This Is Where I Draw the Line
Ex 19:23 “And Moses said unto the LORD, The people cannot come up to mount Sinai: for thou chargedst us, saying, Set bounds about the mount, and sanctify it.”
The Old Testament is a shadow of the New Testament.The ancient Jews typify the church. The mountain, or beyond the border, symbolizes sin.
Eph 4:11-12 “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:”
There is an Apostolic chain of command. The ministry has authority and responsibility to draw lines.
I Peter 5:1-4 “The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.”
There is a need for boundary lines to keep the wolves out and the treasure safe. You have a great ministry and a great church, but it’s not because of the teaching, it’s because of the people that are hungry. You have a great ministry and a great church, but it’s not because of the teaching, it’s because of the people that are hungry.
Swamp lands have smutz and gunk on the surface, but a river has pure water. There is a flushing out and flow from a river, no flow and flushing in a swamp. A swamp is stagnant. We want a flow, a river, and a move of God. The difference between a swamp and a river is a river has banks pushing the water in a direction. A swamp has no real borders.
God says to put up ‘guardrails.’ These keep people from going into dangerous areas. We obey guardrails. To prevent death we put up a border. Curves and sharp turns and sudden changes in directions require guardrails. They aren’t located in a dangerous place; they’re put before the dangerous place. These stops you from going to the dangerous place. They are there for a margin of error.
The mountain is off limits, you’ll die if you touch it. Moses set boundaries to give the people a margin of error.
3 places where railings or lines are drawn:
- The Bible draws a line.
- Moses’ ministry or the church (pastor, leaders, and teachers) sets standards.
- A personal
You must draw some lines in your life that are higher (or further back) than the lines the ministry sets, higher than what the Bible sets. Where you draw your line is the most important. God wants to see where you will draw your line.
Make a decision and write it on your heart! This will protect you from sin. Minor damage might be done when you hit the guardrail, but it still saves your life.
Barriers are necessary for people who are sleeping. When you get lazy and fall asleep, barriers will wake you up!
Any area in your life with a potential for losing control need a guardrail.
I Cor 7:1-7 “Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.”
Matt 13:44 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.”
To keep the treasure safe, the man sold everything and bought the field, setting up guardrails and boundary lines and fences. The thief of our souls wants to steal our treasure.
Submission is your mission under someone else’s mission. It’s not easy to agree when you disagree. Put yourself under authority. It will save your life! Draw your own guardrails. Know where the line is in your life. It is good to put new lines in your life if the old ones don’t quite cut it.
Prov 13:20 “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”
Wise people care about the commandments of God. It’s foolish people that don’t care. Every decision you make will affect your life. A line helps in decision making.
What you do today affects tomorrow.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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