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God desires for us to discover the key of being well-balanced in every area of our Christian life.
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33
All Scripture references in this writing are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.
A Well Balanced Life
Whenever someone or something gets out of order or out of balance there are negative consequences that are soon to come. The world, and our lives, are held together by various systems and forces that keep us alive. If one or more of these get out of order, it can cause a cascading effect of failure to happen in a person's life.
Death and disorders are some of the consequences that can occur as a result of being out of proper balance. An example in the natural would be that the pH of the blood in our body must stay in balance and be kept between 7.35 and 7.45 for us to stay alive. Our body uses various means, including a system of buffers, to precisely control the blood's acid-base balance, to keep whole blood plasma at the proper pH of ~7.4.
Any minor deviation of the blood pH can seriously affect other body organs, including the heart, brain and lungs. In order for the whole body to function to stay alive, the blood pH level must be tightly controlled by the systems in place in the body to prevent the acid-base balance, known as the acid-base homeostasis, from deviating from the proper balance required to sustain life by way of the blood. The Holy Bible makes it clear that life is in the blood (Genesis 9:4, Leviticus 17:11, Leviticus 17:14, Deuteronomy 12:23), therefore when the blood ceases to stay in proper acid-base balance, or when the body systems that transport, oxygenate, and filter the blood stop working properly, that person will likely die soon. Body organs and systems can become "out of balance" in various ways, including becoming abnormal in their acid-base balance. They can have too much acid (acidosis) or have too much base (alkalosis).
In 1931, the biochemist Otto Warburg was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work in cellular respiration for "discovery of the nature and mode of action of the respiratory enzyme." He spent his entire life as a renowned cell biologist, and devoted much energy into investigating and studying the cause of cancer at a cellular level. He is known for postulating a hypothesis regarding the cause of cancer in 1924, which has come to be known as Warburg's hypothesis. He presented his hypothesis in a paper entitled The Prime Cause and Prevention of Cancer at the meeting of the Nobel-Laureates on June 30, 1966 at Lindau, Lake Constance, Germany. Warburg presented evidence in support of the claim that cellular life in the absence of oxygen (anaerobiosis or anaerobic respiration) was the primary cause of cancerous cells. Put in his own words, "the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar." According to Warburg, if there is a lack of oxygen and respiration enzymes at the cellular level, cancer cells may start by using fermentation and begin to grow, but if sufficient oxygen and respiratory enzymes are present at the cellular level, no fermentation or growth of cancer cells can take place. Warburg stated that if a person could get the proper amount of usable oxygen to the cellular level, then growth of cancer cells could be decreased or stopped. If this is true, this would be an example of the cellular systems in the body returning to efficient cellular respiration and metabolism, and not anaerobic respiration. As more research goes on today to see if Dr. Warburg's hypothesis is true concerning oxygen being required at the cellular level to help fight against the growth of cancer cells, we are likely to hear more about this. To learn more details about Dr. Warburg's research, see the book The Hidden Story of Cancer by Brian Peskin, E.E. and Amid Habib, M.D., Pinnacle Press, Houston, Texas, U.S.A., first published in 2006.
Just as things can get "out of balance" in a physical body by improper nutrition and other factors, so can one get "out of balance" spiritually. With so many incorrect and false doctrines being spread around today, is it any wonder that many are not satisfied or complete spiritually? How many people may not get to know and have a relationship with God because of bad information? How many others are ineffective at serving God?
Ignorance Of Laws Is No Excuse
The various physical and spiritual laws that God Almighty put into place are to be studied and followed, but never to be ignored. God wants us to be well balanced in everything we do, say, think, and imagine.
Just like a car stops running properly when it either runs out of gas or gets inferior gas, such as water mixed with gas, our bodies, minds, and spirits must be fed properly with wholesome, good quality food and energy. It is essential that we have correct information that helps us to know God and operate in life using His Truth.
God in His Word says, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children." Hosea 4:6. Many people are destroyed and perish because they have forgotten to seek after and trust God completely. Without proper information and counsel, one can become waylaid in their natural, emotional and spiritual life, missing out on many potential blessings and good things that God has prepared for them to experience and enjoy. They may also be eternally separated from God in what is called Spiritual Death. Many also die prematurely and taste Physical Death due to lack of knowledge.
What We Must Do
We are to long after God's Wisdom (read Proverbs chapter 8), and not despise God's instructions and laws. "Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death." Proverbs 8:32-36.
We must diligently seek after God, waiting and watching to hear from Him, for He desires to be a personal God to us, and He delights in helping those who seek after and trust in Him. God desires to be sought and trusted by us. Faith, simply put, is the demonstration of our trust in God. God responds to our hunger, and is moved by us when we seek Him and trust Him in faith. God desires us to continually believe and trust in Him through faith in Jesus Christ, and He rewards those who diligently seek Him. "And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved..." Acts 16:31. "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." Hebrews 11:6. Faith demonstrates our belief, love, and trust for God. "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us..." Ephesians 3:20. God is truly an unlimited God, and He desires to be believed and trusted by us. We need to grab hold of this truth, and allow His Power by the Holy Spirit to work in us to accomplish His Will.
What follows are the 3 most important Scriptures that will help you with your Christian walk. God gave these 3 to me back around 1998 when I was crying out to Him for help. They have given me strength, and unlocked the door to many secrets in His Kingdom since. You would be wise to likewise study and know them for your Christian walk. "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33. "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6. "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled." Matthew 5:6.
The Need For Righteousness
The need for our obedience to God's commands and instructions is essential for us to change and grow closer to God. Obedience should be viewed as the fruit or evidence of our faith. It should not be viewed primarily as a means to avoid the threat of punishment, but rather should be viewed as being a very positive thing for our benefit and advancement. It is only when we are in rebellion, and become disobedient to God, that we see the warning signals of disobedience, which are pain and punishment, and which are designed to facilitate our correction. God prefers that we obey Him, so that punishment would not be necessary. Most parents do not enjoy having to punish or discipline their children, yet discipline may be required at times to prevent the child from having serious problems later on in life. "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6. The same holds true between God and us.
God desires our obedience to His instructions. "And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry." 1 Samuel 15:22-23a. "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise." Psalm 51:17. God desires a people who will walk softly before Him in reverence and who will display His righteousness. "God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble." James 4:6b. God is seeking a people who walk in humility and who are not self-reliant.
"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled." Matthew 5:6. Hold fast to this wonderful promise from God! As we hunger and thirst after His righteousness, God will grant us the blessing of being filled with His righteousness. Don't stop hungering until you are filled to overflowing. His righteousness will be like a shield around you and it will protect you from many evils (Psalm 91).
I have discovered in life that His righteousness is the only thing that will protect us from the attacks of the enemy against us. Our righteousness is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6), but we must instead put on and be clothed with His righteousness, which He gives to those who hunger and thirst after it and meet qualifications for it: "For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee." Psalm 84:11-12.
"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation." Psalm 91:1-16.
Part of our being well-balanced in our Christian life has to do with us trusting God and fleeing all manner of evil and sin. We need to watch and pray to avoid each and every sin that tries to beset us. "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness." Romans 6:16-18. "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:1-2.
Warning: Any sin in us will surely disqualify us from receiving the benefits of God's righteousness, as there is no sin in Him. Sin will serve to remove the protection that His righteousness brings, and it will remove us from the secret place of the Most High, and subject us to all manners of attacks from the evil one.
How To Handle Disrespect And Dishonor
Being well-balanced means that we can deal with adversity, disrespect, dishonor, and rebellion in a manner that is appropriate and is pleasing to the Lord, without attacking the person or thing that is causing the angst. One of the ways the devil tries to attack and bring us down is through the actions and words of people, which can be hurtful. Betrayal and distrust can be like "daggers to the heart" when someone whom we trust attacks or disrespects us. We must brush the dust off our feet and go where we are respected and appreciated instead.
You are not designed to solve everyone's problems, so stop trying to carry their weight on your shoulders. I have personally cried over those who neglected to hear the words of truth that I was speaking to them, but in the end I realized that I couldn't force anyone to accept Christ's love, hope, and eternal life.
We Need To Stop Limiting God
We limit God from acting the way He truly desires to act on our behalf by our sins. Sin separates us from God, and brings all kinds of evil consequences along with it. I have written an extensive writing about this important subject that I encourage all to read. It is called Limiting God and it is free to distribute to others.
Avoid All Distractions
A key to a well-balanced life through Christ is to avoid all distractions that would try to beset us. The enemy will use situations and people to try and distract us from maintaining our proper Christian walk. We must maintain our focus on Christ and abide with Him continually, without allowing the cares of the world to distract or "choke out" our service to God. See my writing Distractions for more help on this topic.
We need to be well-balanced in all of our relationship with others. The frequency of communication is essential to maintaining a proper relationship with God or with others. No one wants to be treated improperly or disrespected in their relationships with others. We are to be known by God by spending time with Him.
Taking God Or Salvation For Granted
We need to never take God or Salvation for granted. We should maintain a healthy appreciation and respect for God at all times. The last thing we want is for Jesus to say to depart from Him, for He never knew us.
"Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out." Luke 13:23-28.
To help people be known by Christ, by actively building and maintaining a continual relationship with Him, I have published a devotional called Daily Discovering God, which I highly recommend you daily partake of.
Properly Demonstrating Relationships
It is is important how we demonstrate our relationships with others to the world. People are continually watching how we conduct our life and our relationships with God and others. Our best witness is to show a faithful example of the One whom we truly believe in. See my writing Relationships for more about this.
We Must Be Yielded To The Spirit Of God
We must inquire of the Lord as to what we must do each moment of each day. We must be led by the Lord and yielded to the Spirit Of God. See my writings The Yield and Walking In The Spirit for more.
The Need For Utter Dependence On GodNothing else matters but loving, trusting, believing, and serving God. We must unconditionally depend upon Him for everything, in every area of our lives. We must trust Him with our soul, and everything else we have been given stewardship over. Proper stewardship is demonstrated by a well-balanced life, with Christ as its head and its focus. We demonstrate that we are worthy of Him by our faith and our well-balanced living.