By: Mandy Hill
But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.” (Genesis 2:16-17)
God created Adam and Eve and gave them endless blessings; however He did ask them to refrain from eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
He gave them one boundary.
The enemy found Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden and convinced them that the boundary God put in place was not for their own good, rather to keep them from something better. “The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her.” (Genesis 3:6)
The enemy can be mighty crafty, don’t you find? Us humans tend to have difficulty with boundaries, and the enemy will do everything in his limited power to convince us that boundaries are not necessary.
Even when we know that they are.
What do boundaries look like? To name a few: 1) Sticking to a budget and not letting your expenses exceed your income. 2) Eating to satisfy your hunger, not overindulging or eating emotionally. 3) Keeping your mind, eyes, and body in your marriage relationship, and not seeking outside your spouse for intimacy or pleasure.
In our ministry journey, my husband and I find that those are the top boundaries that the enemy will attack. I am certain there are others as well, the enemy is relentless….but the good news is we have victory in Jesus.
For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. (Ephesians 6:12-13)
Do you have trouble with keeping boundaries, sisters? Here is what the bible says:
Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:14-17)
We have everything we need in Jesus to hold true to our boundaries. Claim that victory, sisters!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the victory we have in You. Thank you for Your mercy and grace. Thank You that we have everything we need for the battle that rages against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world. I pray, Jesus, for wisdom and a sound mind when keeping healthy boundaries in place. I pray also for my sisters who struggle with boundaries, please grant them peace and hope for victorious days ahead. I pray all these things in Your precious and holy name, Jesus, amen.