God's Scales
God's Scales

    The above illustration serves as an illustration of God's scales. There is a  pivot point in the middle of the bar standing between the cup labeled "our hands" and the one labeled "God's hands".  As it is pictured, the bar is balanced, slightly resting on the column entitled, "promises of God".  If we put a small weight in the cup on the left (labeled "our hands"), it will cause the scales to tilt and cup on the left will fall behind the screen labeled "despair".  The more weight or the heavier the weight we put on that side, the quicker it will fall behind the screen labeled "despair".  In contrast, no matter how much weight we put in the cup labeled "God's hands", the bar will rest on the big bar labeled "promises of God" and the bar will remain in a balanced (parallel) position.

    The Bible says that we are to cast all our "cares" upon God because He cares for us. However, if we don't, we face the devil who is like a roaring lion seeking who he may devour. "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour"  (I Peter 5:7-8)

    The Church (generally) tells people to straighten up and fly right.  Parents and teachers tell them to get the degree and become successful.  Then under the pressure to perform they take the challenge, but for various reasons come to see themselves as a failures, the Church as a failure, God as a failure, and life as a failure.  Then they crash and burn.   I fell into this lie myself, beginning when I was about 22 years old. Then about 10 years later after crashing, I came really close to committing suicide.

    When we try to carry the load of our own cares in our own hands, we eventually will crash and burn.  When we take on the cares ourselves, the scales tips, there is a disconnect with our fellowship with God, and we fall into the despair of depression, fear, deception, spiritual darkness, and often disease. One's identity becomes a major issue.  By the way, I was a Believer and grew up in Church with my dad at times serving as a Pastor. I had  a B.A. in Bible from a Christian University and earned a degree in Theology in a Seminary.  Actually, I was a pastor of a church when my life began to fall apart..  No told me, as a youth, that I couldn't live the life of a Believer without the grace of God and that I needed to cast all my cares upon God and live totally by the grace (Philippians 2:13) of God to become successful. 

  Balance is a Key.  When we consistently cast our cares upon God, we are connected to God and are in balance. No matter how big or how many cares we cast upon God, His promises supports them (Praying God's Promises). When we do cast our cares upon the Lord, then He becomes responsible to care for us. We find prosperity, health, and success through the balance. There is to be a social, mental, and even a proper chemical balance in our bodies.

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    Again, the golden column on the right represents the promises of God.   Where do we find the promises of God?  Obviously, we find them in the Word of God.  "Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old"  (Matthew 13:52). We find them both in the Old Testament and the New Testament.  God guarantees the promises.  Paul writes, "For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us"  (II Corinthians 1:20).  The word translated "Amen" means "for sure", "so let it be", or "I guarantee it".  In other words, the promises of God are a sure thing.  SEE: "The Guarantee".

1. We must give up on self.  

"Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"  (Matthew 16:24-26).

"He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal"  (John 12:25).

2. We must give up on others.

"If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.  And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple"  (Luke 14:26-27).
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3. We must give up on what we have.  

"So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple"  (Luke 14:33).

4. We must give up on the world.

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world"  (I John 2:15-16)

5. We must come to depend upon God.

 "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me"  (John 15:4).

"But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me"  (1 Corinthians 15:10).

"And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's"  (II Chronicles 20:15).

"Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you"  (II Chronicles 20:17)

THEN THE RESULT WILL BE: "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee"  (Isaiah 26:3).
   
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