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Balance in the Christian Life

It is not always easy to take stands for the LORD, but when we do, we find that He is standing with us. It is always best to stand with the LORD rather than against Him. We were challenged last night to “Make A Choice” and I trust that everyone did. If you missed the message, I hope you will listen to it sometime today. I hope that we all make the right choice.

This morning I am concerned about the word BALANCE. I am concerned because I am afraid that some Christians have been convinced that a Balanced Christian Life means that we have the right amount of Godliness mixed with the right amount of Worldliness. (example Godliness + Worldliness = Good Balanced Christian) When we say it like that it doesn’t make sense, does it? The truth is, G+W=CARNAL MIND and a carnal mind is the enemy of God (Romans 8:7). We do not call a diet of junk food a balanced diet. We do not approach our daily food intake by eating an apple then eating a doughnut, eating a banana then eating a doughnut, eating a carrot then eating a doughnut. Though I must admit this sounds like a diet I could probably work with, I do not think I would like the end results.

Good physical health comes from a balanced diet of healthy foods, and an occasional doughnut, but in our walk with Christ we cannot afford the occasional doughnut.
For example; we cannot afford the occasional affair, or the occasional murder, or the occasional pornographic image, or the occasional lie. We are not dealing with doughnuts when it comes to sin. Ungodly indulgences are poisons that lead to death. For example, no one would eat a healthy meal loaded with wonderful nutrients and then wash it all down with a glass of gasoline.

The balanced Christian life is not the proper amount of good and bad. It is the proper balance of good and good. Isaiah 26:3 says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever:” I pray that you will feed your inner man today with good things. May God be magnified in us today.

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