The ancient stories of God and His people are full of wanderings and repentance, God’s miraculous interventions, commitment and victories, and the Promised Land. All along the way stones were used to mark defining moments of their travels and experiences.
Did you know there are figurative stone markers we need in our journey with God still today? Spend the first month of 2018 collecting your stones and defining your path to a fulfilling future.
'See this pile of stones,’ Laban continued, ‘and see this monument I have set between us. They stand between us as witnesses of our vows. I will never pass this pile of stones to harm you, and you must never pass these stones or this monument to harm me. I call on the God of our ancestors—the God of your grandfather Abraham and the God of my grandfather Nahor—to serve as a judge between us.’ So Jacob took an oath before the fearsome God of his father, Isaac, to respect the boundary line
Moving the boundary stone was a grave offense.
(Proverbs 22:28, Proverbs 23:10)
When boundaries were disregarded, someone was harmed.
Boundaries define my soul and my convictions - then help me to maintain it.
Boundaries define me. They show me what is me and what is not me.
Boundaries define what I am responsible for and what I am NOT responsible for.
Boundaries help me keep the good in and the bad out.
Boundaries are rooted in God himself.
Basic Boundary Stones with others: “This far and no more.”
Skin (Mark 9:42-50)
Words (Matthew 5:7, 18:15-20)
Distance –geographical, time, emotional (Matthew18:17-18, I Corinthians 5:11-13)
Consequences (II Thessalonians 3:10, Galatians 6:7-8)
Basic Boundary Stones with me: “This far and no more.”
Where God has specifically spoken to everyone
Where God has specifically spoken to me
Where wisdom speaks
Why do we move the Boundary Stones?
Fear of criticism
Fear of rejection
Fear of loss
Lack of discipline
The Big Red Flags: