Numbers 34:2 There Will Be Boundaries

Command the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter Canaan, the land that will be allotted to you as an inheritance is to have these boundaries:’ Numbers 34:2

Every nation and city on the earth has some boundary set up that defines where it is. Boundaries are what help guide others as to where a city or nation is located and who controls it.

Although most people do not want to have boundaries limiting them, most places have some type of boundary set up. While boundaries can appear to restrict, they can also give freedom.

God told the Israelites that when they entered the promised land of Canaan there would be boundaries set up as He gives them the land.

When boundaries are set up, many people feel as if they are being stifled or held back and they no longer have full freedom. In the church, many will consider boundaries as legalism and reject all boundaries claiming freedom in Christ.

While there is freedom in Christ, there are also some boundaries that are in place. With no boundaries, all one has is chaos.

The boundaries a believer has are not always physical ones as with the Israelites but are spiritual ones. God does not His children to fall into sinful practices and move away from His will, so He sets up boundaries.

There are sins that God specifically tells His people to flee from. There are guidelines as to how to act and think in order to live the holy and righteous life that God has called every believer to live.

Boundaries given by God are not to enslave a person and hold one back, but to allow them to live a full abundant life in Christ Jesus, not a life of sin and death. They are to let the world know that believers are different and belong to God.

Regardless of where you go in life, there is always some type of boundary you must accept. Just as you are willing to accept the boundaries of property, you must be willing, as a believer, to accept the boundaries God has placed in your life.

Live within the boundaries God places so that you can live the full life God has for you. Do not leave these boundaries for temporary sin and eternal death. These boundaries are placed to keep you safe in God’s will, not to hold you down.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the boundaries God has for you; that God will guide you on how to live the abundant life He has for you; and that God will strengthen and guide you to stay in the boundaries He has for you.

Exodus 28:4 Wearing The Right Clothing

These are the garments they are to make: a breastpiece, an ephod, a robe, a woven tunic, a turban and a sash. They are to make these sacred garments for your brother Aaron and his sons, so they may serve me as priests. Exodus 28:4

Many business places require their workers to wear a certain type of clothing. This can range from steel-toed boots, gloves and a hard hat all the way up to a suit and tie or a specific company made uniform.

Wearing the required clothing can be for safety or for unity and identification or for overall appearance.

God tells Moses to have certain clothing made for Aaron and his sons. This clothing is to be sacred and used so that they can serve as priests.

Most people accept being told what to wear when they are working at a job whether they fully agree with it or not. They understand it is required in order to keep the job.

For Aaron and his sons, the clothing they were told to wear was physical clothing. While being physical the clothing was still sacred and holy. Believers in Jesus, however, are told to wear clothing that is not physical, but spiritual. Some of this clothing is for identification with Jesus, while other clothing is used for battle.

Some of the clothing used for identification are holiness, righteousness, love, purity, and grace. Some of the clothing used as armor for battle is belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and sword of the Spirit.

Believers who are willing to put on the clothing God wants them to wear will be ready, willing and able to fight a spiritual battle and will be easily recognized as being in God’s army. Not wearing this clothing will make them vulnerable to the enemy and not identify with Jesus.

If you have a job, most likely you have to wear certain clothing. If you are willing to wear that certain clothing for temporary pay, you must be willing to wear the clothing God has for you that is for eternal pay.

Just as you take time to make sure you are correctly dressed for a job, take time to make sure you dressed for the job God has for you. While you are working your temporary job you are also working for God.

Are you dressed correctly for God’s work?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will put on the clothing God has for you each day; that you will be ready, willing and able to do the work God has for you to do; and that you will be easily identified as one in God’s service.