Balance in all things comes to us as we allow God to hold our lives in His love, grace and truth so that all of our thinking, speaking, acting and interacting will honor God, and bless others and ourselves.
This balance is based on living in God’s truths that: We are absolutely dependent on God for everything; and God’s inexhaustible power is fully available to us, in every circumstance of our lives, as we choose to trust God.
Within this balance – of choosing sincere humility before our Holy, Loving God and receiving unfailing strength that comes to us from our Mighty God – is where we need to keep our minds, attitudes, perspectives, words and actions. Always.
We each need to determine – we each need to choose – to live continually between, what I call, The Bookends of Faith:
…apart from Me you can do nothing… – John 15:5
I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:13
Living between the Bookends of Faith is the safest, truest and strongest place we could ever choose to live! The place of greatest balance for our lives, for our relationships with others and with our Holy God!
In sincere humility before our Lord, we have the true and right perspective that all that we are, all that we have, all that we are able to do – everything about us, our lives, and even our very breath – come from our Creator God. It is humbling and freeing all at the same time. We are called to believe this truth and live like we truly believe that apart from Jesus Christ we can do nothing. Ultimate humility.
Ahhhh! And the other Bookend of Faith is just as true. In our Lord Jesus Christ, the truth of our dependence on God is exactly what leaves us open to receive the full power of God! In our Lord’s strength we have been given the power to deal with everything, every person, every detail, every circumstance, every joy, every tragedy and every moment that come into our lives! Ultimate power.
Nothing apart from Jesus – Everything in His strength. Holy Balance.
This is the God’s perfect, loving and powerful balance in which we each are meant to live – in between the Bookends of Faith – so that we may live in true freedom, receiving unfailing strength as we live in humble dependence on our Lord Jesus Christ!