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Exodus 19:16-21:21

God sets boundaries for us not because He is some kind of control freak, but because He loves us and planned the best for us in eternity. If we do not cross the boundaries the negative cause and effects of law breaking does not come into existence.

And you will set boundaries for the people all around, saying, "Take heed to yourselves not to go up on the mountain nor touch its edge. Whoever touches the mountain will surely be put to death! (Exodus 19:12 NET.)

Ever since “In the beginning …” God has placed boundaries in his creation. The entire first chapter of Genesis God is setting boundaries. In the garden, God tells man, "You may freely eat fruit from every tree of the orchard, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will surely die." (Genesis 2:15-17 NET.)

The Ten Commandments are boundaries for righteous living upon the earth and if crossed, there are consequences. Maybe we look at these boundaries wrongly. If we see them as just a list of ten things not to do, then they are just a burdensome list of do nots. However, if we see them as a safety net to keep us snug and warm provided by a Father who loves us dearly, then the burdensome nature of a bunch of dos and don’ts cease. If we fully understand that God’s desire is to meet every one of our needs, we will wait on Him and not try to get it ourselves.

As for prayer postures, Mike, the postures you present all have to do with one thing, submission, the body language takes on the posture of submission. Raised hands indicate surrender to God. When someone points a gun to our heads and says, “Stick ‘um up,” we submit to the authority of the one holding the gun. Lying face down on the floor/ground or assuming the position of kneeling, means you are acknowledging the One who is Over All. Sadly, these postures can all be choreographed to give the appearance of submission and to impress the crowd, but either way, sincere or show, God knows the heart.

Interesting how the commonality of all four readings flows forth from the scriptures and that is submission. Whether in body language, prayer posture, wrongly choosing to submit to man’s laws over God’s, and submitting to words of wisdom, God’s Word, Old or New Testament is the same message presented from different perspectives.

It is said that we all have different learning styles and God covers them all in His Word. Because He created us to have those different styles, God is not a one-size fits all kind of Guy, He meets everyone at their point of need and at their ability.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Hey Mike!
Wow 10 commandments..it's always nice to see and reflect on them in the Bible and acknowledge them in our lives. I believe God set these commandments up not to be altruistic or a task master to our living but to graciously share with us the acknowledgements of "laws" that gently show that it is only by "grace" that we obey. God wanted to share at the time to His people that there was a better way of living than they were going and everyone needs a set of instructions throughout their life. However Jesus showed us that no matter how hard we try to obtain, only through Him and his mercy on our life are we ever going to measure up. Now myself..I know there are several I wish I did more..Rest or take a true Sabbath..not have unkind words or thoughts at times..always put God first..and yes ..as much as I read and meditate and seek the Lord..I always know I could do more..that's the whole point though..we are a fallen nation and being...

But God! But through Jesus and His perfect righteousness and love..he come not to abolish the law but to perfect it and that through Him the law would be obtained through His love, grace, mercy, and through our repentance and submission to Him. Our coming of ourselves and realizing we can't do it alone and we need a Saviour!

As for posturing towards God..I love to have real worship..in church..I love to throw up my hands..dance..loft my face..close my eyes..picture Him..get a glimpse of Heaven and Jesus! And sometimes it strikes a chord and I cry and get intentional in worship! The best feeling! Be blessed

I normally pray seated and submitted sin the Father's lap. During Chemo this was the most I could do. Recently I'm being led to be prostrate on the floor for prayers these days.

what stood out for me was the ten commandments that we have to meditate on!

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