Joyce Meyer - How Can I Find Balance In My Life?
One of the first scriptures that I remember God really speaking to my heart about is 1 Peter 5:8 and 9 out of the amplified translation. And it says, "Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind). Be vigilant and cautious at all times for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger] seeking someone to seize upon and devour". Well, to be honest, there's already about five messages just in that little bit. Be well balanced. Anytime that we're out of balance in our life in any area, it opens up a door for the enemy.
If you don't spend enough time with your family, you're gone too much, you're not taking the right time to sow into your relationships, it's going to open a door for the enemy and there's going to be problems in the family. If you are too selfish, it's going to cause problems. But if you never spend enough time on yourself and you don't take care of yourself, that's going to cause problems. You can look at 1,000 different areas and see how important balance is.
And we hear a lot about eating balanced meals, so even from that, God is showing us that we need enough protein, we need enough crabs, we need enough of this, we need enough of that. And if you just eat all sugar, you're going to be sick. If you just drink all coffee and soda and you don't drink any water, you're going to have kidney problems. We need to have balance in our lives. And yet, I think that most of us realize that Americans in particularly, and probably other cultures in the western world, we really are bad at getting out of balance. Amen?
For example, way too many people work way too much and they don't rest enough. And then there's a lot of people who don't sleep enough. Well, that's going to cause you problems. And so, I just want you to realize that if you're out of balance in any area in your life, the enemy is going to take advantage of it. If you talk too much, that's out of balance. But then some people don't communicate enough, and so that's out of balance. How many of you understand what I'm saying, you know? We need balance in our life.