Boundaries with Jesus

With Jesus
Pastor Stephen "Red" Shumate
December 10rd, 2017
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Boundaries with Jesus
**This series is based on the book Boundaries by Cloud and Townsend. 
I want to introduce boundaries with Jesus by contrasting a point from last week.  Actually all of our points today come in contrast to points that have been made in the previous two messages that can be found here (Part 1) and here (Part 2) but this first contrast is not one of our primary points…it’s a bit of a side note.

Last week on of our key takeaways was – Satan CANNOT make Christians do anything.  That is a boundary that Jesus set on him and it is physically not possible for him to make Christians do anything…

In contrast, Jesus Will NOT make you do anything.   He could. He created us and could physically force us to obey him… be He won’t.  He wants our obedience to come from our own free will…

Joshua 24:15 But if it doesn’t please you to worship the Lord, choose for yourselves today: Which will you worship?—the gods your fathers worshiped beyond the Euphrates River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living? As for me and my family, we will worship the Lord.” 

So, obedience and worship for us is a choice… it comes from our free will.  Jesus will not force us to believe in Him, nor will he try to coerce us or trick us into believing in Him. These are all tactics that Satan uses…not Jesus.

What boundaries does Jesus set with us?

James 4:8 - Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Jesus, does not set a boundary as to how close we can draw near to Him.  The command here is for us to draw near to Him... and the closer we draw to Him, the closer He will draw to us.

And this is exactly what we should do.  We should be drawing near to God.  We should be getting as close to God as we possibly can.  And we do this by following the greatest command in the Bible: Love God will ALL of your heart, with ALL of your soul and with ALL of your mind.

We cannot be in danger of getting too close to God, but we can be in danger of getting too close to Satan.

Proverbs 22:3 says A sensible person sees danger and takes cover, but the inexperienced keep going and are punished.  

The closer we get to Satan the more he will pressure, trick and influence us to do sinful things… However, the closer we get to God, the more He will lead, teach and compel us to seek righteousness… So, we should draw near to Him.

Our Boundaries with Jesus

Ephesians 3:16-17
I pray that he may grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with power in your inner being through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith….

Again, in contrast to last week, we should set a far boundary for Satan and we should use the word of God to push him back and enforce that boundary.  However, when it comes to Jesus… we should set no boundaries for Him.  And we should use the word of God to draw close to Him.

This means that we should let the Holy Spirit have access to even the most personal, intimate AND the most sinful parts of our lives.  In this scripture Paul prays that Christ may dwell in our hearts.  It doesn’t get any closer than that. 

The problem is, we tend to set boundaries with Jesus.  We tend to make parts of our lives off limits to Him.  There are areas of our life that we refuse to let Him clean up, there are things we refuse to admit is sin, there are things we refuse to deal with and give Him control of… and many times these are areas that we have invited Satan into. But at the end of the day, we ABSOLUTELY should place NO boundaries on Jesus and we should let the Holy Spirit have full access to all of our hearts, minds and souls.

The Effects of Boundaries

Ephesians 3:17-19 - … I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, 19 and to know Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

The effect of appropriate boundaries with Jesus is that we will know God’s love.  We will know Christ’s love which surpasses all knowledge… in other words, a Love that we simply cannot get our heads around and understand but we can fully enjoy.  And when we set appropriate boundaries we will be filled with the fullness of God.

Additionally, when we set appropriate boundaries with The Spirit and let Him have access to all of our life then we begin to experience the fruits of The spirit.

Galatians 5:22-23 
…But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…

And to continue in our theme of contrast…

The effects of bad boundaries are the results of the works of the flesh.  We find the works of the flesh in Galations 5:19 and a few of them that stick out to me today are: hatreds, strife, jealousy, anger, selfish ambitions and envy.

Are you experiencing any of these?  Any at all?

If you are experiencing any of these, then there is a good chance, that you have a spiritual boundary issue that needs your attention.  The question becomes is it a boundary issue with one another, is it a boundary issue with Satan, or is it a boundary issue with Jesus.

Are you experiencing the fruits of the Spirit? Or are you experiencing the works of the Flesh?
Do you have good boundaries or are there some areas that need work?

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