UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CAUSE AND SYMPTOMS
Do you feel the same way I do? I, as a citizen of the United States, stand dumb founded at the shear insanity, greed and corruption that is going on at the highest levels of our government and financial markets. People, angry at the system, are starting to lash out in frustration. Iceland and Greece with their riots Much of this economic misery that we are and will continue to experience is unnecessary.
UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CAUSE AND SYMPTOMS
Do you feel the same way I do? I, as a citizen of the United States, stand dumb founded at the shear insanity, greed and corruption that is going on at the highest levels of our government and financial markets. People, angry at the system, are starting to lash out in frustration. Iceland and Greece with their riots Much of this economic misery that we are and will continue to experience is unnecessary. If our elected politicians hadn’t allowed the investment banks to merge with our commercial banks then we wouldn’t be in the economic Titanic that we in. If the SEC had done their job Mr. Madoff would have been caught long ago and people wouldn’t have lost $50,000,000,000. Oh, what about the political corruption with Governors selling Senate seats and national politicians playing footsie in the men’s bathroom. Until we understand that all of these things are symptoms and not the cause and until we start dealing with the cause we will continue to see these awful things continue to happen and continue to escalate in intensity and scope.
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
You may think that you are not being attacked, that this economic crisis we are in just happened. Nothing ever “just happens.” This may not have been a conspiracy on the physical plane but it most definitely is on the spiritual. This country has been a haven of freedom and religious freedom since its inception. Because of the continued destruction of our nation we as Christians and all safety seekers throughout the World have lost and are continuing to loose rights and freedom from persecution.
This loosing of rights did not start yesterday but has insidiously been going on for decades.Christianity has been under attack for thirty years in the U.S. and around the World to the point that Christians are afraid to say they are Christians and legislation throughout the World , including the U.S., is being passed that makes teaching the Bible a crime. You see, the fight is being waged and up to this point Christians are losing. This should not be for Romans 8:37 tells us that we are to be “more than conquerors through him that loved us.” The Bible,also, says in Proverbs 16:7 that “ When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
The fight we wage is not with flesh and blood (in the physical world) but in the spiritual realm and our weapons are not physical weapons but spirtual MIGHTY weapons! Is there any doubt as to why Christianity is under attack today in this country and around the world? It is because they have forgotten what Ephesians 6:10 tells us.
Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
We are to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Christians should stop fighting the symptoms with their own devices and come back to obeying God’s Word! Only then will the cause of these symptoms be defeated. Why? Because then we will be in alignment and harmony with God. When that happens then God will fight for and with us. What are the weapons that we are to be using?
Ephesians 6: 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
In none of this do I see anything about fighting against symptoms. All I see is “Stand” having on Truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith (believing), salvation, and the Word of God.
Deuteronomy 28:1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:
2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.
4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
7 The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.
8 The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
9 The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.
10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.
11 And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
12 The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.
13 And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:
14 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
Come back, Christians, to The Word of God and take on the whole armour of God and let GOD bear His mighty arm for you. Let God bless you and prosper you. Only by putting on the whole armour of God will you finally find peace and safety for then it will be God protecting you.
Psalm 63:1 A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
7 Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.