Boundaries! Get ya some!


“If I cannot sustain intimacy with Christ and a relationship and walk with Him while maintaining the demands of this ministry, then the ministry has to go. I cannot sell my soul to the organization. I can't do it.”

Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Several weeks ago I tweeted this quote and several of y’all agreed, of course I’m gonna blog about it ~

In order to meet the demands of ministry, often we neglect our relationship with Jesus Christ: in ministry! Wait! Ministry people get paid to pray and study 24/7 right? If only.

Could it be that ministry demands are a trap carefully constructed by our enemy? Neglecting our life source weakens our defenses leaving us exposed and devastated spiritually, mentally and physically.

We consider finding balance and boundaries, if we knew how, we would have already implemented them. Where do we begin? We often view boundaries as rules that prohibit freedom and keep us from finding our true self when boundaries are quite the opposite; boundaries endorse true freedom!

Boundaries are the defining lines that mark the limits; a dividing line. Boundaries give you permission to say “no” and be ok with it.

While there are many areas in our lives that need boundaries, we must be extremely intentional about our spiritual boundaries. Did Jesus have boundaries? How did He carry it out?

  • Jesus rested.

To be at our best we must set “rest” boundaries (I’m still working on this one).

Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” (Mark 6:31 NLT)

  • Jesus Prayed.

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 1:35 NIV)

After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone. (Matthew 14:23 NIV)

One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. (Luke 6:12 NIV)

  • Jesus Set Priorities:

Prayer sets our priorities. Until we consult with the Lord, how can we know the most important details of the day?

His priority was being about His Father’s business. For I have come down from heaven not to do My will but to do the will of Him who sent Me. (John 6:38 NIV)

I’ll leave with one last verse which I believe is a vital piece of establishing

boundaries.

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. (Matthew 6:33 NLT)

Worth repeating:

“If I cannot sustain intimacy with Christ and a relationship and walk with Him while maintaining the demands of this ministry, then the ministry has to go. I cannot sell my soul to the organization. I can't do it.”

Nancy Leigh DeMoss

(my favorite front porch hideaway)


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