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A Word to the Wise

12-6-2022 – A Word to the Wise – Men will turn thoughts over and analyze them from different perspectives. This analysis produces insight which the man disseminates through teaching.

A woman’s source is her spirit and her heart. This is not to say that womanly wisdom is inferior because its source is not logic. Remember, wisdom is not an intellectual property, and it is seated in the heart and received by faith. The truth of the matter is that the wisdom of men and women is equal. Their purposes are different. Whereas the ultimate purpose for the man is to render justice, a woman’s wisdom provides protection, particularly with regard to her family and community.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom for both men and women, and both get wisdom by asking it of God. What transpires next is different. A man begins to acquire wisdom through study and gaining knowledge, but a woman acquires it through heeding the direct prompting of God’s spirit.

Barriers to Acquiring Wisdom. A woman’s acquisition of wisdom is hampered if she seeks it in the same manner as the man. If she attempts to acquire insight by man’s means, then the results are manly insight and not womanly wisdom.

The insight and knowledge a woman gains through study however is still of value. It just tastes different.

A woman acquires knowledge, distills it, and applies it to relationships. After a woman distills the knowledge, she assimilates it then disseminates it through wise behavior.

Another barrier to wisdom arises from the typical relationship men and women have. Men and women rarely listen to each other. Neither hears what the other is saying, yet they need to. Though both perceive things differently, it is only with the combination of both perspectives that solutions appear.

The man brings leadership to the relationship; the woman brings wisdom. Both are necessary if the relationship is to function in a healthy manner. This may be compared to the relationship between the president and the Congress. The president is to provide leadership and direction; ideally, the Congress provides wisdom to guide him in his leadership.

Yet another barrier to wisdom is foolish behavior. Proverbs’ main definition of foolish behavior is an inability to restrain the tongue, specifically with the expression of anger. Alongside anger is foolishness. Both inhibit the acquisition of wisdom.

For men, anger inhibits the acquisition of wisdom, while anxiety does so with women. Both of these emotions tend to be overwhelming, even all-consuming. Just as anger interferes with a man’s reasoning power (his seat of wisdom), anxiety can overwhelm a woman’s heart and spirit (her seat of wisdom). The heart does not have the capacity to process both anxiety and wisdom at the same time, just as the mind cannot operate rationally in the presence of anger.

To be continued.

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A Word to the Wise

12-3-2022 – A Word to the Wise – One thing the Lord revealed to me about pain I wish to share with others. Weeks ago I was having intense pain with my neuropathy. The Lord sent me to Elijah and his trip to Zarephath. It was a very intense study revealing thing I had never thought of most of all it blunted the pain. I learned in this process that pure intense thought will overrule emotional or physical pain. Try it. Do not mix with pain killers which negate the intellectual.

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A Word to the Wise

12-2-2022 – A Word to the Wise – How does one become wise?

Wishing for wisdom is not enough. Wisdom is a treasure more precious than gold and silver, and it must be treated as such. One must search diligently for wisdom if there is any hope for it to be found. Once obtained, it must be valued highly. Wisdom cannot be given to or taken from another. A teacher can impart knowledge but not wisdom. Wisdom literature does not give us wisdom. It points the way to wisdom and motivates us to seek it.

There are certain principles important to acquiring wisdom. The book of James points out that wisdom is from God who gives to all men generously. Asking for wisdom is essential to obtaining it. The second thing James says about getting wisdom is that one must ask in faith. That person must believe that God will give him what he is asking.

Third, James says a double-minded man receives nothing. He receives nothing because he cannot make up his mind what he wants. He has not truly placed his faith in God’s ability and authority. Now, this matter of faith is vital because authority, wisdom, and faith are tied together. In the account of the centurion servant whom Jesus heals in Matthew 8:5ff, we learn that authority is an important aspect of faith. Authority is also the cornerstone upon which wisdom relies. From authority extends the fear of the Lord which is the foundation for wisdom.

What are the specific steps one takes to acquire wisdom?

1. We choose an area we desire to illuminate.

2. We must being willing to pay a price; in fact it will be a sacrifice, for wisdom is costly.

3. We must ask God for wisdom.

4. We must believe that we will receive it, for without faith there will be no reward.

5. We cannot be double-minded.

6. We should recognize that wisdom frequently comes at the end of great temptation.

7. The entirety of the first chapter of James is about acquiring wisdom. Look at all of the items that related back to wisdom: bridling the tongue, putting aside anger, purity of heart, and doing good deeds.

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A Word to the Wise

11-8-2022 – A Word to the Wise – Sensitivity

Many people feel deeply about things, but living deeply is another matter. This requires objectivity. Behind almost ever degraded person is something in their life they felt very deeply about. But the question is what did they feel deeply about? Usually it is found to be themselves. Many people feel deeply, but the capacity to live deeply is the test of life. Feeling is an index to what is in the heart. Not a justifier of what is there.

Do you ever wonder why the small thoughtless things people do hurt you so much? Do you find yourself telling yourself to stop being so childish, that you should have the maturity to overlook these short comings in others?

If you experience these things then you have a symptom many Christians just like you suffer from, that of sensitivity. We strive to cultivate it on the one hand then wonder what to do because of it on the other. Without this sensitivity we would lack the capacity to feel deeply for others. It you see, is the “emotional eye” that causes us to feel and see the needs of others.

It is valuable to Christians; it is one of the elements that helps us to love our neighbor as ourselves. We comprehend feeling in others more deeply when we feel deeply ourselves.

But there is a balance, a safeguard for us that keeps us from being torn and destroyed by the virtue and that is understanding. If we do not allow our sensitivity to increase beyond our understanding, it will be a blessing , and never a stumbling block. So do not try to gain a “tougher skin”, or “harden your heart” for protection, but rather strive to increase your tolerance and understanding to meet these unkindness’s.

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A Word to the Wise

11-6-2022 – A Word to the Wise – Other considerations:

Some things need repeating. Other things need further discussion. Let’s consider the Lord’s relationship with us. The sentence from Hebrews 11:6 intrigues me. “”for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”

Again, I know I have addressed this before but give me grace to dwell on it, please. Upfront notice the first part whoever would draw near. Not everyone desires to be this close to the Lord let’s face it, he is a consuming fire. So, this is not a universal desire nor does one have to long for this kind of relationship. However, some of us do. Therefore, this is addressed to this group.

Moreover, Paul acknowledges this in II Cor. 1:3-4 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. Two distinct groups those directly comforted by the Lord and those who are comforted by those comforted by individuals who have been comforted by the Lord. We return to Hebrews 11:6.

The section we are addressing is that little phrase “he rewards”. The issue becomes what do you even consider a reward? Well, I have a suggestion. It goes back to an understanding of the Motivational Gifts. These gifts form the central factor in a person’s experience. They affect the heart, mind, body, and soul. Therefore, it’s reasonable to believe that a specific reward usually conforms to the motivational gift.

Examples. Take the Exhorter the central theme of the Exhorter is a search for and striving after wisdom. Therefore, Solomon when faced with the question at once said wisdom. So, what of the other 6 gifts what do they long for?

The teacher would typically search for knowledge. It would seem their lifelong quest is for knowledge.

The Organizer the completion of an important project which brings honor to the Lord.

The Giver additional funds to provide for the Lord’s work

The Mercy ability to heal when all else has failed.

The Server praise from the mouth of a person which the Server must accept.

The Prophet a soul lost to the Lord brought back by the persistent prophet.

These are only examples. Let’s take it a little further. Either the Lord opens the door with a question, or it may be at the request of the seeker.

What happens? A personal example perhaps to enlighten us. I have already mention at the age of 12 when my father died the Lord ask me if I wanted him to be my father I said yes. This was asking for a personal relationship. Shortly thereafter he actually, physically saved my life. A story for another time.

When my mother passed, I knew to ask. His reply, what do you want? I am an Exhorter therefore wisdom is supreme. “Lord give me a double portion of my mother’s wisdom,” notice please this is not intellect it is something far different. Mother’s IQ was probably 150 to 160. Mine half that. Wisdom and intellect are different from each other.

Is this what everyone should ask for? By no means one takes into consideration the strengths of their gifts and the desire to please the Lord. So, in the real world how does this work?

Before I meet with anyone, I quote Psalm 69 “O God you know how foolish I’m my sins cannot be hidden from you. Don’t let those who trust in you be ashamed because of me. O Sovereign Lord don’t let me cause this one to be humiliated, O God. “

Insight and discernment about the things in the person’s heart then become plain, task to help the person come to mind.

So how does the reward work. When one has, please the Lord in such a manner to glorify his name one will find a reward is awarded. After a few times the person wakes up to see a pattern here. When he is pleased with me just as the Hebrews 11 says, he rewards according to our agreement.

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A Word to the Wise

10-26-2022 – A Word to the Wise – Sex has always been a major theme by which Satan has sought to undermine mankind. Genesis 6:1-4 gives a taste of this when we are told that angels and women consorted to produce a special race. It became one of the major reasons of the Flood along with the prevalence of murder. After the Flood Satan did a retake and we find warfare by God’s people again seeking to destroy this race produced of Satan’s by Moses, David and three of the godly kings in the South.

Now we are engaged again in a gigantic war framed by the sexual movement of our time to undermine God’s creation. Satan has always purposed such for he hates children. The ultimate success of this movement ends humanity for there will be no children.

Satan has all through the ages inspired worship which reflects the homosexual movement. By the way just because a person finds themselves attractive to the same sex does not mean they should engage in sexual behavior. Just because one is sexually attracted to a porcupine does not mean one ought to try and have sex with one, or maybe they should!

As one studies all of the forms of idolatry in the ancient world one is struck by the realization all had a form of homosexual behavior. Some carried it even to its logical end which is found in the worship of Molech. This is one of the religions that Elijah did battle with on Mt. Carmel. Remember what this worship included besides homosexuality? Babies were thrown into the gaping burning mouth of this idol. Its proponents also engaged in homosexual behavior and self-castration as a form of worship. All these forms of worship stopped childbirth.

This same form of worship contented with Paul in Ephesus by the worship of Artemis for this to was a homosexual religion and just like the murderous crowd in Sodom they tried to destroy Paul who opposed this religion which incorporated homosexuality as the core of worship.

We see the same murderous intent of the various forms of the LGBTQ+ movements of our time which demand acceptance or the destruction of those who oppose them. Look around anyone who contends with the LGBTQ+ movement is pounced on ridiculed and ‘outed’.

However, I want to take it a step further and make a comparison which is not very pleasant. Whenever the homosexual act is consummated, you have a form of worship being enacted that is equal to what is found in Communion for the Christian at the Lord’s table. One worships Satan and the other the ultimate form of worship for the Christian with the Lord.

In the end the conclusion and purpose of Satan is to destroy the possibility of child by this worship format. Satan hates children and there are none in homosexual behavior.

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A Word to the Wise

10-15-2022 – A Word to the Wise – FOUR UNIMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO PONDER

1. Do you ever wonder what your parent or care giver will tell the Heavenly Father about you?

2. Do you ever wonder what your child will tell the Heavenly Father about the kind of parent you have been?

3. Does it concern you about the testimony of other to the Heavenly Father about you?

4. Which will be more important to tell the Heavenly Father about, Your failures or successes?

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10-4-2022 – A Word to the Wise – ASSIGNMENTS

I am seventy-seven years old. A great deal of that time I have been given ‘assignments, particularly in school. Only on rare occasion did I completely do those assignments, and then grudgingly. The major exception had to do with police work. The assignments given in these classes I knew my life and others depended on, not just knowing but practicing.

But back on topic. As a therapist for the last 40 years, I have given a variety of assignments to clients that the Lord gave me to give. I suspect that ninety percent were never completed, probably closer to 98 per cent. Three of the main assignments; a summary of each session, an assignment for anxiety, depression, and assignments dealing with addiction. Only rarely did individuals put anything into the assignments (like 2 sentences to summarize an hour-long session!) or those avoided like a plague dealing with anxiety and addiction. Like me many are just too lazy or wanted me to do it for them. Lately the Lord gave me some assignments to do as well as for those who wanted to acquire the benefits.

That is when the Lord confronted me with my own failure to do the math assignments, English assignments (as you can tell) or, well I always did the chemistry assignments that dealt with explosives, even put them to practice!

So, I cannot blame others for doing what I did, or did not do. Many of you teachers and professors experience the same problem with students. Lately the Lord gave me another assignment which I share with those who wish to explore it. The assignment has to do with acquiring a heart of thankfulness. Simply speaking taking in 3-year segments starting with birth list three things done for you by another. That is give the first name, what was done. So, list 3 different individuals, or things done, knowledge shared, or physical, emotional help provided. Just 3 per day for seven days. The set starts over again with the next age brackets 4-through 6, and so on. (Do not complain I am 77 and have a lot of work to do).

Part of this type assignment I have given for years yet never, never, has anyone every listed the great deal of diapers changed! Imagine not thankful for those diaper changes.

I do not know the result yet for I just started but maybe some would like to try the assignments as well, or not. I know, just too much work, you know, it’s a busy day.

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A Word to the Wise

9-22-2022 – A Word to the Wise – FEAR OF THE LORD

The one quality, the trait that is central to breaking down resistance to killing, the aspect of the personality that the successful Christian warrior seeks to possess is a fear of the Lord.

Acquisition of the fear of the Lord might be compared with putting on a heavy coat in mid-winter or an armored vest worn by a police officer or combat soldier. Fear of the Lord is a protective coat that protects us from evil and dangerous temptations.

The Scriptures tell us that understanding the fear of the Lord and how it is acquired is one of the most profitable endeavors that man can undertake. Unfortunately, there are some difficult barriers to reaching this goal.

The chief barrier is man himself. When I was a child, my mother raised me believing and trusting in fear of Him. She would point out the ridiculous notion of popular preachers of the time, that one need only ‘respect’ God, or perhaps revere but never fear. This notion persists today.

After forty years of studying God’s Word, I can confidently say there is no biblical basis for such nonsense. God expects us to fear Him. This is evident in the words used in Scripture to denote the concept of fearing God.

It is unfortunate that linguistically the concepts of reverence and respect in our time are somewhat diluted and do not actually represent the power and majesty originally invested in them.

When reverence and respect are terms used in the sense that recognizes the tremendous power of God, then they most certainly become good synonyms for the Greek and Hebrew words that describe the experience that one is to have before God Almighty.

Perhaps the following experience from the life of Isaiah gives us a more accurate view of reverence.

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and his train filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim; each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.’ And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: ‘Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!’). Isaiah 6:1-6

Oh yes. I strongly suspect that this experience defines reverence rather nicely, particularly when the earthquake occurred. Any idea what it would be like to experience force ten earthquakes? I do imagine the experience would put the fear of God in you. It most certainly has others.

But we do not like thinking of God as one to be feared. We wish to use words like love, kindness, and gentleness to describe what we feel, and who He is. If we see reverence as a bit of patriotism as when one salutes the flag at the playing of the national anthem, then we miss the point.

I doubt that anyone near Mount St. Helens, when it exploded with a force of 27,000 atom bombs, felt anything but pure terror. One can hardly sit in a cellar while an F-5 tornado sweeps away everything in its path without shuttering—so it is with the reverence or fear before God. No matter how righteous one may be. Even Moses and Daniel quaked with fear before the living God.

So how does one learn how to fear God? Fear of the Lord is grounded in laws, ordinances, and statutes. Fundamentally, fear of God is rooted in authority. This is significant when we see how difficult it is for some to fear God. They might love, adore, believe, trust, but somehow, they find it difficult to fear. That is because we tend to be a rebellious people. Rebellion is against authority, and fear of God is fear of authority. Authority is established by God

Fear of the holy one is not something that is acquired accidentally, or inborn in the nature of a person. Teaching is a must. After the fall of the northern kingdom in 722 B.C. the inhabitants of the land started experiencing severe difficulties. They were advised to have someone come and teach them the laws of the land. “So, one of the priests whom they had carried away from Samaria came and dwelt in Bethel and taught them how they should fear the LORD” (II Kings 17:28).

This passage spells out the necessity of teaching one to fear the Lord. The context of the passages emphasizes the continual danger the people were in because they were strangers in the land and knew not what God required. Therefore, they are told how to resolve the issue. Call for someone who can teach what the Lord requires is what they were told.

Acquisition of the fear of the Lord is essential to our warfare against the authority and power of Satan. The fear of the Lord defends against destruction by the enemy. It protects the heart by humility and the spirit by meekness.

Studying the fear of the Lord is in itself protective and beneficial. One of the assignments I use with clients who suffer from panic attacks is founded in studying the fear of the Lord. Here is how that assignment is given.

Any time we fear anything, some of the physiological experiences attending the fear may be shortness of breath, dizziness, faintness, smothering sensation, palpitations, trembling, shaking, sweating, choking, nausea, numbness, discomfort in the chest and other similar symptoms. These symptoms are experienced in varying degrees of intensity, depending on the object which we fear. Sometimes only one symptom may be present, at other times several.

Now the unique thing about these symptoms is that as one begins to read, write, or study the passages on the fear of the Lord, the symptoms begin to abate.

Another way of expressing this is that if we fear anything other than God, we experience a physical discomfort. Fear of the Lord brings a sense of peace and well-being even in the midst of chaos.

The whole context of Egypt with the plagues, the Red Sea, provision of food, water and all the necessities of life were for the purpose that these people learn to fear God. Once obtained and embraced they could stand before any enemy, and any resistance to killing was removed.

Several scriptural references indicate that God disciplined those who refused to obey the directive to kill the enemy. In Numbers 25:6 Phinehas is complemented for taking decisive deadly action against two violators of the law.

Sections of the Torah spell out specific rules of warfare, treatment of prisoners of war, and even laws about not violating the land during sieges.

Apparently, confusion still reigns in the hearts of many Christians as to killing. I would add to the confusion several insights that most neglect to consider.

When God authorizes or gives authority to man to do something that person then is acting on the Lord’s behalf. As long as one acts within the bounds of that authority, he is safe. But in reality, it actually goes beyond this. When God authorizes a person to take action, He expects that action to be taken.

Practically speaking if you are authorized in a given situation by the State to take a life and that action is necessary to protect the community then you no longer have the freedom not to take the life. Moreover, there should be no emotional repercussions for doing so. If the State requires it and God authorizes it, then it is not you are acting. This is not the case in accidental deaths different rules apply. If you fail to act and someone subsequently loses their life due to your neglect, then before God you are responsible.

Unfortunately, this is not taught to law enforcement personnel or soldiers, and they frequently suffer emotional distress because of it. Often, we fear what others will think or how we might be judged. This is of no importance for our responsibility makes us accountable to the Lord whether our friends or enemies agree.

Going further it is also apparent that if you take a life in the line of duty in protection of your own life then you are not violating Jesus’ directive about turning the other cheek. Your protection of your life is a protection of the community you have no choice. Too fail to prepare yourself properly, to arm yourself appropriately, and condition yourself physically is a neglect of God given responsibility.

It is certain that courage in the face of the great enemy is the key to winning intense spiritual battles. A courage rooted in the fear of the Lord ensures that one will not run and hide, nor cave in when the enemy comes in like a flood. When the dark night of the soul sets in, when others quake in fear, when surrounded with the night terrors or overwhelmed with the most intense pain, when calamity is to be found at every turn, when the storms of life drown us in sorrow beyond measure, even then one cannot be induced to curse their God.

Buried in the midst of overwhelming difficulties complacence does not set in, rather the paths of justice remain guarded with even greater zeal. This is the heritage of the God trained warrior. One, who in the words of John, “does not cling to life even in the face of death.”

A central issue for any Christian studying killing in the Bible is the contrast between the Old Testament and the New Testament. The godly person in the Old Testament was expected to kill in combat in the New Testament one is almost persuaded to be a pacifist. How is this possible? The chief characters of the Old Testament for which we have enough material to consider these points are Moses, Samson, Gideon, Samuel, and David. Scripture in each case records personal kills for each of these men. In the New Testament, we have the sole individual of Paul.

How did killing personally affect these men? How does killing affect the normal person in today’s world? Grossman struggles with this in his book On Killing. Alternatively, is there a difference between a person who is a godly warrior and the normal human in matters of justified governmental authorized deaths?

Consider first the normal consequences and effects of killing on a person. Does godliness somehow protect the individual from the consequences of killing?

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A Word to the Wise

9-19-2022 – A Word to the Wise – A major indicator of a lack of gratitude in one’s life is the presence of addiction. How is addiction and lack of gratitude intertwined?

The addictive person is a self-absorbed person. His existence has been centered in “getting” for himself. By changing direction from how much can I get to how much can I give, the covetous person is able to set aside addiction. How does one come to the point where they are willing to give instead of get?

By experiencing gratitude. The characteristic of gratitude is the central truth by which the addict changes. Gratitude is an inward attitude directed towards the Lord, expressing appreciation for all benefits received from Him. It is experienced in the spirit of man.

Gratitude is manifested in an outward expression called thankfulness. It originates in the heart. Giving is a result of the inward attitude of gratitude and an outward expression of thanksgiving.

This change is imperative if the addict is to find peace. Whereas most treatments for addiction tend to modify the outward behavior or mental imagery, they have little effect on the spirit-soul of man. As attendance at any 12-step meeting will reveal, rarely does the addict change his personality. Rather the lifelong nature of the “illness” is emphasized.

The Lord’s approach to treatment is different. The person changes from the inside out. The behavior is not the focus of attention, nor is it the central problem. As anyone who is an addict, or who has lived with one knows the addict pleases only him/herself. Even when doing for others the addict’s actions are motivated by “what can I get out of it.” Nine of the ten lepers that Jesus healed had this problem. Cleansed on the outside, they still bore the attitude of ingratitude, which resulted in little faith.

Thanksgiving and gratitude are forms of worship expressed to God the Father through Jesus Christ. Gratitude’s initial expressions are towards God. Overflowing thanksgiving towards God results in a variety of attitudes towards His creatures.

Gratitude is achieved by choice, never by duty. As one examines the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual gifts that God has bestowed, expresses thanksgiving to God in each of these areas for these gifts, then our gratitude batteries recharge.

It is not how many gifts God has given, rather how one feels, what one does, and how one expresses thanksgiving for those gifts received.

Gratitude is not focused on “what is not” but on “what is.” It is not focused on losses, but on one’s gains through those losses. This quality does not focus on one’s afflictions, but rather on the results of those afflictions. The depth of gratitude is determined by humility. The greater the humility, the deeper the gratitude. Levels of gratitude are reached through sacrifice. Thus, the greater the sacrifice, the greater the level attained.

Gratitude may be offered on an event-by-event basis, but it loses much of its impact on the spirit of man when offered in this manner.

Thanksgiving should be a state of mind that we exist in which reflects the joy experienced by seeing the sacrifice the Father made in giving His only Son for our sins.

This experience of the spirit flows like a mighty river washing away prejudice, pride, and pretense. When gratitude is exercised, it acts as a protective cover shielding one from the addictive forces of the world. Gratitude, like faith is dead without works. The works of thanksgiving are charitable, unmerited acts towards others. How does this effect the spirit of man? Perhaps a comparison helps.

We understand that certain medicines may affect one type of illness and yet not affect others. Thus, while one type of antibiotic may destroy bacteria in the lungs it has no effect on infection of the kidneys.

How would you respond, if having pneumonia, you went to a doctor and he told you just to take a bath, and you will get well? As if cleansing the outside of the body would cure the inside. Yet, how often we try to cure heart problems with cognitive behavior or spiritual problems with radical emotional changes.

Addiction is a malady of the heart. Effective treatment means getting to the root of the problem and employing the cure that is most effective with the problem.

Addiction is not a sin—addiction is the consequences of sin. This explains why one cannot stop the addiction until the root sin is discovered and repentance occurs. If one fights the addiction, it becomes stronger, and if perchance one conquers it then it will break out in other areas.

This is the implicit warning in Colossians 2:20 ff. Paul clarifies for the reader that abstinence (humanistic attempts to heal addiction), lack any value in restraining indulgence.

Again, Paul tells us in Rom 6:16 “if you yield yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin which leads to death or of obedience which leads to righteousness.” The slavery of addiction—and who would deny the heavy burden of addiction, is the result of disobedience.

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