Monday, December 5, 2011

Life is about Balance

I had a friend make a post the other day about wondering why some people were against faith teaching..that faith teaching was good.  I have no arguments with the statement --- as long faith teaching is balanced with the meat and potatoes of the Word.  Teaching faith without works is dead, or that faith is the substance of things hoped for, is awesome and foundational in the Christian's walk.  However, name and claim it and other types of "quick" faith teachings are not okay.

There is no fast way to get the blessings of God.  We make a commitment to the Lord when we choose to become a follower of Christ.  Our commitment is to "study to show ourselves approved."

2Ti 2:15 Study earnestly to present yourself approved to God, a workman that does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth. 2Ti 2:16 But shun profane, vain babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. How can we only listen to faith teachings when we are to study to show so we can present ourselves approved to God?  We are supposed to be studying the Word and seeking the Truth.  They Holy Spirit will help us because He is the revealer of all things.  Faith is only one of the things that we have at our disposal.  In fact, it is our shield. 
Eph 6:16
Above all, take the shield of faith, with which you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Faith is only weapon we are given, but we have to take the shield of faith in order to quench the fire balls the enemy tries to throw at us.  We have so many other weapons.  Ephesians chapter 6 lists them in the form of armor.  The armor of God is a suit that we must put on.  If we do not make a conscious effort to put on the armor and to use all of the weapons we have been given, then a part of us remains weak and vulnerable for attack.  The armor of God is a great example of balance in our lives.  Without balance, we are open to attacks and to feeling defeated...when we are already victors!

Another example that is more real-to-life:

My family and I were going to dinner the other night and my husband had left his cell phone at home.  He said to me, " know you use a phone too much if it feels like you have left a part of your body at home."

I can remember a time when cell phones were the size of telephone receiver attached to a phone cord attached to a device inside what looked like a shoulder bag.  The only people that had them then were either wealthy or businessmen.  I also remember thinking how pretentious must one be to want to look so important in public that they have to carry around a telephone.  I think if we look around us now, we are all pretty pretentious.  There is no balance with when or where we use our cell phones.  They seem to be out all the time...texting, talking, e-mailing, browsing the net...We want to use our phones for everything....after all, if we can imagine it, then there must be "an app for that."

I don't see anyone carrying around a Bible like that..unable to leave it at home, constantly searching through it for text messages...(get it?  heehee).  Should someone leave their Bible at home, no one feels as though they have forgotten something...

I would say that is a little out of balance. 

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