Do you not tremble in My presence?
For I have placed the sand
as a boundary for the sea,
an eternal decree,
so it cannot cross over it.
As a child I would sometimes think my Mom and Dad were strict. “How come all the other kids get to hike down Beaver Creek and I can’t?” My Mom didn’t feel it was safe for me and my girl friend to follow the creek into the woods. She would also warn me with, “I will know if you go down there!”
I wasn’t always pleased with boundaries but as an adult looking back, I can see that because my parents loved me, they set borders around me to protect and teach me right from wrong, even telling me who I could play with and who I couldn’t be with. And when I misbehaved I never wanted to hear my Mom say, “I’m going to tell your Father about this when he gets home!” Oh no!!!
Learning Right From Wrong
How important is it to train up a child in the way he should go? Parents who raise their children with little discipline and training don’t do their kids any favors. Parental discipline lays a foundation that the LORD can build ministry on.
Learning early that there are consequences for disobedience helps us to make right choices. I not only learned that I didn’t like punishment but I also learned a “holy and reverential fear of God,” which is the beginning of wisdom. See Proverbs 9:10-12.
Definition of Disciple: a learner, a follower; one who follows one’s teaching, doctrines and precepts; a pupil; student; devotee; believer; an adherent or one who imitates his teacher
“So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in Him, ‘If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples. And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.’” John 8:31-32 AMP
Jesus gave us instructions not to worry or be fearful about life but to “seek first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
All our needs will be met when we seek first His Kingdom and His way of doing things.
How do I do that?
Abide in His Word, hold fast to His teachings and live in accordance with them.
This is how we prosper in a decadent society.
We are in this world, but not of this world’s system or ways. We think differently.
Read John 17:14 and 1 John 4:17.
Renewing the Mind
Read/study the Bible every morning, it’s the breakfast of champions!
Receive instruction…receive boundaries! Be a doer of His Word.
Jesus said, “…the words that I speak to you are Spirit and they are life.” John 6:33
This is how the blessing flows to you.
See yourself as God’s own dear child and have a heart that is willing to be obedient. The Holy Spirit within you is teaching you and helping you, from the inside. Acknowledge Him. Lean on Him. Jesus said He is our Helper. He is also our Teacher.
You have His anointing within you that teaches you all things. John 14:26
Whether listening to your Pastor at church or studying at your desk, He is the one who helps you to see and to understand. It’s an inside job. See 1 John 2:20 and 27.
Disciples are required to be obedient.
That means you’re willing to submit and comply with what someone else says.
This is not popular in the days we are living in.
Since I was a child so much has changed. Many children don’t grow up knowing right from wrong and the influence of changes in our laws and perversion being taught in our schools is not good but it is truly a sign of the end days. Jesus Christ is coming soon!
As I said in our last Bible Lesson, the gap between Christianity and the world is widening. (If you missed the last lesson, be sure to read it. Just scroll down.)
The Kingdom of God requires its citizens to obey the rules of its King!
Our Father knows the best way for us to live on earth in the year 2015.
He has written a book with guidelines for us to follow so that we may prosper. We are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works prepared before we were born. Ephesians 3:10
We have a reason to live and a purpose to fulfill, a calling on our lives that must now take preeminence over everything else!
JESUS LEARNED OBEDIENCE
Jesus, the Word made flesh, was sent with a purpose that changed everything for eternity!
Yet, our blessed Savior learned obedience …
“…who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him...” Hebrews 5:7-9
We could say Jesus was a disciple of His Father during His days on earth.
“But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.” See 1 Corinthians 11:3.
“Then Jesus said to them,
‘When you lift up the Son of Man,
then you will know that I am He,
and that I do nothing of Myself;
but as My Father taught Me,
I speak these things.
And He who sent Me is with Me.
The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.’”
Read John 8:28-29.
Jesus walked by faith in His God. Hebrews 11:6
2015: SIGNS OF “THE END OF THE AGE”
TIMES OF DISOBEDIENCE—LAWLESSNESS—INIQUITY
Disobedience: insubordinate, unsubmissive; noncompliant; stubborn; haughty; perverse; disorderly; unyielding; mutinous
“Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.
And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:11-14
The Mystery of Iniquity…
Iniquity: defiant rejection of God’s law
“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now restraineth will restrain, until he be taken out of the way.” 2 Thessalonians 2:7
“Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.” 1 John 3:4
A propensity toward evil…it’s what mankind inherited from Adam.
Idolatry: The worship of anything that is not Almighty God
The Making of a Gold Calf
“Now when Moses saw that the people were unrestrained (for Aaron had not restrained them, to their shame among their enemies), then Moses stood in the entrance of the camp, and said, ‘Whoever is on the LORD’s side—come to me!’ And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together to him.” Exodus 32:25-26
How did God deal with the spirit of lawlessness? Those not on the Lord’s side, about three thousand men, fell by the sword that day.
2015—WE THE CHURCH—THE RESTRAINT!
Restrain: keep under control; suppress; hold back; inhibit; chasten; restrict; limit; check; arrest; muzzle; impede; constrict; hold back
How can The Church restrain.... if it is sleeping with the enemy?
‘Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.
I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the Lord Almighty.’” 2 Corinthians 6:17-18
The Church is not a big beautiful building.
The Church is not the name of a large denomination.
The Church is a family, God’s sons and daughters.
The Church is a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. See Ephesians 2:19-22.
The Church has been given boundaries.
“For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness?
And what communion has light with darkness?
And what accord has Christ with Belial?
Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?
And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?
"For you are the temple of the living God.
As God has said:
I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.” 2 Corinthians 6:14-16
How should we live?
Obey! It is better than sacrifice. 1 Samuel 15:22-23
Remain faithful to your call as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Be aware of things that erode your boundaries.
Be willing to be led by the Holy Spirit who is on assignment to keep you safe.
Walk by faith in God’s Word.
Love the unlovely.
What should we pray?
Hear the instructions to Israel.
“The LORD is well pleased for His righteousness’ sake;
He will exalt the law and make it honorable.
But this is a people robbed and plundered;
All of them are snared in holes,
And they are hidden in prison houses;
They are for prey, and no one delivers;
For plunder, and no one says, ‘Restore!’” Isaiah 42:21-22
Don’t complain about how bad things are.
Instead declare the decree....Sing the decree:
Give the Kingdom something they can work with! See Psalm 103:19-20.
Get that word in your heart. Meditate on this lesson; take it with you when you go into your prayer closet. This is the call and mission of Prayer with Purpose.
Love stands in the gap for restoration to The Church and love for the lost that are being blinded by their iniquity. This is how revival begins.
Scripture was written...that it might be spoken.
When you put God's Word in your mouth accompanied by the spirit of faith, it has power to enforce the decree. The Holy Spirit within you is being released to do the work.
This is the sword of the Spirit, part of the armor of God. Ephesians 6:17.
Open your window and declare, "Restore!" over your city or get in your car and drive around saying, "Restore!" See the armies of the Kingdom of God being released.
As an ambassador for Christ, you are helping to reconcile the world to God and to establish: "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." Matthew 6:10
This, dear Saints, is the ministry of reconciliation.
Read 2 Corinthians 5:19-20.
One day soon, we’ll hear the trumpet call and we’ll be caught up to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:17) and our assignments, both individually and corporately, will be complete … Mission Accomplished!
But until then, say to your counties—“Restore in the name of Jesus!”
If your family needs help, speak "Restore" over them.
And remember....boundaries are good for you!
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