Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith.” (1 Peter 5:8-9 NLT)

Walking within God’s boundaries means we must be prayerfully aware of triggering devices. Satan conjures up schemes to tempt us to move out of God’s boundaries and the personal boundaries God has helped us establish. Boundaries bring freedom—and Satan doesn’t want us to be free.

Satan uses many devices in an attempt to take away our freedom in Christ—to bind us and keep us from growing . . . to prevent us from becoming all God has designed us to be and accomplishing what God has called us to do. Our enemy uses guilt, discouragement, and lies. And he tries to expose us to triggering devices that could lead us to violate our boundaries.

Once you have established some boundaries, take a serious look at temptations. Watch for triggering devices that could cause you to step outside your boundaries.

Take inventory of past experiences that caused you to make inappropriate decisions or engage in unwise behaviors. Then avoid those triggering devices. Don’t put yourself in a situation where you know you will face temptation. It may be a relationship . . . a website . . . a place . . . an activity . . . a television program . . . or even a particular group of friends.

Identify your triggers and then determine, with God’s help, to avoid them. Don’t give in to Satan’s schemes.


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