Saturday, March 18, 2017

"His Sea" - 03/14/17 - Joshua 12-15

"The Great Sea is the western border." (15:47)


God has put them there for a reason.  

And how often do we test the boundaries?  Walk the fence so to say.  Put our toe in the waters, testing the temps.  Thinking it is "just right" and wade on in.  At times even going underwater and checking out the bottom.  Scuba diving - looking for lost treasure.  Floating in that sea of sin.  Water lapping up against our blowup raft as we lay in the sea of sin basking in the sun. 
Our rose tinted glasses perched upon our nose. 

And then, 


                                                                      the shark comes in.

God gives us boundaries for our safety.  They are nothing to play with, cross over, jumping back and forth over the line. 

In doing so, we are only playing games with sin. 

I once heard in a sermon about a high fence that divided the land.  Buried too deep for animals to dig under and too high for any to jump over.  For generations the fence stood, as a boundary, until it was removed.  There were generations of deer born in these forest before and after the fence.  And today, even though the fence is no longer there, the deer still do not cross the boundary line.  They have been conditioned throughout the generations not to go beyond that point. 

Even without the fence.

How are we at our boundary line our ABBA has placed around us for our own good?  Do we recognize sin is serious.  It is not a game to play with.  Do we listen to The Holy Spirit, acting as our fence?  Have we conditioned ourselves to stay within the boundaries, even when we choose to ignore the fence?  Or do we go beyond into the sea of sin?

 His Word tells us a sin is a sin.  There are no different levels.  All of sin separates us from God.


Because He is Holy. 

In Christ we are made holy.  Covered with His grace, mercy, forgiveness.   Never will He cast us out.  It is us who freely chooses to remove ourselves from Him and go beyond the boundary.  Going beyond not only the boundary line, but outside of Him.

Each time we test the boundaries, is an opportunity for sin to come in and harden our hearts. 

God has given us His seas and everything else we need within the boundaries "in" Him.
Whyever would we leave the sea of Him to swim in the sea of sin.  


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