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Balance on the Narrow Way

By Darlene Rhoades

God has been showing me the need to find the right balance in things. There are things that are obvious and blatantly wrong but there's what’s known as "too much of a good thing."

Is. 5:20 says, "Woe to those who call evil good,..."
We seem to stop at that - it continues
"...AND good evil."
It also mentions switching darkness and light around and bitter and sweet around. I think that too many times through experience with sin and its consequences we rush to the opposite end in such haste we fail to see that another line has been crossed.

Just about every kind of legalism has probably gotten its origins under the guise of trying to be as far away from error as possible. The sad thing is that in a valiant effort to do what is right it's all too easy to let pride circle us back around to another sin. If God has called something "good", it's wrong to call it evil just as much as calling obvious sin a good thing.

II Cor. 10:4-5 "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ."
Adding to the word of God becomes a prison we put ourselves and others into. Only the truth sets us free.

Romans 6:16 "Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slave whom you obey."
Since we are to obey God rather than men, be careful what we put ourselves under. If breaking the law and commandments of God is wrong, why would adding and obeying rules and regulations to follow be any better? Both are destructive and sin. Lies, laced with fear paralyze any effectiveness for doing right in God. You're disagreeing with God when you break His laws AND when you add to them.