BOUNDARIES…BECAUSE JESUS SAID NO AND SO SHOULD YOU
MATTHEW [5:37] LET WHAT YOU SAY BE SIMPLY YES OR NO; ANYTHING MORE THAN THIS COMES FROM EVIL
This week Sandy and Elisabeth discuss the importance of boundaries, what the Bible says about them and the examples that Jesus gave us as he walked the Earth in human form.
- A line that marks the limits of an area; a dividing line
- A limit of a subject or sphere or activity
Soulshepherding.com says: “Jesus had personal needs that he put priority on, sometimes even over the needs of other people, and he did so without feeling guilty.
Your “NO” is a boundary that protects you and your family from a world that would suck you dry.
So, what did Jesus do?
HE WITHDREW FROM THE CROWDS:
LUKE [5:15]-16 But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. But he would withdraw to desolate places to pray.
MARK [1:35]-37 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.
Mark [1:45] Jesus could not enter a town if people saw Him publicly. He stayed in secluded places where no one lived but people kept coming to Him from everywhere.
HE SPENT TIME IN NATURE:
MATTHEW [15:29] Jesus went on from there and walked beside the Sea of Galilee. And He went up on the mountain and sat down there.
MARK [2:23] One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grain fields, and His disciples walked along.
- Roger Ulrich published a study in Science magazine in 1984 that showed patients who could see leafy trees healed a full day faster, needed significantly less pain medication and had fewer post-surgical complications than patients who saw a brick wall instead.
- Nature has been proven to show improve mood, reduce stress, improve cognitive function and even increase activity in the prefrontal cortex which regulates emotions, makes decisions, controls impulses and forms memories.
JOHN 21:9 When they stepped onto the shore they saw a fire of hot coals. There were fish on the fire, and there was bread…Jesus said to them come and have breakfast and He took the bread and the fish and gave it to then.
Jesus ate. A lot. It’s mentioned many times. It’s the basis of multiple miracles both by God before Jesus and as part of His ministry while He was on Earth.
Most importantly He uses food to represent His ultimate sacrifice and commands us to “Do This In Remembrance of Me” The “Do This” is literally Eat and Drink.
HE WASN’T MANIPULATED:
MATTHEW [16:23] Get behind Me Satan! You are not thinking about the things of God, but only about human concerns.
HIS NO MEANT NO:
MATTHEW [5:37] Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.
Don’t be evil. Say no.
HE DIDN’T TRY TO DO EVERYTHING:
MATTHEW [6:24] No one can serve two masters.
Jesus’ focus was on serving His Heavenly Father.
Do not let others’ needs distract you from your purpose. Jesus did not come to Earth to heal our physical bodies, He came to save our souls.
There will always be someone who needs something but do not let your purpose in God’s Kingdom be overwhelmed by a sea of physical pain that will never leave this world.
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