You are God's child, one of His sheep, and you know His voice. Ask the Lord to help you hear His voice. Get to know Him more by spending time with Him through prayer and His Word, He delights just to be with you!

 

Prayer: Precious Father God, help us to see that our boundaries have fallen in pleasant places, and that within our boundaries You have given us all that we need. Help us to see that we need not look outside of You or what you have provided for us, and help us to hear Your voice more clearly every day. We thank you Lord for your boundaries that keep us safe and protect our God-given inheritance!

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