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Boundaries – Sowing and Reaping

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. Galatians 6:7 (ESV)

Boundaries keep us from disrupting the law of sowing and reaping in other people’s lives. God allows us to reap what we sow, so that when we act in ungodly ways, the natural consequences will push us back to God. If we “save” others from those consequences, we short-circuit this process, and prevent them from learning the lesson God would have us learn. May God help us discern the difference between these natural consequences of sin and the testing of our faith that is intended to strengthen us.

Boundaries – Introduction

For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13 (NLT)

Boundaries define who we are and who we are not. They can be physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. Boundaries define what we love and hate, what we will and will not do. Boundaries protect us; they keep good things in and bad things out. They help us balance our freedom and our responsibility. They help us take every thought captive so that we can walk in relationship with God and with each other in a healthy way.

The Road to Recovery – Step 8

God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. Mathew 5:10 (NLT)

Step 8—Yield myself to God and to be used to bring His good news to others, both by my example and my words.

As we confess our sins, allow God to change us, and live differently as a result, there will be resistance. When that resistance takes the form of new or repeat temptation in our own lives, we need to cycle back through repentance and submission to God. When that resistance is from outsiders, who are convicted by the example of our lives, we are to help them understand God’s forgiveness and love. When that resistance is from other Christians who find themselves caught in a sin, we are to restore them gently. Whatever the resistance, our calling is to yield to being used by God to spread his good news and be the light in a dark place.

The Road to Recovery – Step 7

If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. 1 Corinthians 10:12 (NLT) Step 7—Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading and prayer, in order to know God and His will for my life, and to gain the power to follow His will. None of this recovery process is possible without God’s strength, and…

The Road to Recovery – Step 6

“God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:7, 9 (NLT) Step 6—Evaluate all my relationships, offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me, and make amends for harm I have done to others, except when to do so…

The Road to Recovery – Step 5

“God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6 (NLT) Step 5—Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life, and humbly ask Him to remove any character defects. After we’ve recognized what’s wrong, we must not only remove the bad but put the good in where the bad was.…

The Road to Recovery – Step 4

“God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8 (NLT) Step 4—Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust. There’s something powerful about getting real with another human being, someone I see every day. I can forget that God is always with me, because I can’t see Him;…

The Road to Recovery – Step 2

“God blesses those who mourn,     for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 (NLT) We continue a series on the Road to Recovery, finding healing for our hurts, habits and hang-ups, as expressed by Rick Warren, and based on the Beatitudes of Matthew 5. Step 2—Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him and that He has the power…

The Road to Recovery – Step 1

“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,     for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.” Matthew 5:3 (NLT) We begin a new series on the Road to Recovery, finding healing for our hurts, habits and hang-ups, as expressed by Rick Warren, and based on the Beatitudes of Matthew 5. Step 1—Realize I am not God. As…

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