The above illustration serves as an illustration of God's scales. There
is a pivot point in the middle of the bar standing
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
). 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.
Faith and Obedience |
Exercise and Rest | Family and Work | Prayer and Receiving | Grace and
golden column on the right represents the promises of God.
do we find the promises of God? Obviously, we find them in
Word of God. "Then
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"
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"
Corinthians 1:20). The word translated "Amen" means "for
"so let it be", or "I guarantee it". In other words, the
of God are a sure thing. SEE: "The
1. We must give up on self.
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
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.
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"
3. We must give up on what we have.
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.
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
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.
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"
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).
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).
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).