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By Nicole Kerr

It was like a scene from the classic film Sandlot – kids living in fear of what lay beyond the boundary, not daring to go after lost balls or toys that happened to fall into forbidden territory.

Matthew and his siblings faced this scenario as children every time they visited their grandmother’s house. As kids did before there were iPads, they spent most of their time in the yard. There was no fence to corral their enthusiasm as they played, but the neighbor did run a string along the property line marking the boundary between the two yards. The kids quickly learned they dare not cross this line. If they did, they suffered the yells and threats from the neighbor as he sat on his porch watching them, just waiting for that boundary to be crossed. The kids played in fear of crossing into the area where they did not belong. Their attempts at avoiding their neighbor’s yells limited their fun.

Years later, Matthew purchased his grandmother’s house and land. As is common when one purchases land, he asked a surveyor to come out to make sure the property lines were correct. His grandmother’s former neighbor had sold his lot and moved across the street and the string marking the boundary was long gone, but Matthew clearly remembered where the boundary had been. Yet to Matthew’s surprise, the surveyor continued to move further and further into the former neighbor’s “forbidden” territory as he determined the actual property boundaries. The shocked neighbor ran across the street begging and pleading with Matthew to have the surveyor stop. The neighbor realized he had sold land that wasn’t his to begin with. All those years Matthew and his family had limited themselves because they didn’t know that all that land belonged to them.

I was reminded of that story recently while reading Job 24 (NLT). Verse 2 seemed to jump off the page: “Evil people steal land by moving the boundary markers. They steal livestock and put them in their own pastures.”

In biblical times, property lines were marked by boundary stones. All a thief had to do was move the stones a little at a time and soon the rightful owner would have little to nothing left of his property. If the owner complained to authorities, nothing could be done because there was no proof of the original location of the markers. For this reason a smart landowner would keep watch and defend his boundary stones to make sure they were never moved.

This happens to us on a personal level in areas where we have dropped our guard by letting sin and compromise into our lives. We have allowed the enemy to take territory that is rightfully ours, such as our health, our marriage, our relationships, our finances, and our children. The same thing has happened in our culture and in the Church. The enemy has been moving boundary stones for years and years – boundary stones in families, morality, relationships, and identity. Territory that belongs to God and His people is being stolen.

Many people don’t even realize the boundaries have been moved. We face sickness or trials or criticism for our biblical beliefs, but we are content to play on “our” side of the string, not even knowing there is so much more that belongs to us. We are afraid to pray those big prayers that don’t really fit around the dinner table. It is time that we do battle in prayer and not only defend current boundary stones but also take back what has already been taken. We can know what belongs to us by understanding the promises of GOD in his Word:

  • Health and healing (Jeremiah 30:17; Exodus 15:26; Psalms 103:2-3)
  • Provision/Finances (Philippians 4:19; Psalm 84:11; Matthew 6:31-34; Joshua 1:8)
  • Forgiveness from sin and shame (1 John 1:9; Psalm 103:12)
  • Children (Isaiah 49:25; Psalm 127:3-5; Proverbs 22:6)
  • Marriage (Ephesians 5:25-33)
  • Peace/Protection (Isaiah 26:3; Philippians 4:6; John 14:27; Psalm 91:4-6; Proverbs 18:10; Psalm 23)

Jesus said, “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life” (John 10:10, NLT). We don’t have to wait for Christ to return to discover the inheritance that we should be living in now. We need to start praying stone-moving prayers and take hold of what belongs to us as children of GOD.

About The Author

Nicole Kerr

Nicole Kerr received her marketing degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and currently serves as the Executive Assistant to Open Bible President Randall A. Bach. Her family’s mission is to minister to future generations and help them become leaders and people of influence. She and her husband, Aaron, are currently pursuing this mission by working with the youth at Journey Church of the Open Bible in Urbandale, Iowa. Nicole enjoys writing about what GOD is speaking to her as she is being stretched and grown in each season of life.