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Guardrails
Pastor Mike Novotny
by Pastor Mike Novotny
May 13, 2024

Over a decade ago, I heard a brilliant teaching on the need for adding rules to the Bible.

If that sounds bad, it wasn’t. It was wise. The pastor talked about personal “guardrails,” rules that keep us far from the edge of a tragic fall into sin. For example, if you struggle with drunkenness, limiting yourself to one drink (or no drinks!) might be a guardrail that keeps you from going over the edge and hurting the people whom God loves so dearly. There is no passage that demands, “You shall have no more than one drink,” but there is wisdom in knowing yourself and acting accordingly.

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise” (Ephesians 5:15).

What would a wise guardrail look like in your life? If anger is your issue, which triggers could you avoid that too often lead to your outbursts? Is it watching certain channels or visiting certain websites? If so, have the wisdom to cut temptation off before it even arrives.

You will never regret looking back and playing it safe with your holiness. So be a student of your own story, note the times/places/situations that are most often connected to your sin, and make the bold choice to stay far from the cliff of temptation.

That’s how wise people live.